Author Archives: Al

designers rate oscar picks, find them lacking

This year’s Academy Award nominations for Production Design rated a big yawn from O+A’s in-house experts.  Taking a break recently over apple and huckleberry pie, many of our designers hadn’t seen …

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casual encounters by design

Denise is featured in Fast Company this month talking about how design can foster collaboration.

Traditionally, the spaces for group interaction have been formal meeting rooms or studios– but …

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future of workplace hatched in small room…

Shortly before the holidays, IE University hosted a panel discussion at the the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on What’s Next in the Workspace?  Verda joined Jeremy …

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wishing you a dozen kinds of cheer!

SOMA hit North Beach the other night as O+A’s hard-charging staff (with significant others) took an evening to relax and celebrate the year at The Cookhouse in …

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artists to make toys (and art) before your eyes

If you’re shopping for the holidays in San Francisco this Saturday and want one-of-a-kind gifts, drop by Root Division art gallery where 40 artists– including Verda– will be creating inspired toys and …

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meanwhile in whitechapel…

Yes, Jack the Ripper’s old neighborhood– now one of London’s hippest enclaves.  It’s home to the Whitechapel Gallery, which has been a cornerstone of the London art scene since 1901.  Picasso’s …

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sun breaks through on euston road

One thing Londoners love is the sun– travel agency windows in Britain are always full of Ibiza, Bali… and California!  So when Primo presented some of O+A’s sun-drenched, open-plan, West Coast offices at the…

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sustainable merriment kicks off party season

A collision of events last night as one group of revelers– Alma, Caren, Sarunya, Jeorge and Will– checked out the Greenbuild Convention at Moscone …

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london calling

Primo is in London today– and Verda will join him tomorrow– for two weeks of speaking engagements, design scouting, cultural explorations and…well, what did Dr. Johnson say?  “When a man is tired …

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“starting your own firm” now online


The lively panel discussion on how to start your own design firm that Verda and Primo took part in at AIA last summer is now available online as a continuing education course …

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