7x7 Magazine's annual Best of SF showcases all you could ever hope to eat, drink, see, buy, know, and do in the city. Here is the Best of Design:
The industrial Dogpatch address of the 5,000-square-foot warehouse-cum-atelier of interior designer Jonathan Rachman has little bearing on the world within this space. The studio doubles as a scrapbook for the Sumatran-born designer, brimming, as it is, with a rotating collection of treasures brought back from annual pilgrimages to Europe and, of course, his native Indonesia.
Austin is spawning more than its fair share of tech lodestars, transforming this quirky city on the banks of the Colorado River into a start-up scene–nicknamed Silicon Hills—that even Bay Area entrepreneurs could envy. The first Bitcoin ATMs in the United States landed downtown in March, and California companies such as Dropbox and Websense are ramping up local operations. In town to scout a start-up at the Capital Factory incubator? Take the weekend to see what all the fuss is about.
More than 500 design–industry professionals gathered for Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2014, the second annual conference that proved to be another blockbuster of inspirational programming. Once past a few Space-Age prototypes (is it a car? A motorcycle? More on this later) attendees heard from a slew of industry leaders, including Makerbot founder Bre Pettis, High-Line architect Elizabeth Diller and young gun Sha Hwang (inventor of Gifpops and currently tasked with overhauling Healthcare.gov).
This article originally appeared in California Home + Design
San Francisco shoe designer Martha Davis gravitates toward the unexpected. From her studio garage–cum–showroom in Hayes Valley, she carries out her vision for sculptural designs that are also supremely wearable, inventing geometrically complex heel shapes and topping them with butter-soft vachetta leather.
Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com
As a child actress negotiating life in the spotlight, Drew Barrymore felt worlds away from the realm of family crests and the privilege they symbolized. But for her latest venture as the steward of her eponymous wine label, Barrymore has embraced her family legacy, reviving a symbol created by her grandfather, silver screen legend John Barrymore.
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