Purity of Design Provides a Poetic Setting for Modern and Contemporary Works in a Historic Berkeley Home

Purity of Design Provides a Poetic Setting for Modern and Contemporary Works in a Historic Berkeley Home

When Bruce Gilbert first came across an Ernest Coxhead-designed Mediterranean in Berkeley—the last house designed by the famed architect—his wife, Susan Becher, was traveling. A public-relations maven with notable clients in the design and architecture fields, Becher was en route to Milan. But once Gilbert emailed her photographs of the 1930 residence, she encouraged him to submit an offer though she had never set foot inside. The couple (who have two sons—David, a Los Angeles–based artist, and Marc, an editorial producer for CNBC in New York) moved in on Memorial Day, 2012.

A Travel- and Fashion-Inspired Interior Unfolds in Style Guru Stephen Brady's Mission Bay Residence

A Travel- and Fashion-Inspired Interior Unfolds in Style Guru Stephen Brady's Mission Bay Residence

For Stephen Brady, executive vice president of Creative Services for Gap Inc., home truly is a style statement. With a celebrated career in fashion and décor—including leading roles at Ralph Lauren Home and Williams-Sonoma—Brady is known for crafting iconic retail spaces and destination restaurants (including San Francisco’s debonair Spruce). And while his two-bedroom, park-view Mission Bay condominium certainly has more than a dash of haberdashery—a dressing area in chocolate brown and furniture clad in menswear fabrics—Brady’s artful appointments also tell the story of a global traveler.

From a Blank Canvas, Kem Theilig Creates a Home for Gallerist and Best Friend Lisa Dolby Chadwick

From a Blank Canvas, Kem Theilig Creates a Home for Gallerist and Best Friend Lisa Dolby Chadwick

One week before San Francisco’s Bay Lights project went live, gallery owner Lisa Dolby Chadwick and her partner, Ian Schmidt, hosted a fundraiser in their home to benefit the hugely popular Bay Bridge art installation. In attendance was Leo Villareal, creator of the work composed of 25,000 LED lights, who thrilled the guests when he switched on the artwork via his computer. “Everyone gasped,” recalls Dolby Chadwick, whose Russian Hill perch provided the perfect vantage point. “We were all gathered in what we call ‘the view room’ for the magic moment.”

Design Objects Inspired by the Fall 2014 Collections of Céline

Design Objects Inspired by the Fall 2014 Collections of Céline

Avian design elements, including pieces from Schumacher, Trove, San Francisco artist Nick Dong, Soane, Box Clever and Council, and Ironware International help interiors take flight.

Isabelle de Borchgrave Cuts a New Cloth with Sartorially Inspired Home Textiles

Isabelle de Borchgrave Cuts a New Cloth with Sartorially Inspired Home Textiles

Isabelle de Borchgrave was first inspired upon seeing numerous collections within New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. "I wanted to possess each and every one of those costumes," she recalls. "I wanted to recreate them, to make them mine." She decided that "the easiest way was to make sculptures with the first media I ever used: paper." Today, de Borchgrave is best known for her meticulous interpretations of historic costumes that she crafts with paper and paint.

From His San Francisco Studio, Paul Benson Turns Raw Materials Into Refined Furnishings

From His San Francisco Studio, Paul Benson Turns Raw Materials Into Refined Furnishings

San Francisco based artist, Paul Benson, is known for turning raw materials into refined furnishings. He works with antique machines and hand tools in his San Francisco studio. His innovative and unique pieces are coveted by A-list designers throughout the nation. And whether an industrially inspired, riveted bedframe or a delicate, hand-turned vessel, each work speaks to a true artist's commitment to his craft.

Erin Martin Brings the Loft Life to a Classic St. Helena Victorian

Erin Martin Brings the Loft Life to a Classic St. Helena Victorian

A pair of Virginia transplants who purchased a wine country Victorian commissioned designer Erin Martin to give their home an urbane yet laid-back look. Martin recalls of her initial meeting with them, “The wife was so chic my first thought was Anna Wintour has nothing on this woman!”

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