Marin Boardroom & Lounge
San Rafael, Calif.
commercial office space
Following R&R’s successful renovation of his home, the owner of this family-owned industrial-building company, which was founded in 1914, brought the firm in to redesign his corporate boardroom and employee lounge. R&R put the sense of family history front and center, spotlighting historic artifacts and memorabilia, and forgoing typical artwork in favor of major-project photos and a “founders’ wall.” To further celebrate both the past and the future of the business, a granite tabletop was custom cut and placed atop pedestals saved from the original company conference table, and every modern amenity, from motorized window shades to WiFi, was installed.
R&R carried that blend of contemporary and traditional to the employee lounge, designing the multipurpose space using stainless steel, cement countertops, cherry wood and glass to achieve an industrial yet cozy feel. “Café G,” as the space has been dubbed, is now a place for employees to gather and partake in everything from impromptu meetings over a cup of coffee to daily lunches to training sessions. The renovation has transformed the lounge into the physical and emotional hub of the company.
R&R designed a custom cabinet of cherry and glass that serves double duty as a display case and storage for all the audio and video equipment and supplies.
photos by Kent Taylor