Visit Oakland

For anyone who’s lucky enough to have Oakland in their future travel plans, there’s a new visitor center awaiting your arrival. Even better, that new visitor center has two giant cork maps. 

Most folks who walk through the door at Visit Oakland are looking for local insight. What’s should we see? Where should we go? Which restaurants are best for brunch? How do we get to the zoo? You get the idea. 

To answer all those questions and help newcomers get their bearings around town, Visit Oakland commissioned our biggest cork maps to date. We created two custom maps for the new space: a local map of Oakland, and regional map of Northern California. With 48-square feet of cork, these maps are monsters. 

Added bonus: I got to partner up with Shawn HibmaCronan, who built the beautiful steel frames for these maps. He's also responsible for that steel + glass conference table in the middle of the room.

Haystack Residency Reflection

If you venture far enough north along the jagged Maine coastline you'll find a small craft wonderland. Perched atop a rocky island across the bay from Acadia National Park, Haystack Mountain School of Craft has been a seminal institution for craft education since long before I was born. 

Prior to the start of summer classes, Haystack hosts a residency program for artists and craftspeople from around the country, free of charge if you're accepted. It's a chance to dig into new projects, work alongside a talented and diverse cohort, and experiment across a range of disciplines. It's an environment free of distractions and full of resources. In short, it's the sort of opportunity you don't pass up. 

I spent the bulk of my time at Haystack experimenting with different ways to join wood and metal. There's no shortage of wood and metal furniture in the world, but almost all of it relies on fasteners to connect the two elements and usually hides them away out of sight.

I'm convinced there are more elegant wood/metal joinery, and these two weeks at Haystack were my first chance to really start digging into the details. There's still lots to be worked out, but keep an eye out for some of these elements working their way into future furniture projects. 

-Jeff