Berkeley Art Museum’s Secret Architect Suitors

Ten letters, ten firms. The design community is in serious speculation mode about which ten firms will be receiving letters from the folks at the Berkley Art Museum  Else>>>

Hobnob With the SF Design Community at Drinks by Design

In this town, there's a new bar or restaurant opening every week. And just as often, I'm left wondering who designed the space, guessing at their inspiration, and wishing I could pick the designer's brain.  Else>>>

Coup D'Etat's coup at the SF Decorator Showcase

Coup D'Etat turns the dark library at the Decorator Showcase into a still-cerebral bright, contemporary space.  Else>>>

Powder Coating Packs a Punch

I never met a piece of powder coated metal I didn't like. Maybe I'm just drawn to shiny objects like a barracuda, but I think it's more because of the finish's transformative properties.  Else>>>

Bouquets to Art at the de Young and The Spring Art Tour

A couple of my favorite design-based happenings hit town this week. Both feature art and involve two things I'm crazy about: flowers and fine homes.  Else>>>

Hacienda Dreaming: Traditional Tile Sources

     This time of year makes me wish I lived in an old hacienda, with bougainvillea climbing up the walls, the windows always flung open, and cool tiles beneath my feet.   Else>>>

Do it Up this Mother's Day with Customizable Family Pillows from K Studio

Considering how much I love, love, love my mom, my usual Mother's Day effort–a card, occassionally handmade, with a few quickly jotted down lines of love–is not quite conveying my soaring adoration.  Else>>>

Crimson Collective at Coachella

I was just starting to come to terms with the mile-long list of my favorite bands that I would miss by skipping Coachella this year.  Else>>>

From Recycling Bins to Living Rooms: Furniture Made from Post-Consumer Product

The only thing that ever came out of my recycling bin was a pair of "binoculars" made out of old paper towel rolls that I crafted in the first grade.  Else>>>

Design Dilemma: The Case of the Missing Keys

When architect Jennifer Weiss spotted a Plexiglass bin that was overflowing with keys, papers and cellphones on her clients' kitchen countertop, she knew instantly she could make their lives better.  Else>>>


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