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Internal Marketing Wall for ClifBar

We have been lucky enough to work with ClifBar again on another internal marketing wall for their Emeryville office location. This one focused on the Womens' Mountain Biking Team they sponsor, and integrated an aesthetic of reclaimed barn wood juxtaposed with clean lines.
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This wall was coincidentally right next to another office wall we did. That one was a promotional wall for their internal philanthropy work, done with a 1950's diner theme and reclaimed bike parts.
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The LunaChix wall (named after their LunaBar line) incorporates overlapping frames, a movable time line, Bike Jersey holders, a map of where the teams are located and a giant overhead sign.
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This row of frames will act as a timeline for showing which bike team is in the lead.
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Working with the client, we designed the aesthetic and functionality of these items.
The timeline frames can slide easily along their rail with these small clips we've added to the back.
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For the Map, we chose to use an oiled Walnut face, and then carve the state lines into it.
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We did this so the soft material behind the veneer can accept the pins to showcase the team locations.
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We used the same material to make these striking jersey holders
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By creating a system to hang and overlap the barnwood frames, photos in the frames can be easily switched out when needed.
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For the larger wood frames, we added a laser-cut wood name attached to the side:
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And finally, the large barnwood sign. We made this custom barnwood sign by dying the wood after fabricating its shape, so the variation in the wood slats can shine through.
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Yo Ho Ho, A Pirate Ship for Me!

We are working on a very fun office interior renovation for an independent game studio in New York.
At the end of last year we were heavy in design phase... doing things like this:

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....and now we are heavy in fabricating pirate ships!

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Working closely with this small office, we created a new look for their office of many rooms.
This big fabrication run is for one of their larger rooms where everyone sits, which we are turning into a nautical paradise. The photo above is a prototype for ships that will straddle cube walls and provide shade against noon day glaring sun.

Here is our original concept drawing...

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The larger ships are part of a set of screens for and undefined hallway to give it some privacy and interest.

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There are stacks and stacks of ships!

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And don't forget... waves for the ships. Or they won't get anywhere!

Obama's shout out

An additional promotional article posted in the SF Chronicle over the weekend mentions us in the same sentence as President Obama. We'll take that.

"When President Obama gave a shout out to 3-D technology and its potential to revolutionize U.S. manufacturing in his State of the Union speech last month, he might as well have been talking about Jillian Northrup and Jeffrey McGrew of Oakland, (California). The principals of the architectural design-build studio Because We Can are harnessing the increasingly affordable power of robotics to create whimsical custom furniture and fixtures for Bay Area clients, including gaming company Three Rings, producers of the popular computer game Puzzle Pirates. They also created a buzz with this mad scientist's office, complete with cat transport tube, designed for Eric and Sue Johnston of San Francisco and built using Frank, a Shopbot CNCRouter.

For more on the couple and their quirky studio, click here."

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Trees and vines for the kitchen

To match the dining room chairs we made for this client a while back, we recently added some tall pantry doors and screens for the existing cabinets.

The dining chairs we made are a set of all different patterns incorporating a tree design motif on the back.

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Because the chairs are a focus point of the room, the client wanted a few custom elements for the adjoining kitchen to it all together.

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We made a couple of these screens to cover plain areas of the cabinets.
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And then created a design that matched the chairs for their larger pantry doors.

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Once the framing surround for the cabinets goes in this will all be complete!

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Friday, March 1st, BWC 2013 Winter Open House

Winter is almost over (yay!) and it's not freezing in the shop anymore. So stop by and help us join in the fun!

We are opening our doors for Because We Can's Winter 2013 open house.

We'll be starting early at 5PM and going until 8PM-ish.

All are invited, so come on by! We'd love to see you.

We'll be celebrating and showing off recent projects completed and those underway.
It's a great time to drop by and talk shop with us.

We'll have some snacks, some drinks, many new projects to show, and more.

Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words!

Friday, March 1st

5PM - 8PM

2500 Kirkham St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 922-8846

Click here for the Google Map.

Bloom inspired Light Shades

For a loft renovation project in downtown San Francisco, we designed light shades inspired by blooming flowers.

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Lots of other things are happening in this project, but for now I am just showing off the light shades. They came out really nicely and make a big difference already to the space!

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Large frosted bulbs allow us to have the bottom of the shade exposed, and show off the details inside. When you look up at the shade you can see the aluminum plates that suspend above. The patterns cut into the plates throw fun shadows onto the ceiling.

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Of course, the different patterns throw different shadows above.

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We had a fun time designing these. Not one shade is alike, as the overlapping frosted panels fall in a different orientation on each. The patterned aluminum is unique on each as well.
More to come on this project as it progresses!

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The LongNow Gin Tasting

As we've mentioned before, we are helping The Long Now renovate their space at Fort Mason by adding a Bar and Event Space into the existing museum.

The Long Now is a non-profit who's mission is to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

This new space is part of that mission. To help raise funds for this project, they have collaborated with non other than St George Spirits to produce a Gin from the Juniper Bushes at their clock site.

There are so many cool links in the above sentences I cannot even believe it.

Anyway, January 23rd, you can taste this amazing Gin and help support the project by coming to the Gin Tasting event at Fort Mason!

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We will be there talking about the new designs, and generally mingling. Hope to see you there!

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Newly installed Cat Transit System (CTS)

Our latest improvement to the Mad Scientist Home Workshop project just got its first cat friendly transportation.
Just look at this happy customer:

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The tube system travels over the desks,

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around three of the four walls, allowing cats to access the top of the Maker armoire.

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There are viewing ports for engaging with humans though,

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and hidden access points.

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As well as lots of details to make it aesthetically pleasing. Including this operable wheel!

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The first step to greater cat mobility throughout the room is here!

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