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Forgotten Fridays, War Room Drawing Table

Sometimes, as it happens, we are hired to create designs and even physical pieces that, for one reason or another, never come fully to life.
These designs tend to get filed away, sometimes brought out again, but mostly just logged and stored in their client folder, rarely to be looked at again.

Our 'Forgotten Fridays' series is a place for us to showcase and celebrate the most interesting forgotten designs; parts of which may someday again breath life!

This table design was part of a larger office renovation project, turning an existing building into the main headquarters for a company in Southern CA. We did all the architectural designs and the interior design to revitalize the building and make the new space inviting, comfortable and practical for the company. As part of this renovation, we designed all the furniture for the interior as well. We typically design the interior finishes and furniture for our renovation projects, and often we build large amounts of the furniture that goes into the final building.

Here is one design from that renovation project that got cut out early on.

A large drawing / meeting / 'war room' table
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With storage underneath for large format drawings as well as smaller storage for pens & such.
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We did eventually design and build a similar table for the same client but in a different location that can be seen here, on our projects page.
But this table with its cool floating top did not come to life. Perhaps it will one day!

Happy Forgotten Friday!

The Kaiser building 1st floor under renovation

The large three floor renovation at the Kaiser Building on Lakeside in Oakland is feverishly underway for The Port Workspaces!
We worked on the interior design layouts and concepts all last year. Since then we've been busy fabricating our designs and installing them in the new space. The project is looking awesome, and parts of it are already open!

Just on the first floor alone, we have been painting walls,

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and painting huge murals! (mural work by GriffinOne

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dying fun colors and games into the floor,

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and building water features with bench seating.

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We recently brought in huge shipping containers to build out into work spaces

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and put up a fun rope wall corner to define the lounge area...

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Check out this neat video of the rope wall going up!

Coolest Office Spaces In SF

A couple of our projects were just picked up for this article on the Coolest Office Spaces In SF.

While we think that all of our SF office projects are the coolest, we'll take the good press!

This article calls out specifically one of our lastest projects done for the new Dolby Headquarters on Market Street in downtown SF.
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It also calls out an older project of ours that was super fun to work on, the Three Rings Design office, also in downtown SF.
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We're assuming they did not mention these cool shipping container lounges we did for the new Google office just a few months ago, because they are in MountainView.... so that would not fall under the same headline. We understand. But converting those shipping containers into amazing little office lounge spaces sure was a fun project. And they came out so cool!
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And of course they could not know about the awesome new office spaces that we're creating for The Port Co-working in the Kaiser Building, Oakland.
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That project has yet to be fully revealed, but the 3rd floor co-working office space and event spaces are open and looking great. Can't wait to reveal the rest of that project soon!

The Port Co-Working new Location

We are very excited about 2016 and some of our great projects that will open this new year!
For much of 2015 we helped The Port WorkingSpaces open a new and ambitious project in Oakland by Lake Merritt.

The roof deck and 3rd floor co-working space there has been open for months. The other two exciting spaces will open soon in 2016!
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We have been working hard to get those two final spaces done so we can show them off, as they are looking really great!

Meanwhile, here are some images of the completed 3rd Floor and roof deck comprising of co-working spaces with large communal tables, meeting rooms,
lounges and event areas both indoor and out.

When you enter the 3rd floor and walk through the large double doors, you are greeted by this really cool space. Once a large restaurant, we kept all the
original molding and wood details wood, just updating the paint, carpet and lighting.
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Some of the furniture we sourced, and the rest of it we designed made to have the perfect aesthetic and functionality for the space, like these large
walnut tables on rolling legs.
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Big tube steel legs add a cool aesthetic and make for a very sturdy table on locking casters.
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Some of the rolling tables were done in half rounds that can be joined together to add more diversity to the seating options.
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For the indoor event areas of the 3rd floor we designed and made these hard wood Machiche tables.
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The lounge area by the indoor event space we designed with these long, low bench seats.
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Then finally, as you enter onto the roof deck you see that much of it has been covered in thick, soft astroturf with modular sofa seating.
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We even got a Tiki Bar up there! With awesome hanging personal hammocks that add fun color and flair.
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Go check out the space for yourself! The roof garden, event spaces, meeting rooms and co-working spaces are available for bookings,
so you'll probably get invited to a party there shortly if you don't book one yourself!

Dynamo Benches at Autodesk University

We just got back from showing off our latest design project at Autodesk University in Vegas. Being a CAD technology conference, we used Autodesk Dynamo to programmatically create these "benches" as a seating area around the 'Hive' area. These benches weren't drawn, or even modeled, they were 100% made via Dynamo. 'Generative Design' is design technique where you create goal-driven custom computer programs that then generate the design, and in this case, even the final built object itself.

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A proof of concept project, we made a point to show off the fasteners, brackets and assembly numbering system on the back. Every connector and triangle are completely unique, so every one needed a label for assembly.

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Spanning over 12ft long, each triangle is the perfect shape to create the long undulating form. There's no internal ribs or framework, just triangles and connectors.

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Easily assembled and disassembled with one tool, the triangles bolt into place, aligning with their numbered threaded bracket.

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This was a fun project that allowed us to push limits of programmatic design and fabrication entirely with Dynamo. If you'd like to join in the fun, we've open-sourced our fabrication-focused Dynamo add-ons, and you can find them here on GitHub.

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Several thousand bolts, hundreds of triangles, ten days, five people, and one Dynamo script to make both benches. Being artists, fabricators, architects, and builders, our company is able to produce creative elements like this quickly and easily, and make it look really cool in the end! Just think of what we could do for you.

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November 2015 Make Magazine

If you happen to pick up this months issue of Make Magazine, you will see a nice big photo of a piece we made for The Hattiesburg Zoo in Mississippi.
Check it out!
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The article is all about the cool things you can do with subtractive fabrication. Which is what we have been integrating into our projects for over 10 years!
If you want to see more about this showcased project check it out on our project page.

East Bay Mini MakerFaire - This Sunday!

We'll be presenting at East Bay Mini Maker Fair this Sunday, Oct 18th at 12:15PM
Come on by and say hello!

We'll be presenting in the Magnolia Bldg Great Room on the "MAD SKILLZ STAGE"
That alone should make you want to come see us.

Our talk will be on Making to Make: How Creating Our Own Custom Tools Helps Us Make Great Things

We would love to see you. This is a great smaller Maker Faire that is interesting to the whole family.
Sunday, Oct 18th 10AM-5PM.
Park Day School, 360 42nd St, Oakland

Use the discount code: MAKERFRIEND for 15% off tickets - but you must buy tickets BEFORE midnight Sat night as this is no good day of the show.

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NewCo Event at BWC this Thursday

The NewCo Event is happening this week with lots of cool business opening their doors and giving presentations of the goings on inside.
We're participating this Thursday morning, and we hope to see you there!

Visit us at our office during @NewCo Oakland Oct 8. Get 30% off tickets with the code HC30Oak
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