Friends of Concreteworks: Young America Creative

Santa Cruz natives Brian Friel & Meghan Dorrian partnered to start Young America Creative through a friendship, a background in architecture, and an interest and experience in craft, construction and the process of making.

The seasonal poster projects emerged from a simple unanswered question: what is in season when? This is not always apparent at the grocery store. Collaborating directly with local farmers and industry connoisseurs to generate the most accurate guide to seasonal and sustainable harvest times within our local region, YAC designed and locally produced an appealing poster with delicate foil embossed drawings which accurately lists seasonal fare. The poster was created with the idea to inspire communities to eat seasonally and utilize local resources.

YAC has designed two posters featuring seasonal selections of fruit & vegetables and seafood, available for purchase in original or limited edition and framed or un-framed.

Check out this video showing the production process of the posters at the Ligature, a 100 year old print shop located in Berkeley, CA:
Foil Press Production Process 

Purchase a poster:
Fruit & Vegetables Poster
Seafood Poster


Young American Creative

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Portfolio Feature: Penrose & Sunday Suppers Fundraiser

Charlie Hallowell’s much anticipated third restaurant, Penrose, opened in November 2013. This mainly raw and grill-based establishment incorporates a unique poured-in-place bar to achieve the specific appearance of troweled concrete. Concreteworks also fabricated the pre-cast columns and footers for the bar and restroom vanities. Hallowell’s other restaurants, also located in Oakland, include his original Pizzaiolo on Telegraph Ave. and Boot and Shoe Service, across the street from Penrose.

Check out Penrose’s Sunday Suppers | A Monthly Fundraiser for East Bay Causes
This Sunday August, 17th, 2014
People’s Kitchen at Penrose
Join Penrose for a multi-course, family style meal to benefit People’s Kitchen, a grassroots restaurant project in Oakland that is committed to building resilient communities by producing educational, social, and cultural programming paired with local, organic, and delicious meals.
Buy Tickets Here! (


3311 Grand Ave, Oakland
P. 510-444-1649
Mon-Wed 5:30-10, Bar until 11pm
Thurs-Sat 5:30-10:30, Bar untill 11:30pm


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Portfolio Feature: Martis Camp 1

Working closely with San Francisco based interior designer Martine Paquin, we fabricated many pieces throughout this modern vacation home in the luxury community of Martis Camp between Truckee and North Lake Tahoe in California. Concreteworks features include two fireplaces with custom floor to ceiling board form finish and satin stained pattern finish surrounds, a Japanese style soaking tub with integrated heating, sinks and vanities throughout, benches, stair treads and landings, and a Tinder Cube outdoor firetable.
Designed by Ted Brobst of Ward Young Architecture & Planning.

More Concreteworks residential projects

Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

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Guide to Bay Area Restaurants

We often have the pleasure of working with great restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for projects large and small. Take a tour of some of the restaurants we have contributed to over the past few years in our 2014 Restaurant Guide.


  • Penrose (Oakland)
  • Abbot’s Cellar (SF)
  • Outerlands (SF)
  • Roka Akor (SF)
  • Sightglass Coffee (SF)
  • Trou Normand (SF)
  • Haven (Oakland)
  • St. George Spirits (Alameda)
  • Saltwater Oyster Depot (Inverness)
  • Pizzeria Delfina (Burlingame)

For the full list with descriptions check out our most recent newsletter ‘Concreteworks Guide to Bay Area Restaurants

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Tahoe Quarterly and the Mountain Home Awards

The Summer issue of the Tahoe Quarterly came out last week, which has us revisiting the 11th annual Mountain Home Awards presented in the spring. We have had the pleasure of working with architects and designers in the Lake Tahoe area for many years. Over the years the Tahoe Quarterly’s Mountain Home Awards has featured some beautiful homes with Concreteworks pieces.

Here are a few of the winners from 2013 and 2014:

Martis Camp 1 House “2014 - Contemporary”
Concreteworks fire and bath features, stair treads, and indoor and outdoor benches

Ridge House “2014 – Outstanding Achievement”
Concreteworks bath sinks

Martis Camp 2 House “2013 – Legacy Award”
Concreteworks countertops and bath features


2014 Mountain Home Awards
2013 Mountain Home Awards

Photo Guide: Martis Camp 1: 1-6 | Ridge House: 7-9 | Martis Camp 2: 10-13

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