The Blue Pickle Loft: Industrial Conversion, 2004 Size: 2,200 s.f. Location: Jack London Square, Oakland, California "It is always interesting to notice when a project begins to take on a life of its own. I think it happened the other night when we were seriously considering all the materials. I had to rethink the project after you mentioned that white was not a preferred color, and there were a 1,000 cranes to make and keep behind glass. The space has always been conceived as a piece of sculpture which provides for all the living and utility needs of the loft, and was always approached as white for maximum light reflectance. Within this white piece of sculpture, the kitchen is a point of focus, accentuated by color - very simple." "It took a day or so to recognize a meaningful direction for the material palette of the project. We need an approach that will complement the sculpture of the space and enhance the light in the Loft. I did not have to go far to find it, I just had to open my eyes and see the succulent plant, the Blue Pickle, as a perfect metaphor."