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The New Design Stars Aren't the Designers. They're the Fabricators.

Local masters of wood, metal, concrete, and glass.


Nikolas Weinstein

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Mark Rogero

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Chris French

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Alexis Moran

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Name: Nikolas Weinstein
Company: Nikolas Weinstein Studios Inc., Bernal Heights
Since: 1991
Where you’ve seen his work: Bar Agricole, Campton Place Restaurant
Current project: large-scale glass sculptures for properties in Singapore, Jakarta, and Hong Kong

“I’m not that interested in making the pretty thing in the middle of the room. I like my sculptures to be integrated into the architecture. It’s like building Erector sets out of glass, only there are 40 thousand pieces that come together to form this giant cloud.”


Name: Mark Rogero
Company: Concreteworks, Oakland and Alameda
Since: 1991
Where you’ve seen his work: Ramen Shop, Outerlands, Penrose, the Twitter office
Current project: 18 stair towers for Apple’s new Cupertino campus

“Concrete isn't just for sidewalks anymore. We’re redefining what the material can do. Progressive architects and designers come to us because we’re looking to innovate and do things that haven’t been done before.”


Name: Chris French
Company: Chris French Metal Inc., Oakland
Since: 2000
Where you’ve seen his work: Aether Apparel, the Giant Pixel office, Contigo, Serpentine
Current project: a sculptural staircase for a new home designed by architect Owen Kennerly

“We don’t take on what I call potboilers, like 500 feet of boring fencing. I like to take on interesting, insanely complicated projects: a feature stairway, a jewelry-quality restaurant piece. Commercial contractors call me a prima donna because I fuss over an eighth of an inch.”


Name: Alexis Moran
Company: Alexis Moran Furniture & Design, Oakland
Since: 2010
Where you’ve seen her work: Del Popolo, the Dropbox office, Hogwash, Lolinda
Current project: custom furniture for the new Uber headquarters at 555 Market Street

“If a modern art gallery and a log cabin had a love child, that would be my aesthetic: clean, straight lines that highlight the materials. There’s so much chemistry inside a slab of wood.”

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Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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