The design world, like most other creative communities, is both an intimate little group of people with common interests and a big global network of overlapping disciplines. A designer must therefore keep tabs on lots of calendars.
Metropolis Think Tank partnered with Studio O+A to discuss the important role of designers as activists. Interior designers transform the physical environments that we all live and work in every day. This skill can play a vital role in addressing many pressing issues of today, like climate change, growing inequality, political gridlock, an ill-equipped economic system, and cities with infrastructures that don’t work. Panelists discussed the tough questions and how to make a difference with lasting sustainable practices, in and outside of the workplace. Panelists included: Verda Alexander, Studio O+A; JD Beltran, Center for Impact, California College of the Arts; and Douglas Burnham, Envelope. Read More
We had a great launch for our new book "Food for Thought Truck" with Verda, Paulina and Elizabeth on hand to spread the word about design activism. Many thanks to Libreria Bookshop for hosting us in Spitalfields, to our great publisher Artifice Press for making the evening (and the book) happen and to everyone who dropped by. We will never forget this night!Read More
"Design turns space into an experience. At its best it's a unifier, framing diverse effort in a common purpose." That is the parting observation our designers left with the audience at #WORKTECH19. While the rebranding of Nike and McDonald's was the main topic of the session, at the heart was how thoughtful and intentional design can shape a space, unite a company (even one already established) and translate core values.Read More
We gather inspiration from travel, conversations, the sharing of ideas and meeting like-minded people with a passion for design. This year, Framery Acoustics hosted their world conference in Finland with the goal of bringing together a diverse group of industry professionals to exchange knowledge and learn from each other through demonstrations, keynote speakers (one of whom was our own Primo Orpilla), and distinctive experiences.
We returned with an abundance of progressive views on best design practices, an increasingly global network and new tools to promote happiness in the workplace. Thank you Framery World Conference! Read More
Verda Alexander, Co-founder of O+A will discuss Friction in the Workplace and ask the question: has ease become too easy? For 25 years workplace design has moved steadily in the direction of comfort. The efforts of designers of commercial interiors have focused on creating environments that make the job easier and the worksite more inviting. Has the industry gone too far? Young office workers who know nothing other than in-house cafes and light filled schmoozing zones ("collaboration") seem ill-equipped to handle setbacks, too inclined to embrace the first idea and too often creatively passive. This lecture will explore the idea of building resistance back into the work environment, making space that is less like a worker's utopia and more like the psychological reality for which all working people need to be prepared. Read More
Verda Alexander, Gary Lee and Krista Ninivaggi will announce the Best of Competition winners at the annual IIDA black-tie gala in June 2019. Read More
What is the Future of Work? Find out at #WORKTECH Los Angeles meeting with the founders of modern workplace, Primo Orpilla, Studio O+A, and Clive Wilkinson, Clive Wilkinson Architects. OPEN TO BUSINESS, a talk about creativity and the next generation collaborative spaces.
"Open plan has been around long enough to attract both critics and defenders, but there’s no question it’s the prevailing design for modern workplaces. Two design visionaries, Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A and Clive Wilkinson of Clive Wilkinson Architects discuss their continued enthusiasm for open plan and their conviction that creativity springs from collaborative spaces"
Fast Company prepares to enter its 25th year, they are launching a new initiative: the Fast Company Impact Council, an invitation-only collective of innovative leaders and the most creative people in business. The group will convene in New York on April 17-18 for a series of conversations with Studio O+A on some of the greatest opportunities and most pressing challenges of our time, and the role companies and Council members can play in shaping the future and effecting change. Read More
Join IIDA and ADA for a lively conversation about the McDonald’s Headquarters design: Impact on a Company, a City, and a Neighborhood. Studio O+A will be there as well as IA Interior Architects, Gensler, and McDonald’s. Tickets available. Read More
The IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards aims to encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces. Meet the Studio O+A team!Read More
#ADFilmFest is headed to sunny Los Angeles! Presented by Pacific Sales in DTLA from March 13-17, ADFF:LA is bringing more than 20 films (including a few new ones!) to The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Get your tickets, Studio O+A will be there.Read More
Toast time! Studio O+A is part of the top 50 Professional in Architecture and Design. Primo will be representing the studio at the Red Carpet Event.Read More
This year Primo Orpilla is part of the team of the jury of Frame Awards 2019. His team comprised of designers, manufacturers and clients representing a balance of diverse industry perspectives will select the finalist for the Spatial awards in the work category.Read More
Join Metropolis, Studio O+A, and Poppin for a lively discussion, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. We'll explore the new basics of the 21st century workplace—what we really need to get our work done in satisfying, productive, and healthy ways that nurture our humanity. Our favorite subject for 28 years!Read More
