Initial discussions about the Blue Bottle Coffee location on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, CA started while Tekamaki was working on a different project with Jensen Architects. The project called for a large seamlessly illuminated wall to frame the area where the baristas worked. The look was evocative of other projects that had used the low resolution Versa TILE system behind a diffusion screen, but there were no products on the market that would provide that look with the level of control that was desired. The experience Tekamaki partner Matthew Ward has as a founder of Element Labs gives Tekamaki’s new integration group a strong grounding in custom LED installations.
The 50 mm pixel pitch system used at the Blue Bottle Abbot Kinney location will be incorporated into Tekamaki’s new DashBoard modular LED solutions product line coming out in 2015. Developed in partnership with Superlumenary, the modular system will be focused on temporary and permanent installations.