Trending
Kourtney Smith Named President of Kimball Hospitality
 Kimball International has named Kourtney Smith as president of Kimball ...
Luminaries of Yesterday and Today Meet at Skyline Design
Small Squares by Alexander Girard for Skyline Design.    Luminaries ...
2nd Annual Northmodern Fair Redefines New Nordic Design
  Denmark’s new contemporary furniture fair Northmodern celebrated its second ...
10 Questions With... Naval Architect Javier Jaudenes
  With extensive experience in the building and retrofitting of ...
Editors' Picks: 26 Cutting-Edge Lighting Fixtures
  From sleek suspension lamps and colorful glass pendants to ...

JOB ZONE

jobseekers:

employers:

 
Weekly Poll
What market segment is giving your firm the most work?

    industry_article_detail_left_zone

    Studio O+A Launches San Francisco Pop-Up

    Bureau offers fine art, such as Erik Otto’s painting “Breakaway”, alongside practical items including a bicycle bell by Oliver DiCicco. Photo by Sakae Beers.

    Bureau offers fine art, such as Erik Otto’s painting “Breakaway”, alongside practical items including a bicycle bell by Oliver DiCicco. Photo by Sakae Beers.

     

    Studio O+A, known for their work environment designs for Facebook, Microsoft, and Yelp, has turned their attention to their own workspace, debuting a conceptual retail environment called Bureau. The pop up shop fills a 375-square-foot anteroom below the Studio O+A offices in San Francisco, on a ground-level floor used by their sister company POD Office.


    “For me, it’s an experiment,” says Verda Alexander, Studio O+A co-founder and principal, who came up with the concept. “I wanted to create a space where O+A’s designers could play around with ideas about the workplace.”


     

    The shop utilizes OFS Brands’s Edge modular workstation to display its wares; the wall-mounted planters are by Matthew Chen. Photo by Sakae Beers.

    The shop utilizes OFS Brands’s Edge modular workstation to display its wares; the wall-mounted planters are by Matthew Chen. Photo by Sakae Beers.

     

    Industrial items like a roll-up garage door, pegboard merchandising displays, and lighting from Rich Brilliant Willing and Schoolhouse Electric are offset by more conceptual touches, like a sculpture from Nuttaphol Ma built from repurposed Home Depot items, and textiles from Helena Keeffe.


    Originally, says Alexander, “I thought we would stock one-off, custom-made items, and when you bought a piece it would just go away and the store would become emptier and emptier, until there was nothing left.” As Bureau began sourcing, however, they found small-batch products made by local artisans, filling the shop with an ever-changing assortment of furniture, lighting, bags, books, and cycling accessories. The fullest expression of Bureau’s intent, though, is The Edge, a modular workstation O+A designed for OFS Brands’s First Office series and displayed at the Bureau’s opening. The end result, Alexander, “went more retail than my original idea.” But never fear: she promises “to go more experimental in the future.”


    Bureau’s motto is “ordinary things artfully done,” as evidenced by this stairwell-cum-inspiration board. Photo by Neil Bartley.

    Bureau’s motto is “ordinary things artfully done,” as evidenced by this stairwell-cum-inspiration board. Photo by Neil Bartley.

    industry_article_detail_central_zone