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Big Pagoda 415.296.8881
Retail Stores: Aug 27, 2006

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Big Pagoda offers a mix of home furnishings, accessories and antiques. Their collection has an Asian flair, exhibited through a minimalist simplicity of form and the use of lacquer work and Japanese styling. The Bento Chest combines traditional Asian sophistication with the modern need for multi-functional pieces. It’s available in many fun, bright finishes, has adjustable shelves and openings at the back for your cables and cords – perfect to conceal your stereo or dvd equipment from view!

Big Pagoda
+ 310 Sutter Street, SF CA
+ Tel: 415-296-8881

Dzine 415.674.9430
Retail Stores: Aug 27, 2006


Launched in 2004 by husband and wife team Eve and Cardenio Petrucci, DZINE rapidly established itself as the go-to place for elegant contemporary Italian furniture. Representing premier manufacturers – including Moroso, Agape, Driade – DZINE’s lavish 10,000 square foot showroom offers, not just a collection of products, rather a design vision, incorporating solutions for kitchen and bath, home furnishings and accessories. A little slice of Milano in San Francisco!


+ 128 Utah Street, SF CA 94103
+ Tel: 415-674-9430



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Godar Furniture 415.863.4775
Designers: Aug 27, 2006


Justin Godar’s irreverent Frame Chair is eye-catching to say the least. This chair is plays host to any image of your choice. With simple, clean, geometric lines, the Frame Chair is available in walnut, ash or vertical grain fir. Snap a picture, laminate it and slot it in for an instant one-of-a-kind piece.


San Francisco, California
tel. 415.863.4775

Studio Roeper 415.216.5714
Designers: Aug 8, 2006

“The Piano” by Studio Roeper is a dynamic play on repetition and difference. This gracefully crafted sleek bench almost hums us a tune. It incorporates a slew of woods, including wenge, maple, mahogany, white oak and canary wood – all charmingly fused together in this architectural delight.


San Francisco, California
tel. 415.216.5714

Octate 415.268.0772
Accessories: Aug 8, 2006

Octate’s glo-mesh candle-holders add instant atmosphere to summer-time outdoor dining. Made with a stainless steel mesh, they reflect an intriguing pattern of light when lit. Octate’s accessories are intended to stand the test of time - both in terms of materials and aesthetics. Their range includes aluminum salt and peppershakers and vases – all of which are dishwasher safe to boot!

San Francisco, California
tel. 415.268.0772
fax 415.920.8979

Mebel Furniture 415.379.8689
Designers: Jun 11, 2006

mebel_furniture_san_francis.jpgTwo brothers-in-law, Jacek Ostoya and Peter Brayshaw, started this slick, elegant wooden furniture line back in 2001. United by their common love of wood, they created such items as the K Pew, Lublin Pivot table and Lublin bench. The aesthetic - a refined minimalism - is enhanced by a desire to communicate the truth behind the materials in each piece. Using FSC certified materials wherever possible, they embrace the natural knots and sap discolorations of wood, which lends character and uniqueness to all items. An emphasis is also placed on duality of function. Pay attention and you will be thrilled to discover an unexpected storage space or cubbyhole in some of their pieces.

Their collection is available at Propeller.

701 3rd Avenue,
San Francisco, California
tel. 415.379.8689

Sens Furniture 415.554.0111
Retail Stores: Jun 11, 2006

sens_furniture_san_francisc.jpgLocated at the fringe of San Francisco’s design center, Sens Furniture designs home furnishings to be elegant and timeless. Their distinct style, characterized as “a unique blend of Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern” weaves together high craftsmanship and intricate detailing while never losing sight of functionality. All pieces are custom built and can be made to your desired specifications.

Sens’ furniture is available in Maple, Birch, Sycamore, Oak, Walnut, Wenge, Bamboo, Espresso stain and Black Lacquer.

