One & Co / Cary Bernstein Architect

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Architects: Cary Bernstein Architect
Location: San Francsico, CA, USA
Project Team: Cary Bernstein, Brieanne Taylor, Tomas Rizo
Contractor: Stein-Casey Construction
Lighting: Alice Prussin Lighting Design
Project Area: 6,500 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Cesar Rubio

One & Co is part of a new generation of industrial design firms on the rise in San Francisco. Since its founding 10 years ago, the firm has made its home in a turn-of-the-century brick warehouse in the Mission District. When the need came to expand into an adjacent space, the three principals saw the opportunity to create a workspace that represented the culture of their collaborative studio, design values and the firm’s increasing prominence.

floor plan

At 6,500-square-feet, the new studio nearly doubles the size of One & Co’s original space yet the design maintains enough intimacy to support fluid working relationships among the staff. The open plan takes advantage of the generous windows to the south and east, setting more discreet uses—fabrication room, lounge, “war rooms,” kitchen and bathrooms—along interior walls. The war rooms can be temporarily occupied by design teams and concealed by curtains when needed to preserve confidentiality.

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The minimalist vocabulary of the new construction enhances the character of the older building and provides a range of visual and tactile experiences through essays on translucency, transparency, materiality, mass, texture, color and light.  The neutral palette is punctuated by hot pink surfaces on the walls, floor and furniture which enliven the perception of depth.  Walnut, used in both the architectural paneling and furniture, adds warmth, naturally bridging both perfect and imperfect worlds of new and old.

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Products designed by One & Co. are integrated into the architecture and interior design including the new Crease tile (a collaboration with Heath Ceramics), the Periodic Table, Aura credenza and Chrysalis stool for Council, and just-a-bench for Orange22.

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Products in this project

Construction materials, Semi-finished materials: DuPont, Tap Plastics, United California Glass & Door

  • Reception Desk: Corian by DuPont
  • Plexiglass by Tap Plastics
  • Glass: Low-Iron Laminated by United Glass & Door

Floor: Karastan Contract, Golden State Lumber, Heath Ceramics, Forbo, Walnut, Artigo

  • Carpet (pink) by Karastan Contract
  • Wood Flooring: Engineered Oak by Golden State Lumber
  • Tile: Crease (designed by One & Co in collaboration w/ Heath Ceramics) by Heath Ceramics
  • Desk Top Surface by Forbo
  • Wood Veneer by Walnut
  • Rubber Flooring by Artigo

Furniture: Orange22, Herman Miller , Council, Room & Board, Vitra, Capellini, Zanotta, Plank Collezioni, Maharam, Arpa

  • Exterior Bench: Just-A-Bench (designed by One & Co) by Orange22
  • Work Chair: Aeron by Herman Miller
  • Lounge Table: Periodic Table by Council
  • War Room Tables by Room & Board
  • Small Conf. Table: Geo Table (designed by Arik Levy) by Council
  • Large Conf. Table: Joyn by Vitra
  • Lounge Chairs: Capellini (designed by Jasper Morrison) by Capellini
  • Reception Sofa by Zanotta
  • Desks: Council by Council
  • Small Conf. Chair: Myoto by Plank Collezioni
  • War Room Stools: “Chrysalis,” Council, designed by One & Co by Maharam
  • Large Conf. Chair: Catifa 53 by Arpa

Joinery: Valli & Valli

  • Door Hardware: Rixson by Valli & Valli

Kitchen Equipment: Room & Board, Capellini

  • Kitchen Tables by Room & Board
  • Kitchen Stools by Capellini

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Delray Lighting, Artemide, Lightolier

  • Lightning by Delray Lighting
  • Lightning by Artemide
  • Lightning by Lightolier

Mobile Partitions/Suspended Ceilings/Raised Floors: Claridge Products & Equipment

  • White Board: WallTalkers by Claridge Products & Equipment

Structures: Häfele America Co.

  • Cabinet Hardware by Häfele America Co.

Walls: Benjamin Moore, Maharam

  • Paint by Benjamin Moore
  • Curtains by Maharam

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Cite: "One & Co / Cary Bernstein Architect" 13 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>