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If there's one thing to love about fall, it's the chance to break out all those cozy sweaters that have been sitting patiently in the back of the closet. While I love (love) warm weather, there's just nothing like fall fashion's warm knits to get me excited about the change of seasons. But while outfitting myself is fun, it's dressing my home that's my passion. So what's the interior design equivalent of pulling on a new sweater? Read more. . .
Thanks so much for voting for your favorite local Etsy store! We had a bunch of great entries - all of which inspired us to be crafty! But it was Rabbit Foot Fern who won the popular vote with her cute brand of hand-printed cards. I mean, how adorable is this whale anniversary card? (And how refreshing is it to see whales broken free from the "fail"?)
So...congrats to Rabbit Foot Fern!
She'll be featured in the November Design issue of 7x7 as your favorite local Etsy store.
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.