Studio O+A – Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design


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An exclusive look at the inner-workings of Studio O+A, the San Francisco-based studio led by Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander.

An artfully-designed book which tells Studio O+A’s design story in a series of twelve true tales – plus a bonus comic book in the middle of it all – that accentuate the company’s spirit of innovation. Each story features a specific O+A project or series of projects and illustrates aspects of the O+A aesthetic and approach to workplace design. Using project and process photos, the book gives a wide-angle picture of the design studio and a deep-dive look at its efforts to revolutionise what work environments can be.

Produced by O+A’s in-house creatives to the highest standards of book design and architectural commentary, Twelve True Tales reveals that touch of the offbeat for which O+A is known. Realised projects include workspaces for Yelp, Nike, Cisco, Giant Pixel, Uber, Kimball and others, as well as forward-looking design experiments in mobile workspace design, product design and branding.


  • Primo Orpilla is one of the founders of Studio O+A. He is also a lecturer at IE University in Madrid.
  • Verda Alexander is one of the founders of Studio O+A. She has a BA from San Jose State University, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.


  • Studio O+A is a multidisciplinary, internationally-operating design studio creating workspaces for some of the world’s largest technology companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Uber, Cisco, and many more.
  • Readers gain complete insight into the working methods of this San Francisco-based studio.
  • Illustrated with a large selection of beautiful project photography, the title also contains informative project profiles and lively analysis.
  • The firm Studio O+A made its name rethinking the impact workspace has on work, but today their reach extends beyond the commercial environment into all areas of design thinking.

Publication Details

  • Release: 23 May 2017
  • Frame Publishers
  • English
  • Curated by Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander
  • Written by Al McKee
  • Graphic design by Elizabeth Vereker
  • Illustration (graphic novel) by Olivia Ward
  • 230 x 297 mm
  • 296 pages / full colour / hardcover
  • ISBN 978-94-92311-16-0


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