Recent News

Basan Bull City Sushi Opens in Durham

February 12th, 2015

Basan, the latest concept from our partnership with Eschelon Experiences opens in downtown Durham, NC.

Overlooking the Durham Bulls ballpark, Basan is between the American Tobacco campus and DPAC in the Diamond View III building. See some of our work from the project here

Basan serves a west coast style of sushi; a brighter, fresher, less fried style. Our team designed the interior to compliment the concept. The theme of reclamation from the American Tobacco campus is present in the massive use of rough-sawn wood and rustic finishes. We combined these textural roots with modern lines and Japanese-influenced joinery on almost all of the detailing.
The interior design features a mix of rustic materials and modern design, like the pagoda-style booths made of raw sealed lumber beams. In the summer of 2015, guests will be able to sit on the large patio which overlooks the grassy expanse next to DPAC and the new Aloft hotel, enjoy sake at the bar, or sit right at the sushi bar and watch the sushi chefs in action. Large tatami rooms line the side of the restaurant.
Our industrial design team, which was responsible for the interior design and detailing, collaborated with our graphic + branding team, which developed the brand identity, menu design, and signage.



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Amphos Air Dive Computer Featured in ScubaLab Gear of the Year

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December 31st, 2014

ScubaLab Features the Sherwood Scuba Amphos Air in Gear of the Year 2014.


From ScubaLab:
“Sherwood’s newest version of its Amphos wristwatch computer now offers air integration. Using an algorithm shared with Sherwood’s Wisdom 3 console computer, the Amphos Air has easy four-button navigation and a stylish design with a stainless-steel bezel. $1,150 (with transmitter and download cable)”


Our ID team partnered with Sherwood Scuba on the aesthetic design of the Amphos and Amphos Air Computers last year.

Check out our design process for the wrist-worn computer in our ID portfolio.

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Faire Opens in Cameron Village Raleigh, NC

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December 30th, 2014

Faire, the latest concept from our partnership with Eschelon Experiences opens in Cameron Village.

In October 1853, the North Carolina State Agricultural Society held the first ever NC State Fair near the intersection of Oberlin Road and Clark Avenue in Raleigh. A few relics from this era, like the Raleigh Little Theater, Rose Garden, and Horse Track Alley, still survive near there today.
Redefining Raleigh dining in 2014, in this same location, is Faire.

Faire, which in French means “to make”, combines international culinary influences with traditional “southern fare” for steaks, seafood, and other classic dishes.
Our design for Faire references the mid-century roots of the Cameron Village area. We have drawn our color palette from popular textiles and interior trends from the 1940’s and 50’s, and selected “Eames-era” furniture with a modern-day construction. Many custom elements have been built specifically for the space to give it a one-of-a-kind aesthetic, and to ensure it is a place that patrons will remember.
Our product team, which was responsible for the interior design and detailing, collaborated with our graphic + branding team, which developed the brand identity, menu design, and signage.
Faire leverages a rich combination of vintage details, modern textures, and rhythmic patterns that add up to an open, optimistic space that’s all about comfort and style. This aesthetic, combined with a nod to the site’s historical significance, delivers a dining experience that is truly unique to the Raleigh area.



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Laut Design Partners with Clouds Brewing Co.

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August 7th, 2014

Laut Design Partners with Clouds Brewing Co.

We’re proud to announce a new partnership with Raleigh’s latest brewery concept, Clouds Brewing Co.

Our team will be responsible for all brand efforts to include identity, retail, promotions, and advertising. Keep in touch with them on Facebook (until we complete their homepage) for updates as construction progresses. Clouds Brewing on Facebook

The interior, which was designed by Cline Design in Raleigh, NC, is a somewhat modern take on a handcrafted, industrial theme.

The facility, which will begin producing its own brews around December of this year, is situated on the ground floor of an old City of Raleigh parking deck for maintenance vehicles. Much of the detailing on the interior is designed to compliment the aged construction methods used to build the original structure.

The concept will feature a robust beer list with brews from the region, north carolina, and across the country.  It will also have a full lunch, dinner, and dessert menu, which is inspired by German ingredients and preparation methods.



Our New Clouds Brewing Identity Design

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New Bollé “Duchess” Goggle Design

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September 6th, 2013

Laut Design Partners with Bollé’s Ski and Snowboard Division on New Goggle Design

We’re proud to announce the upcoming release of the Duchess goggle, the result of a recent partnership of Laut and Bollé.

Working through market research, ideation sketches, and CAD modeling, we helped develop the new goggle’s lens, frame, and outrigger styling. Check out the process on our portfolio page on row two.

Bollé Duchess

Here’s what Bollé has to say about the design: “Bollé’s newest goggle for women is our best yet. The chic and sleek Duchess is packed with technology to keep you fog free and enhance your vision all day long. This small-to-medium fit goggle fits seamlessly with your helmet and plush triple layer face foam will keep your face warm while you look hot riding down the slopes.”

Product available for purchase here.

Review from Skiing Business magazine here.


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Fast Company Profiles American Industrial Design

August 24th, 2013

“There has never been a better time to be an American Industrial Designer.” – Fast Company Magazine


Check out the article here at






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Our Team is Seeking Interns

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January 28th, 2013

Design your project.  We’ll help you design the result.



We’re developing a 10-14 week internship program for two teams of 2-3 Design Students that will:

• Allow the student group to identify, plan, design, and prototype a project with help from LD staff

• Utilize the group bandwidth for portfolio-building projects as determined by LD staff including:

- Misc admin and housekeeping items

- ID Projects

- GD Projects

- Market & User Research

- Digital Modeling

- Any other tasks as determined by management



• Announcement: January 25th

• Information Session at LD: January 31st

• Applications Accepted From: Jan 31st – Feb 24th

• First round Interviews: February 25th

• Follow-up interviews: Ongoing and as needed

• Final Selection: March 22nd



• Potential applicants should be motivated, self-starters who have completed and mastered multiple design courses that are looking for an internship that requires heavy input in exchange for heavy output and mentoring.

• To apply, submit the following to LD via Josh Horne – o Resume & portfolio samples, including:

- Relevant course work and corresponding portfolio content

- Past project samples related to ID, GD, or Prototyping

- Two (2) references Laut Design can contact; one (1) academic, one (1) other

- Other group member’s name(s)

- Proposed project outline, including:

- A brief summary of the project and how Laut Design can be a resource on completion of the project (not simply “LD has the machinery and software, etc”)

- Proposed timeline to completion, group member responsibilities, and set deliverables for project

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LD Partners with Red Storm Entertainment

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September 20th, 2012

Laut Design Partners with Ubisoft’s Red Storm Entertainment Studio in Cary, NC

Creator of industry-changing titles like Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell, the team over at Red Storm made a visit to our studio this week to talk design and fabrication.

Be sure to check and for updates on their upcoming release Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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What is Industrial Design?

June 29th, 2012

A big part of what we do over here…

The folks over at ICSID have released a great video explaining it.



What is Industrial Design?

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LD to Design New Restaurant Concept in Raleigh

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May 23rd, 2012

One Exchange Place in Downtown Raleigh


Laut Design Selected to Design New Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Concept

Our team has been contracted to design a new restaurant concept at One Exchange Place in our very own Raleigh, NC. The new venture will replace The Mint restaurant which closed down in early 2012.

Our ID and Graphic teams will both be heavily involved on this project, which will utilize a blended effort of interior design, lighting, branding, and print.

While we can’t tell you much about the new concept, we’ll be posting photos of the progress as work is completed.

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