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Siemens Controller

This model was produced for use as a hand-held prop at an event.  Although we are usually only given a few drawings on paper, a photo, or a description of what is needed, we were provided very few details, in this case.  As long the purpose and focus of the model is clear, and the […]

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Hanna Ranch

The best way to get approval on a project in its early conception stages is to present a high quality model.  Not just any model will do.  It must be made to scale, with just the right touches of realism to allow the viewer to get a feel for the finished project.  Moreover, it must […]

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Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital

Models of hospitals are made for fundraising and design review purposes, as well as for obtaining community support and city approval.  It is a long, complex, and challenging process as the developer seeks to satisfy all parties, while taking substantial financial risks.  Imagine being one of the people responsible to design and pay for a […]

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Column Capitals For San Francisco Opera’s Don Giovanni

This is one of three rather large-sized column capitals that were CNC machined into rigid polyurethane foam.  Starting with this precisely machined form, molds were made and multiples were cast and attached to the columns, all to dress the set for San Francisco Opera’s performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

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Hacienda Cabo Phase II

The designer and developer team on this project wanted to make sure we were sensitive to the artistry of their design and what was required of us to make this a successful model.  With our company’s focus on Model Art™ this project was a perfect match for our talents and skills.  While building the model, […]

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Hacienda Cabo Phase I

The designer and developer team on this project wanted to make sure we were sensitive to the artistry of their design and what was required of us to make this a successful model.  With our company’s focus on Model Art™ this project was a perfect match for our talents and skills.  While building the model, […]

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Hacienda Cabo Phase I

The designer and developer team on this project wanted to make sure we were sensitive to the artistry of their design and what was required of us to make this a successful model.  With our company’s focus on Model Art™ this project was a perfect match for our talents and skills.  While building the model, […]

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Hacienda Cabo Study

The architect’s intention for this study model was to ‘wow’ the marketing and developer clients with details, without getting into the time and expense of a true marketing model.  The clients were so impressed that they asked us to immediately start work on a highly detailed and highly realistic version for their sales office.

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Bay Bridge ZPMC Plaque

Our concept started with a graphic on a t-shirt and an interesting, freshly minted, bronze medallion. The goal was to make a plaque that incorporated the medallion and a stylized silhouette of the bridge.  Instead of simply gluing it all together and calling it a day, we machined recesses into the walnut plaque for both […]

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20th Harriman Award

The E.H. Harriman Award is an annual award presented to American railroad companies in recognition for outstanding safety achievements.  We were presented with the opportunity to design and build the award in 2009.  This mockup is a representation of what we had in mind for the award’s Gold medal recipients.

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222 19th Street

What started as a concept for a ‘simple’ model to present to the City of Oakland, turned into a complex model that had all of the essential architectural elements for a sales center presentation, except internal lights.  One could easily be misled by the small 9″ x 8″  footprint translating to simplicity.  In this case, […]

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222 19th Street

What started as a concept for a ‘simple’ model to present to the City of Oakland, turned into a complex model that had all of the essential architectural elements for a sales center presentation, except internal lights.  One could easily be misled by the small 9″ x 8″  footprint translating to simplicity.  In this case, […]

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222 Park Lane

This is a good example of how a quality presentation of a residence can be made with sufficient detail from simple study model materials and professional processes.  Really good trees help!

