We Refuse To Be A Statistic

Emily here with a wee trifle of life at 1649 Valencia St….
Metropolis Magazine recently posted an article about the meandering lunch table at Snøhetta’s office in New York. They said, “Fewer than 20 percent of American office workers take a lunch break, partly because the average workplace doesn’t have a lunch room.” When I read that I thought a few things. Among them:

  1. Who says you have to have a lunch room to take a lunch break?
  2. Is taking said break a by product of eschewing the life of the office worker and forging a path in the arts?
  3. Is it about the space or is it about the people?

#1 – Every day we confront the impossible—from figuring out how to make Nik’s designs to how to install 3 installations in 3 cities on 2 continents in 3 weeks*—so you could hardly expect that not having a lunch room would stop us from lunching.

#2 – Yay Art.

#3 – I’m the only one here today [3 installs, 3 cities, 2 continents], it’s 3:02pm and I haven’t eaten lunch. Asked and answered.

We’ve talked for years about building a lunch table but it always ends up being something that’s going to hinge or collapse or have some sort of hydraulic system. Or we talk about something off-the-shelf but can’t accept the defeat.

And at this point we’re comfortable hanging out in the parking lot in our rag-tag Weinsteinian fashion and shootin’ the s*%t over some grub. In fact, we prefer it.

* More on the recent craziness and impressive feats of the Weinstein team coming soon.



Dining and knitting a l’asphalt.


Hanging out with a sandwich and a forklift.


Who wouldn’t want to share their lunchroom with an old pallet?


If we don’t need a table, why would we need chairs?

Lunch Room / Work Room Hybrid

Lunch Room / Work Room Hybrid


About nikolas

Nikolas Weinstein was born in New York City in 1968. His aesthetic derives from a longstanding interest in the natural world. The influence of organic forms in his work dates to a young age, established during internships at The American Museum of Natural History and The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After graduating college with a degree in comparative literature, he moved to San Francisco, where he briefly worked as an assistant to a prominent graphic designer before founding his studio.
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