One of the most inspiring pieces we saw in 2011 was the enormous steel chandelier flickering with 75 oil lamps that Oakland-based blacksmith Daniel Hopper created for a San Francisco home.
Every city has those magical blocks that, by chance, happen to house awesome store after awesome store. In San Francisco, there are plenty of these little gems. Lately, our favorite has been Valencia Street between 19th and 20th Streets.
Woodworker Florian Roeper is nervous. He’s sewing leather sleeves for three of his resin-topped tables he has made using tricks and techniques picked up from an elderly saddle maker in Half Moon Bay.
Millworks LA is movin' on up, as they say. The Los-Angeles-based textile producer has opened a new shop-in-shop in one of the hottest new furniture stores in San Francisco: H.D. Buttercup (another LA export). For those of you looking to combat SF's dreary, misty winter days, the label's cheery new collection offers just the dose of vibrancy and effervescence that you need.
What do you wear to interview one of the most stylist people in the state? That's the question that's been plaguing me since I found out I will be sitting across from the dazzling designer Trina Turk for the 2012 Design San Francisco Keynote.
Put on your party-hopping hat: the art scene is blowing up in San Francisco with a surplus of openings on the agenda. If the thought of rubbing elbows with fellow art enthusiasts and up-and-comers, sipping on gratis drinks and eyeing the hottest works of art strikes you, come find out what's happening where this week.
Home is where the art is - actually, the homepage.
Finished nibbling on leftovers and making returns? Step away from the stores and experience a little culture. Here are a few brilliant photography exhibits to peruse in San Francisco and beyond this week.
Christmas is over, but visions of vacation still dance in your head. The cure? Road trip it to the straight-out-of-a-movie-set town of Healdsburg and check out what’s new, north of the Golden Gate.
Looking for a last-minute holiday gift or a unique entertaining piece? Russian Hill home furnishings and accessories boutique Jak Home, owned by interior designer Kathleen Navarra, has just introduced a new line of beautifully designed tabletop ceramics from celebrated Los-Angeles-based artist Lesley Anton.