246 Texas Street,
San Francisco, California
tel. 415.554.0111

Logue Studio Design 415.278.9900
Architects & Contractors: Dec 18, 2005

logue_design_noe_valley_2.jpgLogue Studio Design is an award-winning San Francisco design firm that specializes in contemporary residential, commercial and product design. Along with his studies in architecture at Columbia University in New York, principal Michael F.D. Logue studied design at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark as well as completing a yearlong program in Traditional Japanese Architecture at Kyoto University. That teaching, and the influence of those respective cultures, has inspired much of the studio’s work, including projects for Herman Miller, Ligne Roset and the DeYoung Art Center for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. One recent residential project, The Noe Valley Residence (right), creates a design vocabulary that links separate parts of the home using both Asian inspired and contemporary languages. Copper-clad cylindrical bays are connected by a series of bridges and rooftop terraces positioned to capture the home’s striking panoramic vistas. In addition the interior color scheme evolved from the rich and vibrant colors seen in traditional Pan Pacific design while referencing the natural environment.

Other noteworthy Logue Studio projects include the Los Gatos Residence and a dentist's office inspired by the art of Mark Rothko. See both after the jump.



156 SouthPark,
San Francisco, California
tel. 415.278.9900
fax 415.495.7869

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architectural elements 415.252.8370
Retail Stores: Dec 14, 2005

aemain.gifFounded in 2004, architectural elements has quickly become a destination for design fans. Located in the heart of the Mission, the store carries pieces from Derin, Moooi, FLOS, Periphere, Vitra, Citizen Citizen, and others. Unlike the other home stores in the area, which are all mid-century modern, architectural elements exclusively sells pure contemporary design. When asked why they chose such an odd location they'll say "because we believe that every interior should reflect the person inhibitating the space. No one completely lives in the present. We're paying homage to our past by promoting eclectic interiors."

+ architectural elements: 573 Valencia St.
+ tel: 415.252.8370

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dinor-table-sm.jpgTasha Welch is an industrial and furniture designer living and working in the city whose cool and polished pieces run the gamut from a range of bent steel vases, birch and acrylic tables, various floating shelves and - for the time being, just one - an especially innovative loveseat.

Tasha is originally from Valdez, Alaska, and moved to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art here. She has recently left Ruszel Woodworks to start her own firm; Studio Dinor's products are available at Den, Lounge, Friend and Swallowtail in San Francisco, Retro@Home and Lavezzo Designs in Emeryville, and Homework in Los Angeles.

+ Studio Dinor
+ t 415.218.4195

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Shoji Decor 877.746.5438
Retail Stores: Aug 9, 2005

shoji-lamp-sm.jpgSan Francisco-based Shoji Decr carry an enormous range of shoji and other paper lanterns - including a number of very nice (and very inexpensive) contemporary-styled floor and table lamps and shades. Some of their more uniquely-shaped lamps are an excellent (albeit less-sturdy) alternative to much higher-priced fixtures.

They also carry a line of shoji and fusuma papers, as well as shoji blinds and a few other types of items.

+ Shoji Decor: POB 320006, San Francisco Ca 94132
+ tel 415.242.6197 / 877.746.5438

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Jadora 415.346.2090
Retail Stores: Aug 4, 2005

jadora-shelf-sm.jpgWhile Alison Legge's Jadora has been building modern furniture (with a unique twist provided in part by Vietnam's French Colonial influence) since 2003, their first showroom - a 1700 square foot space on San Francisco's Union Street - just opened on July 26. With design and production offices located in Ho Chi Minh City, working with materials such as solid alder and willow (and walnut veneer) shipped from the US (as well as German hardware, Thai silk, and Italian textiles), Jadora is certainly an international brand. Their furniture, bedding, lamp, crystal and textile products are carried by a wide variety of retailers all over the world, including stores in the US, Panama, Puerto Rico, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic.

+ Jadora: 1774 Union St., San Francisco CA 94123
+ tel 415.346.2090

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San Francisco Architecture
Books & Magazines: Jul 19, 2005

sfa-book-sm.jpgI recently picked up a copy of Sally & John Woodbrodge's San Francisco Architecture: An Illustrated Guide to the Outstanding Buildings, Public Artworks, and Parks in the Bay Area of California, which is in a new, completely revised paperback edition. The book is more a catalog than a guidebook, with extensive information and photographs (over 600!) of a huge number of noteworthy and technically significant structures throughout the city. I grew up in the Bay Area and have spent a tremendous amount of time exploring the city on foot and bicycle and I was still amazed at how little I knew about its rich and varied architectural tradition.

