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Check Out Presidio Parklands, SF's Own Version of NYC's High Line

If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting NYC’s High Line—an urban park built into an old elevated rail line on Manhattan’s west side—then you'll know just how important it is when we tell you that the landscape architecture firm responsible for that gem was just selected to transform San Francisco's very own waterfront. If you haven’t, you should know this much: this is awesome news.

Local Clothing Company Marine Layer Turns Five, Prints Vintage SF Tees

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.

Tahoe Mountain Biking for Newbies

Tahoe Van Sickle Trail

It looks like the Tahoe snow is holding off for a while longer, so there is still time and sunshine enough to tackle a few more of the lake's mountain bike trails.

The Five Best Designed Restaurants in San Francisco

Photo Cody Pickens

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.

Photos: 7x7's Design Issue Celebration at McLoughlin Gallery

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.

Aprizi Gives Big Love to the Little Guys

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? 

Aprizi, a NYC-based startup, is taking a new approach to online shopping by filtering out the big brands and only featuring high-quality independent designs. Think Design*Sponge meets ShopStyle

Flat Screens: Designer Foe or Untapped Creative Goldmine? Propeller Finds Out

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"?

Lower Haight Art Walk Tonight!

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.

Obsolete: A Cabinet of Well-curated Curiosities

 

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.

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