Axis Mundi

(212) 643-2608

Services Provided
Architecture and Interior Design

Areas Served
New York Metro Area

Business Description
Axis Mundi has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2013 in the Design Category by Houzz.

Axis Mundi is an interdisciplinary design firm based in New York, providing outstanding works of architecture and interior design in the form of high-end residential, commercial, and cultural projects.

The firm was founded in 2004 by John Beckmann. He is a recipient of a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He edited and contributed to The Virtual Dimension: Architecture, Representation and Crash Culture (Princeton Architectural Press). Beckmann has also been a featured guest on Bloomberg TV and LX-TV's Open House.

Axis Mundi's unusually diverse body of work has garnered critical attention in Metropolitan Home, Spaces, C3, Archiworld and The New York Times, as well as, online publications such as Architype Review, BldgBlog, Curbed, Dezeen, Designboom, Domus, The Architect's Newspaper, and The New York Observer.

Certification and Awards
Best of Houzz 2013
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
New York, NY US 
John Beckmann 
315 West 39th Street Suite 805
New York, NY 10018 
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Was ist eigentlich… skandinavischer Stil?

Hej, Hej! Licht, Holz und ausgesuchte Möbel – diese 9 Stil-Elemente zaubern die mühelose Leichtigkeit des nordischen Wohnens Full Story
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10 têtes de lit en bois pleines de charme

Une tête de lit et c'est tout le décor de la chambre qui y gagne. Et quand elle est en bois, c'est encore mieux, parole de pro Full Story
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Chevron, Herringbone, Flame Stitch: What’s the Difference?

Make the right point by learning the differences among these 3 popular zigzag patterns Full Story
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Love the patterns
August 11, 2014 at 11:14PM   
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I often find myself in rooms with herringbone-patterned floors in Europe, and recently was wondering to myself if the pattern was 'invented' to use up small bits of wood - cheaper than long, wide planks from tall trees.

Coming from the Pacific Northwest of the USA, I tend to think that plank floors are a sign of having spent a lot of money, and that the longer and wider the planks (especially longer), the more likely that the floor was made from mature, old-growth trees. On 'This Old House' I've noticed that often new hardwood floors have short pieces while old hardwood floors have very long planks, because of the availability of very tall, old-growth trees a hundred or more years ago when the houses were built. But here in Central Europe, it seems that a hundred or more years ago, people went in for 'parquet flooring' in a herringbone pattern using very small pieces of wood. Herringbone-patterned wood floors are considered very elegant and desirable. But I can't help but look at them as cheap (despite the labor-intensiveness of putting one in) because of my bias toward long, wide planks as a sign of quality, old-growth wood.

Does anyone know if using the more difficult herringbone pattern was a sort of 'compensation' for using cheaper, short pieces of wood?
August 14, 2014 at 10:14AM   
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10 tapis hauts en couleur pour booster votre salon

Sublimez votre salon facilement, en optant pour un tapis haut en couleur Full Story
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Review by margaretjanik:

The team at Axis Mundi is super focused on their craft. They are true professionals in that they live and breathe design and have enough years of experience in ...
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Review by Laura Winner:

It just makes me sad to think of the time and money I wasted with these guys. After taking my retainer check, all I got was email links to various mass market ...
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Review by James:

My wife and I recently hired John and his firm Axis Mundi for the design of our loft after seeing a recently published project of theirs. We were thrilled with ...
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