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Erin Feher

SFMOMA Announces Announces Finalists for Expansion

SFMOMA announced four firms that are the finalists in the museum’s hunt for an architect to design its forthcoming expansion, which will triple the size of its galleries. Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, and Snøhetta, made the final cut based on their past work and interviews conducted over two-days last month (as opposed to design proposals for the new expansion).

Show Your Love for a Separated Bike Lane on Market St.

Market Street and I have something of a love/hate relationship. I love how the city’s main artery cuts straight through all the neighborhoods that matter, from the peaks of Portola to Castro to Duboce Triangle—skimming the sides of the Mission, Hayes Valley and SoMa—and continuing right on downtown to the Bay. I love that it gets my bike and I from home to work in just under seven minutes flat. And then there’s the hate part. Despite my ride being only seven minutes long, I seem to have at least one near-death experience every day. Clueless drivers, massive potholes, insane cabbies, wheel-swallowing train tracks—did I mention clueless drivers?

Berkeley Art Museum’s Secret Architect Suitors

Ten letters, ten firms. The design community is in serious speculation mode about which ten firms will be receiving letters from the folks at the Berkley Art Museum (which were apparently already sent out), courting them and their architectural prowess to jump in the ring and battle it out for the design of the new museum. Or, er, the new-ish, museum. As you probably know, the initial plans were for a brand-new structure designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, but then the world ran out of money, Berkeley included (your bubble didn’t do you much good there, Berkeley-ites!) Read more...

Bay Area Bauhaus: Is This the Dawn of a New Design Movement?

The creative forces behind this home in Marin can be compared to some of design’s most influential visionaries.

In 1919, Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school, was pronouncing: “Architects, painters and sculptors, we must all turn to the crafts . . . Let us conceive, consider and create together the new building of the future.” Today, a contemporary group of Bay Area–based idealists are embracing those tenets to create buildings that are significantly elevating the standards of residential design.  Read more...

The Ferry Building Heats Up with Heath Ceramics

The San Francisco Ferry Building has become something of a pleasure den catering to the unique fetishes and cult-like cravings of the NorCal urbanite: single-cup-brewed coffee (Blue Bottle), designer chocolates (Recchiuti), local oysters (Hog Island) and the burger-and-fries done right (Taylor’s Refresher). Read more...

SFMOMA Launches a Rooftop Garden iPad App

SFMOMA's new iPad Rooftop Garden app makes sure you and your iPad won't leave the museum's rooftop empty headed.

To Dream House Raffle or To Not Dream House Raffle?

I debate whether or not to risk heartbreak again this year.

The iPad and Old Fashioned Books Make Nice

First it was the internet, then it was the Kindle, and now we can add the iPad to the list of deviant devices that will crush the publishing industry. Well, as a writer, I've come to realize that it's not my words that are under attack, but just the pretty little packages that they came in. Long Live Books (I sure like that name for starters) has offered up a truce that may satisfy both technophiles and bibliophiles. Read more...

The Best of SF: Nightlife

Oh, the places you’ll go: an Indian dance party, a Mexican salsa bus, a mixer at the museum, an opera in the ballpark and a disco at Grace Cathedral. Here in SF, there really is no reason to fear the dark. (As for the morning after, that’s another story.)


Marimekko's Holiday Treats

Finnish design company Marimekko just revealed their winter 2008/09 collection, which features a whimsical variety of fabrics and covetable design accessories. Their new line of easy-care, machine-washable cotton velvet fabrics come in three vintage-inspired designs, while other quirky, frost-bitten themes show up not just by the yard, but on mugs, tea towels, serving trays, tablecloths and ornaments.

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