San Francisco's Branch is finding a new place to perch. The sustainable design-focused online retailer is packing up its South Van Ness warehouse and easing into a shiny new space South of Market. While details on the new headquarters are limited so far, talk of a showroom and event space planned inside have got our interest piqued. But seeing as this is an online store we're talking about, why should a change of location really matter that much?

Concreteworks didn’t use any steel to frame the booths—just a single ribbon of concrete that, if laid out straight, would be 117 linear feet (the exact length of the restaurant) All Photography by Cody Pickens Chefs get all the glory these days, but anyone in the business can assure you that opening a restaurant is anything but a single-handed endeavor. Nowhere is that more true than at Bar Agricole, SoMa’s new LEED gold-certified, eco-perfect tavern. Headed by Thaddeus Vogler, a preeminent and devoted spirits master (or bartender—call him what you will), the modern but casual bar and restaurant opened in late summer after three years of planning. It’s hardly all about Vogler though. He willingly shares the spotlight with a cadre of other talented participants, including visionary architects, urban farmers, woodworkers, textile designers, and glassblowers—even a concrete craftsman. “I knew I wanted the food, beverage and design to be as amazing as possible, to sort of battle each other for center stage,” says Vogler.

Inspired by Alexander Calder and her artist parents, Julie Frith started making mobiles as a child.  Flash forward 40 years—now they hang in homes, babies' nurseries, museums, galleries, and businesses, and have been shown in movies and magazines.  

Richard Neutra was one of the defining architects of the last century, especially in Los Angeles, and one of his iconic houses came on the market last week in Pacific Palisades.

Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler's over-the-top interiors have left many a critic either in awe (so vibrant and unique!) or in the throws of a seizure (beware the contrasting patterns), so the look of her new-to-the-market Beverly Hills home is likely to pull both a long list of admirers and at

Hand-cast from antique half-pint glass milk bottles, Alyssa Ettinger's porcelain vases are perfect for a bloom or two.  Or they could be used for forcing bulbs.  They come in three sizes, and are from various dairies around the country.  This particular one is from California Milk Company in San Francisco, and is about 6" tall.  I'm thinking it'd make a great gift on oh-so-many occasions, especially for a new California resident, or for someone (gasp) who's moving elsewhere.  

Cliff May is considered the father of the California ranch house, creator of a classic mix of modern and the traditional white-washed adobe. Here's a flawlessly-restored version, for sale in Solvang.

General stores are cropping up all over the place, but, at the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney, they're nothing like the ones I frequented as a kid. While they still carry a broad range of products, this new breed is more likely to stock hip, hard-to-find clothing labels and vintage treasures than the penny candy I was always after.

Alexandra Angle's interiors almost always have a touch of whimsy. So do her furniture pieces. Witness her new Stork Table with its fun legs.

When I learned about the monthly design-centered happy hour event, Drinks by Design, I couldn’t help but think that they’d invented it just for me. I mean, what do I love more than 


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