Monthly Archives: April 2011

Design + Wine Closing Soon

If you haven’t seen How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now at the SFMOMA, you have a few days left to get there.  The exhibition closes on Sunday April 17th. 

Terroir Wall from process to product.

We worked closely with the project architect Ilana Altman of  Diller Scofidio + Renfro to produce the  majority of the steel pieces in the exhibit.  After interviewing other Bay Area studios, DS + R selected us for the project stating that our finishes reflected the look –somewhere between industrial and boutique–that they wanted to create for the exhibit.  It is satisfying to know that not only the architects have taken notice.  We have heard from various sources that people have been wondering how some of the pieces were created and, in particular, how the patinas were achieved.  Even larger structural pieces, e.g. the 24′ beam that supports the smell wall, adorn our signature finishes. 

The vine graft was a piece where the combination of our attention to detail and diverse fabrication experience was particularly useful.  Altering the original design where necessary we had to put standard fabrication principles aside to achieve the effortless suspension that the piece portrays.  As with the majority of our projects there is significant consideration and labor behind constructing a simple and elegant form as found in the vine graft. 

Overall, How Wine Became Modern is an interesting portrayal of how the wine industry and design have influenced one another.  The exhibition is not slated to travel so go see it while you still can!  Cheers.

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