In need of modern finds for kids? Whether you're decking out a nursery or looking for a rad baby shower gift, these four SF shops carry sleek and chic toys, nursery decor, must-haves for babies, and cool kid's clothes.  

Just when you thought the San Francisco design scene couldn't get any cooler — wait, did you really think that? — a new showroom opens its doors. Located in the city's historic and style-centric Jackson Square district, Varian Designs' 1,100-square-foot showroom features nine designs from its Timber, Broen and brand-new Home collections, as well as original art by the company's founder, Forest Dickey. What a perfect first name for a man who crafts stunning furniture from solid wood.

Instead of a coffee table book, what about a book coffee table? Bay Area architect, artist and fabricator Lisa Finster is now custom creating what she calls the “Book Table.” She takes people’s favorite and different sized books and precisely fits them between panels of poplar—much like putting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

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.

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