The book covers new and old structures, including homes, commercial and even some industrial buildings, public art, parks and other engineered spaces. It's definitely a must-have for anyone interested in San Francisco architecture.

Adapt Design 415.640.0431
Designers: Jul 18, 2005

adapt-springchair-sm.jpgOakland-based Adapt Design use bent bamboo ply to construct an organic, curvy, sexy line of seating and low tables that fit just as well into a minimalist modern space as a richly colored and more ethnically-flavored room. Custom work, including a smooth and spare vanity and an innovatively-designed LP storage shelf system, show off the richness of their material of choice.

Adapt Design was awarded an OrganicAWARD in 2004 by OrganicARCHITECT, a green architecture firm and research group based in San Francisco.

+ Adapt Design: 5853 Virmar ave., Oakland Ca 94617
+ tel 415.640.0431

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Edge Modern Design Public 800.506.6541
Retail Stores: Jul 7, 2005

modernpublic-candela-sm.jpgOur friend Drew Sanocki notes that the good folks at Edge Modern are now known as Design Public. The same great lines of lighting, rugs, furniture, gifts, home accessories and baby goods are available, and they've added even more: a much-expanded line of Candela products (pictured: the 4-lamp set in "Madra" color scheme"), Angela Adams rugs in more than two dozen patterns, the very flexible furniture items in Blu Dot's modulicious storage system, Inhabit's Bloks ottoman (also in a huge range of colors and patterns), and lots of seating - such as Christopher Douglas' "Knock-Down Drag-Out" chair, "Ghost Antler" coat racks ... Well, you get the idea: they've got a huge range of items in stock, and a very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable staff.

+ Design Public: 300 Brannan St. #403
+ tel 800.506.6541

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Holly Hulburd Design, Inc. 415.440.0801
Architects & Contractors: Jun 17, 2005

hulburd-small-stairs.jpgHolly Green Hulburd's ten-person shop are primarily residential and commercial architects but have done a bit of work as interior, furniture and textile designers as well. Their intent is "that interiors should exist as a seamless extension of the architecture, sometimes blending into it, sometimes reacting to it, but always making the case for a spatial continuum." The best of the spaces they've designed play with dimension, scale, detail and minimal space in original and unexpected ways.

Hulburd's firm was established in San Francisco in 1983 and has worked with San Francisco contractors Ryan Associates (profiled here on MLSF) on at least one project.

+ Holly Hulburd Design: 375 Alabama St #240, San Francisco CA 94110
+ tel 415.440.0801
+ fax 415.440.0805

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Counter Production 510.843.6916
Architects & Contractors: Jun 10, 2005

cp-square-sm-175.jpgBerkeley's Counter Production are best known for their Vetrazzo countertops - a line of recycled glass slabs produced specifically for kitchen and bathroom. Recently on display in the Sunset Idea House, Vetrazzo products come in a huge range of colors, textures and sizes.

Counter Production has been supplying Vetrazzo and their other products to contractors, architects, designers and homeowners since 1996. They recently moved into the old Sunsweet Prune Processing Plant on Bancroft Way, and maintain a small showroom there, although they also sell through a number of nationwide retailers.

+ Counter Production: 710 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA 94710
+ tel 510.843.6916

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Sunset Breezehouse unveiled
Architects & Contractors: Jun 3, 2005

breezehouse-sm.jpgSunset Magazine's new model Breezehouse was unveiled just last month at Sunset's Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park. This new design - from Glidehouse architect Michelle Kaufmann - is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath 1,800 square foot modular home that is 'eco-oriented,' flexible in floorplan and full of light. A third 250 square-foot module can easily be added for a third bedroom, or used as a flexible free-standing pavilion (to be used as a study, guest bedroom, or pool house). Other larger versions are also available. The best part of the design, though, in my opinion at least, is the "breezespace" in the center, under an interestingly-shaped room.

The Breezehoust costs between $140 and $160 per square foor for factory construction, plus the cost of all work done on site - plumbing and electrical hookups, 'button-up' work, garages, decks, pools, landscaping, etc.

+ Michelle Kaufmann Designs: 102 4th Street, Sausalito CA 94965
+ tel 415.999.4122

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