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Cisco Home Reopens, Art Opening at Rare Device, Be Mine Fashion Show, and More

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Madewell Celebrates Its SF Opening With Some Hometown Heroes

A little over a month ago, we announced Madewell was opening shop in San Francisco. If you know crafty Madewell, you should expect that this will be no ordinary store — or opening party. To celebrate its San Francisco debut, Madewell and 7x7 teamed up to curate a local line-up to be showcased at the party this Thursday. We combed the city's best stores for some cool goods that complement the brand's youthful flair.

'The Exquisite Book,' An Elaborate Game of Visual Telephone, Launches

In The Exquisite Book, which sees its West Coast launch tomorrow night at Rare Device, 100 artists play upon a game invented by the Surrealists in the 1920s called the "Exquisite Corpse." In the original game, a paper is folded into three parts. One person draws a head, leaving only the neckline for the second person, who draws the midsection. The third draws the legs and feet. When the paper is unfolded, the character they jointly created is revealed. Way more fun than Hangman, yes?

Reclaimed Apothecary Matchstick Bottles from Rare Device

I've gone into great detail on the candle situation in my house before. In short, my boyfriend is quite the fan, and as long as he's getting the subtle scents I like, we can agree on one or two burning throughout the house at any given time. But a display of prettily packaged candles gets knocked down a peg when they're next to that bright plastic gas station lighter we use to light them.

Pop in to Poketo's Pop-Up Shop at Rare Device this Friday

'Tis the season of the pop-up shop! We've already seen a few around town for the holidays, but right now we're most excited about the soon-to-launch collaboration between local design boutique Rare Device and Poketo, a lifestyle brand based out of LA. Poketo will take over the gallery space at Rare Device from December 4th through January 26th, giving you ample time to pick up the brand's accessories, apparel, and homeware all featuring original artwork from an international array of artists. Their limited edition wallets make good stocking stuffers, while any one of their selection of prints might be just the thing for under the tree.

Rare Device Turns Two and Celebrates with a Sale

With all of the store and restaurant closings over the past year or so, sometimes you've got to pause for a second and reflect on all the great places in and around our city that are, thankfully, still open for business. Take Rare Device, for example. The Upper Market boutique has consistently wowed us with their selection of beautiful things for the home and beyond since they opened shop two years ago. The owners really work hard to find the best in art and design coming from local and up-and-coming artists, as well as national and international talents that deserve broader recognition. And did we mention the gallery? It's always worth peeking in to see what unique collaboration or interesting show they've got going on at the moment. Okay, enough of this lovefest.

Art Opening at Rare Device

Rare Device has really been bringing it with their recent run of artists exhibiting in the shop. Rachel Denny's woodland creatures were divine, the work of Mark Warren Jacques left us elated, and Irana Douer's surreal line drawings stayed in our head for weeks. But with all due respect, we must admit we're most excited about the show that's going up tomorrow. Artist Christopher David Ryan is one of our faves at the moment, and perusing his year of daily images from 2008 is a great way to waste an hour... and end up pining for a 20 or more of his prints.

Favorite Find: Custom Braille Rings at Rare Device

We’re all for love, peace and happiness, but there’s just something about stamping those kinds of words on an accessory that instantly dilutes a meaningful message. A new arrival at Market Street shop Rare Device, one of our fave spots for intriguing art and design objects, changes all this.

Order a Custom Braille Ring ($49) made by Indiana-based designer Studio AMF, and you can have your sentimental cake and eat it, too. That’s because the words on these eco-friendly wooden rings are spelled out in sterling silver Braille characters that get the message across, but stop short of blathering it all over town. 

The "Tiny Houses" Movement

A trend San Franciscans have long been touting, tiny houses (and small space living in general) is truly becoming a bit of a phenomenon across the country. Consider it the polar-opposite to the McMansions of the 90s; tiny house dwellers aim to reduce not only their home's physical footprint, but its carbon one, too. Mimi Zeigler has chronicled the movement and now shares some of the most unique and interesting small homes in the world (all under 1000 square feet, of course) in her new tome, Tiny Houses. Meet the author and get a copy of the book signed this Wednesday, 6 to 8PM at Rare Device.

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