The Agenda: Design San Francisco Edition


In honor of this year’s event, we’re dedicating today’s Agenda to Design San Francisco (February 24–26). From lively panel discussions and seminars about the latest design trends to workshops and new collection reveals, it’s the premier event for anyone in the design industry. We’ve rounded up some events to check out during the three-day affair at the SF Design Center. Post your photos and findings to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #DesignSF16.   

View the full schedule here. All events will take place at 2 and 101 Henry Adams Street between 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Admission to all events is free.


Secrets to Getting Published

Back by popular demand is this session in which top editors share insights about what it takes to get your work published. Rue magazine’s founder and editor in chief Crystal Palecek will lead the all-star panel of magazine editors and published designers in a discussion about what magazines are looking for, how to pitch, and what to expect after a story is assigned. Panelists include Irene Edwards, editor in chief of Sunset magazine; Lindsey Shook, editorial director of California Home + Design; Zahid Sardar, editor in chief of Marin at Home magazine; and published interior designer Scot Meacham Wood. Then rub elbows—have your elevator pitch ready—with these editors at a Champagne reception following the talk.

When: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Wed. 2/24  

Where: Palecek, Galleria 340


Discover McGuire’s New Collection with Nick Desario

McGuire’s new in-house designer Nick Desario will lead you through the showroom to show you firsthand how McGuire’s signature materials and craftsmanship have played out in the latest collection of contemporary classics from the brand. Sip cocktails while you ponder two statement pieces by celebrated designer Steven Volpe, plus 16 new in-house designs. 

When: 6 – 8 p.m., Thurs. 2/25  

Where: McGuire, Showplace 233

Kravet Collections


A Marriage Made in Heaven

This is your chance to eavesdrop on a conversation between top real estate agents and interior designers as they share the secrets of their success. With the client the common connection, it’s the symbiotic relationship between these two parties that results in projects that meet all client goals. Josh Flagg, the celebrated star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing L.A. leads this insightful behind-the-scenes chat with Geoffrey De Sousa, co-founder of De Sousa Hughes and principal of Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design, and Catherine Kwong, designer and principal of Catherine Kwong Design. Then mingle with Flagg and the panelists at a reception immediately following at JANUS et Cie, Showplace 195. Register here.

When: 10 – 11 a.m., Thurs. 2/25  

Where: Galleria Atrium


Terroir and Tile

Take a trip around the world without leaving the Bay Area. In this interesting session—lead by Walker Zanger’s own vice president of sales Mike Bastone, who doubles as a sommelier—you’ll explore the links between terroir and tile. Translated as “sense of place,” the term terroir embodies the effect that place of origin has on the essence of a wine. Walker Zanger will take you on a journey through the regions that influence their collections, while you sip wines born of those same places. Taste a Pinot Noir from the region known for French limestone, the super reds of the Sienna silver travertine region, and classics from Spain paired with classic marbles.  

When: 2 – 3:30 p.m., Thurs. 2/25  

Where: Walker Zanger, Galleria 412


Michael Berman for Kravet Collections

Get into the mind of a creative when designer Michael Berman shares the inspiration for his newest modern textile collection for Kravet. See the landscapes of Southern California and the desert come alive in this incredibly visual presentation.

When: 11 a.m., Wed. 2/24  

Where: Kravet, Galleria 120


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