Guest Curator: Artist Rex Ray’s Latest Obsessions


From out on the streets to inside his studio, legendary San Francisco artist Rex Ray shares his inspirations from across the state.

Clockwise from top left:

Four Barrel Coffee, SF
“The best coffee beverages prepared by the most wonderful staff. I can’t get enough, so I bring bags of fresh-roasted beans home with me.”

“Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design” by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham
“A stunning overview of one of the greatest graphic designers of the 20th century. A must-have for your coffee table.”

Fiskars Scissors
“I often think of what I do as drawing with scissors. I own so many pairs I could be a spokesperson for Fiskars.”

Farnsworth, SF
“My favorite vintage shop on my favorite block of Valencia Street, featuring Milo Baughman sofas, Paolo Soleri bells and all manner of oddities.”

Eames House Bird by Vitra
“A beautiful form and a strangely compelling object that I was pleased to see recently reissued.”

Heath Mugs
“I love drinking my occasional tea and frequent coffee from a sturdy Heath mug. It’s a genuinely local, California experience.”

Classic Vinyl
“I worked in a record store for years, and I still love the ritual of playing records all day in my studio. Vinyl is back!”

Togo Sofa from Ligne Roset
“When I’m not doing what I do, I’m being enveloped by my Togo sofa. My friends say it’s impossible to get out of, but that’s just an indication of how comfortable it is.”

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