Heath 10: A Moment, A First, Our Future
When we first saw it, with these incredibly large and beautiful windows all boarded up, a former linen laundry in the Northeast Mission neighborhood may have lacked light and energy, but there was real potential. We felt an immediate connection to the space and to the neighborhood (having both previously lived in and run a business from just a few blocks away) and started work on a vision to create a space that would bring the “making” Heath had been known for in Sausalito to San Francisco.
The building is now flooded with light, energy, community and a hum of making two years later. Two weeks ago, we fired our first kiln in the tile factory and that sound was both immensely gratifying and real. Though our roots remain in our original Sausalito factory, our vision for Heath moving forward is embodied in this new San Francisco building. Anchored by the factory, the space celebrates designing and making throughout our Heath retail showroom, Blue Bottle Café, Heath Studio and the other artist studios.
Our focus now is the new Heath Studio, where we are creating a model and environment that allows us to approach design more hands on, and experiment outside the scope of the pieces we make for production in our factory. It will be an integral part of our design process moving forward – a place to engage in a deep exploration and understanding of the materials.
Other like-minded designers have gathered too, (Matt Dick’s Small Trade Company and Julia Turner, with more to come) and are helping us build a diverse and inspiring creative community in our new space.
It’s been an incredible ten-year journey, highlighted by new friends and collaborations and spaces and ideas. Thanks for coming on our adventure. #heath10
- Robin and Cathy
(Photos 4 and 7 courtesy Leslie Williamson.)