The traditional gift for a fifth anniversary is something made of wood. To celebrate its own fifth anniversary, San Francisco-based design shop Marine Layer, home of super soft cotton and beechwood fiber clothing decorated with 1970s-esque graphics, is gifting you with designs of t-shirts past.
While this city has no shortage of terrific food, even world-class food, San Francisco is not a hub of lavishly designed, high-profile restaurants.
On November 9, 7x7 welcomed members of the art and design communities and their ardent supporters to the prestigious McLoughlin Gallery near Union Square (49 Geary St.) to help launch the November 2011 issue. Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails from DonQ Rum and signature wines from The Hess Collection, and sampled tasty, whimsical bites from the recently-opened Trace restaurant in the W Hotel.
Fashion is fast, and we, savvy shoppers, are always on the prowl for the next big thing. Sure, H&M is a staple and we love mega fashion houses like Prada, but isn't it great when you find a unique item from an amazing, emerging designer?
Integrating a television into a home's decor has been the bane of many a designer's existence for probably as long as the device has been around, resulting in some interesting–and occasionally odd–attempts at concealment or beautification. We've all seen the repurposed bureau-turned-hiding-place and the flat-screen-above-the-mantel, but that's just the tip of the creative iceberg. Catch an episode of Cribs and you might spy a bedroom with what we like to call the "Late Night Creeper", aka a flat screen concealed in a chest at the foot of the bed that rises at the touch of a remote. Or what about the "Destinee's Special"?
Looking for something to do outside of your typical happy hour routine? Head over to the Lower Haight tonight for an evening art walk around the neighborhood. Start with a drink at Toronado and weave your way from shop to shop, taking in live painting, music, artwork and discounts at over 25 participating stores. End the night at Molotov's (the best jukebox in the city, in our humble opinion) and you've come full drunken circle. We recommend Xapno for pretty floral arrangements and home accessories and Mickey's Monkey for eclectic furnishings, but all of the area boutiques have so much personality that you really can't go wrong. It all goes down tonight from 7 to 10 PM.
Ain’t nuthin’ “obsolete” about the hip, hot new home design gallery Obsolete which opened last night on Portrero Hill with a Commotion of cocktail party.
It was as if the swallows had returned, en masse, to Capistrano as super swell shoppers and design-istas descended upon this soiree hosted by Vanessa Getty and Obsolete owner Ray Azoulay.
Perhaps you're always on the hunt for unusual and unique finds around the bay area but aren't sure where to track them down. You might not have time to scour the flea markets, but crave that vintage-inspired, creative look. Well, in this week Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven, I'm sharing with you seven of my favorite shopping haunts around the city for one of a kind gifts, artwork, accessories and home wares. You don't have to travel far to give your home that eclectic, well-traveled artistic bent. Look no further than your very own nearby San Francisco neighborhoods.