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Designers Team Up to Create Chic Family Shelters

On February first, 18 families will be making a big move. They will go from nights spent in their cars, on relative’s couches, split up in shelters or on the streets to a room of their very own. And thanks to Vanessa De Vargas and her team of fellow big-hearted designers, they will be opening the door to more than just a place to escape the elements, but a place to embrace the idea of home.  Read More...

2010 CH+D Award for Commercial Design: Jay Jeffers

Approaching the offices of Jeffers Design Group in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, you would never anticipate the wondrous space inside.  Read More...

2010 CH+D Award for Sustainable Architecture: Joshua Aidlin and David Darling

San Francisco’s gritty SoMa neighborhood is a likely backdrop for redemption stories of all sorts, but this one, about an abandoned turn-of-the-century industrial factory turned model of sustainability (culminating with an impressive LEED Gold certification), is particularly inspiring.  Read More...

2010 CH+D Award for New Product Design: Alexander Purcell

After training as an architect, launching an event-planning company, climbing the rungs of the advertising world and then heading back to school to initiate yet another major career shift, the one thing Alexander Purcell really needed was a good place to sit down and rest—and while he has successfully created the former, the latter will have to wait.  Read More...

2010 CH+D Award for Showcase House Design: Matthew Leverone

When Matthew Leverone set out to design a family room for the 2009 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, it was clear that he had a certain type of family in mind—as in, no toddlers running around with grape juice and finger paints.  Read More...

2010 CH+D Award for Residential Interior Design (Less Than 3,000 Sq. Ft.): Gary Hutton

If designer Gary Hutton’s 30-year career could be summed up with a single image, it would be a shot featuring one of the shapely minimalist furnishings of his own design, complemented by a contemporary work of art—imagine a gracefully torqued steel cocktail table paired with a transcendent Rothko, for example.  Read More...

2010 CH+D Award for Residential Architecture (Less Than 3,000 Sq. Ft.): Lewis Butler

Lewis Butler, principal of San Francisco’s Butler Armsden Architects, knows a thing or two about building farmhouses. He comes from a California agriculture family and his parents have owned farms across the state.  Read More...

2010 CH+D Award for Residential Architecture (More Than 3,000 Sq. Ft.): John Friedman and Alice Kimm

There is a house in Santa Monica that defies every notion of the modern contemporary home. Instead of straight lines, natural wood siding, taupe plaster walls, architects John Friedman and Alice Kimm tossed those tenets out the window and came up with a fresh, lively approach to suburban living.  Read More...

2010 CHD Award for Residential Interior Design (More Than 3,000 Sq. Ft.): Melissa Palazzo

A house of surprises. This may sound more like the description for a state-fair attraction rather than interior designer Melissa Palazzo’s Costa Mesa home, but a brief survey of the color-rich, art-filled dwelling reveals an abundance of conflicting elements.  Read More...

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