Outstanding in the Field is a culinary experience based on the concept of connecting with the land and the origins of our food, as well as celebrating local farmers, producers, and culinary artisans. A last-supper-style table is set up in farms, gardens, caves, ranches, on mountaintops…Then a five course meal is prepared by a celebrated chef from the area and made with the freshest, local ingredients the land has to offer. Dinner is family style with wine pairings, and guests tour the site and hear talks given by the local producers.
Outstanding in the Field is touring all over North America this year. Their red and white bus has crossed North America six times and gone as far as Alaska and Florence, Italy with plans of a European tour. Check out their site for the schedule.
SOMIS HAY BARN
A design solution that’s both pragmatic and poetic; the barn’s insulating hay facade is constantly changing in color and in shape.
WE COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER . . . .
“We think of ourselves as Modernists, but we are the nice Modernists. One of the things we like best about Modernism—the nice Modernism—is its flexibility. Rather than being a historical movement from the first half of the 20th century, left over and reheated, we think of Modernism as a frame of mind. To us the M word connotes an honesty and curiosity about methods and materials, a belief that mass production and beauty are not mutually exclusive, and a certain optimism not just about the future, but about the present.”
On the first floor of our office, we designed a sliding barn door that we use to close off the conference room from the entry. We found authentic old barn doors, cleaned them up,and had them constructed into one large door on a custom metal track. We then had thedrywall opening cut to fit the door perfectly. It has some weightiness to it, so it’s pretty funto roll back and forth…
We had the privilege of designing our office space that we share with several other young entrepreneurs. The project began with a gut renovation of an old Victorian, which allowed us to customize every detail. We imagined the upstairs studios to be “thinking labs”. We started by creating an open workspace which would keep ideas flowing (fortunately our musical tastes jive). The mobile pendants, cut from circuit boards, took the form of little bright ideas, and the back walls became chalk ready. It was important to us to maintain a sustainable frame of mind throughout the renovation. We gave the original wood floor a little TLC, covered the support beams with reclaimed wood, and used antique bases for the center work tables. Most importantly, we added operable sky lights and dormer windows. The fresh air and natural light helped minimize energy consumption and maximize our happy moods.