You know the feeling of seeing months of work finally come to fruition? It is such a satisfying feeling.
Since moving into our new letterpress studio about a year ago, we've been dreaming up ways to make it both a functional and creative workspace. So we enlisted the help of two incredibly brilliant architects from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Matt Shara and Kory Worl. Over the course of working with them, they have transformed the way we think about the space. They even moved around furniture in the entry room, which has already made it feel more accessible yet private at the same time. How did they do that?
They also came up with a concept for the project, they fondly call:
the cloud | the machine
The cloud is the entry room where the business is run and ideas are thought up. The machine is, of course, the press room, where letterpress happens. Two independent yet connected spaces, reflecting the physical reality of the layout.
Their creative process uses this concept to synthesize the existing space with the new program. Their process employs a holistic architectural understanding with the goal of both facilitating and improving the life and experiences of the users. We will elaborate more on them and their work as the project comes to life.
Today, we're here to introduce to you the first phase of the project: our new shop cart! The guys decided we needed it after they saw our makeshift cart: a stool with a slab of plywood on it, which was not very functional to say the least.
Here is a description of the cart in their own words:
The body of the cart is comprised of both wooden and industrial metal elements, giving it a modern, yet cozy feel. It also has a pop of pink and fits beautifully into our space and our branding. Getting a new shiny toy is always fun. It breaths new life and excitement into the space and projects conducted within it. The cart helps optimize production by smoothing out movement between the different elements of letterpress.
Needless to say, we're excited about the build out of the studio. Especially seeing how much the cart has improved the space, we're excited to see how the other phases of the project improve our experience in the studio and our letterpress production.