beauty and function

, a grocery store and delicatessen, takes a fresh look at heritage by incorporating traditional services inherent to a neighborhood grocery as well as preserving the original historical materials and characteristics of the old Dundee Dinner Theater.

Positioned on the corner of 51st and Underwood, the 12,000 sqft Dundee Dinner Theater is one of the original buildings on the neighborhood’s historic main street. Built around 1915 as a movie theater, apartments, and storage space, the building has since housed an auto repair shop, an art gallery, and finally returned to its original use as a dinner theater.

I am passionate about beauty and function.  They are my balance.  The only place I have found these concepts to coexist efficiently, every time, is in Nature.  So, we can say that I am passionate about Nature.  I was raised rehabilitating local wildlife with my Mother, and spending summer vacations camping at state parks.  Preserving the joy I feel when I am surrounded by Nature has become my life’s work.  I photograph it, I design with it, I am inspired by it.

My design for Fields uses sustainable and local materials, including fixtures and lighting made from re-used and recycled materials, refinished original flooring, and local artwork.

In a clean and simple way, Fields gives a fresh appearance that is only matched by the locally grown products it both features and serves.

I believe all forward progress should be made with wise decisions over quick decisions.  Architecture, in it’s painstakingly slow journey from idea to final product, struck me as the best way for me to do something about my passions.  Nature is demolished daily to make room for architecture.  There had to be some way I could balance the two.

Architecture is beautiful and functional.  Just like my beloved Nature.

about the artist:

Kassi Moy is a 24-year-old designer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is 1.5 semesters away from completing her Masters degree in Architecture with a specialization in Interior Design.  She’s lived in Omaha, NE her whole life and is counting down the days until she can experience life in a new place. In her free time she enjoys horticulture, music, photography and the outdoors.

we asked Kassi a few questions after receiving her exhibit.

what do you feel your college degree is worth during the current state of the economy?

“My college degree is worth nothing in the form of dollars.  I feel confident that I could have gotten the job I had if I had not gone to college for four years.  However, I give my degree a value of open-mindedness.  It expanded my horizons, made me think differently, solve problems more effectively, and learn to communicate my ideas.”

would you have gone a different route, other than interior design?

“I am a firm believer in the butterfly effect – knowing that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had done anything in the past differently.  And I am happy with where I am at life as far as the big things go.  However, if I had to take a different route other than interior design, I would have gotten a degree in business or even just a general design degree.  If you want to make money off of doing what you love, you need to know how to market yourself and run a business.”

what do you think about the falsity of the American Dream?

“I think the American Dream has lost context with today’s impatient society.  Growing up I thought that going to college, getting my dream job, raising my family and enjoying a life full of love, laughter, and travel was my future, and it was totally attainable if I worked hard enough, if I was good enough.  What I didn’t’ realize was how much college costs and how time-consuming and unrealistic it is to think you can get scholarships and grants (it’s almost a full-time job just applying for these!)  Now I sit with almost 7 years of college to pay for (four of which my parents must help pay for as well), a job that allows me to pay my bills but have nothing left to put towards school loans, and a job market that is only getting tighter.”

what is something you would warn young people of before they offered four years and buckets of money to a college?

“I would encourage young people to take college seriously.  It is easy to get wrapped up in graduating highschool, figuring out where your friends are going to college and which universities offer your dream program, and just going with little thought of what happens after you have your degree.  If you don’t know what to get a degree in, get one in business and then travel to gain inspiration on what you want to do with your life, how you want to live.  For a frugal person like myself, once I got into the college program and spent gobs of my time, money, and sanity on completing projects and finals, the thought of quitting was insane.  Changing majors was even more intense because who wants to spend more money and time and sanity?  It’s easy to get into the “just get it done” mode and forget why you are there.  If your future involves a job that just pays your bills, then maybe college isn’t right for you.  Maybe a technical school or associates program is better.  The way America is shaping up, a college degree will be standard, a master’s means you care, and a doctorate is real dedication.  People feel they have to prove themselves with degrees.  But are there even jobs for these degrees?  Not lately.  Pretty soon we will all be doctors with no jobs.”

Kassi, thank you.


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