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The Wunderkammer at The Interval

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The Interval has had a strong opening, and we are excited about all the great press it is getting! From The Examiner , The Chronicle, SF Eater and 7x7 to the NYT, and Wired just to name a few.

Today's post highlights The Wunderkammer, nestled within the stairs that leads to The LongNow foundation's office space above.

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Tucked neatly under the stairs we designed this Wunderkammer to display The LongNow's projects, and help get the most out of this small multi functional space.

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The lights within the cabinets lure viewers to the displays, and give each showcased item a level of importance it deserves.
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Creating well used functional space out of a seemingly unusable area, we designed and fabricated the round cabinet with glass fronted doors and storage beneath. Every available space needed a use, so this empty slot near the stair support pole is specially designed for the bottle accessing step stool.

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The cabinet wraps around, following the curve of the staircase, and creating a center point within the open floor plan. The storage and display is followed to the second to last step!

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House Renovation in Oakland

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We are in the middle of a beautiful home renovation in Oakland, adding a two story expansion onto this home, with a large wrap around deck.

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Major construction has just started, and things are moving quickly!

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The interior framing is all up, and the windows framed out.

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The view from here will be amazing! Large windows and french doors open out onto the soon to be constructed deck.

It will be a huge addition to the interior space, as well as lovely hang out areas outside.

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The back yard terracing will add to the usable outside space, filled with fruit trees. A great renovation from an overgrown steep hill.

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We're looking forward to posting more about this project as construction progresses!

Long Now Bottle Placement

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The Long Now has started to do some smaller, open to the public talks at The Interval. The first one was a great success! Keep your eye on the schedule for more of these evenings guaranteed to be full of interesting conversation.

While we were at The Interval for this night of conversation, we decided to fill our bottle. We designed the bottles to be hung from the rafters in the ceiling. These donor bottles reflect the LEDs shining up on them, waiting for their owners. (You can learn more about the donor bottle program here.)

(update!): A few weeks later the bottles have begun to be filled. Look at all those colors of lovely browns and clears!
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Teaming up with St. George Distillery, the bottles are filled with either a whiskey or Gin that was made especially for The Interval project. This lovely spirit can only be found here, at The Long Now's Interval.

To fill the bottle, first the proper amount of Gin must be measured out in a large beaker by an Interval bartender.

Then, in a very nice little bottle pouring ceremony, the donor gets to fill their own bottle.

Notice the stand the bottle is sitting in?

Just another little thing we did to make the whole space and experience like no other.

After pouring the spirt into our personal bottle, it is hung up with the others by The Interval staff. Waiting until we come again.

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The bottle is then polished lovingly for fingerprints and awaiting our return.

Bay Area Digital Fabrication Club meets this Thursday

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The Bay Area Digital Fabrication Club meet-up is meeting this Thursday.

Graciously hosted by BlueSprout, Oakland's new tech factory, the Club is an informal and fun user's group where designers, fabricators, and artsts share tips and tricks about these amazing tools. This month's meeting is all about cheap and/or free 3D modeling options for 3D printing & subtractive fabrication.

Remember, bring something you've made to show & tell, and get a chance to win a prize: $60 worth of 3D printing filament or CNC tooling, your pick!

Would love to see you there!

Interactive Displays for Kids

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The Hattiesburg Zoo in MS is a kids zoo, and as such we integrated fun, interactive displays for kids when we designed the Asbury Discovery Center space. This room is used mostly for events and meetings filled with adults, but we wanted to make sure the space held and interest for kids, as well as adults.

Along with many many objects and images to look at throughout the room, there are three 'Curio Cabinets' along the back wall that draw visitors into the room to peer through the glass into the displays.

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As adults may be drawn to the displays within the shelves of these cabinets, those of a shorter statute will discover there are interesting things to be seen at their level as well!

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A small shadow box hides in the lower level of this cabinet, easily accessed by the zoo staff to change out the display when needed and gives the most important visitors something to discover.

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All closed up, the display is safe behind an acrylic panel, and locked so it is only accessible to zoo staff. The door with a large latch is great for interactive kid fun, as they can open and close the latched door, and discover the treasures within.

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On one end of the room, an attractive gear display is hung below the flat screens. The screens are used for presentations and information display during adult events, but the gears are what the kids really care about.

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Three handles allow three kids to spin the gears at a time. And at different height levels, all the ages that can walk can reach a spinning wheel.

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Watching the gears mesh together and seeing the relation between spinning the wheel and getting the gears to spin, hopefully gets some gears spinning in those little heads!

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Great thought and care was take in the design and assembly of the interactive displays. Assuring they were easy to use, aesthetically pleasing and fit with the design of the space.

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Here, details are checked over by our staff, testing the final piece before it is shipped to the site.

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The outside of the Asbury Discovery Center building has an interactive gear wall for those who are a bit taller, hinting to what might be found inside!

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