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Inside Zendesk's Tranquil Mid-Market Office Space

ZenDesk Interior

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

In 2011, Zendesk moved into a 42,000+ square foot office on mid-Market and took over multiple floors to support their growing business. The culture is very informal and relaxed, so the space needed to be something that reflects and enables the same. The three co-founders, chief creative director, and O&A designers envisioned a humble, uncomplicated, airy, and charming space where people could breathe, thus the use of white space, high ceilings and calm colors.

Design Events in the Bay Area: Sculptures Made Out of Candy Wrappers, Historic Quilts, and More

Eye Candy by Charlotte Kruk

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

You have two more weeks to catch the insatiable Eye Candy designs courtesy of Bay Area artist Charlotte Kruk. Using discarded candy wrappers and cake mix boxes, among other indulgent materials, Kruk created wearable, gluttonous sculptures influenced by a consumer’s inclination to purchase based on flashy packaging, only to discard their initial allure to garbage later.

Stop Shivering, Start Sweating: Where to Get Warm in SF

Public Glass

Baby, it’s cold outside. Craving warmth like the rest of us? One of these spots might just do the trick of getting you back to snug and toasty.

Acupuncture in SF: A Beginner's Guide

Those who have gone under the needle can attest to the healing powers of acupuncture for everything from chronic skin conditions to infertility. The practice originated in China and has been performed for thousands of years. In the U.S., it’s often used as an alternative for those who’ve exasperated their options within Western medicine. 

As hair thin needles are quickly inserted, the familiar zing of electricity that pulses through the body is both frightening and exhiliarating. Don't be fearful, most of us could use a little balance in the flow of our qi. 

Curious? Here are a few recommendations for the acupuncture virgin: 

Race Your Way to Resolutions

How are those New Year's resolutions coming along? What's that? Not good? Oh, you haven't made any yet? Ok, we'll cut you some slack since it's only been one week since the beginning of 2013.

There's no better way to stick to fitness goals than to sign up for a running race. Whether it's the annoyance of paying a steep entry fee or the fact that you broadcast your grand goals to everyone you know, committing to a race is motivation enough to follow through with the plan. Not to mention, it's a fantastic way to get to know San Francisco as you breeze through various levels of training. Here are a few city races we recommend in the coming year:

Why SF Ballet's Nutcracker is Still Awesome

San Francisco Nutcracker

Christmas music, office holiday parties, Santa Con, and rain in the Bay may put us in a winter mood, but only one tradition truly signifies the start of the holiday season – Nutcracker

Did you know that San Francisco Ballet was the first professional company in America to perform the world-famous tree-sprouting, Clara-frolicking, Sugar Plum Fairy-twirling production?

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

SF Amateur Astronomers

It’s your last chance to catch an astronomy program on Mt. Tam before spring of next year. This weekend, Planetologist Dr. Kevin Zahnie talks about the collision of Earth with another world gone wild that caused the extinction of dinosaurs and everything else. (And it could happen again!) The best part of this evening is the opportunity to view through telescopes provided by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Good timing as Jupiter just returned to the night sky and Mercury enters retrograde starting on Monday (watch out!). Rock Springs Parking Lot, Mount Tamalpais (Mill Valley)Sat, 11/3, 7 p.m.

Ski & Snowboard Show + Warren Miller Film Screening Means Winter is Coming!

Last week’s rain meant one thing for skiers and boarders – SNOW in Tahoe!

It may have been an early season tease, but winter is approaching quickly, and this weekend’s Ski & Snowboard festival and next week’s Warren Miller film screening makes it all the more real.

What to Do When Your Home Team Wins the World Series Too Early

Over easy! The Giants swept the Tigers in one of the most lopsided World Series events in history. We can’t wait for the parade of course, but… wow, that was fast. We would be lying if we thought World Series-mania wouldn’t continue throughout this whole week. Now that there are no more Giants games to obsess over, what do we do? Here are a few suggestions for easing back into San Francisco life (boozing optional):

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Surf Film Festival

The first-ever Mill Valley Surf Film Festival takes place at the Sweetwater Music Hall this Saturday. Expect an awesome array of surf films that celebrate big wave-riding, the daredevils who do it, and the ocean's beauty. A gathering of local artists, musicians, and ocean-related charities will be present and San Francisco's the Merman will be taking the stage once the last film wraps. Sat 10/20, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley.

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