Client work

Gears and more gears!

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We have been working steadily on the design and fabrication for the interior & exterior building of the Tortoise exhibit area for the Hattiesbug Zoo in MS. The latest completed pieces are the interactive gears going all around the complex.

This larger interactive gear piece goes on the outside wall of the main tortoise house, for kids and adults to play with.

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See a video of this piece in action...

Made of polypro, exterior grade woods and stainless steel hardware, this piece is made to survive the Mississippi weather and children alike.
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Smaller gears are in a cluster next to it, as a sign hangs above, as shown in this early drawing.

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The 'gear cluster' final designs look like this:

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Below is a photo of a 'gear cluster' completed, made of polypro, exterior grade woods and stainless steel.
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See a video of the gears in action...

The interior of the main presentation room will look like this, with another interactive gear wall under the flat screens in the back.

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Here is the final design for the interior interactive gear wall
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And here is the final fabrication of that piece getting its last bits put in place at our shop
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Steering wheels in three sections of the interactive wall allow for the spinning of the gears
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See a video of this interactive gear wall...

Next up we are working on this small building pictured below, which will be the holding pen and watering hole for the Tortoises.
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Very soon, that building will look like this!
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In production for the Hattiesburg Zoo

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We are in full production right now for a project that finished design phase last fall. Our design of the Galapagos Tortoise enclosure and adjoining "Discovery" Area for the Hattiesburg Zoo in Mississippi is coming to life!

Here Joel, from the BWC fabrication shop, puts together the final pieces for the exterior interactive gear wall.
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For scale, BWC Designer Be stands next to the main attraction of the exterior interactive gear wall. The whole thing will be painted and then final assembly and rotation testing will take place before it is shipped out.
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More gears for an interior interactive wall that will be in the main even space.
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This rendering of the exterior hallways of the zoo building shows the design for the window frames and arches that span the walkway.
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Here is the design for the window frames and spanning arches for the inside of the main events room.
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The final exterior arch. Each arch has a center medallion that is specific to that arch.
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The medallions are all different animals set on a gear scene.
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The final assembly will happen onsite, with stainless hardware and slotting made for the various widths of the walkway.
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The window and door frames are also made of durable exterior materials. The stainless hardware of the arches matches the stainless details and hardware on the window and door frames. Pictured here is the smallest window frame, fully assembled.
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The decorative carving details added to the brackets once again define our company, which I guess we could have named 'Why not', but settled instead on 'Because We Can'.
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Tinker Stations and Shelving for an Oakland School

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For a small private school in Oakland, we recently completed the first phase of a revamp of their front hallway area.
Now to be used for displaying the students art pieces and holding "Maker" classes.

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The shelving is a shadow box design with cork backers for hanging the students art, and runs the length of one side of the hallway.

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On the other side of the hallway, the tinker stations line up in a row. We took design references from the original Julia Morgan building & furniture, integrating them into the stations.

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The stations have a full cabinet of storage in their interior, and peg boards and white boards inside either door.

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The work surface has a grid pattern carved into a sturdy maple top.

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And small drawers for supplies line the top.

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Happy Making, kids!

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Bloom inspired Light Shades

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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

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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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The LongNow's new salon space

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We have been involved with The Long Now for years. They are just too cool for us to stay away. But recently they asked us to help them design their new salon space. Of course we accepted!

Their current space has an open office over a museum and book store that shows off all their various projects. They also try to use the space for receptions after their very successful lecture series they hold in a nearby theater within Fort Mason. They noticed that there are more people having more interesting conversations in these receptions, so they want to turn the space into one that could accommodate this use all the time.

We have been working closely with them to make the new layout a modular design that will fit their unique needs.

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By day, the space will serve as museum, library, event space, and coffee bar. It will allow for The Long Now to expand upon their very successful lecture series into smaller, more intimate events.

By night a cerebral salon space that serves inspired cocktails and promotes conversations through the exhibits on display.

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To help fund the project, artisanal bottles of Gin and Whiskey are being made by St. George Spirits, using the Juniper berries and botanicals from the clock site.

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If you purchase one of these bottles, it will be kept at the salon, in traditional Japanees Bottle Keep style, for you to enjoy there. The bottle will be lowered down to you from the ceiling, where all the bottles are kept, like a full ceiling chandelier.

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We are looking forward to seeing this project go into construction. And it will happen sooner if you all purchase a bottle!

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It will not only serve as a fund raising vehicle for the non-profit, but act within the community and larger society to help further the primary goal of the Long Now: to foster and encourage long term thinking.

You can see our full project page for more images here.
And find out more about how to support The Long Now salon here!

Couch Design for Techshop

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A couple months ago we were brought in by Techshop, SF to be guest designers for one of their corporate events. We took a day to brainstorm with the clients for a couch and a side table design. During that session we drew on paper, white baords and modeled designs in Revit. By the end of the day we had a design that everyone was excited about.

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We focused on making the design one that reflected the CNC fabrication style that it was going to be made in. By using a high grade "EuroPly" and aluminum sheet we were able to do a staked design with an exposed edge to get our curved shapes. In the middle of the stack is a layer of aluminum to add strength and interest, and to use more of the TechShop machines!

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The wood was all CNC router cut, the aluminum was waterjet cut and the brackets and feet were waterjet cut and welded.

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It was a successful fun day for the corporate team, and in the end they got to keep the couch for their office.
So cool!

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D-school press

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We worked on some elements for The D-School at Stanford University a little over a year ago. It was a really cool project, and the school is really awesome too!

There was just an article about the D-School in the Wall Street Journal with some photos of the work we helped out with.

The article is great in talking about what the school does for Stanford, but if you want to see more photos of the stuff we did, check out our project page on it!

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Diner Wall

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We finally got photos of this project from late last year! We had helped ClifBar out with an internal wall they were building to showcase and promote the philanthropy projects their employees could help out with as part of a company program.

They had a cool idea to show off the different projects available as "menu items", so the diner wall concept was born.

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We helped with designing the layout of the wall, sourcing the nessesary items and fabricating the specialty objects.... like these 'ticket takers' made out of old bike wheels!

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And this 1950's counter! complete with diner accessories!

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And finally, of course, a cool diner sign.

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The wall is a well used hit!

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Diner sign

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It's so nice and pretty to work with aluminum.
Here, a wood backed aluminum sign with acrylic spacer for the floating bits.

This sign is for our ongoing clients over at Clifbar.
Here is some of the other work we have done for them, and some more recent stuff.

We just love how nice and clean this came out, and the font is super cool too!

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Soon to come: photos of this whole completed project!

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