Join Kimball on Wednesday, January 16th and Primo Orpilla to discuss the “Why” of Kimball Canopy. Get your copy of the Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design book signed by Primo. See you there. Read More
Interior Design’s 34th annual Hall of Fame awards once again will draw the industry’s best and brightest to the I.M. Pei-designed River Pavilion at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Editor in chief Cindy Allen will kick off the event with a superhero-inspired welcome before inducting the 2018 honorees. The O+A team are finalists for not less than 4 projects. Read More
The O+A design development process for commercial interiors includes #graphic design and #branding as an integral step in arriving at a story unique to each client. We strongly believe that your workplace is your brand and that graphic design plays a large role in defining it. Join us at O+A’s San Francisco studio for a tour of our space and a talk with our Brand Studio team. Read More
Primo at KBM-Hogue will present his latest and most versatile workstation, Canopy from Kimball Brand. He'll also be signing copies of "Studio O+A: Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design" and doing what he loves: talking about how space makes a difference. RSVP to: email@example.com.Read More
America's interior design community will converge on the nation's capital--not, alas, for a much-needed refresh--but to celebrate the year's achievements in design. Read More
Primo will speak on the power of design at the Insight weekend event in Austin sponsored by the International Interior Design Association's Texas and Oklahoma Chapter. Primo's up at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, but the whole weekend will be a celebration of design thinking.Read More
Literature and design lovers, join us for an evening of storytelling, books, and drinks to celebrate the publication of Studio O+A: Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design from Frame Publishers. Along with the Book Signing, Primo will introduce the Canopy, his last design for Kimball. This sit-to-stand workstation is super flexible, highly functional and malleable to meet our ever-changing needs at work. Check it out and get a tour of the Kimball Showroom. Read More
School-nominated IIDA Student Members from around the country will compete in this live, onsite annual design competition during NeoCon. Primo Orpilla will be part of the jury to select the best project. Students have less than six hours to determine a design solution, develop a presentation, and pitch their concept. NeoCon attendees are encouraged to observe the students during the creative and presentation processRead More
NeoCon celebrates its 50th edition as the world's leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. And Primo Orpilla will be sharing his thoughts about "The true measure of a space is how it makes us feel". Design with Science, Gensler and Tecknion principals will be joining him for this workshop. Read More
Studio Crawl is a two-night event during which guests meet the designers and creators behind some of the city’s most admired products, designs and brands. Studio Crawl is held at various architecture and design studios, shops, galleries and startups around San Francisco allowing studios to share their products and projects to professionals and design enthusiasts. Experience the best of the Bay Area design with us and swing by Studio O+A to chat with our designers about our latest work. Get a look at our new book, "Studio O+A Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design" and our next design adventure: the Food for Thought Truck! Studio O+A will be open from 6-9 PM.Read More
Join us Tuesday, May 22nd at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for the New York unveiling of Studio O+A: Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design, the provocative new book from FRAME Publishers.
O+A Founders Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander will be on hand to talk about 27 years at the epicenter of a design revolution that changed the definition of “office.” Studio O+A will also announce its next design adventure and road trip with Food for Thought Truck. See photos of the event.Read More
Metropolis Magazine presents “Working Side by Side” O+A joins Gensler and Convene for a lively discussion about meaningful work. Companies deal with a more diverse workforce today than ever before, in terms of age, gender, political beliefs, and work preferences. How are designers engaging with their clients to make work a better experience for everyone? Design’s core tenet is to improve the lives of others. But as architects and designers know too well, who we consider as these “others” is often limited, selectively applied, and favoring those with means. With workplaces getting more diverse, and inequality in cities rising, can the A&D community rise to the occasion and deliver solutions which are truly equitable and inclusive?Read More
Rich Brilliant Willing hosts an evening of storytelling, books and drinks to celebrate the publication of Studio O+A: Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design just out from FRAME Publishers. Meet Studio O+A’s principal, Primo Orpilla, and learn about the people behind the making of this irreverent, behind-the-scenes look at 26 years of O+A design. Tell a story, buy a book, get it signed and have a drink!Read More
O+A is celebrating in style with a bike to work waffle breakfast! This day is meant to encourage environmentally-friendly modes of transportation to get to work. If you can, bike to work! Check out Ford or Jump bikes if you don't have your own. Walking is also great if biking is not for you. If you’re coming from far away, walking or biking to Bart or the bus also makes an impact. You can even hop on one of those electric scooters if you normally take a car.
