Projects

LiveRamp

Musings

The Thumbnail History of Iconic Design: The Globe Theatre

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

O+A Visits New York City

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.

Visits

In Dialogue with the Ancients at Anahuacalli

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.

Conversations

Print This House

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.

Musings

And the Oscar Goes To...

Judging from this year’s Best Picture nominees, technology, corruption, money, race are on the front burner in 2016. Here, then, a look at the films now showing on iPads and smart phones everywhere.

Projects

Uber 11

When Uber acquired the 11th floor, an initial concern was how could people on the 11th feel any sense of community or shared purpose with people seven floors below?

Musings

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Who thought up the dimensions of the field, the shape of the ball, the rules? Turns out, like the automobile, football was invented by a lot of people over a very long period of time.

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.

Musings

The Thumbnail History of Iconic Design: Coca Cola

We are not building Coca Cola for today. We are building Coca Cola forever and it is our hope that Coca Cola will remain the National drink to the end of time.

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.

Visits

West Coast East Redux

O+A’s designated space in that show lacked definition, character or convenience, but it was what it was: a space in London!

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.

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

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.

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

Uber

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

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.

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

Giant Pixel

Giant Pixel gave Braverman 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

Artist’s Media: Tension and Fire

Inspiration came from her favorite architect Buckminster Fuller and his experiments with tensegrity. Reema wanted to play with that concept: “Tensegrity is basically a structural system where it’s all supported by tension..."

Projects

Vara

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

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.