Projects

Cisco Systems

When Cisco decided to remodel its multi-structure campus in San Jose, a key requirement was to support the company’s Connected Workplace model.

Musings

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Projects

55 Hawthorne

This idea of a common forum for international markets became the design inspiration for Yelp’s offices at 55 Hawthorne in San Francisco. Each floor springs from the textures and moods of a particular market in a city where Yelp has a significant presence.

Musings

The Thumbnail History of Iconic Design: Coca Cola

Projects

Uber 5

This 5th floor “Paris,” much like its counterpart in France, is an assembly of distinct neighborhoods, laid out as if for a culture of flaneurs, but overlaid with modern energy and drive.

Visits

West Coast East Redux

Projects

Alibaba

Located on the 26th floor of one of San Francisco’s Art Deco masterpieces—the old PacBell Building, built in 1925—Alibaba’s new office mixes modern austerity with refinements from a more ornamental age.

Visits

Bi-Coastal Bashes Mark Hall of Fame Honors

“It takes two” was Interior Design Magazine’s theme for the 31st Annual Hall of Fame Awards—and it took two parties on two coasts properly to celebrate Primo and Verda’s induction.

Projects

Uber 11

When Uber acquired the 11th floor of the building it occupies in San Francisco, an initial concern was its distance from the company’s executive offices on the 4th floor. How could people on the 11th feel any sense of community or shared purpose with people seven floors below?

Musings

The Thumbnail History of Iconic Design: iPhone

A review in Time Magazine zeroed in on what made the iPhone an object of cult worship: “One of Jobs' basic insights is that good design is actually as important as good technology.

Projects

Kimball Showroom

With the El and the Chicago River right outside the window Kimball's space at NeoCon 2015 buzzed with urban energy even before the showroom was installed.

Visits

A Day at Dismaland Bemusement Park

Dismaland was a complete immersive experience; Banksy's voice was in full force during my entire trip to the Bemusement Park.

Projects

Capital One Labs

Capital One Labs in San Francisco is a division of the corporate giant responsible for creating financial service apps and other interactive products —basically a design studio tucked into a bank.

Musings

Steve Jobs: Portrait of the Artist as a Pain in the A

It’s a reflection of how artfully director Danny Boyle, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and actor Michael Fassbender craft their portrait of Steve Jobs.

Projects

Artis Ventures

At Artis Ventures the dimensions of the space mandated a design that merged all the functions of a professional environment—work, play, daily living—into a hybrid of office and apartment.

Creative Outlets

Artist’s Media: Tension and Fire

Reema’s piece is a perfect expression of the Burning Man ethos—a celebration of individual vision firmly fixed in a context of community. Sort of like architecture.

Projects

Cisco Meraki

A story of two companies: Meraki, a local maker of cloud-controlled wireless systems and Cisco, the global networking giant. When Cisco acquired Meraki, the smaller company wanted to hang onto its unique spirit and sense of identity—even as it moved into much larger quarters.

Visits

O+A Visits Fallingwater

It probably goes without saying that for any architect, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is akin to Mecca. No home has more appropriately lodged itself into the collective consciousness as the prime example of site integration.

Projects

Uber

Musings

The Thumbnail History of Iconic Design: American Flag

Like George Washington’s cherry tree, Betsy Ross’s flag is an icon of American history that does not bear scrutiny. The story many of us were taught as children is unsupported by any evidence beyond an assertion by her grandson William Canby almost one hundred years after the fact.

Projects

Acxiom

Though Acxiom has been in business for over 40 years, their desire for a space that reflects the company’s future drove many of the choices their team made with O+A.

Conversations

Joshua Highter: “I came from people who always made stuff.”

Highter’s abstracts hover on the edge of figurative composition. The shapes and colors often have origins in the physical world, often suggest a landscape stretched or shattered or imploded.

Projects

Giant Pixel

Starting Giant Pixel gave him a chance to demonstrate his belief in the importance of design. “I finally saw an opportunity to make the office as great as I’ve always imagined an office could be.”

Creative Outlets

O+A Designs a Space....For O+A

The Tehama Street office is different. It’s the sort of office O+A designs for its clients—which is to say, an office that tells O+A’s story.

Projects

Vara

Vara was one of the firm’s first experiences working with a property developer to create a brand from scratch.

Musings

Well-Being in the Workplace

“Whatever your mood is during the day, the company better have that option for you.” Primo Orpilla, Studio O+A

Projects

Yelp

O+A’s design for Yelp stood the usual Silicon Valley tech campus on its head.

Conversations

An Interview with David Weeks

Based in New York, David Weeks creates objects through a sculptural, artistic approach. Most famous for his lighting fixtures, he captures a modern feel with an artist's hand-crafted touch.