There are an estimated 82,000 bike trips taken in San Francisco every day!Read More
WORKTECH18 Tokyo is a one day conference for all those involved in the future of work and the workplace. Primo Orpilla will be the keynote speaker and will be presenting Working Beautifully: from the future. "Every modern office is an ecosystem of interconnected activities – some in harmony, others in conflict – all requiring designated spaces. For 27 years O+A has pulled those spaces together by creating unique design. Every company has a history; every site a meaningful relationship to its site or city; every CEO has a passion that led to founding
the company. All these elements contribute to keeping a corporate ecosystem healthy by making every inhabitant part of a larger narrative and every space a logical output of the client’s roots and culture."Read More
Workplace screening will be followed by a discussion leading by Edie Cohen of Interior Design with Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A and Barbara Dunn of Gensler LA. Co-presented by Vitra and Interior Design.
For this iteration in the Collection Selects series, R/GA Founder, Bob Greenberg, explores 120 years of creativity in the age of technology. The exhibition will be comprised of four sections commented by Primo Orpilla: “Connected Devices” including physical devices such as cell phones and a drone that tie us together in the virtual world; “Dieter Rams Ten Principles of Good Design” exploring themes of usefulness, honesty, and unobtrusiveness through Ram’s collaboration with Braun; “Disruption by Innovation” showing objects such as the Walkman and MakerBot, which have transformed the way the industry functions; and “Measurement and Calculation” featuring calculators and watches to cover themes of computation and notation in design. Read More
O+A will join the inaugural festival in D.C of the Architecture & Design Film Festival. ADFF is the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture in design. Over the course of four days, the festival screens films that explore the life and work of architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels, and journalist, author, and activist Jane Jacobs, and timely topics such as design for positive social change and generative healthcare design. Read More
Primo Orpilla will attend this evening’s event in San Francisco. Part of a four-city tour, the IIDA Future of Design Roundtable series will provide students with professional insights and today’s leaders with a deeper understanding of up-and-coming designers.Read More
Join Primo Orpilla for the San Jose IIDA Future of Design Roundtable for an intriguing discussion featuring junior and senior students as they reveal how they envision their emerging careers and role as designers today. The panel will also include select influential designers and new professionals who will add depth and perspective to this important conversation. The IIDA Future of Design Roundtable series is part of a four-city tour: Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, San Jose.Read More
As Global Chair of Student Experience at IIDA, Primo works to promote design education and expand opportunities for the next generation in the profession. He will be one of the speakers at the February Keynote Luncheon and attending several roundtables in San Francisco and San Jose for the 18th Annual IIDA Student Conference. Read More
O+A will be at the 37th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast. The ceremony will honor the winners of the Interiors Awards, which recognize projects across 14 categories. A Designer of the Year and two Design Legends will also be celebrated. Read More
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will celebrate the 2017 National Design Awards in San Francisco. Meet Primo at a cocktail reception and a lively conversation with Caroline Baumann, Director of Cooper Hewitt, and National Design Award winners. Read More
Interior Design's Best of Year is the design industry's premiere design awards program, honoring the most significant work of the year and recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe. We are honored to be a finalist of the Branding and Graphics category this year with our book "Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design”. Read More
Over the years O+A has been nominated several times for this prestigious London award—and won once in 2011 for Aol’s West Coast Headquarters. We’re up again this year in the Museum or Exhibition Space Category for our other-worldly pop-up at Salone del Mobile. That means an O+A party team will trek to Mayfair the week after Thanksgiving for a banquet at the Grosvenor House Hotel, drinks, dancing, a stand-up comic (if past ceremonies are a guide), design-world schmoozing and not least, the great city of London humming right outside. Somebody’s gotta do it! Read More
It’s been one year since Kent State University opened its exciting new Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, and they have wrapped up their inaugural year with a lecture series second to none. Primo will speak November 6, followed on November 7 by Neil Denari, November 15 Galo Cañizares and November 30 Sylvia Lavin. A little town in Ohio with 30,000 people thus becomes for the month of November the center of the universe for adventurous design thinking. Read More
Wolf-Gordon is sponsoring this year’s Architecture and Design Film Festival by providing custom, digitally printed wallcovering designed by Studio O+A’s Verda Alexander. The wallcovering will be part of the redesign of the iconic Cinépolis theater in Chelsea, led by Studio O+A Principal Primo Orpilla, in which the theater’s top floor lounge will be turned into an event space that reflects New York City’s beloved urban environment.Read More
In the 20th century work environments were designed to increase efficiency and productivity. But the explosion of technology in the 21st century made such huge advances in business practice that companies began to see a benefit in keeping their productive employees happy. Primo will address workplace design as a vehicle for empowering the workforce at the Warsaw Workplace Conference in Poland’s historic capital. Read More
Rise in the city is a unique art event, featuring a competition, exhibit and auction, to catalyze social enterprises in Africa. Manhattan has been split into 100 virtual blocks. Verda Alexander and other principal architecture firms, designers, artists have been invited to create a piece of art that represents that block infused with some elements of Lesotho culture.
