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August 15, 2017

A New Take On Nikolas Weinstein

Hello, Emily here. I thought seeing this recent sculpture from an outsider’s perspective might be a nice way to present this new piece from Nikolas.

March 1, 2017

Lecture at SHoP Architects New York

On March 9th, Nikolas will be lecturing at SHoP Architects in New York as part of their Artist's Series.

February 6, 2017

Jakarta is "Live"

Just before Christmas, we completed our largest and most complex installation to date.

February 6, 2017

Hello New York!

Woohoo! We’re bi-coastal!

September 1, 2016

Nikolas Weinstein Studios Rocks The G20

Question: What do Nikolas Weinstein Studios, President Enrique Pena Nieto, Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Vladimir Putin, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim have in common?

August 1, 2016

A Frenchman Asks The Big Questions

Imagine our delight when we were contacted by Manuel Fadat, a French curator, researcher, critic and teacher who "geeks out" on technology as much as we do.

May 11, 2016

Louis XIV Comes to 1649

Glass conducts light more efficiently than any other material.

December 4, 2015

We Refuse To Be A Statistic

Emily here with a wee trifle of life at 1649 Valencia St....

November 23, 2015

Weinstein and Warwick Take It On The Road

Every summer the Glass Art Society [GAS] holds their annual conference in a different US city.

September 29, 2015

Signed, Sealed, & Delivered

Nikolas posted about this project in Hong Kong when it was being installed back in February.

April 9, 2015

Carl Gets a Toy

Chaos reigns here at the studio. It is so full of glass, scaffolding, and people that we are too embarrassed to reveal photos.

March 19, 2015

Play It Again, Steve

Puttering about this afternoon, we came across this jewel in the video archive. Though previously posted, it's worth a second pass.

March 18, 2015

Panel Ascending

Coffee. Lots of coffee. And then more coffee.

March 10, 2015

Bon Voyage

While this transport may seem mundane, we're clicking our heals over here.

February 23, 2015

Up to Our Eyeballs in Crates

The sound of industry is eerily silent in our part of the world.

February 6, 2015

Back in Play

Even though we're up to our gills in work, it feels like ages since we've installed a project.

November 21, 2013

What's Afoot at NWS

Hi, this is Emily. Since we haven't posted in a while and I actually have some pretty cool things to share, I'm commandeering the blog today. Who am I and what do I do here?

March 6, 2013

Join Bag

Over the past several years our digital documentary archive has ballooned.

February 7, 2013

CCA Lecture

I will be giving a lecture on the evening of Wednesday, February 13, at the San Francisco campus of the California College of the Arts. 

October 1, 2012

A Glimpse Into Our world

We just received the first transmission from our advance duo that is preparing to install a new artwork in Hong Kong.

September 14, 2012

Handful of Salt Strikes Again

Our friends over at Handful of Salt have posted another little story about our work w

September 4, 2012


Our dear Emily was recently contacted by a graduate student that interviewed me several months back as part of his thesis research.

July 26, 2012

Come in, Tokyo, Over?

Having successfully completed the first half of their mission in Hong Kong, our faithful documentarian, Michael Weber, and his crew touched down in Tokyo to

July 25, 2012

Uncle Sam Drops In to Say "Hi"

Shortly before quitting time on Monday, the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade from the United States Commerce Department dropped by to present us with an award for export achievem

July 12, 2012

From Atop the Peak

While our team was deftly installing the new artwork in Delhi earlier this month, we surreptitiously deployed our documentation probe to a small mountain ove

July 3, 2012

Return to Base

That's it! Our suitcases are packed and we're headed home.

June 22, 2012

Order Up!

109.7 degrees Fahrenheit. And that was inside. Ouch. Welcome to New Delhi.

May 31, 2012

Wheels Down Delhi

At long last, our intrepid installers are afoot! Numbering nine in all, they winged their way across the ocean to Delhi to begin work on our new installation.

May 11, 2012

Pecha Kucha Talk

Last night, I gave a Pecha Kucha talk in San Francisco with a collective of local creative insurgents (one guy had come up with a 

May 3, 2012

Going Neolithic Scaffolding Styley

As some of you may well know by now, we here at the studio like toys. And toys that can be driven and articulated hold a near and dear place in our collective heart.

April 30, 2012

Pink Mohawks

As we prepare to ship off to India for an installation in New Delhi, the shop is in full swing.

March 26, 2012

The Slow Slog to Post New Work

With three new projects that we've completed swelling our poor little photography library, it is time to make good on keeping the website up to date.

March 8, 2012

Once More Unto the Breach

The photographs are just beginning to trickle in from our latest project, a sculpture that resides in the lobby of a new Frank Gehry project in Hong Kong.

