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Workplace Planning and Design​


San Francisco, CA


11,000 square feet

For Tolleson, a nationally recognized branding and creative agency, a relocation to San Francisco’s Barbary Coast neighborhood represented the third iteration of both its studio evolution and its partnership with Huntsman. Formerly a showroom for a flooring company, this two-story warehouse embodies many rustic characteristics such as exposed brick walls, timber trusses, wood floors, and skylights. Transitioning from a much smaller space, the new office was an opportunity to better reflect the firm’s creative work process.


David Wakely

A suite of spaces caters to client engagement, while an expanded workspace includes the addition of video and audio editing and photography studios. Authenticity drove all material selections: A reception desk made of hot rolled steel is framed by timber posts and trusses, bead-blasted to revitalize the original redwood’s warmth and color. New steel beams contrast with salvaged barn wood cladding and support a new mezzanine level. This perch is home to the founder’s office which overlooks a light-filled library space, perfect for entertaining clients.

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