ArtZ’s unique studio is located in Bozeman, Montana.
We are part of a mixed-use neighborhood of industrial, residential
buildings existing together, with both the foothills of the Bridger
Mountain Range and our vibrant downtown just a few blocks away.
a designer and having an architect for a husband, we live and
breathe design. We have designed our work and personal life to
coincide in unison, yet separately. Thus, we have designed our
home and work space to be located in the heart of our favorite
place and joined together, to create efficiency of time at work
and at home.
Our studio is an inspiring place that is flooded with natural
light and a spectacular view of the Bridger Mountains. The first
floor of our studio is an industrial workshop where my husband,
Ken creates prototypes of furnishings, fixtures and structural
details for his clients. Ken & I share the large vaulted
space of the second and third floor lofts, part, for his architecture
office, and part, as ArtZ’s design, work and inventory
space. A special feature that our children love to show-off is
our industrial lift elevator for moving shipments into and out
of the studio. The studio has been designed to be part of our
home, but not to be part of our home life – so, when it
is time to work, we can work; when it is time to be at home,
our workspace seems very far away.
Efficiency has been Artz’s mantra in how we run our businesses
and in how we manage the studio. For several years, we have been
asking ourselves how can we design our products, make our products,
market our products, store our inventory, and ship our products
as efficiently as possible. This allows us to spend more time
with our customers and reduce the amount of time required for
As well, we continue to find ways to be good stewards of the
environment and reduce our costs in maintaining a sustainable
studio and home. ArtZ has created efficiency of space and storage
by consolidating multiple uses to create a minimal footprint
vs. the use of traditional, separated spaces for office, storage,
assembly and shipping. We have created an energy efficient space
using 10” thick walls made of recycled styrofoam and concrete,
a roof structure made of recycled beams from dismantled warehouses
of the Northwest, in-floor radiant heating with supplemental
heat from wood and solar. In the summer, we use the process of
nighttime flushing to keep the space at a comfortable temperature.
Clerestory windows create indirect, diffused lighting, with minimal
need for additional lighting during the day. We recycle and reuse
as much as we can and continue to challenge ourselves to conserve
and to purchase quality, American or even locally made products
vs. inexpensive, poor quality products that end up in the landfill
much too quickly.
My husband Ken VanDeWalle, is well versed in creating inspiring
spaces with unparalleled attention to the layering, rhythm and
details of a space. His designs are true to the materials’ inherent
strengths and characteristics. The contemporary form and shape
of his designs are uniquely communicated with an industrial craftsmanship.
His buildings are naturally and fundamentally sustainable through
the innovative use of materials, creation of spaces, site placement
and application of natural and applied uses of alternative energy.
If you would like to learn more about his work, check-out his