October 23, 2014

Repost: Orange and Black Interiors

Although last night's performance was disappointing, we San Franciscans have not lost hope for the home team.  Buildings are once again lit up in orange, and Giants gear can be seen throughout the City.

The following was originally posted on October 26, 2010.

San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, has declared it San Francisco Giants Pride Week. Buildings are flooded in orange lights, and there is now a shortage on orange film (stuck on the lamp to create the colored glow). Giants banners are hung in windows, and flags are flying -- A fire engine screamed by me yesterday with Giants flags waving in the wind.  Even my son's preschool sent out a flyer asking that the kids be dressed in Giants gear and/or in orange and black on Wednesday.  The City is buzzing with electricity and excitement. It's contagious, and I am jumping on the bandwagon.

Here is my tribute to the Orange and Black. Let's Go Giants!
Steven Gambrel
Ken Fulk via The Style Saloniste | Shiela Bridges
Kelly Wearstler | Windsor Smith
Ned Marshall
Miles Redd | via Martha Stewart
Mary McDonald

Don't Stop Believing!

October 20, 2014

WestEdge Design Fair: Wrap-up

Catching a plane on Friday morning, I took a day-trip to Los Angeles to attend the 2nd Annual WestEdge Design Fair.  I returned to San Francisco with new product obsessions, and a love for a skeleton floor lamp named Philippe.

Brandon Smith, Founder and Editor of theTwentySIX; Ty Pennington and Canadian interior sylist, Janette Ewen
and Jaime Derringer, Founder and Editor of DesignMilk.  Images via Instagram: @dcoopsd and @ziapriven

It seems I wasn't the only fair goer enamored with Philippe, and while he managed his celebrity status with photo op after photo op, I took in the rest of the show's fabulous offerings.
There were so many innovative and beautiful things being shown, and although I wasn't able to see them all, what caught my eye, I shared via Instagram.  As a media sponsor of the show, theTwentySIX will be curating a "best of" feature for its upcoming holiday edition.  Subscribe to be notified of issue releases, or view past issues, here.

October 15, 2014

WestEdge Design Fair

This Friday, October 17, I am teaming up with theTwentySIX to tweet and instagram my favorite products featured at WestEdge Design Fair.  Join me, along with Brandon Smith of DCoopMedia, Lori Gilder of Interior Makeovers, and Rebecca Reynolds of Rebecca Reynolds Design using hashtags #DesignLUX and #WestEdge2014.

September 18, 2014

Wanderlust: Swan House, Atlanta

A majority of last week I spent curating information on local attractions to be presented to a large hotel corporation, using one of their Atlanta locations as a test study.    Having never visited Atlanta, nor having ever watched The Hunger Games series, I was not familiar with Swan House (President Snow's palace in Catching Fire).


Designed by architect Philip Trammell Shutze, and completed in 1928 for the Inman family, the Swan House is one of Atlanta's most photographed landmarks, and now on my list of must-see places.





Learn more in this short video by the Atlanta History Center.


All photos via Atlanta History Center.

August 11, 2014

The New Yorker in Paris

While visiting Paris last month, I stopped at Merci, a destination for design and fashion lovers alike. Located in the Marais, the store donates 100% of its proceeds, and the Fiat 500 -  parked out front - calls out to have its photo taken.
Inside the store, the thing that caught my eye was a series of posters from The Parisianer

Sipping wine in a Parisian cafe during the winter of 2013, artists Aurélie Pollet and Michael Prigent questioned what The New Yorker would look like if set in Paris.  With that, the imaginary magazine The Parisianer was created, and 100 artists were invited to create a cover illustrating their vision of Paris.

The first exhibition for The Parisianer took place in December 2013, and was even written up in The New Yorker.  The compilation book of the covers has sold out, but posters of the covers became available this summer through Merci.

Vincent Pianina
Aude Picault
Laurent Moreau
Rocco
François Maumont
Charles Berbérian
Thomas Baas

But, don't fret if you can't make it to Paris, the exhibition will soon be making its world tour, and a new edition of the book comes out at the end of the year.

August 8, 2014

Resources: Jiun Ho de Jia

Yesterday, I mentioned the venue for the American Craft Council Preview and Trunk Show, Jiun Ho de Jia.
The House of Jiun Ho in Mandarin, Jiun Ho de Jia, is the gallery, showroom, and design studio of San Francisco designer, Jiun Ho.  
The 11,000 square foot, converted warehouse showcases the Jiun Ho Collection, personal treasures from travels (97 countries as of 2012), a selection of work by other artists, as well as design offices. The space is also available to rent for special events.
I was morbidly fascinated by the French Skull, not part of the ACC Show, but on display during the event. Created of smaller bone and skull fragments by a French artist, this large skull does away with any need for a visit to the Catacombes de Paris.

More influences from France can be seen in the latest furniture collection, The French Collection, inspired by travels to the Loire Valley.  Francophile that I am, I absolutely adore it.
Chombord Tete-A-Tete, Louis XVI table, Montresor Desk

Strolling through the gallery resembles a trip around the world, and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Juin Ho de Jia is open Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or Saturday by appointment.

1180 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 437-2284

*All images via Jiun HoPinterest, and Dering Hall

August 7, 2014

American Craft Council Show: Not Your Momma's Craft Show

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the American Craft Council Preview and Trunk Show at Jiun Ho de Jia (more on the venue in a future post) for their 2014 San Francisco Show, taking place this weekend.

Growing up, my mother would take part in local craft shows featuring cutesy tole-painted snowmen, hand-sewn baby blankets, and painted figurines of ceramic bisque.  This, is not THAT type of craft show.


The American Craft Council (ACC) was founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb to "promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft."  To exhibit in one of the four shows - Baltimore, Atlanta, St.Paul and San Francisco - an artist's work must adhere to a strict set of standards, and have been approved by a panel of jurors, made up of local curators, practicing artists, and art scholars.

The crafts displayed are from a variety of disciplines, in a multitude of materials. 
Butterfly Blue by Ealish Wilson, and Mini Cubes by David Whippen

In addition to meeting the artists and viewing their work, demonstrations will be taking place, and six Bay Area designers will be exhibiting vignettes of an entertaining theme, using one or more works by the featured artists as their inspiration.  The work of Ealish Wilson : Design Bahn (seen above) influenced one such space. 

All the information you need to visit the American Crafts Council Show this weekend:

Show Dates and Times
Friday, Aug. 8: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. ($5.00 tickets after 5 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 9: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 10: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location
The Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
1 Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA

Admission
$14 one-day pass
$30 three-day pass
Free for American Craft Council members and children 12 and under.