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1100 Broadway

Various materials and model making processes were used to produce the right ‘soft’ look and feel for presentation to the City of Oakland.  They now have a suitable long-term promotion piece as the project is further designed and developed toward final approvals and construction.  The context was made of basswood, and included an existing building […]

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1515 Third Street

In order to emphasize their unique design, the architects at Gensler requested that we create a more transparent effect for the windows than our usual back-painted technique.  The mid-rise building design also required that we model a detailed perforated screen structure on the outside of the building, which we accomplished by painting metal-etched supports that […]

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AOS Litigation Demonstration

We build a lot of intellectual property models for defendants in patent challenge cases, filling their need to present hard to ascertain differences between two patents before a jury.  Using models can help a jury visualize the physical differences and make an informed decision.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

You never know if chipboard will conform properly to a particular shape until you try it.  This aquarium’s design structure is smart, conjuring up the look and feel of waves.  That same effect had to work on our model, and in very short order.  Luckily, chipboard does bend, at least as much as we needed it […]

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Arpeggio

Large scale models are all about experiencing a place well before it actually exists.  This scale affords us the opportunity to simulate colors and textures of materials in a highly realistic way that is often not practical at smaller scales.  At Gemmiti Model Art, one of our mantras is “if you are going to do it, do […]

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ASM Computer Chip

Sometimes, we are asked to model something and it’s importance is not readily apparent; that was the case in this model of a computer chip for a trade show exhibit.  During the building process, we knew it would attract attention for its detail and intricacy with lots of colors and lights, but we were unaware […]

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Cardiac Centre of Bahrain

We rushed, then waited to hear how this model was received by the Prime Minister of Bahrain.  Upon the architects’ return, they were happy to report that he “liked it so much that he replaced a model of a mosque on his desk with it.”

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Bovine Growth Hormone (DNA Strand)

This model was made for a courtroom presentation.  The double-helix sections were made with plastic and wood beads on twisted rods.  They were mounted on clear acrylic tubing, capped off on the ends, screwed, and tapped so that they could mount to each other in different configurations.  The circular pieces included magnetic removable sections to […]

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Calisolar Cell Process

Because we serve a wide range of industries, we occasionally have the opportunity to handle objects and materials that defy logic and common sense.  In the case of the Calisolar Cell Process, our job was to put the essential elements of the story on display in their lobby.  In the process, we witnessed the construction […]

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Calisolar Cell Process

Because we serve a wide range of industries, we occasionally have the opportunity to handle objects and materials that defy logic and common sense.  In the case of the Calisolar Cell Process, our job was to put the essential elements of the story on display in their lobby.  In the process, we witnessed the construction […]

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Chateau St. Michelle

We made this prototype of the north west winery’s retail point-of-purchase display for use in pricing multiples offshore.  We vacuum-formed the entire roof as a single part; an improbable solution considering the length of the pull.  We were determined, however, to design it with the fewest assembly steps possible, while still maintaining a high quality […]

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Cemwood Roofing Exhibit

In a courtroom, it is a great advantage to able to pick something up off a table and show the jury what you are talking about.  Sometimes, there is no better way to point something out then to do so literally.  This model was made for this express purpose.

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Cliffs at Keowee Springs

Set in one of the most beautiful parts of South Carolina, the gorgeous homes at Cliffs at Keowee Springs are nestled in pristine woods with a country club at the top of a hill!  This first model shows the overall property, for orientation and sales purposes, and features: the layout of the road system, the size of […]

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Cooper Power Exhibit

This model was built for a trade show to aid in illustrating the various types of Cooper Power transformers.  We used a combination of materials including acrylic, brass I-beam stock, and metal etchings.  Displaying both classic above ground and modern, subtler, underground configurations, the model features the range of Cooper Power’s products laid out on […]

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Exploratorium Observatory

When the Exploratorium Observatory relocated from the Palace of Fine Arts to Piers 15 & 17, the best approach (in practical, visual, tactile, and scientific terms) to thoroughly plan ahead its move was through the use of a scale model.  This was a study model made from laser cut museum board (no pun intended) with open roofs […]

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Gerald Desmond Bridge

Working towards an engineering competition, we made one model of the entire span of the bridge showing one proposed design.  We then made three separate tower models showing alternative tower designs.  This way, our clients were able to present three different bridge concepts using just one large model.

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Keychain Medallion

We CNC machined this key chain medallion for a student presentation with very little time and essentially no budget—but great results!

