This spring I teamed up with fellow designers Luana Coonen and Sharon Zimmerman to open a shared jewelry studio in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The 750 square foot shop is a major upgrade from my former place in the Mission district, which was a single room less than 1/7 the size. This new two-room workshop and office felt like a dream. Getting it into working order, however, was no easy task.
The two office rooms had been used primarily for storage over the last decade. Upon our first look, the shop was filled floor to ceiling with clunky office furniture, file boxes and broken printers. A few windows were cracked and the ceiling had developed a slow leak. We were determined to not let these cosmetic things deter us, so the first few weeks were dedicated to getting the shop ready for move in. Walls and ceilings were patched and painted. Carpeting was removed and laminate floors installed. We hired a plumber to pull in the necessary pipes and install a sink so we could have running water.
Then came time to move in. The shop quickly filled with our tools and workbenches. We built additional desks, shelves, and surfaces to maximize storage and give us plenty of working space. This part of the transformation was exhausting, but so exciting. The images below show that transformation over the first few weeks. Although they're already a few months late -- opening receptions have come and gone, more shelving and personal touches have been added -- this collection of photos remains a solid benchmark in the evolution of our businesses and the creation of this special environment. I hope you enjoy your peek inside.
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Workroom ceiling and walls are patched before a fresh coat of paint and carpet removal.
Pipes drawn in from main water line and sink installed.
Carpet removed and laminate flooring installed
The first few pieces of furniture are loaded in.
Bench necessities begin to pile up.
Anvils, stakes, stumps and hammers are unloaded.
Bench is ready for some organization.
Bench with a view.
Soldering Table arrives. Tanks and regulators connected. Ventilation installed.
A vintage flat file in the office entryway sits on top of a custom built cabinet. 12 foot long floating desk in the background.
Flat files house a jewelry display with tons of real estate that tucks nicely out of the way.
Three person soldering station