March 7, 2012

It was hot, it had danger. It was perfect for a seven-year-old.

Nobody really knows where Mike came from. Some say Boston. Others persist in some story about a hamlet lost in the Vermont hills.

March 7, 2012

Dave's Previous Life

Our inveterate engineer and tinkerer, Dave Johnson, has had many lives. Once upon a time, he was a programmer at Apple and also worked in puppetry and robotics at ILM.

December 6, 2011

Disappear the Scaffolding

We're gone and so is the scaffolding under our latest installation in Tokyo.

November 29, 2011

Bernalwood in Tokyo

For the past week in Tokyo, Sam has been leading a team of ninja-style installers on our latest project.

November 3, 2011

Grasshopper Geekery

Most of us here at the studio are, to one degree or another, geeks.

October 31, 2011

CCA Lecture November 8

As part of the architecture and interior design series, Nikolas will be giving a lecture at the

October 10, 2011

Sick with Lego

Each season takes one down. Sam was the first to go about two falls ago and stayed home hacking and wheezing on some Friday or Monday.

August 22, 2011

September 10 AIA Tour

It's that time of year again when the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects does their city-wide event.

August 17, 2011

Nectar of the Gods

I am grateful for the mild climes of San Francisco and, with each trip to the Far East, I am reminded that we really have to find work in some other part of the world.

July 5, 2011


I was going through some recent emails regarding our upcoming installation in Tokyo and came across a most excellent insertion.

June 24, 2011

The Arlenator

To those of you out there in architecture, this won't seem too nifty. But to the uninitiated, this will definitely be impressive.

May 17, 2011

This Is Why We Have Concrete Floors

On a quiet afternoon here at the shop, Mike and TJ unwittingly invited great spectacle. The enterprising duo occasionally accept projects for designers interested in making custom lamp fixtures.

May 2, 2011

Johnson Strikes Again!

Our inveterate tinkerer and engineer, Dave Johnson, has rocked the world of automaton enthusiasts once again.

April 6, 2011

Cookies and one of these...

Dear Mom,

April 6, 2011

Covert Operations

As unlikely as it may seem, we have been talking to the US Commerce Department over the past two years.

March 22, 2011

Binkelator 2000

In our continuing efforts to put the cart before the horse, we designed another project before we knew exactly how to build it.

February 21, 2011

Establish KL Base Camp

Last week, Ari and Arlen arrived in hot, wet, and sunny Kualu Lumpur to establish base camp at the installation site before the rest of us arrived.

February 16, 2011

Probe 673AA Landed

The eagle has landed. On February 11, at 10:35:09 PM PST, the advance team of Ari and Arlen arrived in Kuala Lumpur for the installation of a huge residential sculpture.

February 1, 2011

Magical Mechanical Davebot

Dave is 29, except he is actually 52.

January 11, 2011

Sneak Peak

The installation for Malaysia left just a couple of days ago and is likely somewhere in the middle of the Pacific by now.

January 10, 2011

Lost in a Cloud

I was perusing through our photo library and came across this little gem. It's from last week when TJ and Ari were blowing into a brand new cork mold, a steel pipe lined with cork.

January 4, 2011

The Easy Way to Flip a Crate

All of the six sculptural elements that make up the sculpture in Malaysia ship upside down.

January 3, 2011

Container Dropoff

And another container was parked in our lot this morning. This standard forty-foot container will be loaded with our latest sculpture that is bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by ocean freighter.

July 9, 2010

Moving Shop

After a recent trip to Japan, I am deeply inclined to pull roots and relocate the studio to Tokyo. Seriously.

April 23, 2010

As if you were in Shanghai

As part of prepping content for our new website that should be arriving in about a month, we've put together a movie fly-through of the installation.

April 12, 2010

Seismo-Dog Knows All

It often happens that we need to test the strength of a sculpture under the most extreme conditions it will experience.

March 27, 2010

If soccer fields then why not jumbo jets?

So, after I made that post about the soccer field, dear Arlen sent me a comparative chart of jets. Arlen was clearly one step ahead of me in imagining absurd gargantuan comparisons.

March 26, 2010

Making paper look like glass

We've just begun work on a large residential project in Kuala Lumpur and I've attached some images of the model below.  The sculpture was made with some crazy crepe paper that I found years ago.

March 26, 2010

Absurd comparisons: sculpture vs. soccer

When we were working on the installation for the new InterContinental Hotel in Shanghai late last year, we always said it was about a football field long.

March 26, 2010

Getting the old Tubilator 2.1 back in working order

After many months of prep and head-banging, we are ready to stop fabricating test panels to destroy in the name of engineering and start building our installation for Bar Agricole, a new swanky res