Koto x USA
‘KOTO ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH WEST COAST STARTUP.’
We recently have had the opportunity to collaborate with a US based startup based in San Francisco. Starting out as an engaging design conversation that sprang up from a press release we have struck up a great friendship with a like minded bay area company in their embryonic stage. We recently spent some time in San Francisco getting to know the area and the culture connected with the housing and cabin marketplace.
‘THIS COLLABORATION WILL BE KOTO’S FIRST INTRODUCTION INTO THE US MARKETPLACE AND WILL LEAD THE WAY FOR OUR DESIGN-LED CABINS AND HOMES TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE USA.’
THEO DALES - FOUNDER KOTO
The collaboration is under wraps at the moment but the city of San Francisco is a place worthy of discussion. It is a melting pot of tech giants, a buzzing urban metropolis with amazing links to the outdoors. In 30 minutes (traffic permitting) you can go from the skyscrapers of downtown to hiking in the hills overlooking the bay and iconic bridge. Head west from Downtown and 30 minutes takes you to Ocean Beach, one of the worlds most revered and feared surf beaches.
San Francisco offers a great quality of life from its mild climate to the buzzing Mission district. However, being buoyed by the worlds tech addiction and inflated salaries, SF is now the most expensive place to live in the USA and faces the stark reality of a population exodus in the face of eye watering rental values.
It's a city full of cultural history, beautiful neighbourhoods, and rising homelessness. How does a place like this move forward to remain socially inclusive and the diverse melting pot that defines its character? Tech isn’t going anywhere soon, so how do cities and urban infrastructure possibly keep pace?
‘OUR AMBITION IS TO BRING OUR BRAND AND LIFESTYLE ETHOS TO THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE.’
ZOE LITTLE - FOUNDER KOTO