The Oil Punk of Oakland

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Pan Collection: Perfect for Home or Retail

Half human, half beast, the mythological god Pan is the inspiration for the playful lines of these forged metal designs.

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Designed by Jon Sarriugarte, Form & Reform’s Pan Collection is sturdy, elegant, and highly versatile.

The Pan Collection is praised for its broad reach, and is unusually well suited to both residential and retail environments. Residential customers have bought Pan furniture to complete rooms in a multitude of interior styles, including modern, rustic, eclectic, and traditional. Retail stores have found the shelves, stands, and etageres work perfectly for showcasing art glass, ceramics, and artisan crafts.

We use hammer and anvil to forge steel into these life-like leg shapes and combine them with graceful, sturdy, textured supports. Pan pieces are then topped with 3/8” glass featuring a ground, rounded edge. Frames are coated with a clear polyurethane finish.

Purchase Pan Collection pieces at the Form & Reform Store
Pan Shelves
Pan Tables

Contact Michelle at michelle(at)formandreform(dot)com for trade pricing.

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Fixtures for GitHub HQ 3.0 in SF

I’m pleased to share some professional shots of the custom lights I created as part of GitHub’s new – and newsworthy – headquarters in San Francisco, CA. Since most people won’t have the opportunity to see these lights in person, good pictures are gold.

Form & Reform’s contribution to this innovative tech workplace includes twelve Gioia style chandeliers for the dining room, an I-Beam Service Rail for the kitchen pass through, and a series of beam-mounted lights integrated into the architecture above the bar.

It was a pleasure working with Rebecca Brownlee McEfee and Kate Hanzo, principals for Studio Hatch. Their set of GitHub images included the two below featuring the over-bar lights (left), and the I-Beam Service Rail with Gioia style chandelier (right). Photo credit: Eva Kolenko.

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Custom Spaces also worked on the project, and posted these images featuring some of the dining room’s Gioia style chandeliers with I-Beam Service Rail in background (left) and over-bar lights (right). Photo credit: Kim Lucian.

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It’s been interesting to follow the press GitHub’s new HQ has received. Wired Magazine called the offices a Hacker Heaven, Mashable included them in their 13 Playful Work Environments roundup, SF Business Journal included an image of our over-bar lights in their article, and Bisnow held an event at GitHub called Future of Tech Spaces.

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Linden Street Tasting Room

Linden Street Brewing Company picked up one of my custom ring lights for their new tasting room in Oakland. Can’t wait to enjoy it there once it is installed.

On weekends, our art car making (and maintenance) crew the Empire of Dirt has already been enjoying Linden Street beer after workdays on tap at our private Boiler Bar.

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Pictured here: Adam Lamoreaux, head brewer / owner

Photo credit: Linden Street Flickr stream

 

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Fire Pit by Copter Kids’ Errol Kerr

I received some photos and videos from Errol Kerr at Copter Kids the other day. He had used one of our Fire Pit Kits as the guts of this striking custom steel fire pit. Gorgeous.

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Finished fire pit

This video gives a peek at the fire pit build, along with some mesmerizing fire footage starting around 1 minute in.

Seeing the design file and a plasma CNC machine cutting the components of his fire pit stand got me thinking: wouldn’t it be great to have a digital fire pit design file that anyone could download and modify if desired? Making a pit would be as easy as sending the file to your local waterjet/plasma cutting facility, then assembling the stand and fire pit plumbing kit.

An exciting challenge would be to design a fire pit stand where the pieces fit together with no welding. I’ve seen our colleagues at Because We Can do amazing things with flat-pack designs.

Ready to build your own fire pit? Buy a kit here.

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Richman Sconce

Richman Sconce

DSC_0040The first thing most people notice about the Richman Sconce is its lush, organic texture. We achieve this finish by collecting the steel scale from around the forge and pound it back into the piece using the power hammer. The resulting surface is almost rock-like, with high points of bright silver steel juxtaposed against valleys of carbon-coated black.

Equally appropriate for an entrance or hallway, the Richman Sconce has a simple design that works well in a wide range of spaces, from Craftsman to Art Deco, rustic to industrial. The plain translucent plastic face pictured here could be switched out for a variety of light-permeable materials.

20″ x 9.5″ x 3.5″

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Boiler Bar

Boiler Bar

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After seeing our West Oakland shop’s Boiler Bar a colleague commissioned a replica for his Atlanta based company’s space. He wanted a bar that was simultaneously functional and fun. Since nothing says fun quite like 15′ fire balls he chose this bar to be the focal point for BoBo Intriguing Objects’ company events.

The Boiler Bar has many unique features. Gas flows from two propane tanks beneath the bar up through truss columns fabricated using turn-of-the-century bridge building techniques. Hand-forged handles allow bartenders to shoot flames of varying heights. The hand-painted signs by New Bohemian Signs in San Francisco really pop under filament bulbs and against the bar’s vintage patina. Remote controlled LED lights line the bar, allowing for a customized color glow. The bar has both a glass top surface for serving drinks and a lower bartender height laminate surface for easy drink preparation and cleaning. Four large wheels allow the bar to be easily moved into place or stored away when not in use.

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Radial Line Light

Radial Line Light

DSC_0156The Radial Line series was inspired by the spiny creatures drawn by biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel.

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These elegant lights are highly adjustable. Bulbs hang from fabric cords that pass through metal arms and through a central hub. When the hub is raised the fixture takes on a cone shape and the bulbs are lowered. Arms can be spread evenly or gathered together.

24″ Diameter Chandelier (5 arm, 6 bulb)
36″ Diameter Chandelier (6 arm, 7 bulb)
48″ Diameter Chandelier (8 arm, 9 bulb)

Prices range from $2,000 – $3,000 based on size and finish

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Starbucks Column Light

Starbucks Column Light

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Starbucks approached me to create a prominent fixture for their downtown San Francisco flagship store. I used the existing I-beam column in the restaurant to anchor this 3-tier site-specific light.

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Horseless Carriage Wheel with Flat Spokes

Horseless Carriage Wheel with Flat Spokes

DSC_0016This version of the Horseless Carriage Wheel was scaled down for a San Francisco eating establishment called Caffe Central. I reduced the size and number of spokes while keeping the fixture’s signature features.

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Spanish Revival Lights

Spanish Revival Lights

DSC_0212This series of Spanish Revival lights is phase one of a three phase project. Phase two will tackle exterior lighting and phase three will focus on the backyard and garage cottage.

The client and I collaborated on the design of 3 sizes of chandeliers as well as 2 styles of sconces to be placed throughout his Spanish Colonial Revival style home. These lights mimic the cross details that appear throughout the client’s home. We also played off of the home’s existing decorative iron trim, iron spiral staircase, and wrought iron balconies. I created more authentic and masculine looking fixtures by adding extensive texture, thereby avoiding the appearance of mass-produced sheet metal pieces.

The 8-light chandeliers are 24″ wide x 36″ tall. The 2-light sconces are 16″ wide x 12″ tall.

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6 light chandelier

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I am eager to see the lights go up in the coming months. Please check back to see pictures of the lights installed in their Spanish Colonial Revival home.

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