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Oakland Home Renovation, Part2

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As this Oakland Hills home project moves swiftly forward, we have made great progress.
All of the exterior walls are up and waterproofed, the new energy efficient windows installed, and the new roof complete.

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The interior steel beams are in place in the ceiling, allowing this large open family room, dining room & kitchen to be one large grand open space.
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The skylight with exposed timber framing will let beautiful natural light into the large open room. The light will trickle down the stairway that it spans above. Giving natural light to the open stairway and soon to be installed slide! (that will be exciting!)
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The wall of large open windows give a striking view of the Oakland Hills and the Bay beyond.
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The new downstairs room will be a casual den & play room for the kids.
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And finally, the back yard terracing is coming along well with stairs and landings for fruit trees and garden space.
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Shyp Kiosks

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We've just finished up some really pretty kiosks for Shyp, for the holidays.

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Made of a Sycamore hardwood, we contrasted the busy quality of this wood with clean modern lines in the construction.

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The logo letters were cut out & painted separately before adhering them to the front of this store display kiosk.

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In their final place as a promotional display and service at the Banana Republic stores across the US for the holidays.

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Because We Can Christmas Trees!

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We've been busy little elves at the shop this week! Buckling down on the in-house office and shop renovation, not to mention decorating for the holidays. It's time to pull out the old BWC Christmas trees!
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When we released these trees back in 2008, we were a much smaller company. Nowadays, we keep plenty busy with our Architectural and Interiors projects, and don't sell the trees anymore. Of course we kept a few though, and bring them back out every year for the holidays.
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We love experimenting with different materials. Here's one in acrylic that sits in our front window that I took a picture of just this morning, and one made of felt that, while deconstructed, does a fine job of garnishing the office fruit bowl.
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We like to think our designs through pragmatically as well as aesthetically. So of course these trees break down into small convenient to store little packages. Wonderfully compact!
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Some people who bought trees sent us photos of what they did with them. Some of the ideas are really fun!
This person went classic, painting their tree green and adding red and gold baubles, and this person painted theirs fun colors and threaded EL wire around the edges!
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Here's a shop in LA that uses our tree in their window display, and one all lit up with Christmas cheer!
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And here's a little bonus video, Jillian assembling and disassembling the big tree, to show how it's done:

Happy Holidays!

BWC Meetup at The Interval - this Thursday the 18th, starting at 7

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Meet up with us and help celebrate an amazing year at an amazing place: The Interval at The Long Now.

We'll have the back room this Thursday, December 18th, from 7 PM on, and we'd love to see you there.

The Interval is in the Fort Mason center San Francisco.

Close to several bus lines, plenty of free parking out front, and a paid lot right outside the front door.

The Interval has a full bar, wonderful snacks, great coffee and tea for the non-drinkers, and the restaurant Greens is right next door.

Come drink with us, share stories about your year, and help us raise a toast to the new Chalkboard Robot.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tree Wall for ClifBar

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We just finished another internal project for ClifBar in Emeryville, CA.
This 'Tree Wall' is a way they award and congratulate outstanding people within their company, adding a leaf to the tree for each person.

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A simple construction, drawn with vector lines on the computer, and then cut on the CNC.

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We blocked the tree off the wall so it could get around conduit lines and uneven beams.

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We needed to design the trees to go around the existing larger tree & already wall mounted bird houses.

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The wall has a fun, crafty look, and is now ready for more leaves to be presented during their honoring ceremony.

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See the other internal promotional walls we've done for ClifBar here & here!

The Interval at The Longnow - Best New Bar in America

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We are so proud to see The Longnow's Interval get voted one of The 21 Best New Bars in America by Thrillist!

It has been wonderful to see how much amazing press this place is getting. Congratulations to everyone who has helped make that happen! It has become a venue worth it's hype.

You can check out more about the design, construction and Architectural scope of this project here, on our projects page.

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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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