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A 1920's Garage in Russian Hill Is Transformed into an Artful Abode

A 1920's Garage in Russian Hill Is Transformed into an Artful Abode

The transition from traditional residence to urban dwelling can be jarring for some, but for the owner of a newly converted loft in Russian Hill, it was a revelation. The abundant light, generous volumes and industrial materials of her dramatic new residence, sited in a former mechanic’s stable transformed by San Francisco–based firm Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA), proved to be the perfect conditions for showcasing her soulful collection of art and objects.
A 19th-Century Carriage House is Transformed into an Artful Setting for Two Young Collectors

A 19th-Century Carriage House is Transformed into an Artful Setting for Two Young Collectors

We didn’t want a pristine, untouched space,” says Anamarie “Pink” Pasdar of the 2,800-square-foot carriage house in the Mission that she and her husband, former Apple executive Iain Newton, spent more than a year renovating. “The fact that we didn’t need a car to be in the center of the action was another plus. After years spent living in New York and London, this particular house—with its funky ’70s bohemian vibe and great flow—just felt like home.”
The First Monograph on Sonoma's Artful Oliver Ranch Chronicles its Inspired History

The First Monograph on Sonoma's Artful Oliver Ranch Chronicles its Inspired History

Oliver Ranch is a singularly personal and endlessly engaging experience.
An Architect and Art Advisor Translate their Minimalist Sensibility into a Sculptural Home

An Architect and Art Advisor Translate their Minimalist Sensibility into a Sculptural Home

Cantilevered white planes, graphic shadows and pure Modernist lines distinguish the façade of a building that sits at a point where Cow Hollow juts out and overlooks Pacific Heights. “It was built in 1959, and it was, well, ugly,” says architect Julie Dowling, recalling her first impressions.
Create Visual Impact with Bold, Graphic Tiles

Create Visual Impact with Bold, Graphic Tiles

Our guide to the best new products and pursuits from the cultural landscape.
Artist Llane Alexis Puts a New Twist on a Traditional Technique

Artist Llane Alexis Puts a New Twist on a Traditional Technique

In the hands of Llane Alexis, the age-old craft of braiding has been reimagined, yielding artful, one-of-a-kind objects. While the method may be familiar, his applications are unexpected and a testament to his ingenuity. Functional art is one category of Alexis’ work.
 Lighting Designer Johanna Grawunder Brilliantly Bridges Art and Design

Lighting Designer Johanna Grawunder Brilliantly Bridges Art and Design

Over the past two decades, lighting designer Johanna Grawunder has worked on an enviable range of projects. An architect by training, she brings a spatial and conceptual approach to her work, which includes fixtures for Flos and Boffi, limited-edition furnishings, large-scale architectural lighting and interior environments.
Gallerist Claudia Altman Siegel Curates Contemporary’s Rising Stars

Gallerist Claudia Altman Siegel Curates Contemporary’s Rising Stars

Scholarship, market savvy and a grounded attitude: these personal qualities, along with an outstanding roster of emerging talent, have made Claudia Altman Siegel one of San Francisco’s leading next-generation art dealers. Since founding her eponymous gallery at 49 Geary in 2009, she has created inspired programs to raise awareness of work by contemporary artists like Trevor Paglen, Sara VanDerBeek and Garth Weiser throughout the Bay Area and beyond. And though not one to court the spotlight, with her roster showing globally and a schedule of thoughtful exhibitions slated for the coming year, all eyes are on Altman Siegel.
Artist John DiPaolo Plumbs the Possibilities of Materiality and Process

Artist John DiPaolo Plumbs the Possibilities of Materiality and Process

A fixture on San Francisco’s Hunters Point since 1983, John DiPaolo remembers when the city’s industrial southeastern shore was still a functioning shipyard. “I grew up here as an artist,” he reflects, sitting in his studio, all soaring ceilings and dazzling waterfront light. The space is conducive to the large-scale, canvases he’s created over a 40-year career, driven by a love of process and an ambition to push the limits of abstraction.
On the Market: 5 Diverse Yet Equally Stunning San Francisco Homes for Sale

On the Market: 5 Diverse Yet Equally Stunning San Francisco Homes for Sale

Here are five examples of the diverse architectural available in the Bay Area including a Mediterranean Revival, a two-bedroom condo with an expansive gallery, a natural-light-filled modern masterpiece, a French-country home and a midcentury icon.
The Dogpatch Continues to Flourish and Evolve as a Destination Arts Neighborhood

