Welcome. We are an architecture and interiors studio that believes in the power of thoughtful design to better connect us to the built environment, the landscape, and each other. Our process is equal parts creativity and pragmatism –so that our work draws out the strongest potential of any site, the resources at hand, and ultimately, the experience of our clients. Design is both a process and an adventure; we see ourselves as both your partner and guide. We look forward to hearing from you.

Paradox House:
Both | And thinking and the paintings of Edward Hopper set the mood>

“How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.” ― Niels Bohr

It might have been tempting to gloss over the inherent tensions in the logically incompatible impulses of our two clients for the design of their new Sonoma home, and to deny the multitude of conflicting technical requirements for this complex site. Yet, the Paradox House attempts to find fodder in the creative power of paradoxical thinking.

El Pípila: Guardians of Guanajuatan Cuisine:
A trio of powerful women become the guardians of their Guanajuatan cuisine>

Our first completed restaurant won the national 2019 James Beard Award for Restaurant Design: Other Eating Establishments. Our focus was to move beyond stereotypical translations of Mexican culture and cuisine by distilling the history, textures, vibrancy, and light of the chef-owner’s home in Guanajuato, Mexico into a modern interpretation of a Mexican restaurant. The pro bono effort was our first collaboration with the non-profit La Cocina, a food-related business incubator focused on women of color and immigrant communities.

Twist and Turn Screen:
Leaning into a material’s latent desire to twist and turn yields unexpected beauty>

We love it when a client asks, “Have you done this before?” and then trusts us to keep going when we say, “Never!” After fretting over how to keep this wood screen ‘perfect,’ we finally leaned into the potential beauty of the imperfect. Instead of fighting nature’s latent desires, we gave into the screen’s impulse to crook, cup, bow, and twist.

Aldo van Buren:
Security & Napping

Aldo, a Spinone Italiano, came to S^A in 2013 from Carson City, Nevada. He worked towards a Bachelor of Good Manners at Potrero Hill’s prestigious Dogpile Dogs. He did not graduate. Aldo excels at sleeping and having his belly rubbed. He is afraid of kitty cats, dog treats, and people wearing caps. References Upon Request.

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