The Agenda: Silicon Valley Home Tours, SF Design Week, West Coast Craft


Open Houses

Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour 

Anyone who appreciates modern design should mark their calendars for June 17, when a handful of Silicon Valley homes open their doors and invite onlookers in for the annual Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour. Not only will guests have the chance to peek inside private homes during a self-guided walk through, but they’ll also have the opportunity to chat with the designers, builders, and architects who helped create these masterpieces. Standouts on the lineup this year include: a remodel of a 1954 midcentury classic in Palo Alto by M110 Architecture, a modern mansion in the Los Altos Hills by Swatt Miers Architects, and a gut renovation of a San Carlos modernist home that dates back to 1960. Use code CHD2017 at check-out to get $5 off your ticket. 

When: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 6/17

Where: Various venues, Silicon Valley


Design Discussions 

SF Design Week 

It’s that time of year when top chefs, designers, and collaborators come together for creative workshops, inspiring talks, and ample happy hours. The 10th annual SF Design Week promises a calendar of great events, many of which are already sold-out. You might miss “Inside the Studio” with Snohetta Architects and Dinner by Design, but we’ve got the 411 on some even cooler events for which tickets are still available. We’ve got our eyes on the film screening of Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker, an intimate portrait of the life and work of one of most influential Japanese fashion designers of our time. Or get an inside look into the makings of a high-tech home by way of a conversation with editor Chantal Lamers about Sunset’s Smart Cottage. And of course there’s a seminar with beloved interior designers Catherine Kwong, Gary Hutton, Jay Jeffers, and Eche Martinez, who will talk about some of their latest projects. 

When: Wed. 6/14–Thurs. 6/22

Where: Various venues + The Hub, Pier 27, San Francisco 


West Coast Craft, photo by The Morrisons


West Coast Craft

Get inspired by perusing the wares of talented artisans at the annual West Coast Craft fair. Or, if you’re feeling particularly on top of things, get holiday shopping out of the way early. You’ll find fashion from Ace & Jig, intricate wooden wall hangings by Oakland-based artist Aleksandra Zee, and heated outdoor furniture by Galanter & Jones. 

When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 6/10–Sun. 6/11

Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco 



“Home: So Different, So Appealing”

Featuring an outdoor sculpture by Maria Elena Gonzalez plus large-scale installations incorporating material from actual homes, this exhibit, organized in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, showcases the work of U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the 1950s to the present. Using the seemingly simple idea of home, each of these artists turns the basic human need on its head as a way to explore issues of socioeconomic and political transformation. It’s heady stuff but well worth exploring during our current state of political and social upheaval. 

When: Sun. 6/11–Sun. 10/15

Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles



Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Just in case you needed an excuse to dine out, there’s Palm Springs Restaurant Week—10 glorious days of prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. This year, more than 40 restaurants are participating, from gastropub The Draughtsman and Fox and Fiddle to the Purple Palm and Workshop Bar + Kitchen. Whether you’re looking for designer eats, alfresco dining, or a poolside snack, it’s time to get out and eat.  

When: Through Sun. 6/11

Where: Various venues, Palm Springs


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