Cut + Fold

Berkeley, CA

In a 1950’s modern house, an existing study room is transformed into a private working library for two. Conceptually, two distinct surfaces either run along or perpendicular to the two opposing wall while creating spatial volume with multiple cuts and folds.

In the design of the bookshelves, the same pattern of sheet metal cut is designed to achieve formal and spatial variation depending on the direction of the fold. Color is used to give clues to the surface folding assembly, to trace the method of fabrication, and to project possible surface operation. Folds give material lateral and sheer strength, while organizing spatial flow for storage and efficient work surface. Even though the design is for specific function to be installed on the specific site, it has been both clients and our intentions to conceptualize the system of modules in design, fabrication, and installation methods for the ease of transportability and to achieve the aesthetics of accumulative result.

Metal Fabrication: Walter Mork Co.
Paint work: Oscar Auto Body Work
Installation Team: Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Will Oren

Design Team:
Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Emily Gosack

Honors and Exhibitions:
Cut + Fold exhibited at AIASF Design Awards Exhibition, AIA, San Francisco—2007

Design Honor Award in Interior Architecture for Cut+Fold, AIA SF Chapter—2007

2007 American Institute of Architects San Francisco Design Awards, California Home + Design—01/05/2007
San Francisco AIA Design Awards, Dwell Magazine Online Dwell Daily/Dwell Blog, Text by Aaron Britt—07/07/2007
Take Two: Modern Origami-like Touches Bring Life to a Drab Studio by Zahid Sardar, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine—01/07/2007