California Home & Design
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.
More often than not, people tapping away on their laptops and ipads in the San Francisco coffee scene won't look over to see kids at play. Well here's a change. Hayes Valley's Seesaw is a café and children's workshop in one. Sabrina Gabel, a child psychologist, and her husband opened Seesaw with plans to provide kids a learning studio as well as a lounge for their accompanying parents and neighborhood coffee enthusiasts. The clean design pulls from both the Danish and Korean aesthetic, a husband-and-wife collaboration, and insists that being around good design is beneficial even at a young age.
When Susan Gardner called me about this estate sale she couldn't stop gushing about it. It has all the things you like to see in estate sale clients: the couple liked to entertain, they enjoyed traveling and one of them worked as an interior designer. For people who go to these events, that's another way of saying "good stuff found here."
In San Francisco, well-designed new construction can be hard to come by, but this family-sized condo in the Bernal Heights neighborhood is one that succeeds fairly well. Plus it's in a part of Bernal Heights that's getting "interesting".
The Basics: a 3-bed/2.5bath condominium at the bottom of Bernal Heights. One of a similar pair of condo units, it comes with one parking space, has been on the market five days, asking $895K.