DAV STUDIO

    DAV STUDIO

    DESIGN. DELIBERATELY.

    An interior architecture and design studio focused on design that is crafted with intent and passion. 

    About DAV STUDIO

    Design deliberately.

    DAV STUDIO is an interior architecture and design studio focused on design that is crafted with intent and passion.


    The studio was founded by Kroeun Dav, a designer with over a decade of professional experience with clients such as Ubiquity6 and Quid, among others.

    Design approach.

    Space becomes a place when those who occupy it invest it with purpose. Our passion is to find that purpose and articulate it.  


    We think of design as motion. It’s a direction. It isn’t static. Good design is always on its way.

    Delivering design.

    Whether it's programming, space planning, furniture specification, custom furnishings & finishes, project management, environmental branding—our expertise extends across a wide range of placemaking. We see it as a whole and chapters in the design story. Let us help you tell your story.

    PROJECTS

    Our Design For Quid Sees Knowledge As An Unfolding Story.

    Year: 2019

    Location: San Francisco, Ca.

    Project Size: 17,000 sf.

    Photography By: Emily Hagopian

    read about the design for quid

    Year: 2018

    Location: Sunnyvale, Ca.

    Project Size: 38,000 sf.

    Photography By: Emily Hagopian

    Project completed while at M. Moser Associates

    Year: 2017

    Location: San Francisco, Ca.

    Project Size: 10,000 sf.

    Photography By: Mariko Reed

    Project completed while at ASD

    Year: 2017

    Location: San Francisco, Ca.

    Project Size: 20,879 sf.

    Photography By: Mariko Reed

    Project completed while at ASD

    Year: 2014

    Location: San Mateo, Ca.

    Project Size: 62,000 sf.

    Photography By: Jasper Sanidad

    Project completed while at Studio O+A

    Year: 2013

    Location: San Francisco, Ca.

    Project Size: 106,000 sf.

    Photography By: Jasper Sanidad

    Project completed while at Studio O+A

    Year: 2013

    Location: San Francisco, Ca.

    Project Size: 50,000 sf.

    Photography By: Jasper Sanidad

    Project completed while at Studio O+A

    behind the design for quid

    Our Design For Quid Sees Knowledge As An Unfolding Story.

    Quid was expanding in 2018 and needed a new home. They were able to secure the entire 23rd floor of the iconic One California building in San Francisco; an early home to Salesforce, among others. Quid’s CEO enlisted Dav Studio to design their new HQ. In the tech world there is a growing awareness that the digital miracles we see every day are the product of insights first recorded in dusty books. Quid is a company that has long acknowledged digital’s debt to analog and in fact has built its data analytics on recognition of that connection. Quid is an AI startup in San Francisco and has the leading web product for visualizing written content.  Quid allows users to quickly "turn text into context" for making business decisions. The founder and CEO, Bob Goodson, came up with the idea as a graduate student at the University of Oxford while researching the nature of language.

     

    Our design for Quid’s San Francisco office celebrates the ongoing progression of knowledge with a 21st century space framed in accents drawn from the world of print. Quid is dedicated to break-throughs in how we "read" content. This concept was translated in Quid’s elevator lobby. We sourced an old edition of the Oxford English Dictionary and used the pages as wallpaper, leading every guest to essentially enter Quid through a room of nothing but tens of thousands of words—a nod to founder Bob Goodson’s alma mater. We hid the entry for the word "Quid" in the lobby as something for guests to try to find. Spoiler: the primary definition of Quid is the truth of a thing. 


    Past the elevator lobby is the main reception. We approached a local Berkeley print press and sourced the actual linen material used on book covers and covered the reception walls. Guests can touch the walls and are reminded of the caress of a good book. Throughout the office Dav Studio and Quid together stocked bookshelves—often strictly metaphoric in a modern workplace— with real books of real interest to the company’s employees. We selected a color palette that reflects the Quid product itself. Quid detects topics and colors each differently. So each room has a color and as you move through the space it reflects the movement through the software itself. We also brought in network graphics into select places as further echoes of the product.


    Quid has 100 inventions and 15 approved patents, so innovation is key to the people working there. A key to innovation is ensuring team members from all parts of the company come together and talk every day. For this reason, Dav Studio and Quid created a "cafe" in which everyone can eat, drink and work, and called it "Hopscotch Cafe" in the spirit of having fun with numbers. Hopscotch also respects the creativity that can flow in cafe environments. “Most revolutions in history started in cafes. More and more people seek to work from cafes so we borrowed ideas from the best Bay Area cafes, including the company-sourced selection of music playlist which plays throughout the day,” says Bob Goodson. Quid aspired to a space that is both highly functional from their 100+ person team to work and create, inspirational for clients and guests, and deeply reinforces the product and brand values that Quid follows. 


    The larger theme here is not print, but continuity—the way every generation of knowledge seekers builds on the achievements of generations before. That’s true also of designers. Dav Studio uses the vernacular of office design today as the starting point for a warmer, more tactile working experience at Quid. Giving every space its own connection to a larger meaning—through cultural reference or individual choice—our design turns a tech office into a personal habitat. 

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    Phone: 408.857.8796

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