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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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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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Mandy Light

Mandy

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The Mandy light was designed to anchor a large space while maintaining an airy feel. When installed in the living room of the large hillside home this sparkly piece can be seen from many angles yet does not block the magnificent views. 36″ x 108″ tall.

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I Beam Service Rail

 I Beam Service Rail

DSC_0619The I Beam Service Rail hangs over a pass-through, connecting the kitchen and dining room. By piecing together various types of stock I elevated the appearance of the typical “I” beam to fit the modern industrial space. The rail hangs from two points, providing ample illumination with minimal installation effort. 10′ wide x 6′ tall.

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The Oil Punk of Oakland

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Cake Fixture

 

DSC_0324I wanted a big solid fixture that owned the center of the room. I was also interested in Bulbrite’s new mini Nostalgic bulb and how it reflexes on raw black steel. 36″ x 36″ tall.

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Horseless Carriage Wheel

Horseless Carriage Wheel

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We took the classic Wagon Wheel fixture and moved it into the next century. Inspired by the horseless carriage of the 1900’s we found this wheel right here in our shop. It was attached to a WWII era fire extinguisher used to fight fires aboard the flying fortresses of that era. This classic look fits with many styles and is very scalable to fit your home, business, or restaurant.

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The Horseless Carriage Wheel can be custom built in a variety of sizes. The spokes come in two styles – offset and flat. The sockets can be fixed or adjustable. Adjustable sockets allow each socket to be moved 180 degrees, making it possible to point the lights up, down or straight out; each giving the light a completely different feel.

 

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Baker Light

Baker Light

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I took the Gioia light fixture and made it even simpler. The wires are in each tube and with the single loop light bulb it’s a clean ring of light.

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Bridge Light Fixture

Bridge Light Fixture

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The Bridge Light came from the inspiration of bay area bridges. I also got a chance to see a destroyed turn of the century bridge at my friend Fritz’s shop at the Last CBA blacksmith conference in October. Very functional joints and attachment points with a playful swirl of lights in the center. This light is 36″ wide.

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Tribune Tavern Lights

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The Tribune Tavern is the latest venture from Chris Pastena of Chop Bar and Temoor Noor of Grand Tavern. They approached me to add my industrial Oakland style to this project’s lighting.

A century ago, the Oakland Tribune used the tower’s ground floor as its “local room” – a large, open space where reporters from different departments worked side by side and shared tips on the news of the day. It was a gathering spot for the great minds of Oakland, and a place where headlines were made.

I call this fixture the I.P. Frink after a company that manufactured lights in the late 1800’s. This was the dawn of the electrical age, when lights were changing from gas to electric. While they used the reflector shade to help prevent barn fires I found that the mirrors create a beautiful pool of light that welcomes people to gather under it. I added a few bulbs at the top to showcase the impressive architectural details of the Tribune ceiling.
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Spider Fixture for 8

Spider Fixture for 8

The Spider light fixture came out of my fascination for vintage industrial lighting. I have a 1920’s single arm version of this over my lathe in the shop. It got me thinking, wouldn’t it be wonderful if each person sitting at the dining table could adjust the lighting to suit their needs? Here is where that thought took me: Lighting for 8.

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Custom Lighting

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I. P. Frink Mirror Fixture

I. P. Frink Mirror Fixture

I.P. Frink made lights at the dawn of the electrical age. I love this era of functionality and design.

 This light makes a wonderful focal point of light in the room and the reflected patterns from the bulbs are over-the-top beautiful. The patterns in these pictures are from changing only the center bulb!

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Custom Lights

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Hillman Lightfixture

This light is for a private home with very tall ceilings and a large room. I can’t wait to see it installed! 76″ wide bottom ring, 52″ top ring, and 120″ tall.      More Pictures

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Bakers Half Doz

Bakers Half Doz

This light would look good in a kitchen, bakery, or an industrial modern home or loft. Brushed forged steel and porcelain sockets. 24″ wide and 24″ high

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Candida Pendents

Candida Pendents

These lights were designed as a pendent light for bars, kitchens, hallways or anywhere a cute source of light is needed. They complement my large lights and work great to fill in the edges of your house, or restaurant light plan. Each one is uniquely formed Red hot under our 20 ton press. They come in 3 sizes and up to 3 layers. Hung by twisted cotton cord, or pipe with a canopy to match.

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Brea Light Fixture

Brea asked me to make new lighting for her Bread & Breakfast in West Oakland.
24″ by 22″ high in hand forged steel.  More Pictures

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Gioia Light Fixture

Gioia Light Fixture

 

 

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60″ wide and 90″ tall 15 Edison Bulbs in Brass sockets

This is going in a new restaurant in SF CA.

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Red Rabbit Light Fixture


Red Rabbit Light Fixture

This fixture was designed for Red Rabbit in Sacramento CA.

She wanted a finish to match old kitchen ware from the 1930’s. This light looks great above the bar and is the center piece as you walk in.

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Boncher Light Fixture

 

Boncher Light Fixture

This fixture was designed for a Victorian home here in the Bay Area. She wanted to modernize the look of the dining room light but keep the feel of the house. This light will look great with her rustic table and will be very visible from the street though the bay windows of the house.

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Woodside light

Woodside Light

This is a huge light! 8 feet 8 inches wide and almost 100 lights! The challenge I was given was to make it look simple and clean and to hide all of the wiring. Really a wonderful space and this light ties it all together.
8’8″x10′ high Steel and cable
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