September 2015

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Designer James Hunter Achieves Lofty Glamour at the Millennium Tower

Designer James Hunter Achieves Lofty Glamour at the Millennium Tower

The chic, simple and unadorned style of James Hunter’s client, Juli Betwee, inspired his vision for her 2,000-square-foot Millennium Tower apartment. “Her stylishness brought to mind the clean, modern lines and subtle curves in the furniture Jean-Michel Frank and William Haines designed in the 1930s,” says Hunter, a principal designer at the Wiseman Group. “I knew an updated take on that sensibility would soften the space’s strong geometry.”
Designer Matthew Leverone Brings Understated Elegance to a Distinctive Atherton Home

Designer Matthew Leverone Brings Understated Elegance to a Distinctive Atherton Home

Tucked into a serene, wooded enclave, a quietly grand Atherton residence embodies Coco Chanel’s maxim: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” The home’s minimal, elegant interiors, created by San Francisco designer Matthew Leverone, unfold in tranquil colors, simple lines and refined details.
In Pacific Heights, an Achromatic Palette Strikes the Right Balance

In Pacific Heights, an Achromatic Palette Strikes the Right Balance

"Beige is Atmosphere. It’s ivory, it’s cream, it’s stone, it’s toast, it’s cappuccino. It’s well, it’s magic.” Though a phrase attributed to the legendary interior designer Albert Hadley, it might well have been said by designer Benjamin Dhong. “I never need a reason to design a neutral room,” says Dhong. “Layered, textural monochromes can be glorious and exciting. And unlike bold color, they’re never disconcerting; they never give me whiplash!”
Designer Kimberly Ayres and Architect Ken Linsteadt Create a Picture-Perfect Mill Valley Home

Designer Kimberly Ayres and Architect Ken Linsteadt Create a Picture-Perfect Mill Valley Home

On a charming, tree-lined street in Mill Valley sits a home that melds a traditional, East Coast shingle-style aesthetic with Northern California ease and accessibility. “The house is located in a neighborhood of Craftsman bungalows and clean-lined cottages,” explains architect Ken Linsteadt, “and the owners wanted a casually elegant home that would fit nicely into the tight-knit community.”
Start the Fall in High Style with a Statement Chandelier

Start the Fall in High Style with a Statement Chandelier

Our guide to the best new products and pursuits from the cultural landscape.
Impress Your Guests with These Stylish Bart Carts

Impress Your Guests with These Stylish Bart Carts

Our guide to the best new products and pursuits from the cultural landscape.
Napa Valley's Shirley Robinson Gives Michelin-Starred Solbar an Urbane New Look

Napa Valley's Shirley Robinson Gives Michelin-Starred Solbar an Urbane New Look

Designer and artist Shirley Robinson is known for creating bespoke, handpainted finishes and wallpapers that adorn interiors by the Bay Area's leading designers. But the multi-talented Napa Valley resident's practice includes her own interior design projects as well and, this year, Robinson won the coveted commission to redesign Solbar, the Michelin-starred restaurant at Solage Calistoga.
7 Leading Bay Area Designers Share Their Go-tos for Instant Allure

7 Leading Bay Area Designers Share Their Go-tos for Instant Allure

Bay Area designers including Amy Weaver, David Lasker, Emilie Munroe, Laura Martin Bovard, Lindsay Brier, Philip Silver and Lizette Marie share their favorite go-to design products.
Five Bay Area Designers Open the Doors to Their Creative Spaces

Five Bay Area Designers Open the Doors to Their Creative Spaces

A designer’s studio is a staging ground for his or her identity: It’s a venue that enables them to communicate to clients and colleagues a pure version of their sensibility, before it’s adapted to a particular homeowner’s program. Here, five leading designers share the thinking behind the design of their distinctive offices.
Dara Rosenfield Designs a Nob Hill Pied-á-Terre for Carpet Couturier Mark Nelson

Dara Rosenfield Designs a Nob Hill Pied-á-Terre for Carpet Couturier Mark Nelson

"I wanted a luxury hotel suite,” says couture carpet designer Mark Nelson of his first Bay Area home, a petite pied-à-terre atop Nob Hill. He achieved the look and feel of a sumptuous little suite with the help of noted Bay Area interior designer Dara Rosenfeld. Together, the duo transformed a 450-square-foot space into a jewel box of urbane textures and hues, finally giving New York–based Nelson—who for years has traveled regularly to San Francisco to provide exquisite bespoke carpets to the A-list of the city’s interior designers—a stylish residence in San Francisco.
San Francisco's Hewn Showroom Debuts a Modern Offshoot

San Francisco's Hewn Showroom Debuts a Modern Offshoot

Fans of Hewn—the exquisitely curated design resource from partners Jeff Holt, Kathleen Navarra and Peter West—can now find next-generation inspiration in the brand’s second showroom, Hewn X. With its 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and a spare aesthetic, the new space is a perfect showcase for modern collections including furniture by conceptually minded San Francisco designer Gary Hutton, handcrafted lighting by Charleston’s Avrett, and graphic silk and wool rugs by the Rug Company.
At San-Francisco's Fireclay Tile, Time-Honored Techniques are Rekindled by Technology

At San-Francisco's Fireclay Tile, Time-Honored Techniques are Rekindled by Technology

