Office Visit: A Redesigned Studio in Marin by

Issue 42 · West Marin and Beyond · October 18, 2012

Office Visit: A Redesigned Studio in Marin

Issue 42 · West Marin and Beyond · October 18, 2012

A design office in Mill Valley pays homage to a celebrated local architect—and to the power of Northern California light.

Alison Davin of Jute likes natural light. “I don’t like to turn on the electricity," she says. Her office in Mill Valley was originally designed by renowned Marin architect John Marsh Davis, and the building boasts his signature flourishes: exposed plumbing and large windows that allow for ample sunlight. Davin and her assistant, Bekah Fletcher (to whom she gives the credit), recently customized the office by adding new shelving and storage options to accommodate a growing inventory of samples and project-related items.

To see more of Davin's work, go to Designer Visit: San Anselmo Bungalow. Photos by Drew Kelly.

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Above: San Francisco-based woodworker Andrew Woodside Carter built the work table; the vintage stools were sourced from Galerie Half in Los Angeles. The leather handle baskets are from Waterworks.

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Above: To accommodate a variety of storage needs, Carter custom-built the large shelves to include compartments of various sizes. The entire piece is upholstered in linen with leather welt added to the edges.

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Above: The ultimate flea market find: pendant lights made from "vintage industrial baking whisks that were electrified," says Davin.

Above: A side view of the work table.

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Above: A dual workspace with two Vapor Bar Stools by CB2.

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