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Freight Car Gifts

Using commercially made elements (in this case, the trucks and the ladders) can help us to streamline our process and create excellent realism.  Because these models were given as gifts to people who had worked closely with full-sized versions of these cars over many years, the details needed to be perfect.  To make sure the […]

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Legal Arguments Gifts

Coming up with a good gift idea for any team is tricky business.  With this gift, the point is made abundantly clear, with no knowledge details of the particular case victory.  The idea was to do something unique with the base and keep it simple: we designed a thick acrylic platform that framed the centerpiece.  […]

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Crystal Heart Puzzle

University Games wanted to showcase this product made in Japan at a trade show over Valentine’s Day. While there were several options, we ultimately settled on the closest simulation of the 3D puzzle pieces that we could create. The heart is essentially hollow, but each laser-cut layer or transparent red acrylic approximates the outline of […]

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Mahukona Club Site

The use of cork is a low-tech approach to the construction of models that will never completely go out of fashion.  It’s natural earthy quality, consistent texture, and size variety make it a tried and true material for site models.  Since laser cutting burns cork black, each of these fine layers (.050″ or 2′ high contours at […]

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Mayacama Golf Club

With currently available technologies, we are able to produce a higher level of accuracy and detail in tiny buildings.  Those topping out at a miniscule 1/2″ height, are now able to include overhangs, chimneys, and all of the complex intersecting gable elements that can be designed in 3D CAD.  It is a common misconception that […]

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Mayacama Golf Club

This model was primarily made to orient a potential buyer of a luxury home to a golf course community located in an idyllic setting in Northern California.  Our intention was to capture the color and textural qualities of natural California grasses and provide just enough detail in the tiny buildings (accurate roof shapes, etc.) to […]

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Machined Bowl

If you are like countless others who cannot stand soggy cereal, this is the bowl for you!  The deep compartment keeps the cereal crunchy; the shallow one allows you to dunk a spoonful of cereal into milk.  You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone, child or adult, who wouldn’t love to try out this clever product.

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Megtec Gift

Whenever we make a custom gift for a group of co-workers eager to pool their money, we do our best to find ways to make it even better than expected.  Firstly, the quality of the product is key.  Secondly, the right details must be in the right place: little switch panels, logo plates, and handles, […]

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Ski Resort Study

These days, it is more work to build a ‘stepped contour’ topo model than one in it’s natural smooth state.  The reason being that preparing the file for machining involves many hours of CAD time to add contour lines at each and every inside corner and outside or ‘top’ corner of a step.  Thirty years […]

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Stanford Neukhom Law School

This model is one of many that we’ve inserted into the all-encompassing Stanford Planning Model over the last 30 years.  Our guess is that the model was originally made in the late 60s or early 70s.  It’s just part of the fabric of Stanford Planning and is continually updated whenever a new project is in […]

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Wonderwater

Wonderwater is a rain catchment system designed to save water on a rainy day.  This model is a functional exhibit that uses real water.  It shows rain falling from the clouds, draining down the gutter, and filtering as it collects in a holding tank where it can be used in household appliances, fixtures, and to […]

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San Rafael Rock Quarry

When the quarry is finished digging at great depth, the plan is to make it an inlet with waterfront property.  With this model, our clients were able to demonstrate the before and after with model puzzle pieces.  Seeing the actual relationship between the neighborhood and the quarry, and having the benefit of this tool to […]

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Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

For a brief nano-second, a universe (black holes and all) is created when an atom is smashed in one of several underground accelerators at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.  The scientists at SLAC have the capability and technology to measure and record these events in real time.  Buildings are constructed, remodeled, and removed as the […]

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SFP Module

The actual sized product fits in the palm of your hand.  The model needed to be large enough for a jury, 12 feet away, to see the details relevant to the case.  The internal components were made mostly from acrylic, painted to simulate the actual material; the outer enclosure was made from a single piece […]

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Presidio Main Post

When Donald Fisher met opposition in building his first proposal of the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio, this second design option was presented.  Neither option worked, so his art collection was ultimately housed at SF MOMA.  As is evident in the seams around three areas featuring ‘removable plugs,’ this model was used for more […]

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Soyo–Cabinda Transportation Link Awards

A ‘transportation link’ is another term for a bridge.  Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to build design competition engineering models for various clients and their projects.  We’ve also had the pleasure to design and build gifts and awards for those projects, as the ultimate acknowledgment of their hard work.

