Department of the Interior
What’s new on the local design front, from stores to collections to zines.
1. Restoration Hardware’s Gallery Store
The mainstream design store that was right up there with Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn just got a major makeover. Expect rustic, antique-inspired wares—brickmaker’s tables, industrial tool chests, and domed burlap-backed chairs as living room decor—in a muted palette of brown, ivory, and beige that’s anything but boring.
188 Henry Adams St., 415-865-0407, restorationhardware.com
2. Revel Spa
Inspired by the spirit of Hanoi, the high design at this newly opened Inner Sunset spa reflects the rich history and culture of Vietnam. Daydream of far-off places as your stress melts away with services such as the luxurious Revel Well Being package, which includes a mani-pedi, deep-cleansing facial, hot stone massage, and herbal soak.
1315 Seventh Ave., 415-566-8999, revelspa.com
3. Big Daddy’s Antiques
Your favorite Alameda flea market vendor finally has a permanent home in the city. The 13,000 square-foot showroom in SF’s design district boasts an eclectic mix of European, Asian, rustic, and reclaimed industrial pieces. Find everything from an Art Deco zebra print loveseat to a reclaimed tree root chandelier.
1550 17th St., 415 621-6800, bdantiques.com
4. Aldea Niños
Mission design shop Aldea Home just welcomed an addition to its family. The newly opened Aldea Niños is a fantasyland for little ones—puzzles, stuffed animals, and books alongside all the blankets, bags, and baby carriers that urban moms and dads crave.
1017 Valencia St., 415-874-9520, aldeaninos.com
Big Names at Roche Bobois + DWR
If you love Jean Paul Gaultier’s outlandish fashions, check out his new line of furniture for Roche Bobois, especially his take on Roche’s Mah Jong sofa, which in Gaultier’s hands has become a palette of nautical stripes, florals and black-and-white Parisian-ness. Meanwhile, over at local outfit DWR, Danish designer Niels Otto Møller, who’s known for his teak and rosewood furniture, joins the ranks of Eames and Saarinen. With distinctive arms and a hand-woven seat made in old craft tradition, Møller’s Armchair 55 (left) is the perfect way to dress a room in mid-century style.
701 Eighth St., 415-626-8613, roche-bobois.com; 455 Jackson St., 415-837-3940, dwr.com
The biggest design party in town is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. At DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) two-day fundraising bash at the SF Design Center, catering meets interior art, complete with the most visionary dinner-table installations you’ve ever laid eyes on.
Nov. 17–18; 101 Henry Adams St., 415-490-5865, diffasf.org
Just when you thought print was dying, local design writers Anh-Minh Le and Meg Mateo Ilasco have published the first issue of a quarterly shelter and lifestyle magazine that approaches interiors in a narrative style.
Move over, Apartment Therapy. The new, sophisticated online magazine Rue features picture-perfect homes, design tips, and entertaining inspiration in the style of a glossy. With SF cofounder and executive editor Anne Sage on board, Rue has West Coast sensibility written all over it.