A kaleidoscopic wall of poised little tiles greets visitors at Fireclay’s San Francisco showroom. A lounge and worktables invite lingering and creating, and the resident dog may sidle up for a hello. It’s an environment that embodies the company’s ethos: Combining personal connection to the community with craft, history and innovation.
These San Francisco-Based Developers are Blazing a Trail in Modern Home Development

These San Francisco-Based Developers are Blazing a Trail in Modern Home Development

It takes a certain fortitude to be a developer in San Francisco. The city has a notoriously arduous process for project approval, neighbors are often grumpy about change, and the economy has been through some major boom-and-bust cycles. Many of the projects being built today have been several years in the planning, and it’s not unusual for properties to exchange hands a few times before being realized.
Guests Gathered at Alessi San Francisco to Benefit Eat Drink Save Lives

Guests Gathered at Alessi San Francisco to Benefit Eat Drink Save Lives

On June 18, guests gathered at Alessi San Francisco to benefit Eat (Red) Drink (Red) Save Lives, a special monthlong campaign galvanizing the culinary community to fight AIDS. The event was sponsored by SFC&G and featured pairings of Coppola wine and artisanal Dandelion Chocolate, with up to 10-percent of the sales of Alessi (Red) items benefiting the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Guests included Managing Director of Alessi USA Paolo Cravedi, Derek Chen of Council Design, David Marti and Nina Ordeig of Santa & Cole, designer Ted Boerner, Howard Thorton of SFMOMA and Rob Forbes of Public Bikes.
Room & Board Designer Series featuring SFC&G Editor in Chief Alisa Carroll

Room & Board Designer Series featuring SFC&G Editor in Chief Alisa Carroll

On September 16th, Room & Board San Francisco unveiled a room designed by Alisa Carroll, the first in their new Designer Series. Carroll created a Minimalist’s Lounge showcasing furnishings from the Room & Board collection and pieces from Hewn / The Rug Company, Coup d’Etat and Battersea. VIP guests included designers Gary Hutton, Geoff De Sousa, James Hunter, Beth Martin, Heather Hilliard and many others.
The Launch Party for the Fall 2015 Brunello Cucinelli Collection

The Launch Party for the Fall 2015 Brunello Cucinelli Collection

On July 19, style took center stage at a luncheon co-hosted by Neiman Marcus and Hall Wines at the Rutherford estate of Ambassador Kathryn Hall and husband Craig Hall. The chic al fresco lunch, prepared by Meadowood and paired with Hall wines, was hosted in honor of Ann Getty and featured a presentation of the Fall 2015 Brunello Cucinelli collection.
The Bay Area Launch of Blake Kuwahara's Sophomore Eyewear Collection

The Bay Area Launch of Blake Kuwahara's Sophomore Eyewear Collection

On July 18, San Francisco’s fashion forward gathered to celebrate the Bay Area launch of Blake Kuwahara's sophomore eyewear collection. Represented at Fillmore’s Invision Optometry, Kuwahara’s limited-edition, unisex line is inspired by architecture and features frames named for iconic architects, including the Wright and the Rohe.
Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

September's must-haves for the design obsessed shopper
Understated Elegance Defines San Francisco Designer Claire Borel's First Accessories Collection

Understated Elegance Defines San Francisco Designer Claire Borel's First Accessories Collection

Inspired by the tradition of elegant traveling, Bay Area native Claire Borel has founded House of Borel, a luxury fashion house tailored to a new jet-set generation. The line made its debut in April at New York Fashion Week and officially launches this month.
Designer James Hunter Achieves Lofty Glamour at the Millennium Tower

Designer James Hunter Achieves Lofty Glamour at the Millennium Tower

The chic, simple and unadorned style of James Hunter’s client, Juli Betwee, inspired his vision for her 2,000-square-foot Millennium Tower apartment.
Designer Matthew Leverone Brings Understated Elegance to a Distinctive Atherton Home

Designer Matthew Leverone Brings Understated Elegance to a Distinctive Atherton Home

Tucked into a serene, wooded enclave, a quietly grand Atherton residence embodies Coco Chanel’s maxim: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” The home’s minimal, elegant interiors, created by San Francisco designer Matthew Leverone, unfold in tranquil colors, simple lines and refined details.
In Pacific Heights, an Achromatic Palette Strikes the Right Balance

In Pacific Heights, an Achromatic Palette Strikes the Right Balance

"Beige is Atmosphere. It’s ivory, it’s cream, it’s stone, it’s toast, it’s cappuccino. It’s well, it’s magic.” Though a phrase attributed to the legendary interior designer Albert Hadley, it might well have been said by designer Benjamin Dhong. “I never need a reason to design a neutral room,” says Dhong. “Layered, textural monochromes can be glorious and exciting. And unlike bold color, they’re never disconcerting; they never give me whiplash!”
Designer Kimberly Ayres and Architect Ken Linsteadt Create a Picture-Perfect Mill Valley Home

Designer Kimberly Ayres and Architect Ken Linsteadt Create a Picture-Perfect Mill Valley Home

On a charming, tree-lined street in Mill Valley sits a home that melds a traditional, East Coast shingle-style aesthetic with Northern California ease and accessibility. “The house is located in a neighborhood of Craftsman bungalows and clean-lined cottages,” explains architect Ken Linsteadt, “and the owners wanted a casually elegant home that would fit nicely into the tight-knit community.”
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