1. WD-40 Company on the web

    News about WD-40 Company’s new corporate headquarters is making it’s way online. First, it showed up on OfficeSnapshots and now on Emser’s blog. Check out what all of the buzz is about!

  2. Voit’s office complete

    Here’s a sneak peak at a feature wall at Voit Real Estate’s new La Jolla office. We loved designing this custom surfboard wall to show their team’s love of surfing in a new way.

    Voit Real Estate La Jolla Surfboard Feature Wall, Design and picture by ID Studios

  3. ID Studios wins “Best Theme Inspiration” award at the 2017 IIDA Fashion Show San Diego

    Earlier this month, the IIDA San Diego hosted the annual Fashion Show where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion.

    Each year, San Diego’s esteemed design professionals take to the catwalk wearing outfits worthy of a Tony Award and constructed primarily from building materials. The Haute Couture Fashion Show pays tribute to the many talents of our design community where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion. The 2017 fashion show held earlier this month, had a dramatic twist as the design teams were challenged to create an outfit inspired by popular Broadway plays.

    This year, our team’s Broadway inspiration was the award-winning Broadway musical, Wicked, based on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire which was inspired by Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We were excited to get started and found inspiration in Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her obsession with flight.


    2017 IIDA Fashion Show, Wicked, sketch by ID Studios



    “As someone told me lately – everyone deserves the chance to fly.” This quote from the original song “Defying Gravity” inspired our team’s design. We imagined what it would be like to take flight soaring into the air with limitless freedom. The burst of spires attached to the garment represent the surge of powerful energy and excitement experienced while defying gravity.

    Our outfit, sponsored by Crossville, was made from glass mosaic tile on the top, the skirt from fabric from the fabric grab, the broom from Crossville packing material, and the spired back piece from marketing materials and mesh adhesive backing for mosaic tiles.




    Our long nights paid off when we came home with the “Best Theme Inspiration” award.


    Thank you to our sponsors, Tony and Danelle of Crossville, a manufacturer of sustainable tile solutions. As our partner, our garment had to be made exclusively from materials from their product lines, manufacturing process and marketing materials as well as any fabric we could grab during the official Fabric Grab held 6 weeks prior when we were assigned our theme.


    As usual, the level of talent in the design community was astounding as the creations that came down the runway were all fabulous! Pictures of the entire show can be found here:

  4. Digital Technologies: Commercial: Interior designers weigh in on digital design tools

    Associate Andrew Fordham and Principal Deborah Elliott were interviewed by Floor Focus Magazine for an article about Digital Design Tools.

    By Beth Miller

    Online design tools continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Designers use several third-party tools for rendering 3D models and designing project documents, along with social media for visualization purposes, as well as the design services offered by the bigger suppliers in the industry. Interior designers are uniquely combining these resources to accomplish their project visualization needs. Floor Focus reached out to four commercial interior designers across the country to find out what tools they utilize when designing a project, why they use them and what developments they would like to see in the next generation of design software.

    While Autodesk has to some extent cornered the technology market when it comes to digital visualization tools, since it is considered by many the industry standard, the tools mentioned span a wide spectrum ranging from SketchUp and Autodesk’s Revit to hand-drawn sketches and social media.

    Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design and Rendering by ID Studios

    Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design and Rendering by ID Studios

    Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design by ID Studios, Photos by Swinerton Builders


    Versatility in software and photo-realism of project modeling play a huge role in the technology used by Deborah Elliot, president, and Andrew Fordham, senior designer, of ID Studios based in southern California. SketchUp Pro and Revit are the primary tools they use to create 3D models. However, the pros and cons of each, according to both Elliot and Fordham, have pushed software creators to introduce other tools, such as plug-ins like SU Podium that allow for photo-realistic rendering, as well as Photoshop for image enhancements.

    Read more…

  5. An Iconic Renovation: Brixton Capital

    Brixton Corporate Headquarters, Design by ID Studios, Photos by Stephen WhalenThis stand alone, 2-story building with basement was originally designed as a movie theatre and converted to office space in 1950. Brixton Capital acquired the building with the intent to modernize it for their own Corporate Headquarters and to share with tenants. The design was based on an open concept, maximizing the coastal views of Fletcher Cove and bringing those elements into the interior of the space. The renovation features a new monument stair which took into account the circular theme inherent in the existing architecture.

    To see more pictures of this project, click HERE.

  6. ID Studios Gives Back: Tables for Tots 2017

    Each year, designers across San Diego donate their time and design skills to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego through the Tables for Tots program organized by G/M Business Interiors.

    This year’s theme was “Boho Bash”. We went all out with the natural theme and designed a fun little planter box that we thought kids would love to garden and play in. We also included accessories like a child sized wheelbarrow, gardening supplies, live plants and garden themed toys. Based on the number of kids that dug in the soil at the event I’d say the planter box was a hit!


    This year the event raised over $65,000 which brings the event’s overall total donated to $405,232 over the past nine years.

    A big thank you to our sponsors, Spooner’s Woodworks for building our design and Swinerton Builders, Salem Wolfe, Bentley Mills and National Office Furniture who donated to our entry.


  7. ID Studios Summer Picnic: A New Summer Tradition

    This month, ID Studios family and friends gathered at Mission Bay Park for our 2nd annual Summer Picnic. In between visits to the Taco Truck, there was fierce competition as kids and adults alike tested their skills at a water-balloon toss, raw-egg relay races and of course… corn hole!


  8. Project Spotlight: Swinerton Renewable Energy

    Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design by ID Studios, Photos by Swinerton BuildersSwinerton Renewable Energy is a division of Swinerton Builders that provides engineering, procurement, construction and monitoring of solar voltaic plants throughout North America. This new 24/7 facility hearkens back to ID Studio’s previous design of Swinerton Builders through similar raw interior architectural elements, but departs from that concept with a more modern and energizing material and furniture aesthetic. The focus throughout was to create a bright, comfortable and dynamic space for employees working long, sometimes overnight shifts.

    Their new center has been highlighted on Power World Analysis and on Solar Industry News.

    You can even watch a construction video put together by TekWorks.

  9. Michael McDonald & Dana Field Join ID Studios

    ID Studios is growing and we are thrilled to announce the newest members of our team!ID Studios is growing and we are thrilled to announce the newest members of our team!

    Michael McDonald, ID StudiosPrior to joining ID Studios, Michael McDonald was a Project Coordinator at Altevers Associates. With over 8 years in the industry and a depth of experience in large resort projects, Michael brings his talents to ID Studios by overseeing all phases of the design process. He  received his BFA in Interior Design from Design Institute of San Diego in 2009 .

    Michael and his wife have a beautiful 18 month old daughter named Ryan that they love to take to the zoo so she can talk to the animals! He follows the San Diego Padres, goes fishing in his spare time and has a cat named Fred and dog named Ginger.

    Originally from Monterey, Dana Field realized Interior Design was her passion after getting a degree in Fine Arts from Dana Field, ID StudiosWestmont College in 2009. That next year she packed up and moved to San Diego to attend the Design Institute of San Diego. She loves the sunshine in San Diego and doesn’t ever want to leave. She considers herself an art fanatic! She enjoys visiting museums, galleries and lectures and The Getty is, “her favorite place in the world.” She spends weekend time exploring new coffee shops and breweries, reading a good murder mystery and paddle boarding.

    We were first introduced to Dana when she came to us as an intern in 2014.  After almost 3 years at Ware Malcomb, Dana returns to us as part of the many talented designers and architects in our studio.

    Welcome Michael and Dana to the ID Studios family!