SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens) - May 2014

The Sumptuous Style of San Francisco's Leading Design Duo

Interiors firm Fisher Weisman is renowned for creating grand, dramatic spaces for clients worldwide. Founders Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman recently debuted two additions to their design domain: a retail showroom, Casa Acanto, named for their vacation home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a wondrous collection of furniture, lighting and accessories that includes shell-encrusted chairs, fantastical egg boxes, coffee-filter tapestries and twig-legged tables.

Walter Hood Discusses His Telegraph Hill Rooftop Garden

Landscape architect Walter Hood, principal of Oakland-based Hood Design, is a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winner, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and former Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, where he is currently a professor. Hood, who is also working on landscapes for a range of institutions—from the nonprofit Kapor Center in Oakland to the Cooper Hewitt in New York to the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, spoke to SFC&G about a more modest, but no less artful, project in Telegraph Hill that features his signature orchestration of conceptualism, landscape and habitation.

Out of the Woods, Into the Sea

Oakland designer Jacob May handcrafts his End-Grain butcher blocks of walnut or white oak while traditional dip-dyeing techniques inspired John Robshaw’s new “Indigo” wall pieces.

Interior Designer Eche Martinez Brings Ethereal Elegance to a Modern SoMa Space

Stepping into the foyer of what one anticipates will be a streamlined white space in a San Francisco high-rise, a violet cowhide runner is the first element that defies expectations. As it leads past a silver-leafed powder room and into a living room with a magenta Art Deco–style armchair and a lilac Donghia sofa, it becomes evident that this will not be your typical “white box.” For interior designer Eche Martinez, the mission was instead to create a suprisingly spirited residence.

Rising Design Star Lauren Geremia Designs a Woodsy Nest in Hillsborough for a Bi-Coastal Couple

Lacing recycled tree bark across the dining room wall and placing a live-edge redwood table at its center, Lauren Geremia claimed the interior of this Hillsborough home for nature. With this arboreal gesture, the designer set the stage for a house that would embody the Bay Area’s indoor/outdoor sensibility for its bicoastal owners who, charmingly, travel with their pet birds.

Andrea Cochran Coaxes the Grounds of an Atherton Property into a Sublime Formal Garden

There’s a historical complexity that underlies Andrea Cochran’s cool modernism. “When I was in my twenties, I toured the Villa Giulia outside of Rome,” says Cochran, “and the principles of its Renaissance garden—beauty derived from order; visual enticements guiding the eye from one space to another; discovery; the notion of surprise—have been foundational to the work I’ve done ever since.”

Grant Marani of Robert A.M. Stern Designs an Intimate Sonoma Hilltop Retreat

On the hilltop, the couple envisioned a writer’s retreat and a place for al-fresco entertaining, which they named the Ahwahnee after the legendary National Park Service lodge in Yosemite, a favorite of theirs. For inspiration, we drew on the work of California architects Bernard Maybeck and William Wurster, and the vernacular barn and shed buildings found throughout the region.

SFC&G Launch Event

On March 31, SFC&G celebrated with an exclusive launch event hosted at the spectacular Battery penthouse. More than 350 designers, architects, creatives and bon vivants gathered in the Ken Fulk-designed space to fete the magazine and the fabulous work of the Bay Area design community.

SFMOMA Director's Circle Dinner

On March 20, the 28th annual SFMOMA Director's Circle hosted MacArthur Genius Award-Winning artist Mark Bradford, whose self-titled retrospective was presented at the museum in 2012. The evening included a presentation by the painter and remarks by SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. Gathering in the evening's vibrant spring setting were leading patrons including Bob and Anne Fisher, Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund, Nancy Bechtle, Alka Agrawal and Christine Suppes.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Mid-Winter Gala

When the Ferragamo joined the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in presenting the annual Mid Winter Gala, fashion took the foreground. On March 8, celebrity and VIP guests donned their finest in support of the de Young and the Legion of Honor, including Balthazar and Vanessa Getty, Camilla Belle and Katie Traina (all in head-to-toe Ferragamo), Marissa Mayer, Dylan Penn, Devon Aoki and the stunning Dita Von Teese.