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NovaForm Pod

We built two models for Beeline Group to use in their presentation to help the manufacturers present their products to retail buyers in a new and inviting way.  The NovaForm Showroom model was built at a smaller scale to show the layout, flow, and spa-like experience of the new showroom.  The NovaForm Pod display unit […]

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NovaForm Showroom

We built two models for Beeline Group to use in their presentation to help the manufacturers present their products to retail buyers in a new and inviting way.  The NovaForm Showroom model was built at a smaller scale to show the layout, flow, and spa-like experience of the new showroom.  The NovaForm Pod display unit […]

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Rosewood Hotel Podium (Trumpets)

This model was scheduled to be on a plane to Abu Dhabi with no time to spare, so the best we could do photo-wise was this detailed shot of a single sun shade or ‘trumpet.’  The design of this piece was tricky, but once resolved, it was fairly straight-forward to duplicate with a high level […]

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Stanford FCTR School of Medicine

Sometimes the style of a model is completely sculptural, as with a wood model or an all-white model.  Other times, the style is highly realistic as in Hacienda Cabo, where we captured the foam of the waves on the beach perfectly.  Every once in a while, as with this model of Stanford FCTR School of […]

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Stanford FCTR School of Medicine

Sometimes the style of a model is completely sculptural, as with a wood model or an all-white model.  Other times, the style is highly realistic as in Hacienda Cabo, where we captured the foam of the waves on the beach perfectly.  Every once in a while, as with this model of Stanford FCTR School of […]

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Peninsula Humane Society Habitat

The architects came to us with the requirement that this gift of Model Art™ be presented in a ‘bento box’ motif, as it would be presented to someone who had a particular affinity for all things Japanese.  Since we did not want to take away from the delicate surface detail showing the layout of this […]

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Pelican Hill Restaurant Booths

For this project the architects built their own model, but knew they didn’t have the in-house skills to build the booths that would be the focal point of their design.  They needed model makers who could create several detailed booths in about a week’s time and came to us.  They knew they had made the […]

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Murphy Winery

The topography of Murphy Winery was CNC machined out of solid basswood.  The hardscape was shown as a tint and the buildings included laser-scored details to communicate just the right amount of detail for presentation.

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UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

This model was made to study a fairly intricate architectural revision and update.  To keep the presentation simple yet informative, we constructed the model from chipboard.  Gray chipboard is a nice alternative to its more common brown counterpart, though the latter is better at hiding laser cutting burn marks.  As you can see, the courtyard […]

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Bay Bridge West Span Bike Path Study

Tower Model (14″ x 16″; 27″ over water line) Road Section (24″ x 12″) This model was built to demonstrate the addition of pathways to the new Bay Bridge, enabling pedestrians and cyclists to cross the bay between Oakland and San Francisco.  The engineers needed to find a way to retrofit the West Span with […]

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Bay Bridge Light Pole Pedestal

As the Bay Bridge engineers worked through the resolution of technical issues, we stood by ready to produce physical mockups or technical check-fit devices for them. These models addressed instances where a physical representation of a design was the best way to know if it would actually work.  The Bay Bridge Light Pole Pedestal was […]

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Bay Bridge Cable Anchorage

When crossing the Bay Bridge (after the initial shock of the toll cost subsides) one rarely thinks about how painstaking it must have been to position each individual strand into a saddle in preparation for the mid-way turn.  With the help of color coding and numbering of every strand, this model was used as a […]

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EM22 Assault Rifle

We made this model as a sales tool to illustrate components and communicate the look, feel, and power of the rifle to a military audience.  It was designed by a former military engineer who’d put his design theories through previous physical testing and was now ready for funding the making of the prototype.  The model […]

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Estonian Academy of Arts (Base, Cover & Stand)

The Estonian Academy of Arts had three delicate museum pieces suffering wear and tear from continuous public handling.  We built proper displays to house and protect them.

