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The Cognoscente: Behind the Style of Interior Designer Catherine Kwong

In our inaugural installment of "The Cognoscente," we interview experts in their field—who also happen to be the city's chicest tastemakers—about how their work influences their style, and living their best life in San Francisco. 

Eche Martinez Launches New Interior Design Firm

In January, San Francisco designer Eche Martinez, who calls Pac Heights home, launched his eponymous interior design firm. As his trademark, the Buenos Aires native uses rich color and bold modern canvases to bring a space to life.

The SF Decorator Showcase Shacks Up in a 1916 Presidio Heights Manor

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase has been inspiring design enthusiasts since 1977, when Nan Rosenblatt and Philip Fernandez first conceived of the event to raise funds for San Francisco University High School. This year, the showcase is unrolling rugs and hanging drapes in a 1916 Presidio Heights manor designed by famed Bay Area architect Julia Morgan.

Homepolish Interior Designer Benedetta Amadi's Liberty Hill Home

Homepolish designer Benedetta Amadi transformed her Liberty Hill home, once "Home Depot modern" (as new construction usually is) into a collected, travel-inspired vision—with a Scandinavian accent. The Italy-born designer, who moved to San Francisco from New York in 2013, is drawn to the organic minimalism of Scandinavian design, with its raw woods and cozy textiles.

A Designer’s NoPa Victorian Gets a Fresh Update With Unusual Collector's Items

When redesigning her NoPa home of six years, Homepolish designer Heidi Callier tapped her love of the unexpected, layering color and texture against neutral furniture and bright white walls. Because there’s a special panache that only the right African Juju hat or antler collection can add to a space, right? “I always encourage clients to wait for the right things to come along,” she says. "In my home, it took me awhile to figure out certain pieces, but I'm glad I waited, because now I truly love them all.” Click through for all the designer-friendly details. 

Spaces: Designer Catherine Kwong’s Office Blends High Glamour with Restraint

Transforming the old Sarlo showroom in the San Francisco Design District into her own creative command post required a bit of a mindshift for designer Catherine Kwong. “Decorating my office needed a much different approach compared to how I work with residences,” she says. Kwong has become known for her gorgeous interiors, filled with sophisticated mixes of graphic patterns, offbeat vintage finds, and eye-catching art. But for her headquarters, she wanted to get down to business.

Design Inspiration: Accessorizing the Perfect South Beach Condo

There’s something so satisfying about adding the finishing touches. Karen and Michael Bene already had all the big furniture pieces necessary for their South Beach one-bedroom, but the space still needed finesse.

Inside a Multi-Tasking Mill Valley Family Room

A great family room is so much more than a space with a TV and storage for toys. With furniture collected from years of traveling, their first home purchase, and three bilingual children under the age of seven, Stephen and Ritsuko Morse put their living room in the hands of Homepolish designer Libra Kaplan,

Inside a Calm, Cool, and Collected Laurel Heights Home

For style-savvy newlyweds in Laurel Heights, five hours with Homepolish designer Jason Wong was all they needed to turn their apartment into the classic, well-tailored home they'd always dreamed of. 

A Glam Midcentury Executive Office in the Presidio

Sometimes you just need to start over. Pre-makeover, this office was all sage green and burgundy with chunky Craftsman furniture.

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