Napa Valley Installation

TK Smith

For a while, TK’s been fabricating a new work for Andrea Zittel called the “Workstation”. It’s a functional piece of furniture made to go between two home offices and holds the printer, other electronics, files etc.  We took a road trip this week to Yountville, in the Napa Valley to install it. The trip took an entire day to drive there, a day to install and a full day’s drive back. The location was an amazing Winery that features not only great wine, but some of the most beautiful and interesting architecture we’ve ever seen. The vineyard has a long, rich history in the area and the current winery was completed in 1997. The home on the property, where the installation took place, and which you can see in the upper left photo above, will be finished this fall.

Considering that the piece was disassembled before it left the shop and then reassembled on site, everything went really well. When we arrived, the contractor said, “don’t scratch the floors and do not touch the walls around where the Workstation will be installed”! The walls are covered with a very thin, fragile white paper. I gave TK a look, both of us knowing that if he even slightly touched the walls while moving the piece into place, we were screwed. TK can get a white surface dirty from just looking at it! We joke about it constantly.

The Napa Valley, being known for great food and wine, certainly delivered. Our typical workday consists of Cheerios for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch. On this trip, we ate breakfast at the Oakville Grocery, lunch at Redd and dinner at Oenotri. Not bad! We would never normally stop in the middle of the day for a lovely lunch with great company and great wine, but if we lived in that part of California, we could get used to it.


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