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Fitch Residence

Not all models are made with intricate detail and realism.  However, all models produced at Gemmiti Model Art are made to serve a purpose.  In this case, the owner needed to able to visualize and study the shape of the house and the adjoining driveway access.  There is something simple and sweet about this little study […]

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Scully Residence

This model is a perfect example of a single family residence made for design review, sales presentation, and approval purposes.  We combined high technology (laser cutting and scoring) and low cost materials (chipboard) to achieve enough detail to communicate the design of the proposed home without the added labor and cost associated with producing a […]

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Oyster Point

This beautiful piece of property is located on San Francisco Bay.  The proposed development included a marina, an entire road system, and several future parcels, along with one commercial property that is in the conceptual development phase.  We had enough information to build this model with intricate detail on the two commercial buildings, tiny palms, […]

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UCSF Parking Garage

University of California, San Francisco held a design competition for a parking garage destined for its Mission Bay campus.  The architect thoughtfully matched the character of the building with the garage design, conveniently and beautifully sidestepping the less becoming ‘open-slab’ effect.  Due, in no small part, to its cost effectiveness, this was the winning design!

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Sonoma Property

Imagine what it would be like to not only own a piece of  property on a hill in beautiful Sonoma wine country, but also have the resources to really study its land, and plan and create a vision for how the property would best be experienced and enjoyed.  Dream became reality with the construction of […]

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Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Garage

Here, it was important to interpret the screen, which largely covers the garage façade, creatively rather than literally.  The holes in the perforated panels are very small and the overall pattern is essentially a flattened graphic of the hole pattern of a tree, or lots of trees.  Instead of using a fine screen to get the […]

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Mission Bay Block 26

An otherwise overlooked aspect within larger projects, we absolutely love public-space requirements in San Francisco developments!

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Mission Bay Block 26

In order for this model to read right, the tinting of the windows and the selection of the color pallet (which included copper and green) were crucial.  Our interpretation of the actual materials at this scale really made the difference.  It was eventually incorporated into the bigger Mission Bay East model, which is featured elsewhere […]

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Mission Bay Block 2

As tiny as the details of this model are, it was very important that the delicate features were properly communicated in our material and color selection, as well as our interpretation of how certain features should be modeled at this scale.  It would have been easier to reduce the number of patterns and setbacks in […]

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Mission Bay Block 2

Multi-family housing models are more complex to build than some satellites!  This project had over 600 individual wall pieces to design, organize, laser cut, assemble, and paint (in multiple colors.)  Additionally, as is the case with intricate housing projects, the architecture was in the design development phase.  It required focus to reach the end of […]

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Mission Bay East

Twenty-five years ago, we made ‘planning models’ that projected the growth of San Francisco over the following few decades.  The development and growth seemed a bit unreal, given the population and activity of the city at the time.  Today, however, Mission Bay—once a vast empty space in the southern section of San Francisco—is a growing […]

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Mission Bay West

Twenty-five years ago, we made ‘planning models’ that projected the growth of San Francisco over the following few decades.  The development and growth seemed a bit unreal, given the population and activity of the city at the time.  Today, however, Mission Bay—once a vast empty space in the southern section of San Francisco—is a growing […]

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10000 Santa Monica Blvd

This is a fine example of an unusual use of material and color that really works.  The tower was made of milk acrylic.  Each floor was represented (as can be subtly observed) and the entire skin was made flush.  It, along with the black acrylic base, was left in it’s natural glossy finish for a […]

