From residences to offices to furniture to Burning Man art projects, Oakland-based design-build firm Because We Can is capable of designing and making a lot of crazy stuff. "CNC machines don't care how complex things are," founder Jeff McGrew pointed out during his Autodesk University 2011 Mainstage event.
By now you've probably read our transcript of that talk, and now we're ready to post our video chat with both McGrew and co-founder Jillian Northrup, whom we caught up with in the AU 2011 Creative Studio. Here in Part 1, the duo tell us about their fortuitous discovery of ShopBot and how digital fabrication helped launch their firm.
» Part 2: Projects Past and Present
» Part 3: The Open-Source Desk Project
» Part 4: Advice for Design Students