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Getting people to stop and notice a unique design is hard in today's overly saturated , lackadaisical world, but to get them to look twice? Well, that's not something that happens every day. Yet San Francisco industrial design studio Mike & Maaike manages to continually crank out projects that do just that.
There is no question that the modern felt rugs designed by Melina Raissina for her Hayes Valley shop, Peace Industry, are beautiful. There is no question they are very coveted objet d'arts. There is, however, a lot of bewilderment as to why the US sanctions against Iran—where the rugs are made in accordance with centuries-old traditions—include a ban on these imports, thereby forcing Peace Industry to close its doors this month.
As electronics evolve so does design. The iPads, iPhones, iPods, Droids and the like that are taking over our lives are also taking over the desktop with a mass of noodle-like charging wires.
Viewing distinctively designed homes in print or online is great, but even for this magazine and design blog junkie, nothing beats seeing those same homes in person. If you're in San Francisco this weekend, you've got the rare opportunity to step foot inside some of the latest much-lauded residences around the city, thanks to the American Institute of Architects.
After a blissful long weekend vacation, sometimes the return to S.F. can be a bit of a rude awakening. Come home from a relaxing wine country excursion to find yourself in the midst of a screaming match on Haight, and you wonder why it is you ever left that quiet, sunny vineyard at all. (Can you tell I'm speaking from personal experience?) Yeah, living in the city is the best, but sometimes city living gets old.
Lately a few of us at CH&D have been hearing the word "steampunk" thrown around. What is steampunk you might ask? Steampunk—which has just been added to the Oxford English Dictionary—is a sub-genre of science fiction that takes place in a futuristic world that is still powered by steam and often evokes Victorian Era style. Confused? Think: Jules Vern, H.G Wells and Capatain Nemo meets 21st Century... almost. In terms of design it's an interesting mix of industrial chic, vintage pharamcy, brassy modern and...well, just take a look.
When it comes to good design, the chair is an object on which we can all offer up our two cents. It's easy to know when a seat works well because it feels comfortable, it's ergonomic, and of course, it looks good while doing so.
We've got no shortage of adorable boutiques here in San Francisco, but that doesn't mean I get any less excited when a new one opens. Right now I'm giddy about Prairie Collective, the joint venture of three lovely brands (Studio Choo, Cloak and Cabinet Society, and Magpie & Rye) located in the Lower Haight/NoPa neighborhood.
I've gone into great detail on the candle situation in my house before. In short, my boyfriend is quite the fan, and as long as he's getting the subtle scents I like, we can agree on one or two burning throughout the house at any given time. But a display of prettily packaged candles gets knocked down a peg when they're next to that bright plastic gas station lighter we use to light them.
It's gorgeous days like this that make me want to be as close to the park as possible at all times. My plan is to pretty much live there for the sunny season, without, you know, actually having to live in the park. If you've got similar inclinations, this week's Craigslist Deal might be the perfect place to rest your head.