Don't miss this fantastic event! You can still buy tickets at the door for the 15th anniversary Art for AIDS art auction this Friday, September 23, 6PM-9PM at the Galleria in the San Francisco Design Center. All proceeds from the event benefit the UCSF AIDS Health Project, who in the last 27 years has performed testing, education and counseling for over 240,000 people. Entrance tickets for the event are $100; VIP tickets are $200. Gourmet food and wine will be provided by Bay Area restaurants and cocktails by Ketel One. Below are a few of the over 140 pieces that will be up for auction.
I love design shows: Getting dressed up, wandering the aisles sipping champagne, and drooling over gorgeous art, imaginative booths and exceptional furniture. What's not to like? This year, one of my very favorite shows, SF 20/21—formerly focused only on 20th century pieces but recently expanded to include contemporary artists and designers as well—invited us to participate. Not just to be a spectator/coveteur traipsing though the decked-out Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, but for CH+D to host our very own booth.
Gelato enthusiasts be advised: Although the colorful new tiles in SF’s Ciao Bella shop are a dead-on match to their scoop-worthy flavors - the walls are not meant for licking. With a sweet new revamp, you’ll need all the willpower you can muster not to face-plant yourself in this palate-tempting gelateria.
Now departing: Bad airport food. Now arriving: Palate-worthy “Farm to Flight” fare at Napa Farms Market - the first foodie-meets-jetsetter innovation of its kind to hit SFO’s recently revamped Terminal 2.
Heath Ceramics is crafting a brand spankin' new project - but this one is sans pottery or glaze. The legendary Sausalito-based tableware and tile ceramicists just revealed exciting plans to open a 4,000-square-foot retail space and 16,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse in SF’s Mission neighborhood by early 2012.
Recently, I had the pleasure of going behind the scenes at San Francisco's Coup d'Etat as they photographed a beautiful quarter horse in the middle of their showroom for the creation of a new ad (see the final result in our forthcoming Sept/Oct issue).
The first day of summer was yesterday. Pair that with the warm weather we've been having in SF, and I'm in a seasonal state of mind. Perhaps that's why the works in the Palos Verdes art exhibition, Surf's Up, are so appealing to me.
One glance at the intersection of Church & Market Streets and it's clear something's different. Gone is the strobe-lit hole that was Bar On Church and in its place stands Churchill, a new earth-toned bar that feels like a cushy military barracks. We caught up with local designer extraordinaire Lauren Geremia — who also styled Double Dutch and Bloodhound — to see how she brought this new spot (that's already packed nightly) to life.
As budgets are slashed across the state, the time is ripe for finding alternative ways to revitalize struggling neighborhoods that don’t depend on government dollars. Instead of looking to tax breaks for billion-dollar stadiums and luxury condos, a growing number of people—from nonprofits in San Francisco to private developers in Los Angeles—believe the true key to remaking neighborhoods lies with the arts.
Design afficionado and collector Benny Aguilar sees a story in every piece of furniture that he brings into his 650-square-foot home. Looking at his midcentury headboard—a masculine, grain-rich piece with cerused wood slats and the original owner’s shoe horn hanging from a hook on one side—Aguilar muses aloud, “I wonder what the workers were talking about when they were building this.” It’s as if, by bringing this item into his home, he has also invited the ghosts of all who have touched it, including the man who sat on the edge of the bed each morning and slid his feet into his stiff leather shoes.