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"All the architects in the house!" ...Not a demographic dejays usually give shout-outs to, but maybe they would if they considered how their work has inspired some great songs throughout the years... but still probably not. If you want to give props where props are due, however, just throw on this mix of the 10 best architecture songs according to Flavorwire and throw your T squares in the air:
There's always something to love at Alessi, that bastion of Contemporary Italian design where each object is more clever and functional than the next. All the more reason to love 'em? The store is having their annual sale right now, where items are marked down up to 70% from now until the end of the month. You can check out some available sale items online, but for the best selection we recommend you cruise over to the Alessi store at Sutter and Stockton.
Once a week we comb through the new listing from our favorite local antique and vintage shops. This week was especially good, so we though we'd share with you our favorites. The theme is Mid-Century Modern, so be prepared to see some extremely iconic Mid-Century Modern design. From Knoll to McCobb, here are our favorites:
1. Pair of Club Chairs by Florence Knoll at Sultana, $3,800
2. Pair of Painted Mid Century mirrors at Sarlo, $2,180
3. Borge Mogensen Dining Set at Modern Artifacts, $8,500
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is always a great place to gather inspiration from, so we expect the same from the store. We check out the latest additions to the heavily curated store whenever we can. Lately they've been heavy on the gift items, but they did recently add some desk lamps to the mix. From the iconic Mid-Century Modern designers to the cool and contemporary, here are our favorites:
1. Akari Paper Lantern Table Lamp
Isamu Noguchi, 1952, $225
2. Nesso Table Lamp
San Francisco is a design-obsessed town, no question, so looking at notable Bay Area designers is not only a lesson in contemporary design, but in the culture of the city, as well. Right now through April 26th, the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design is exhibiting "San Francisco Graphic Design", an exhibit featuring thirteen local designers whose work runs the gamut from website to exhibit, print to packaging. There's some truly inspiring (and often very recognizable) work in the show, so it's definitely worth checking out.
Oohoohooh - it's not too late! If you've been scrambling to get work done before the big three day weekend (woot!) and let Valentine's gifts go to the wayside, there's still time. And to make it easier on you, here's a present that works for kids, grandparents, bfs, gfs, and everybody else you're lovin'. Jacki Paper's cards bring back humor from your childhood for sentiments that appeal to all ages. They're guaranteed to put a goofy grin on your loved one's face, and isn't that worth a holiday all by itself? See the full list of area stockists here, so you can swoop in and pick one up asap.
Have you ever seen the rugs at Peace Industry? They're true works of art, and the process owners Melina and Dodd Raissnia go through in order to create them is just as inspiring. Each felt rug is handmade in small batches at their workshop in Iran, using traditional Iranian methods and only 100% lamb's wool and natural dyes to ensure that each piece is unique and of exceptional quality. And boy, are they - you just may want to curl up one right there in the showroom. Fall in love with one this President's Day weekend, and you're in luck; every rug in stock will be at least 20% off.
Opening tonight at BellJar: Lisa Congdon's Love Me Not, a modern upgrade of Valentine's notes from the Victorian era. The show will include paintings, illustration, collage and shadowbox. Here's what Congdon said about her show: "Valentine's Day reached its height of celebration in the Victorian Era. Valentines cards were produced in tens of thousands, from whimsical to slightly vulgar. Their designs included lace paper, embossed envelopes, glass or metal mirrors, ribbons, real feathers, and flowers or dried ferns. Chubby, adult-looking children called cherubs adorned them.
If Valentine's is one of your less-than-favorite days, allow Electric Works and the artwork of Paul Madonna to sweeten it up for you. This Saturday, be one of the first ten people to make a purchase at the Electric Works store on 8th Street and you'll be gifted a limited edition, signed and numbered print by local artist Paul Madonna.