Summer in Los Angeles

This summer we journeyed to Southern California to showcase our products at two venues in Los Angeles: Heath Ceramics and Dwell on Design.

Heath Ceramics LA

img_9593Banners for the eventimg_9622img_9605img_9596img_9626img_9617combined-imageModern design in Los Angeles took off in the decades following WWII in response to an influx of young families moving West and a desire to shake off the old traditions of Europe. With a community of young and progressive architects and designers like Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Ray and Charles Eames, design in Los Angeles helped define contemporary living on the West Coast in the ‘40s and beyond. So it only made sense to head down there with our best products that showcase our sense of contemporary California design.

To kick off our arrival in the City of Angels, we held a party with our longtime friends and collaborators, Heath Ceramics. For years our two companies have been specified together in contemporary projects up and down the West Coast. We filled their showroom on Beverly Blvd creating moments to gather around our products both indoors and out. It was nice to have an event where we could finally share our stories together. 

For three days after we exhibited at the Dwell on Design show in the LA Convention Center. The show is organized by Dwell Magazine and features fabricators, designers and manufacturers from the world over. We were excited to be able to showcase our products — including two new planter shapes and a new indoor/outdoor fire feature — amongst other captivating products and furniture.

We were well received wherever we went and made exciting new connections along the way. The design scene in Los Angeles is always changing and it adds a lot to our sensibilities to be able to explore new sources of inspiration. Our sojourn was exciting and we were happy to be able to venture out of our neck of the woods and try something new.

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Concreteworks Has Moved!

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We are pleased to announce that with the growth of Concreteworks we have moved to a new larger location in Alameda. 

During our transition to the new location, visits are by appointment only. For more information please email us at [email protected] or contact us via phone at 510.534.7141. 

Check back for updates on the opening of our new showroom.

Friends of Concreteworks | ILLUSTORIA Magazine

Kaseman_Illustoria_RAW_IMG_1809Mark Rogero and Joanne Chan, co-founders of ILLUSTORIA: A Magazine for Creative Kids & Their Grownups. Photo by Melissa Kaseman.

We are excited to announce that Concreteworks founder & principal Mark Rogero, along with his partner, Joanne Chan, are launching ILLUSTORIA, a quarterly print magazine for creative kids & their grownups that celebrates visual storytelling, makers and DIY culture.  

Kaseman_IMG_1676Joanne’s workstation with issue 1 layouts and prototype. The premiere issue launches Summer 2016. Photo by Melissa Kaseman.

The publication brings together Joanne’s passion for children’s literature and art with Mark’s expertise in design and making things. The magazine’s mission is to inspire creativity through original stories, art, comics, interviews and activities.

Dream Before Building_spread sampleExcerpt from the four-page comic, "Dream Before Building" by Lark Pien.

Issue 1 highlights include an essay by celebrated singer Andrew Bird, an interview with Caldecott Honor award-winning illustrator Aaron Becker, a feature on Newbery and Eisner award-winning graphic novelist Cece Bell and a spotlight on Ramen Shop’s co-founder and chef Rayneil De Guzman. 

CW blog post_Ramen Shop excerptExcerpt from "Noodling Around with Ramen Shop’s Rayneil De Guzman." Art by Molly Maeda

The 64-page magazine features the creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers), DIY activities, music & book reviews and a recipe.

CW blog post_Make This excerptDIY activity in issue 1 by Elizabeth Haidle

Kaseman_IMG_1398Photo by Melissa Kaseman.

Kaseman_IMG_1439Activities from issue 1. Photo by Melissa Kaseman.

For those of you who are artists, writers or makers, feel free to reach out to Joanne directly. She welcomes opportunities to showcase and collaborate with fellow friends of Concreteworks.

Visit illustoria.com to subscribe, connect, or find out more about the team and vision. Mark and Joanne would love to have your support.

Los Angeles Bound | Heath Ceramics & Dwell on Design

We are heading to Los Angeles in the end of June to showcase our products at two exciting locations. 
 

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Heath Ceramics LA
June 23 – 26, 2016 | Reception Thursday June 23 5:30 – 8:00 PM

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be showcasing some of our products at the Heath Ceramics Los Angeles showroom. Heath has been a longtime supporter, collaborator, and friend of Concreteworks and we couldn’t be more proud to have our products next to theirs. 

To celebrate the occasion, there will be a reception on Thursday, June 23, from 5:30-8PM featuring an interview with our founder and principal, Mark Rogero. The interview will take place from 5:30-6PM and seating will be limited so make sure to RSVP soon. Fore more information visit Heath Ceramics News & Events page. 

Our products — including a Tinder Fire Table, new planter shapes, a Jenner Lounge and SoMA Stones — will be at the showroom from June 23 through June 26 and will be available for purchase. Register to attend the event here

Photo By: Mariko Reed

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Dwell on Design
June 24 – 26, 2016 | Los Angeles Convention Center

We will also be exhibiting our products at the Dwell on Design show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The show will take place from Friday June 24 through Sunday June 26. Come by to see our latest outdoor products and explorations in concrete. 

We are able to offer our friends free 1-day passes to the event. Register here and use the promo code XM130 at checkout. We will be at booth number 2436. Hope to see you there!

