rubicon design

1997-2007

Sliding Shoji screen doors. Fabricated in 2005.

 

RUBICON,

defined as the point of no return, relevant in my case when I dropped out of graduate studies at the Architectural Association of London to "work with my hands and make things", in the mid-90's. I moved back to Seattle and worked for a group of artists and sculptors in South Park, a neighborhood south of Seattle.

I founded rubicon Design in 1998 in an alley behind Dave Page Cobbler in Fremont. In 2001 I was fortunate enough to meet Steve Dukich, of Mud Honey fame, who improved our offering with his master craftsmanship and obsessive compulsive attention to detail. From there the future wrote itself, we loved working together and loved our product. Clients included: City of Seattle, Copernican Design Build, Gates Foundation, Gene Juarez Salons, Gordon Walker, JAS Design Build, Starbucks Coffee, Miller|Hull, Nitche/Stagen, Olsen Sundberg Architects, Peter Miller Bookstore, Suyama Architects, Temple de Hirsch and The University of Washington.

After 10 years Steve wanted to move to Hawaii and I had some different ideas I wanted to pursue. Below are some selected projects.

Dining table with steel base and cherry wood surface. Fabricated in 1999.

Joint detail.

Side view.

Joint detail.

 

Presidential Laureate gifts for donors to the University of Washington. Bronze, steel and blown glass. Fabricated on an annual basis from 2001 to present.

 

Blackened steel base detail.

Top detail.

 

Design, fabrication and install of exterior bronze panels for Starbucks Coffee, Westlake Center, Seattle. The panels are etched and patinated naval bronze. 1999.

 

LOG TRUCK: This wood and kindling holder was fabricated from hot rolled steel flat bar and "C" channel. Brown/black patina.

The bottom channel was not structural, it pulled out for easy access to kindling. 

 

My partner Steve Dukich in our old shop space in SODO, 2006.

 
 

Wexley School for Girls project, HomeStreet Bank exterior signage. Initial SketchUp drawing. The concept was to juxtapose the typical channel signage with neon. 2014

 

Wexley School for Girls project, HomeStreet Bank exterior signage.Final execution, rolled out to evrey branch in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.