The Agenda: Tina Frey Designs, Hervet Manufacturier, and California North and SouthAuthor:Allison McCarthy
The San Francisco-based design company known for its clean, minimalist designs in resin has just moved into a roomy new 7,500-square-foot space in the up-and-coming Bayview neighborhood. The gallery-like space designed by architect George Bradley houses a retail showroom, shop, warming hut, and studio—where Frey hand-sculpts each piece in her collections. Ample light pours in through a skylight and band of translucent panels on the upper portion of the building to illuminate clean white walls, blonde wood furnishings, and Frey’s designs, of course. The space, very much like the work itself, is clean and modern, with vintage art and furniture placed tastefully throughout. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to visit to feel inspired. Make a date to visit and check out the Spring 2018 collection, complete with pieces in new technicolor hues.
When: Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 1485 Bancroft Ave., San Francisco
People have always said that NorCal and SoCal embody two distinct points of view, and that’s exactly what’s being celebrated in “California: North and South,” the latest exhibit at Heather James Fine Art. The two-part exhibition, which spans six decades of art and surveys California’s seminal art movements from 1945 to the present, takes place at two different galleries—San Francisco’s recently opened location and the 22-year-old Palm Desert flagship. The galleries thematically feature abstract and figurative works by well-known artists in their respective regions, including Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Ed Moses, Manuel Neri, Ed Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud. We’re giving you the heads up now so you can plan in advance to see both shows.
When: Through Sun. 9/30
Where: Heather James Fine Art, 49 Geary St., San Francisco and 45188 Portola Ave., Palm Desert
Fans of electronic music duo Daft Punk, listen up. The French furniture design brand founded by cousins Nicolas and Cédric Hervet makes a bold debut at Maxfield Gallery. The connection? Cédric worked as Daft Punk’s creative director for many years. Now, the cousins show off their designs for Hervet, which are inspired by the boldness and drastic geometry of modern architecture while striving to use age-old techniques and traditions of hand-crafted luxury furniture. All Hervet pieces, produced in small batches, are handmade locally in France by a small team using the highest quality woods, metals, glass, and leather from around the world. If you appreciate midcentury-influenced design with a masculine vibe and vintage feel, don’t miss this rare exhibition.
When: Through Thurs. 6/28
Where: Maxfield Gallery, 8818 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles
Seaside summer style comes to life at Santa Monica’s luxury oceanfront Hotel Casa del Mar, with a seasonal pop-up. Beloved design and home furnishings boutique, Rooms & Gardens, takes over the hotel’s Pacific-facing lobby. Original works by Southern California-based artists Garrett Speirs and Cynthia Eddings and others are available for purchase exclusively at the shop alongside locally made custom furniture, decorative pillows, throws, and thoughtful gift items, including Finn & Co. bath products, Nest candles, and vintage California flags.
When: Through Mon. 9/3
Where: Hotel Casa Del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica
San Francisco and Los Angeles-based painter and designer Serena Mitnik-Miller presents her first solo show with Chandran Gallery. Using abstraction and pattern-based work, the artist conjures the aesthetic of California’s varied landscapes and coastline. Her use of subdued hues—inspired by Topanga Canyon in Southern California, where she resides—and repetition even create a feeling of movement in this new series of watercolor on paper, each grounded in an organic process of layering lines and color, with ethereal results.
When: Through Fri. 7/6
Where: Chandran Gallery, 459 Geary St., San Francisco
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