March 12, 2012
Concreteworks headed to Mill Valley, CA to view the finished bartops at Hawk’s Tavern. This Tyler Florence restaurant in the North Bay serves a British Pub menu (Bangers and Mash) with seasonal California items (Tomales Bay Mussels). Check out their excellent beer and wine selection!
February 6, 2012
Robert Fink came to Concreteworks with an ambitious design - curving and floating concrete components for the reception counter at the YogaSource at their Palo Alto studio. The clean, modern design of the desk is similar to the yoga esthetic prominent throughout the studio. YogaSource, established in 1994, has a variety of classes and workshops for every level and interest.
Images by Lacey Lampe
February 2, 2012
January 18, 2012
San Francisco homeowners approached Concreteworks with a custom tabletop design for the holiday season. We had a pleasure working with them on their custom inlay design with 1/4″ square copper strips.
January 11, 2012
July 17, 2011
Glide Memorial is one of the most liberal church’s in the US and has a long history of providing innovative and comprehensive services to the poor and marginalized in the San Francisco community. Glide kicked off a new outreach program called Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, sponsored by Safeway. This is a new program that teaches families in the Tenderloin about healthy eating.
The 5-week class is offered to about 10 families (kids included) and is taught by both Glide staff and Safeway. The class begins with a presentation by Glide about the basics of good nutrition and then moves into an interactive cooking lesson led by a chef from Safeway. Families are taught about ways to enhance nutritional value with different cooking styles as well as educating the families on new vegetable varieties such as russian kale. The goal is to show families how to make healthy, affordable and easy to prepare meals.
Safeway funded the construction of the new demonstration kitchen at Glide in addition to providing a chef and food from Safeway. Concreteworks was involved with the construction aspect of the project by donating hundreds of discontinued tile samples to create a mosaic wall that wraps around the base of the kitchen island. Concreteworks also made the kitchen countertops with our CW Sustainable Blend, high in recycled content.
Glide has another related program called Graze the Roof - a rooftop garden which featuring soil-less gardening vegetable systems, self watering containers, lightweight garden beds made from milk crates and worm composting system. If this new program is a success, families will soon be able to cook the food growing on site.
November 16, 2010
This giant 2,500 lb. block is a visual calendar of our most recent work – modeled in scrap concrete. We custom fabricate each piece and usually have a little extra material left over, which we contain onsite instead of throwing away.
The irregular horizontal pattern looks like a grade school model of the earth’s crust – and similar to a geological sample, these blocks measure our manufacturing process over time. Each block tells a unique color history and is approximately 4′x4′x2′. The pure unfinished qualities of the block make them aesthetically interesting and they’re sustainable.
We are currently filling a mold that can be used as planter. Contact us if you’d like to use Concreteworks MetaBlocks -short for metamorphic, for a backyard project or urban parklet.
photo by Sally Kuchar
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October 14, 2010
Here are some photos from last Sunday’s ‘Dinner on the Farm’ hosted by the Center for Land-Based Learning. The event was held to raise money to purchase a wood-burning Nido Oven for their agricultral youth programs. Chef Matt Paul from Slow Club and Chef Matt Sigler from Flour + Water cooked an amazing dinner for about 70 people served outdoors on a table set between old growth olive trees. Food and drinks were donated by Free Spirit Farm, Crew Wine Company, Marr Cellars, Putah Creek Winery, Turkovich Family Winery, Yocha DeHe Farm and Ranch. The Center will soon be able to provide a new culinary experience for the students – being able to cook the food they harvest onsite with a wood-fired oven. The center already has an outdoor kitchen, which will soon be furnished with Concreteworks countertops. Scroll down to see the Center for Land-Based Learning Nido Oven concept sketch.
Overlooking Free Spirit Farm
Free Spirit Broccoli
Toby Hastings of Free Spirit Farm, giving a farm tour.
Concreteworks has a new website. www.concreteworks.com
October 13, 2010
Montalvo Art Center is a private non-profit art center located on a 175 acre estate in Saratoga, CA with a historic villa, two theaters, art gallery, hiking trails, gardens and an artist in residency center. Its mission is to foster community engagement through the creation and presentation of multidisciplinary art. Every year the center invites 15 different artists to stay for 12 months to produce works and give performances to the public.
In addition to musicians, painters, actors, writers and architects, the center awards a culinary fellowship to an emerging chef with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and cuisine. For a year, the resident is given a nurturing space to explore his or her culinary interests – while cooking for the other artists in residency five nights a week. Michelle Fuerst just finished her year-long residency as the culinary fellow, but before leaving, proposed that the center obtain a wood-burning oven – a cooking device which embodies the values of slow food. Cooking with a wood fire creates a type of ritual around cooking, highlighting the relationship between grower and chef while fostering direct community involvement around the meal, which is Montalvo’s mission. Michael Pollan said in a recent NY Times article, “a wood-burning oven is the center of social gravity.”
Concreteworks has been hired to fabricate a custom Nido Oven for Montalvo. Nido Ovens are composed of several parts, the inner shell being a predefined dimension made out of refractory concrete and the exterior shell is flexible in geometry and cladding. The oven for Montalvo will be slightly different than the classic Nido Oven pictured below, and the color is inspired by the stone wall. The oven will be installed this November.
Rock wall surrounding the outdoor eating area, color inspiration for the new oven.
Montalvo’s oven in progress
Outdoor seating area
Classic Nido Oven
Concreteworks has a new website. www.concreteworks.com
October 7, 2010
The SF Giants had a big win last Sunday, making it to the playoffs for the first time in 7 years. Tonight they are playing the Atlanta Braves. Got your shirts? Check out Mayberry Workshop, started by our very own Concreteworks Project Manager, Adam Mayberry and his brother Benjamin.
Mayberry Workshop makes original designs that play off the culture of the sports teams in the Bay Area. They currently have 12 different designs for sale on their website featuring different local teams – not just baseball. The most popular shirts right now are “Bay Area Die Hards” and “Big Time Timmy Jim,” a reference to star pitcher Tim Lincecum in an ESPN commercial. The shirts are printed locally at Free Gold Watch in San Francisco.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Adam and Benjamin Mayberry started their small venture a few years ago out of their love for design and local sports teams. Designers by trade, they saw a need for good quality design in fan based apparel, AND the opportunity to make people aware of the freelance work they do in architecture and graphic design.
MW is gearing up for hockey season and will have women’s Sharks t-shirts in a couple weeks. Mayberry Workshop is also making new Concreteworks t-shirts.
If you want a shirt for tonight’s game, contact Adam. He will be at Concreteworks in Oakland from 9-5.
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