Material Love | Tile Edition

Aug 17, 2015 by Christina Kwiecienski

I can't get enough of Fireclay Tile's bold colors and geometric shapes. Here's a sneak peek of the bathroom tile for the Middlefield Road Residence. 

fireclay 6" hexagon tiles

Finishing Touches | Door Knob Edition

Jan 20, 2015 by Christina Kwiecienski

The finishing touches are happening at NE 38th Avenue Residence. With this traditional home, our clients wanted to maintain as many of the original details as possible. To achieve the subtle weathered look of this originally unlaquered brass hardware, our client hand-dipped every piece in an antiquing solution. The finished products are absolutely gorgeous. Now that's dedication. 

antiqued bronze door knobs antiqued brass door knobstraditional glass door knob glass door knob with antiqued brass plate

Featured on Houzz: 7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Your Cooking Comfort

Aug 7, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

12th Street Residence Kitchen 1

The Novak Residence kitchen has been featured again on Houzz, in an article called "7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Your Cooking Comfort".  The Flexco rubber floor is a big hit with the owners, who are avid cooks.  They preferred a tough, yet soft surface like rubber over the idea of continuing the wood flooring, since they wanted the kitchen to withstand spills, stains, and drops, yet still be comfortable for their no-shoes barefoot lifestyle with a young child underfoot. 

Other flooring materials featured in the article include favorites we have used in kitchens and throughout the house: cork, bamboo, and wood. 

Functional Furniture

Jun 12, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

bench plantera bench that pairs as a planter - outside AIA Portland

I really like this idea of having a functional object, such as a bench, that can have multiple uses. Something that celebrates the relationship between the built and natural environment. Plus, I can always use a little more greenery in my life. 

Recessed Shower Niche

Mar 14, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

North Berkeley shower niche

Finishes are being installed at our North Berkeley project, and the linear recessed shower niche is looking quite nice.  The field tiles are glass subways, while the glass mosaic accent tiles are on one wall, spilling into the back side of the niche.  Both tiles are by Hakatai.

Old Pocket Doors

Mar 12, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

NPA pocket door detail


How beautiful are these?  The contractor completed demolition on our project in North Palo Alto, and exposed the original pocket door hardware in between 100-year old framing. 

We knew the pocket doors were there and planned on removing them, but after talking with the owners, the unanimous decision was to salvage the doors and mount them with their original hardware on the wall, barn door style.  It's an art installation of sorts, honoring a relic of the house's past. 

NPA pocket door

The rawness of the space is so exciting, so full of potential.  We have big, wonderful plans for this house - more to come!

Love: Vertical Grain Douglas Fir

Feb 14, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

VGDF newel post

It seems a little strange to post about a love for wood on a day when we declare love for other humans, but maybe it's appropriate, given what we do every day.  At a job site in Berkeley, the carpenters are currently constucting a newel post out of douglas fir, and the grain was just gorgeous, my heart started beating a little faster when I saw this piece. 

I hope someone (or something!) is setting your heart a flutter today.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Neilson Street Kitchen Featured on Houzz!

Dec 10, 2013 by Hiromi Ogawa

The Neilson Street Residence kitchen was featured in a Houzz article called “Kitchen Color: 15 Ravishing Red Backsplashes”.  We frequently use Hakatai tile in our projects, and this Crimson Blend (one of their standard blended mosaic tiles) provides a nice, textural accent.  It matches the red cord on the Caravaggio pendants, which are also lovely!

Guggenheim paint colors

Nov 14, 2011 by Hiromi Ogawa

Fine Paints of Europe now offers Guggenheim paint colors, which are inspired by their art collection and used throughout the museum.  Highly curated paint selections like this, along with other brands like Benjamin Moore's Affinity line (where all 144 colors are compatible with each other in any combination) take some of the guess work out of choosing the right color for your space.  We at OFA are constantly studying and incorporating more options, particularly when they are inspired by spaces we admire, like the Guggenheim in New York, which houses an impressive collection of modern art in a beautiful building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Do you have a favorite brand or collection of paint colors? Or are there spaces, private or public, where you feel they got the color just right?

Topics: Materials