"Pattern city" has been selected in the top 10 to be auctioned online.
Verda says of her piece "The artwork is inspired by both Lesotho patterns and skyscraper windows. I found the project exciting and for a good cause." See you in NYC!Read More
O+A’s furniture makeover team is hard at work turning a plain old chair into LOOK AT THAT CHAIR! for this year’s event at EQ3 in San Francisco sponsored by Two Furnish. Forty design firms all got the same model chair, which they are now tasked with turning into something extraordinary for the October 19th charity auction. Proceeds will benefit Project Color Corps, the Berkeley-based nonprofit dedicated to “optical optimism” and the transformation of inner-city neighborhoods through paint. Read More
Join O+A to celebrate the launch of Obeetee's DIFFA Collection designed by Verda Alexander and 16 other talented interior designers and architects. These unique pieces will be auctioned. All proceeds will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Read More
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is hosting its 12th annual Teen Design Fair, where teens talk with top designers working in the fields of fashion, product design, architecture, graphic design, and more!
The winners of the 2017 National Design Awards and designers from leading companies will be available to answer questions about possible careers paths, discuss the challenges designers face in the studio, and share what they love about their work. Studio O+A will be there!
Primo will speak on the future of work and workplace at this year’s Worktech conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The global conference brings thought leaders in workplace design to capitals around the world—this month to the 72-story Address Boulevard hotel and residential tower in downtown Dubai. Primo’s review of O+A’s forward-facing design techniques has seldom enjoyed a more fitting backdrop than UAE’s glittering metropolis of the future on the Persian Gulf. Read More
See Art conquer Traffic at SOMA’s unique 1-day only Sculpture PARK(ing)!
Our contribution to PARK(ing) Day 2017 combines O+A ingenuity and our neighbor Moving Sale’s treasure in a local display of collaborative prowess. Meet the artists! Dodge the traffic! Bid on the art! Your winning bid will go to the Central Market Community Benefit District.
Sculpture PARK(ing) opens Friday September 15th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Live auction begins at 5 p.m.
See you at 965 Howard Street, Between 5th and 6th.
Head over to Minnesota Street for this year's expanded SF Art Book Fair. Browse (and buy) unique art books, catalogues, monologues and printed materials presented by over 100 exhibitors.
The SFABF will also featured a variety of talks and special off-site projects, including a featured speaker series with LGBTQ artists sponsored by Levi’s inside the Lounge; Author + Artist book signings from Aperture Foundation inside Gallery 201; a special project from Tauba Auerbach / Diagonal Press at KADIST; ART + BOOK LOVERS PARTY at Adobe Books; and an after party at The Lab on Saturday, July 22nd.
Presenting a new view of two of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary painters, Matisse/Diebenkorn is the first major exhibition to explore the profound inspiration Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) found in the work of Henri Matisse (1869–1954). It brings together 100 seminal paintings and drawings—40 by Matisse and 60 by Diebenkorn—that reveal the connections between the two artists in subject, style, color, and technique.
San Francisco-based artist, Amy Ellingson, uses computer-generated images as her source material. Chopping Wood on the Astral Plane, a solo exhibition of 10 new oil and encaustic paintings by Amy Ellingson at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco's Dogpatch District.
For three days, two miles of San Francisco’s main thoroughfare will become a testing ground for some of the best ideas to improve our city’s public space. The wide sidewalks will be filled with temporary installations ranging from performance spaces, relaxation zones, dynamic art pieces, and more. Come and walk the festival route, check out the installations, and tell us what you think.
Come celebrate Maker Media's 11th anniversary in the Bay Area, showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts.
