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Giant Pixel

San Francisco, CA.  Excerpts from Contract Magazine:
The offices of many tech startups are bare-bones, but the founders of Giant Pixel, a company that programs gaming applications, wanted their first office to reflect their love of midcentury modern and science fiction–inspired design...
Before placing the building on the market, the developer had stripped the turn-of-the-century former printing press down to its concrete walls and wood joists. The Giant Pixel team liked the juxtaposition of the building's industrial past with the modern-day craft of software and, therefore, asked Studio O+A to preserve the rawness of the two-story space.... "We wanted to highlight the contrast between the very rough shell and the high-end polished finishes," Bartley says. Sleek new additions include a hanging Fireorb stainless steel fireplace, and curved plywood Jehs+Laub Shrimp chairs and soft Arper poufs invite lounging. In the basement, retro Sonneman Orb chandeliers illuminate a full bar with banquettes upholstered in caramel-colored calfskin. 
Giant Pixel's 22 employees are surrounded by features fitting for a swanky house. "I want our company to produce high-quality, well-designed products," says Giant Pixel cofounder Alan Braverman, who was also a cofounder of Eventbrite, an online event registration and ticketing website. "And I'm hoping that a well-designed office will have a direct influence on the team." It provides a significant upgrade from working in the founders' homes and local cafes.

2013 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Winner Extra Small Office
2014 CH+D Award Winner for Commercial Design (Work)

Photographs commissioned by O+A
Photographer:  Jasper Sanidad
Production / Camera Crew:  Whitney Sakae Beers
Post Production:  Jasper Sanidad, Whitney Sakae Beers