Photo By: Trinette Reed + Chris Gramly 

Friends & Family Sale

Please register if would like to attend the event:

Concreteworks Friends & Family Sale

Concreteworks is participating in “Arts in April: Take a Seat” at St. Supéry Winery

Concreteworks will be participating in a month-long exhibit of our SoMa Stones at St. Supéry Winery for the event "Arts in April: Take a Seat". The event features 30 seats from 30 Bay Area artists, including seats from sculptors, architects, designers, artists, and more. 

The event includes a series of Artist Workshops every Sunday during the month of April. We will be presenting this Sunday, April 3rd from 10am – 11am, followed by a wine tasting. 

For more information including participating artists bios or to make a reservation to attend our presentation, visit the event page at Arts in April: Take a Seat at St. Supéry

Arts in April: Take a Seat 
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery
8440 St. Helena Hwy 
Rutherford CA 94573 

Featured Project: Meander

We collaborated with Minneapolis-based design, fabrication, and build team Futures North, glass artist (and our neighbor) David Ruth, and LED programming consultant Max McDougall to create the permanent public artwork located outside CHS Field, home to the St. Paul Saints. Meander presents historical and ecological data from the Mississippi River. The name Meander was inspired by the way the river curves through Minnesota, with flowing lines cast into the concrete and the under lit glass that changes to show the water temperature, quality and flow rates. 

Futures North describes the project as follows:
Meander consists of 15 sculptural concrete pillars that creatively re-imagine over two hundred years of historical information about the Mississippi River. The artwork’s form is a three-dimensional interpretation of layered historical maps of a the Mississippi River as it flows through Minnesota. The curvature of the pillars references the river’s meandering path, and the changing heights of the pillars evoke elevation changes at each of the river’s locks.  The glass lanterns of Meander are lit with programmed LED lights, which represent ecological data remotely collected from the river: water temperature, water quality, and flow rates. Meander illustrates how data spatialization processes merge with a commitment to ecology, reimagining public spaces, and fostering new kinds of interactive engagement with public audiences.

Meander was realized using advanced techniques of computational design and digital fabrication in conjunction with age-old techniques of concrete and glass fabrication. Parametric modeling software was utilized to translate the river’s historical data to three-dimensional form. Robotic routing equipment facilitated the fabrication of custom molds for the cast concrete pillars and the cast glass lantern. Melding these advanced processes with traditional casting methods allowed the artists to reinterpret traditional media of masonry and glass in new and unique ways.

Visit http://www.meander.futures-north.com/ to learn more.

THE ARTISTS:

Futures North | http://futures-north.com/
Futures North is a Twin Cities-based public art collaborative comprised of Daniel Dean, John Kim, Adam Marcus and Molly Reichert. The work of Futures North synthesizes research, design, fabrication expertise, and innovative technologies to construct social art spaces. The use of computational design, digital fabrication, and custom software and electronics development is driven by a desire to leverage these technologies to explore new modes of public engagement and ecological awareness.

PROJECT CREDITS:

Client:
Ryan Companies
City of Saint Paul

Concrete Fabrication:
Concreteworks

Glass Fabrication:
David Ruth

LED Visualization & Programming:
Max McDougall

Mississippi River Data Research:
Jacques Finlay / The Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory,
University of Minnesota

Photos provided by Futures North

Concreteworks Featured in SF Gate

Concreteworks and Cheng Design were featured in SF Gate discussing the history, innovation and current use of concrete in the design world.

"Considering the ubiquity of concrete in the visual landscape, in the form of sidewalks, bridges and apartment buildings, it seems disingenuous to talk about concrete as a new design trend. But this humble material, comprising water, aggregate (of rock, sand and/or gravel) and cement, is shifting into high gear for residential and commercial use, thanks to innovations over the past 20 years in materials, modeling software and milling machinery.

Mark Rogero, owner and president of design and fabrication studio Concreteworks in Oakland, says, “There’s renewed excitement about the authenticity and substance of concrete. We’re transforming dirt and water into a building material that’s hard wearing and can be made beautiful by virtue of its imperfections." 

Read the full article here:
With new innovations, concrete breaks the mold by Nancy Davis Kho 

Project: "Flash Screen" Designed in collaboration with Michelle Wempe of Zumaooh
Photography by Mariko Reed

 

Featured Project: Mill Valley Kitchen Remodel

Online sourcebook Remodelista featured a bright kitchen remodel in Mill Valley with beautifully designed elements and hints of mid-century style. We fabricated custom color countertops to blend well with the dark wood cabinets and Heath Ceramics tiles.

The design was a collaboration between the homeowners, their friend and interior stylist Rachel Cleaveland Riedy of Cleaveland & Kennedy Design, Architect Jeff Gustafson, and Contractor Michael Gordon.

Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Aerie in Mill Valley by Margot Guralnick

Photography by John Merkl 

 

2015 James Beard Awards Semifinalists Announced

Last week the 2015 James Beard Awards semifinalists were announced including some of our friends and restaurants where we have done work. Included is Bar Agricole for Outstanding Bar Program, Michael Mina, Mina Restaurants for Outstanding Restaurateur, and The Progress for Best New Restaurant.

We made a variety of pieces including the banquettes at Bar Agricole; flower vessels, console tabletops, and restroom sinks at Michael Mina; and planters, stair treads, and the cove base along the bar at The Progress

More photos of these projects: 

Bar Agricole – Outstanding Bar Program 

Michael Mina, Mina Restaurants – Outstanding Restaurateur 

The Progress – Best New Restaurant (SF Eater)