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Custom designs for SunPower

We are about wrapping up a large custom furniture and design project for SunPower (http://www.sunpowercorp.com) who is moving into a new building in Richmond CA. Actually it's an old building. They are re-inhabiting the old Ford building, right on the water near the docks of Richmond. It is a beautiful location, and a beautiful building! Here's a photo of the second floor, when the construction was just beginning....

IMG_0400.JPG We are about wrapping up a large custom furniture and design project for SunPower (http://www.sunpowercorp.com) who is moving into a new building in Richmond CA.

Actually it's an old building. They are re-inhabiting the old Ford building, right on the water near the docks of Richmond. It is a beautiful location, and a beautiful building! Here's a photo of the second floor, when the construction was just beginning....

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We were contacted by Sunpower to help them solve design issues for their interior space, create custom designs for furniture systems they could use in the office, and just be over all "go to" people on how to get things made, who to talk to, and the best method of approach to see ideas through. It was a great all encompassing project.

The ideas behind the furniture system we designed all came from the project of building out the interior space. While walking the construction site with SunPower, we saw all the flat-pack style tables the construction crew had set up. Like this table:

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The designers at SunPower liked them so much, we decided to base the furniture system around that style. But alter it a bit for more of an office environment. Here is our version of that table...

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The legs have been modified to more easily sit around it, all the edges have been rounded, and a splash of color has been thrown in to add some fun. The table slots together, and no screws are needed to put it together and keep it stable. The slotting effect allows the color from the leg to come through to the table surface, adding a very graphic and bold splash of interest.

We made a bunch of tables, each with it's own accent color: IMG_2505_2.jpg

Once the large table was designed, we designed stools and benches to match. All using the same slotting technique, with no screws for the assembly.

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All the furniture went together quickly, and easily. And the stools are so cute! IMG_2516.JPG

We even amazed our client by fabricating an extra table in an emergency within hours.

Or client had another vendor fall through, and the last table they desperately needed that day was not going to arrive in time. We saw the need and told them we could make them a table that day. We drove from the Richmond building back to our shop, bought some pre-finished euro-ply and threw it on the ShopBot. The client had even asked to make some design changes to the table, so it could be larger and more of an oval shape. We got the cutting files ready, turned on the machine and started cutting.

The whole table probably took a little more than half an hour to cut.... IMG_2482.JPG

A little over half an hour to sand all the edges, IMG_2481.JPG

And about a half an hour to oil the unfinished edges. IMG_2484.JPG

Then the table was done! IMG_2490.JPG

And we were back in Richmond with the desired table within a few hours. The client was psyched.

Jillian Northrup