California Home & Design
Now that Halloween is almost history, holiday shopping is creeping up on everyone's radar. You've got to snag things for everyone and their mother, but you've also got to find a few things for yourself. How else are you going to make it through the cold, rainy days on the horizon? Thankfully, our sister mag California Home & Design makes it easy by giving away designer items every week until December 1st from their holiday gift guide.
Food is rarely just food these days. Whether it's about where the ingredients come from, how long it takes to prepare or how much of it ends up in the trash after dinner service, dining out in San Francisco often involves a choice bigger than simply Thai or Italian (or Eritrean, Japanese, Turkish, Venezuelan...).
With over six million users, Bay Area upstart Tune-up Media is the rockin’ renovators of the digital sphere - tidying up and spiffing out our befuddled music libraries with their #1 iTunes plug-in. (Read: mislabeled songs, missing cover art, and duplicate tracks made spic-and-span in a jiffy). But lately, Tune-up founder Gabe Adiv has taken his creative fixer-upper skills to the brick-and-mortar space. Working with designer Marc Hinshaw, the duo tapped the company's playful underpinnings to create the ultimate rock-n-roll hipster workspace.
If you dig bright pops of color in your art, San Francisco-based Casey Gray’s solo exhibit "Style of Eye" at White Walls Gallery is a must-see. Featuring more than twenty large-scale panels, Gray uses spray paint and hand-cut stencils to combine graphic imagery, bold color schemes, and geometric shapes and patterns into unique layered works. The eye-popping exhibit runs now through October 29.
From the Bay to the Golden Gate to its awe-inspiring scenery, San Francisco is famed for its stunning beauty. But when graphic designer/artist Brian Singer moved to SF in 2000, he fell head-over-heels for the city’s–telephone poles. “I found them beautiful... layers and layers of paper, rust, events past. I wanted to hang them on my wall and couldn't figure out how, short of cutting down the pole and putting it in my house.” says Singer.
I love design shows: Getting dressed up, wandering the aisles sipping champagne, and drooling over gorgeous art, imaginative booths and exceptional furniture. What's not to like?
This year, one of my very favorite shows, SF 20/21—formerly focused only on 20th century pieces but recently expanded to include contemporary artists and designers as well—invited us to participate.
Joe Ferriso and Jon Anzalone had similar career paths: Both studied painting and took woodworking jobs to make money. Before making woodworking their vocation, Anzalone apprenticed with woodworker Peter Murkett and Ferriso worked in a frame shop (where he built boxes to display Martin Scorsese’s awards). After moving to San Francisco, they made it their day job and opened their studio.
Whether for indoor or outdoor use, terrariums are a great way to create your own little biosphere. Even if you were not born with a green thumb, terrariums provide an excellent environment for plants to thrive. So if you want to create your own floral diorama check out these beautiful hand-blown terrariums now available at the Heath Ceramics showroom in Sausalito.
Whether you’re a pedal-pushing road warrior or a casual joyrider, you have to admit–bikes are pretty darn cool to look at. Well, thanks to Oakland-based craftster, Liz Dickey, we can now admire the two-wheel cruisers all the time. The Portland transplant turns recycled bicycle parts into mod designer wall clocks.
Dickey spiffs up greasy old bike chain rings and then uses discarded fabric scraps for the clocks’ background. From French wool plaid to faux leather, tweed to bamboo-like wallpaper, the industrial metal paired with different colors and textures of reclaimed textiles is a brilliant, gear-shifting design idea.