Archive for January, 2011

January 27, 2011

SFDC – There’s an App for that


We are excited to announce our very own event App!  Debuting with Design San Francisco 2011. MagToGo creates one mobile app, combining events and ongoing communications like magazines, newsletters, social media, and RSS feeds, thus providing us with an awesome mobile channel. 

Their Touchpoint technology provides standard conference/event materials and a rich set of interactive tools to allow speakers and attendees to engage each other. 

  • App covers all conference logistics: maps showing locations of meetings, designers and the local area (including restaurant call-outs), schedules, speaker bios, designer information
  • Speakers may use the app to survey their audience “in the moment” and directly provide you with notes or copies of their presentation instead of handouts.

Their focus is building “native” apps on multiple platforms which means no Internet connection is necessary to view the content once downloaded to the device.  In addition to the native apps on iPhone, Blackberry, and Android (coming soon), the content is available to any smartphone with a browser via the web client which is included. 

Get excited designers – we sure are!

January 26, 2011

PierceMartin by Palecek Announces SF Debut


Galleria #340

The debut of PierceMartin by Palecek, a designer resource renowned for classic woven furniture and accessories, will be at Design San Francisco February 2-4, 2011 in Palecek’s San Francisco Design Center showroom, Galleria Suite 340. Palecek acquired the high-end designer resource in late 2010. PierceMartin by Palecek will be available exclusively to the trade in select Designer Trade Showrooms around the country as well as in Palecek showrooms in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Los Angeles. PierceMartin by Palecek will not be available in retail environments and will be strictly “To the Trade” only. Specific details on future showroom openings of PierceMartin by Palecek will be announced soon.

January 26, 2011

Color Certification Course for Interior Designers | IDCEC #5704 – 8 CEU Hours


Thursday, March 3
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, March 4
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Build upon your professional design experience forming a solid expertise in color with a two-day interactive and information packed course. Uncover why the color schemes you intuitively choose work and discover aspects of color that reach far beyond its aesthetic appeal. For more info:

Earn 8 CEU hours accredited by NKBA, ASID, IIDA, IDEC and IDC IDCEC Course #5704

Pre-register by Feb 18th – $997
After Feb 18th or on-site – $1,097

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Kiki Titterud at kiki@colorforyourhome or 612.242.4571

January 26, 2011

Florence Broadhurst Rugs Collection Launch Party


Wednesday, February 2
1:30 – 5:00 PM
Alexander’s Rug Gallery
Galleria #217

Please join Richard Habib and David Mast Design for the Florence Broadhurst Rugs Collection Launch Party.

View one of the rarest and largest Afghan “War” rugs known in the US actually available for purchase for $1,000,000. 

Designer David Mast truly exudes his passion for aesthetics and living.  Gifted in the ability to understand his Clients’ needs and desires he is able to create a masterpiece of visual living.

David grew up on the plains of Canada with a deep sense of appreciation for nature, movement, color and light.  He understands the changing seasons with all their beauty and is able to incorporate that understanding into his work.  David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in European History from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), and has been living in San Francisco since 1992.  Although he started off in the financial services industry, prior to following his design passion, this experience greatly assisted him in understanding the financial complexities of project budgeting.  While working as a financial planner, he attended UC Berkeley Design School where he realized his true talent for Interior and Landscape Design.  Not only do clients continue to be astonished at the beauty of the work David produces, but also by the excitement and joy they experience in working with him.  David is praised for his ability to assess a vast variety of spaces, residential or commercial, old or new, and transform them into spaces where their potential for beauty and comfort is maximized. 

Richard Habib – Noted Lecturer, Author, Consultant, Certified Rug Appraiser and Founder of Alexander’s Rugs & Carpets will be available to anser all of your questions.

Please join for an afternoon of Martinis and Mediterranean fare.  RSVP to or call 415.626.8430

January 17, 2011

Live with Jeff Lewis


A conversation with the Star of Flipping Out, Bravo’s Hit Docu-Series
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
10:00 – 11:00 am
Galleria Atrium

“Idiosyncratic,” “obsessive-compulsive” and “controlling” are just a few of the descriptions applied to Jeff Lewis, the ever-popular star of Bravo TV’s Flipping Out, now in its fourth season. But there can be no doubt of the considerable design talent and business skill of this flipper-turned-designer who commands national attention and the patronage of residential and commercial clients throughout the U. S.