The Dogpatch Continues to Flourish and Evolve as a Destination Arts Neighborhood

If the performance artist Marina Abramovic was looking for warehouse space in San Francisco, Dogpatch would be an obvious choice. Bordered by industrial waterfront on the east side of the city, this nine-block neighborhood is home to many artists and their ad-hoc studio spaces. As elsewhere in the city, large housing developments are augmenting the area’s mix of Victorian-era flats and newer live-work lofts. But strategic zoning that protects a range of industrial uses—including the production of art—should help Dogpatch retain its multifaceted, mixed-use identity as it evolves.
The Opening Reception of the Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking Exhibition

The Opening Reception of the Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking Exhibition

On September 17, the Legion of Honor held a donor opening reception to fête, Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking. The new exhibition features more than 80 objects and was co-curated by Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture for the Fine Arts Museums and Emmanuel Breguet. Guests included Richard Benefield, Robert Atkinson, Megan and Bruce Bourne, Ingrid Swenson and Zoey Armstrong.
The Ronald McDonald House Stanford

The Ronald McDonald House Stanford

Designers, patrons, friends and family of the Ronald McDonald House Stanford gathered on August 6 to celebrate the topping off of the new expansion. The evening also celebrated Where Hope has a Home, a major philanthropic campaign created by the San Francisco Design Center featuring more than 50 Bay Area designers creating spaces for the new house pro-bono. SFC&G is proud to be the media partner for this extraordinary undertaking. For more information on how you can help, please visit wherehopehasahome.com.
San Francisco Opera Ball

San Francisco Opera Ball

Aficionados gathered at the new Opera Ball Pavilion on September 11 to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Opera’s 93rd season. The evening, titled Moonlight & Music, featured a performance of Luisa Miller and a glamorous gala designed by J. Riccardo Benavides. Co-chairs Karin Kubin and Jane Mudge welcomed many guests including Diane B. Wilsey, Maria Manetti Shrem, Yuan Yuan Tan, Charlot Malin, George and Charlotte Schulz and David Oldroyd.
Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

October must-haves for the design-obsessed shopper
A 1920's Garage in Russian Hill Is Transformed into an Artful Abode

A 1920's Garage in Russian Hill Is Transformed into an Artful Abode

The transition from traditional residence to urban dwelling can be jarring for some, but for the owner of a newly converted loft in Russian Hill, it was a revelation. The abundant light, generous volumes and industrial materials of her dramatic new residence, sited in a former mechanic’s stable transformed by San Francisco–based firm Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA), proved to be the perfect conditions for showcasing her soulful collection of art and objects.
A 19th-Century Carriage House is Transformed into an Artful Setting for Two Young Collectors

A 19th-Century Carriage House is Transformed into an Artful Setting for Two Young Collectors

We didn’t want a pristine, untouched space,” says Anamarie “Pink” Pasdar of the 2,800-square-foot carriage house in the Mission that she and her husband, former Apple executive Iain Newton, spent more than a year renovating. “The fact that we didn’t need a car to be in the center of the action was another plus. After years spent living in New York and London, this particular house—with its funky ’70s bohemian vibe and great flow—just felt like home.”
The First Monograph on Sonoma's Artful Oliver Ranch Chronicles its Inspired History

The First Monograph on Sonoma's Artful Oliver Ranch Chronicles its Inspired History

Oliver Ranch is a singularly personal and endlessly engaging experience.
An Architect and Art Advisor Translate their Minimalist Sensibility into a Sculptural Home

An Architect and Art Advisor Translate their Minimalist Sensibility into a Sculptural Home

Cantilevered white planes, graphic shadows and pure Modernist lines distinguish the façade of a building that sits at a point where Cow Hollow juts out and overlooks Pacific Heights. “It was built in 1959, and it was, well, ugly,” says architect Julie Dowling, recalling her first impressions.
C&G Shop the Look: An Architect's Sculptural Cow Hollow Home

C&G Shop the Look: An Architect's Sculptural Cow Hollow Home

Shop the look of this sculptural San Francisco home with a selection of iconic design pieces from our C&G Shop the Look partner, Design Within Reach.
Ted Cohen's 50 Year Legacy of The Art of Display

Ted Cohen's 50 Year Legacy of The Art of Display

One of the Bay Area’s most respected exhibition designers, Ted Cohen has been creating inspired museum, gallery and private art environments for more than 56 years. He has designed hundreds of shows for institutions across the country, from the Oakland Museum—where he was an in-house exhibition designer for more than 26 years—to the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design) in New York. In 2000, the American Craft Council named him an Honorary Fellow, a distinction awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the crafts in America.
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