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Stone Crushing Conveyor

In some cases, it is important to have a piece of equipment or machinery in physical form to show a judge or jury the significance of altering said equipment.  The overall size of this model was determined by its length.  It needed to be as big as possible, while still allowing it to sit comfortably […]

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Stone Crushing Conveyor

In some cases, it is important to have a piece of equipment or machinery in physical form to show a judge or jury the significance of altering said equipment.  The overall size of this model was determined by its length.  It needed to be as big as possible, while still allowing it to sit comfortably […]

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CPT Semiconductor

Sometimes, a simple shape, big enough for the jury to see everything distinctly, proves to be the best way to make what seems like a simple point clear. This is especially true when the point being made is about the relative size or location of components and how they are structured or designed to interact.  […]

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Computer Chip (3 Sets)

Although the shapes of these models are quite simple, the technical challenge of reproducing their adhesive material was not.  We needed to achieve the proper look and feel of each, at a much larger scale than actual.  We also needed to precisely replicate the rigidity or flexibility of the adhesives when pressure or multidirectional movement […]

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Altera Computer Chip

Our team built several models for one of the biggest technology lawsuits to date.  Some were literal translations of components, enlarged 10,000 times their actual size, while others were diagrammatic interactive exhibits used to demonstrate how a switch in a computer chip works.  The model pictured here was the first one we made.  The attorney […]

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Nucleotide Models

These models were made in two different sizes and in several different configurations.  Each set was made up of two parts, allowing the attorney to physically show how the pieces fit.  The first round of nucleotide models were water-jet cut because they were made of expanded PVC foam board, a material that cannot be laser […]

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South of Forest Area II (SOFA 2)

Our contact at the City of Palo Alto originally wanted simple building shapes that would sit loosely on an aerial photograph of downtown Palo Alto’s South of Forest Area.  Our first thought was, “who is going to be the one to sit there and realign over 100 loose buildings when someone bumps the table or […]

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Destiny USA

Destiny USA conducted an extensive search for “the best model makers in the country” to build the models for its visionary green project in Syracuse, NY.  After introductions, phone interviews, a portfolio submission, months of waiting, and a cross-country interview, Gemmiti Model Art was selected to join the design and development team.  It’s been a […]

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Pauley Pavillion

This competition model was challenging and unique because the clients were still finalizing their designs four days before the presentation due date.  In the end, we produced a model with 20 individual, interchangeable parts; half of these parts made in the final two days of construction.

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Design Competition

The competition brief for an addition to the existing SFMOMA building called for entries made of raw, simple materials rather than detailed, elaborate marketing models. Judges were looking for models that gave a clean, unadorned feel of the proposed work. Our clients, Jensen & Macy Architects, came to us and selected a raw material that […]

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Three Chapman

The best platform for selling hundreds of units is a sales center featuring a detailed marketing model as its centerpiece, showing all the colors, textures, and amenities of the project.  It was an arduous process to achieve the proper green, brown, gold, and tan tones on this model.  The design was exceptionally intricate and challenging […]

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Broderick Place

The scale of this model allows us to show all architectural features, from decorative brackets to shingle siding, detailed trim, wall-mounted lamps, café tables, and interior lighting.  By randomly blocking windows we create a more realistic appearance than a light-box style model.  Regardless of the degree of detail or realism required, a Gemmiti Model Art […]

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Ragle Ranch

Developers often have to decide whether they want a simple “topo table” (the term commonly used for a flat plan with “monopoly” houses) or a model that is more realistically colored and textured so that one can experience the layout of the lots, changes in grade, and natural vegetation of the site.  An accurately rendered […]

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235 Berry Street

What better, more effective way to sell property that is still under construction than to present the end result in full realism and detail?  Prospective buyers can experience the building in its three-dimensional, finished form—something that even a well done two-dimensional rendering can never achieve.  At this scale, we are able to capture small differences […]

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Smart Car Stapler

This was a novel gift idea whereby we transformed dozens of Smart Cars into mini-staplers for a very large office product company.  Decals were added to customize them to the brand.  They were just adorable and without a doubt really fun to receive!

