San Francisco Cottages & Gardens - April 2015

California Artist Robert Irwin Embarks on His First Permanent Architectural Installation

In the boundaryless space of Marfa, Texas, a broken-down ghost of a building sits devoid of roof and floor. What was once the Fort D.A. Russell Hospital is now an intersection of planes, providing fitting inspiration for artist Robert Irwin’s first permanent structure.

Sip Like a Savant with the Help of Master Sommelier Ian Cauble's New Website

If you’ve ever wished you possessed the erudition of the sommelier who so superbly guided pairings at your last dinner outing, a new online service offers the next best thing. Master Sommelier Ian Cauble and business partner Brandon Carneiro have launched SommSelect, a website for enthusiasts that provides access to their trove of knowledge and a carefully curated selection of wines.

Frances Homan Jue Explores the Wonders of England’s National Trust Gardens

An Elizabethan gatehouse overlooking a garden filled with white roses and ancient yew hedges. The warm, gray-and-ochre stone of castle towers reflected in the water of a moat beneath. These were just a few of the things woven into the fabric of my daily life growing up in Southeast England as we explored nearby historic castles and gardens cared for by the National Trust, a nonprofit organization that conserves more than 350 natural and manmade sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Art and Function Intertwine in Silvia Song’s Sculptural Wood Tableware

At first glance, one might see Silvia Song as a woodworker or a woodturner. But neither moniker, says the artist, is quite accurate. Instead, Song often describes herself as a “wood potter.” At her studio in the East Bay, she hand-lathes maple, cypress, redwood, white oak and walnut into exquisite bowls, serving boards and butcher blocks that showcase materiality and purity of form.

Understated Beauty Defines Architect Barbara Chambers’ Mill Valley Home

Ivory shades like White Dove and chalky Clunch predominate in architect Barbara Chambers’ project binders. This rigrously achromatic aesthetic extends from the residences she designs to her own understated wardrobe and even her elegant presence, which whispers rather than shouts.

Deeds & Don'ts: Farm-to-Table Living

In towns that are still quintessentially rural communities, it’s not unusual for local farmers and ranchers to lease land or offer arrangements to cultivate it. For those of us not up to full-time farming, but who long to retreat to fields and pastures, the Bay Area offers opportunities to cultivate smaller-scale homesteads. For a truly back-to-the-land getaway, consider the following areas.

Dzine Launches New "...And Everything in Between" Gallery Exhibition

On February 27, leading furniture showroom Dzine launched its new gallery program with the inaugural exhibition, “…And Everything in Between, ” featuring the work of artists Johnna Arnold, Susanna Corcoran, Thomas Heinser, Kari Orvik and Jonathan Smith. The evening, hosted by Dzine founder Eve Petrucci and managing director Austin Forbord, also featured a performance by LEVYdance. Guests included artist Jess Wainer, Gary Hutton, Matthew Mosey, Richard Stacy and Larissa Sand.

SFC&G Presents the Keynote Talk, "Inspiration & Process," at the San Francisco Design Center's Design Week 2015

Design Week 2015 at the San Francisco Design Center featured the industry’s hottest local and national talent, new collections and standing-room-only events. SFC&G presented the keynote talk, “Inspiration & Process,” with designer Azadeh Shladovsky and Editor in Chief Alisa Carroll. The showroom J.D. Staron hosted a reception to celebrate its fabulous San Francisco space and latest collections of exquisite contemporary and antique-inspired rugs

The San Francisco Design Center Presents "Where Hope Has a Home"

On February 25, 115 designers and sponsors gathered together to kick off "Where Hope Has a Home,” the new 52,000-square-foot design project for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford presented by the San Francisco Design Center and SFC&G.

Deeds & Don'ts: A-List Bay Area Brokers

To navigate the incredibly competitive Bay Area real estate market, you need the finest minds in the business. SFC&G and the Luxury Marketing Council convened a real estate roundtable with nine power brokers from the city’s top firms, moderated by Luxury Marketing Council Chairman Alf Nucifora. With the input of these leaders in their field, we identified the attributes of the best-in-breed broker. Here are the Top 10 things to look for when interviewing potential agents:

A Spare, Industrially Inspired Home by Aidlin Darling Design Melds Seamlessly into the Mill Valley Landscape

Achieving a meaningful connection with the site of a future home is more than lip service for San Francisco architecture firm Aidlin Darling Design. A recent project saw co-founder Joshua Aidlin and associate principal Kent Chiang camping out on the property in order to truly understand it.

A New Book by San Franciscans Zahid Sardar and Marion Brenner is a Love Letter to the Green Spaces of Paris

Any urban garden is intrinsically surreal, but for his extraordinary 8th arrondissement eighteenth-century garret, American architect Michael Herrman chose architect Le Corbusier’s odd 1929 Champs-Élysées penthouse and rooftop terrace for eccentric bon vivant Charles de Beistegui as a model of “Modern minimalism balanced with the playful extravagance of Surrealism.”

San Francisco’s Emerging Garden District is the New Horticultural Hotspot

Eight years ago, when Flora Grubb moved her namesake nursery from the Mission to outer Dogpatch/Bayview, the decision elicited some bewilderment. How times have changed. With its expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, ample parking and the development of the Third Street Light Rail—along with its sunny and mild climate—the southeastern part of the city has bloomed into an emerging Garden District.

GALLERY A Spare, Industrially Inspired Home by Aidlin Darling Design Melds Seamlessly into the Mill Valley Landscape

Achieving a meaningful connection with the site of a future home is more than lip service for San Francisco architecture firm Aidlin Darling Design. A recent project saw co-founder Joshua Aidlin and associate principal Kent Chiang camping out on the property in order to truly understand it.

GALLERY A New Book by San Franciscans Zahid Sardar and Marion Brenner is a Love Letter to the Green Spaces of Paris

Any urban garden is intrinsically surreal, but for his extraordinary 8th arrondissement eighteenth-century garret, American architect Michael Herrman chose architect Le Corbusier’s odd 1929 Champs-Élysées penthouse and rooftop terrace for eccentric bon vivant Charles de Beistegui as a model of “Modern minimalism balanced with the playful extravagance of Surrealism.”