Celebrating Oakland First Fridays and Oakland Art Murmur, The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge is an intimate evening of art, industry, community and entertainment. This exclusive engagement takes place in The Crucible’s studio and highlights our extraordinary art programs. Explore the creative passions of professional artists and the educational opportunities available, while sipping wine and beer in our unique atmosphere. A gallery of remarkable artwork by students and faculty will be on display and live performances are scheduled throughout the night.
Congdon's latest book, The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of our Love for Getting in the Water (Chronicle Books), is a thoughtful collection of words and imagery about one of the world’s most treasured pastimes and athletic endeavors.
Filled with brightly colored illustrations, hand-lettered quotations, profiles of swimmers from all walks of life, photographed collections of vintage swimming ephemera, and hand-drawn infographics with fascinating facts about swimming history and culture from around the world, Congdon will share the process of creating the book -- from its inspiration to the research and stories to rendering the 120+ color illustrations.
Congdon will also welcome Adobe employee Kimberley Chambers to the stage for a short conversation about her inspiring journey.
Sou Fujimoto, based in Tokyo is known for his “future primitive” structures that harmonize nature and built environments, creating new visions for interior environments. Fujimoto is the 2014 recipient of the WSJ Magazine Innovator Award for Architecture. Sou Fujimoto Architecture Works 1995-2015 was published in 2015.
Fujimoto founded Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. Important works include the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, House NA (2011), the Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2010), the Final Wooden House (2008) and House N (2008). In 2012, he participated in the Japan Pavilion exhibition at the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2013, he became the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design the annual summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London. 'Sou Fujimoto Architecture Works 1995-2015'
The IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards aims to encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces. Honor Awards is open to design firms of all sizes, focus, and interest practicing in the IIDA Northern California region of Northern California and Northern Nevada. Join us Thursday March 24, 2016 to see the winners announced live!
The AIASF Mentorship program opens the 2016 series with Anne Fougeron, FAIA of Fougeron Architecture, as Keynote speaker. She brings personal insight on the influence of mentorship over an architect’s career. Anne participated in the AIASF Mentorship program in 2010.
Together with the AIASF Mentorship committee, the program will also include an overview and brief history of the AIASF Mentorship Program, as well as how to get involved. Information will include registration instructions; upcoming events for the program, and a brief Q&A session featuring some program alumna.
How do you design the complex stories of our time engaging for an attention-constrained audience? Climate change, space exploration, gene mutation, nanotechnology and just plain mad science. Join top Wired creatives and science editors as they reveal their behind-the-scenes wrangling of mind-bending ideas to develop stunning infographics and visual stories.
The exhibition "explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world."
ou Fujimoto, based in Tokyo is known for his “future primitive” structures that harmonize nature and built environments, creating new visions for interior environments. Fujimoto is the 2014 recipient of the WSJ Magazine Innovator Award for Architecture. Sou Fujimoto Architecture Works 1995-2015 was published in 2015.
Fujimoto founded Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. Important works include the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, House NA (2011), the Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2010), the Final Wooden House (2008) and House N (2008). In 2012, he participated in the Japan Pavilion exhibition at the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2013, he became the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design the annual summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London.
The Crucible’s fiery fusion of fashion design and industrial art returns! One of our signature events, this multidisciplinary performance is a collaboration between local Bay Area fashion designers and industrial artists, mixing haute couture concepts with fine arts and industrial arts. With stunning, cutting edge looks, fire effects and three runway walks rivaling Milan, this is the East Bay’s annual can’t-miss fashion and art experience.
Dr. Katherine O'Regan serves as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this capacity, she leads a team of experienced social scientists and researchers who help inform both the development and implementation of policy to improve life in American communities through conducting, supporting, and sharing research, surveys, demonstrations, program evaluations, and best practices.
FOG Design+Art is once again collaborating with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The museum is currently undergoing a major expansion that is scheduled to open in spring 2016. Proceeds from the FOG Preview Gala and fair support SFMOMA's California-wide exhibitions and education programs, which provide meaningful art experiences to more than 60,000 students, teachers, and families each year.
As offices become mobile, the nine-to-five becomes a nonstop 24-hour cycle, and the service and information economy predominates, this exhibition reflects on the rise of "immaterial labor" in developed countries. Through video, sculpture, painting, and installation, the artists in Office Space interrogate universally recognized aspects of office architecture, design, aesthetics, and protocols as a means to understand the shift toward immaterial labor practices.