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Chiron v. Genentech Breast Cancer Cell

Imagine that you’ve been selected to serve on a jury for a case about a drug patent.  As your eyes start glazing over, picture the attorneys in the case bringing out not only dozens of two-dimensional renderings but, also, a large, colorful model that demonstrates how a breast cancer drug actually works in the body.  […]

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Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio

This was the first of two design options and locations proposed for Donald Fisher’s extensive modern art collection.  This model was made to be an intricate puzzle with lift-off sections revealing all interior art gallery spaces.  We loved duplicating the priceless sculptures in miniature and were intrigued by the unique aspect of the exterior wall stone […]

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Jurong Gateway Hospital

There are so many layers of detail packed into this tiny-scale competition model that we relished the look on the architect’s face at first sight of the finished product—a design they likely agonized over day and night to perfect.  This little model had it all and felt fully detailed.  For us, being able to produce […]

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Bay Bridge Tower Awards

It takes hundreds of great minds and years of work to build a bridge.  It also takes cooperation from several companies to get the job done.  These awards (or gifts) were given in the spirit of that cooperation and proudly display the names of companies responsible for the new East Span of the San Francisco–Oakland […]

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Computer Chip

This litigation model was made for complete assembly and disassembly.  The hard components were made of painted acrylic (a.k.a. Plexiglas.)  Soft, transparent, colored layers were cast in flexible urethane rubber.  Tiny magnets were placed at the ends of the wires to facilitate a secure and precise connection to the layer below.  Ease of assembly, disassembly, […]

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Computer Chip

This litigation model was made for complete assembly and disassembly.  The hard components were made of painted acrylic (a.k.a. Plexiglas.)  Soft, transparent, colored layers were cast in flexible urethane rubber.  Tiny magnets were placed at the ends of the wires to facilitate a secure and precise connection to the layer below.  Ease of assembly, disassembly, […]

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Landfill Gas Plant

This model was made to show how gases from a landfill are transformed into energy.  As an added effect, and in order to attract more people to their demonstration, an outlet was installed which allowed a lamp to be plugged in.  It was fascinating to see an energy company get excited about educating people. The […]

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Beverly Pepper Sculpture

“It was a beautiful sunny day as I drove up to Marin to discuss the making of artist Beverly Pepper’s sculpture on the property of Donald Fisher, founder of Gap, Inc.  Contributing to this piece was a great honor, especially knowing how much Mr. Fisher revered fine art.  Standing on a beautiful Northern California hill, taking […]

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Validus Validcard

These are working prototypes of credit cards that use fingerprint authentication to grant access. We did the final machining and created and installed the on/off buttons.  The inner circuitry was installed overseas and the graphics were heat wrapped abroad, as well.  This is an example of taking something good and making it better.  With this […]

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Impala Restaurant & Lounge Tribal Masks

Our client in the Bay Area had an artist in Mexico who was going to carve 350 masks from wood and paint them.  When it became apparent that it would take months to complete, he came to us for a faster solution.  Using the original wooden tribal mask as a guide we vacuum-formed copies out […]

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CREATE Singapore

This model of CREATE (Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise) was designed by Perkins + Will to be a scientific research center, located at the National University of Singapore’s new seven acre University Town campus.  CREATE’s design will pioneer the tropical use of advanced environmental and energy-saving technologies.  It was also the site of the first […]

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Casa de la Mission

We needed to build a model that would represent this project well enough to bring before the City of San Francisco for approval.  Additionally, it needed to meet our own quality standards within the budgetary constraints associated with a low-income housing project.  Using just the right level of detail: a carefully selected color pallet, a few clever […]

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