Project Reveal / Bay Labs San Francisco Office

The main workspace is screened from the dining area.

The main workspace is screened from the dining area.

Bay Labs is a start-up that will change the world. Using artificial intelligence to solve problems in healthcare, they are developing breakthroughs in cardiovascular imaging to combat heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Last April, Bay Labs approached Form + Field to design their new San Francisco headquarters in the bustling SOMA neighborhood. 

Collaborating closely with the co-founders, we created an office space that encapsulates the Bay Labs brand. The space is welcoming for the start-up's many collaborators and investors, and strikes the perfect balance between comfortable and professional. Sound was a large consideration in the design, and new glass doors were installed to separate the kitchen area from the main open office space. A "telephone booth" was also constructed on-site to provide a dedicated space for phone calls and private conversations. Scroll down for more photos of Bay Labs' San Francisco office!

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The windowless reception area is made welcoming through deep blue paint.

The windowless reception area is made welcoming through deep blue paint.

New glass doors were added to block kitchen sounds from entering the work area.

New glass doors were added to block kitchen sounds from entering the work area.

A cozy library is used for quiet work and research.

A cozy library is used for quiet work and research.

Conference rooms are outfitted with custom tables and comfortable chairs.

Conference rooms are outfitted with custom tables and comfortable chairs.

Photography by Thomas Kuoh

Behind the Scenes / Form + Field's San Francisco Office Design

We moved into our new office in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood a few months ago, and we're excited to reveal the newly designed space to you. The office is located in a former warehouse built in 1907 from salvaged bricks following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. We love the character and community of small companies located in the renovated building. Here are our tips for making a small office space beautiful and functional.

Assess Your Needs
Our needs going into this project were being able to showcase our interior design style, have ample storage, a conference area, and a library. And we had to fit it all in a 300 square-foot space! Thinking about vertical space and how to use it optimally was key to making this office work for us.

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Go Vertical
We maximized the back wall storage with tall shelves to showcase interior design materials, samples, and styling props. The shelves are also strategically filled with stacking storage bins and project trays.

Form and Field Conference Table

Use Your Walls
Use wall space for more than just art. We use picture rail shelves and magnetic boards to store and showcase tile and wallpaper. The TV is mounted on the wall on an articulating arm that can be pulled out for presentations, eliminating the need for a media stand and freeing up floor space. Wall-mounted hooks are used to hang bags and coats.

Have Furniture Do Double Duty
The bookshelf serves as a storage display of books and also a dividing point of work area and conference area. We can access files and reference design books in a cinch. The flat file cabinet and conference table’s large surfaces are also used to display active project samples and drawings.

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With clean sight lines, no clutter, and a place to keep everything, our office is now the ideal environment to help us stay creative and productive.

What are your best tips for maximizing small spaces? Tell us in the comments below.