 Jeff’s popularity continues to grow. He was tapped by House Beautiful to design their 2010 Kitchen of the Year. His television audience is increasing by leaps and bounds. And his legions of devoted fans include upscale acolytes, real estate professionals, and interior designers. 

In a Charlie Rose-type conversation with skilled interviewer Alf Nucifora, Chairman of The Luxury Marketing Council, Jeff will discuss his current work in interior design, his past and current real estate development ventures and the behind-the-scenes machinations of his dysfunctional “household,” housekeeper and pets included. Never one to hold back, Jeff will respond to probing questions with the candor, passion and fearlessness that are the hallmarks of both his personality and design philosophy. Audience questions and participation are highly encouraged.

January 17, 2011

CH+D Awards Gala


Wednesday, February 2
5:30 – 8:00 pm
Galleria Atrium

The 2011 CH+D Awards is the annual celebration of designers and architects from around the state.  Ten designs are selected by a blind jury from nearly 150 entries, the winning projects will be announced in an award ceremony and published in the January/February 2011 issue of California Home + Design.

January 17, 2011

Design San Francisco Keynote Presentations


Keynote Presentaion
Thursday, February 3
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Galleria Atrium

What does it really mean to be green in the interior design industry today? Is it green, for example, to purchase a product that is sustainably harvested halfway around the world even though it requires the use of fuel-guzzling ships and trucks to reach its final destination? Or, would it be greener to work with a local manufacturer? Sharing their perspectives on green design are Barry Dixon, Randall Whitehead and Alexander Julian, active members and DESIGNINGreen Leaders for the Sustainable Furnishings Association; and Susan Inglis, Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Association. Moderated by Pamela Jaccarino, Editor-in-Chief, Luxe Magazine.

a  panel of online pros tell how it’s done
Friday, February 4
10:00 – 11:00 am
Galleria Atrium

 Like it or not, the glory days of traditional marketing have given way to the website, internet marketing and social media.  Not even the protected world of interior design, with its ink-on-paper design traditionalists, is immune. In this compelling presentation,a panel of out-in-front, experienced, online marketers provide insight, answers and strategies for the rapidly evolving landscape of online marketing as it applies to the interior designer, showroom and client. In this program you will learn:

• Which online marekters are succeeding and how they are doing it
• How the availability of online information is affecting your clients’ buying behavior
• What are the “must-have” online marketing tools for the interior designer
• How online technology is altering the traditional relationship between designer and client and how the web can actually nurture client relationships.
Featuring, Jennifer Keegan, DMM, Home at Gilt Groupe, Alison Stiefel, VP of ecommerce, Gump’s, Shane Reilly, Founder of and moderated by Alf Nucifora, CEO, Luxury Marketing Council.
January 17, 2011

Jeffrey Alan Marks for A. Rudin


Galleria Suite #303

Furniture for a “tailored beach house” is how Jeffrey Alan Marks describes the 7 new pieces he designed for A. Rudin. Designed to work together – a banquette and dining chair, a barstool, a lounge chair, sofa and a tete a tete, they combine stylish ease with the comfort and craft A. Rudin is known for. Pictured here is the tete a tete – perfect for a relaxed beach house great room or a New York loft.

January 17, 2011

“Aimee” is in Bloom


Sloan Miyasato
Showplace Suite #212

Evoking an impressionist painting, “Aimee” is a highlight of the “Essenza” Collection from Creation Baumann’s Living Line.

Aimee features beautiful hand painted garden blooms on a sheer and shimmering fabric. Hanging overlapping layers creates delicate, flowing effects. Aimee is available as shown

January 17, 2011

Leather Fur Rugs at Edelman Leather


Edelman Leather
Galleria #308

We tan leather. This time the leather is the hide of a cow with the fur (hair) left on. This breed of cow is without the big spotted circles as on most cow hides. These are all over beige/grey/brown/black… and when tanned in the “fur on” process, cut into rectangles and sewn together in an old HERRINGBONE pattern (Spina da Pesce), they become alive, important, dynamic. 

The natural colors of the cow have perhaps six shades of grey/taupe and, when cut into rectangles and sewn, the highlights of each color play with each other and you get a most dramatic effect.  The pattern, a Trompe L’oeil, makes the floor seem to lift.

The pattern looks like the Chrysler Building in New York. The rug is architectural and inspiring and soft under foot. This is Edelman at their best.

Image: Cavallini in the Wild, Coyote
Pattern: Herringbone

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