MetropolitanCraft

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San Francisco, California

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Announcement    Kits and Models of Iconic Structures! World-Class Design, Quality, and Customer care. Made in San Francisco, CA.
Thank you for supporting local MAKERS!
Featured in these Museum stores: SFMOMA , DeYoung, Museum of Craft & Design, Oakland Museum of CA, Cal Academy and others

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Last updated on Aug 27, 2020

Kits and Models of Iconic Structures! World-Class Design, Quality, and Customer care. Made in San Francisco, CA.
Thank you for supporting local MAKERS!
Featured in these Museum stores: SFMOMA , DeYoung, Museum of Craft & Design, Oakland Museum of CA, Cal Academy and others

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Please visit https://youtu.be/oi7SU2lFxms for a fun little video showing folks building models!

Here is a one on one interview with me on Tested.com.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fHcqHpGi8Q

Architect-turned-artist Laurence Srinivasan (b.1970) studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the ETH-Zurich. He has worked in architecture firms in the US, Switzerland, and Germany, helping design the WWII Memorial winning competition entry with Friedrich St.Florian, and working with Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York city.

After working many years in Architecture firms, I found the most enjoyable part for me was to build the models, so I eventually became a professional model maker. Modelmaking is very multi facted and draws on an exciting range of skills and materials. From state of the art CNC milling, lasercutting and 3D printing, to traditional hand fabrication methods. A model maker is in a way a very hi-tech fabricator, given the many prototyping tools currently available.

I decided to start my own business in 2010, making my first product: a lasercut wood model kit of Sutro Tower in San Francisco. It did well in local retail stores, and so the series expanded to include other Iconic Bay-Area structures: the Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland Crane, TransAmerica Pyramid and others. This series has become a popular favorite at the SFMOMA store, and other museum stores!

In designing this series, I really wanted to capture the accuracy and beauty of these structures. These are not mere tourist replicas!... Each model is developed from original engineering drawings. And they are designed to capture the original design both in spirit and in detail. We also try to design the kit-building experience to be memorable and fun."

My Studio is located in the Mission district of SF, and I'm a member of a fantastic local makerspace: HumanMade, with access to a great community, shared equipment, and space.

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