So-chic Twitter HQ: Art Deco landmark outfitted with homesteader cabins

So-chic Twitter HQ: Art Deco landmark outfitted with homesteader cabins

WHAT’S NEW IS old at Twitter’s new San Francisco headquarters.

The high-tech firm has a new look for its old logo, a new office in an old building and, in a few weeks, new dining rooms in some very old log cabins.

In keeping with the designer’s forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter’s new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street.

In a few weeks, Twitter employees will be able to eat and hang out inside these old west relics, which still bear the adze marks of the ranchers who built them 100 years ago. …

[Olle] Lundberg bought the cabins for an undisclosed price after seeing an ad on Craigslist placed by Novato contractor Karl Beckmann, who salvaged them from a couple of remote ranches in small Montana towns.

“We advertised them for a year and we pretty much got a lot of crackpot calls,” Beckmann said. “When you think about it, buying a 100-year-old log cabin that has been exposed to the elements is not a very practical idea unless you’re doing something exactly like what is being done here.”

Lundberg, who lives in a decommissioned Icelandic car ferry docked at Pier 54 in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, had already reused wooden planks from the lanes of an old bowling alley, with some of the original nails still visible, to build the reception desk in Twitter’s main lobby, which features real tree branches sandwiched between layers of glass. As wall decor, blue Twitter
bird logos have been fashioned out of vintage California license plates, and # and @ symbols have been routed into slabs of raw wood.

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