Archive for March, 2011

March 30, 2011

Passport to 3: Discover the Hidden Treasures on the Showplace 3rd Floor


SFDC Showplace, 3rd Floor
Thursday, May 5, 2011
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
The 3rd floor of the Showplace is a montage of design, and a wealth of resources!

You are invited to join the 3rd floor for a special day to Entertain, Educate and Enlighten – It’s your Passport to the Treasures on 3!
Discover new and exciting designs as you explore the showrooms throughout the day.

Begin your passport adventure at any one of the 3rd floor showrooms. They have new inventory to be seen, guest speakers to be heard and information to be shared.


10:00 AM–  Deborah Flate speaks on “How to Weave Social Media into your Interior Design Business”.  DWM Interiors, Inc.|Maloos, #349

1:00 PM– Peter Schultz, CEO of Richard Schultz Designs will introduce two new lines: Mateo and Fresh Air during “Let’s Get Some FRESH AIR”.  Dunkirk, #380/370 

Please RSVP for the speaking engagements and Stay for the festive Cinco de Mayo celebration at 4:00pm.  RSVP to jcofod@henredon.comRaffle prizes and discount coupons will be awarded to Passport participants!


March 29, 2011

New at De Sousa Hughes


De Sousa Hughes
Showplace #299/280/220

Step into the De Sousa Hughes showroom at the San Francisco Design Center and feast your eyes on the fresh new Rosemary Hallgarten Printed Textile collection. 

View beautiful new printed fabrics, pillows, throws and rugs.

Rosemary Hallgarten, Inc. specializes in hand-made rugs, pillows, throws and fabric. Devoted to the “Experience of Texture,” Rosemary works with the most luxurious fibers in the world, including alpaca, cashmere, wool, silk, cactus, nettle and hemp. Each product resonates with a sense of place and craftsmanship imbued by the artisans who makes it. The overall result is a series of collections that combine an ancient artisanal craft with a contemporary aesthetic.

March 28, 2011

Matthew Boulton: Manufacturer of “What All the World Desires to Have.”


American Decorative Arts Forum
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
7:15 – 8:00 PM
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
Admission :  $10 SFDC Members and  $15 Non Members

Colonial Williamsburg’s Dr. Janine Skerry presents an illustrated lecture on England’s Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), who in the late 18th century was as famous as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckenberg. 

At age 17, he perfected inlaying enameling on buckles, the first of many acclaimed technological and entrepreneurial innovations. Another venture, with Ami Argand, produced a new type of lamp that gave brighter light without offensive smoke and smell.  American customers for these attractive lamps included George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. 

Other innovations included toy making, manufacturing fused silver plate (Sheffield plate), dramatically increasing the output and efficiency, and a joint venture with James Watt, of the steam engine fame, which fundamentally changed factories and mining.

For more information please visit

March 25, 2011

Get in on Design Center Search


Explore thousands of textiles, furnishings, and more with Design Center Search’s comprehensive product search on

This exciting service for our showrooms and designers was developed by Michael Bruno, creator of and combines the power of the Internet with America’s leading design center and shelter publications.

The state-of-the-art system allows manufacturers to upload their product information and share it with all of their participating showrooms and designers visiting the SFDC website in real time!

Pictured:  Alice Mirrored Chest – De Sousa Hughes, SFDC Showplace #299/280/220

March 24, 2011

A Taste of Tequila and Tamales by the Bay


Sunday, April 17, 2011
12 noon – 4:30 pm.
San Francisco Design Center

Galleria Atrium

Sample tamales and hand-crafted artisanal tequilas. Watch mixologists compete in our signature cocktail competition, Tequila Rocks! Join this fun filled afternoon benefit event for Benchmark Institute. 

$45 in advance; $50 at the door.
Contact: Marta Mora 415-695-9296 


March 23, 2011

Meet & Greet Tea at Duralee


Join Duralee on March 31st at 2:00 PM in their showroom for a Meet and Greet with Duncan Clarke, co-owner of Clarke & Clarke.  He will personally introduce the UK Clarke & Clarke brand as well as the newest introductions of fabrics and wallcoverings for the US. 

Light tea and Petits Fours to follow.  Duralee is located it the SFDC Galleria #100.

Please RSVP to or 415.861.8111 by March 29th.

March 22, 2011

French Curves


DWM Interiors, Inc.|Maloos
Showplace # 349

The inspiration behind this design is modern lines with some reference to the past being French curves (inspired by traditional and provincial  French furniture).  

This is consistent with Maloos’ philosophy; which is modern furniture with history. The Ribbon Sapele’ also available in other wood finishes and painted finishes as well as custom finishes. 

Visit DWM and enlighten your senses with one of a kind designs and colors that pop. 

March 21, 2011

Kravet Introduces Couture Collection: Modern Colors


Galleria #120

Kravet has announced the introduction of a new collection from its upscale line of couture quality fabrics. The collection, called Modern Colors, is made up of bold, sophisticated fabrics with a modern twist.

Available in a range of bright, fresh colors and patterns, these fabrics are perfect for any interior décor style. The collection mixes embroidery, silks, velvets, leathers, linens and textures in modern hues of purple, aqua, chartreuse and coral.

Kravet Couture fabrics, inspired by the designs and styles of the haute couture fashion houses, translate the world’s most luxurious fabrics and textures into upholstery, drapery, bed coverings, accessories, pillows, headboards and more.

The Modern Colors collection is the latest example of the quality and craftsmanship of Kravet Couture fabrics. The collection is now available in Kravet showrooms across the country.

March 17, 2011

Designers’ Wednesday Begins


Join us for SFDC’s ninth annual Designers’ Wednesday lunch-and-seminar series for the design professional.

Make Wednesday your day to grow as a designer – and grow your business. Participate in seven informative, high-value seminars that include a catered lunch and the company of your peers. This year’s program offers fresh perspectives on everything from illumination and green design to website strategies and charging for your services.

Arrive early and explore our showrooms for inspiration on exceptionally designed spaces. Arrive by 10 AM and your parking is free! (Offer available only to pre-registered attendees,  Simply give your name to the parking attendant in the Galleria lot.  No in/out privileges.)

Many thanks the showrooms that are hosting this year’s seminars: A. Rudin, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, De Sousa Hughes, Henredon, Loggia and Wroolie & Company.

We invite you to make Wednesday at SFDC your day for education, insight and inspiration.

View the  schedule of seminars, here.

March 17, 2011

Go Green at the SFDC this St. Paddy’s Day


Wearing your favorite green t-shirt with clovers all over wasn’t exactly what we had in mind.  What we mean is…..drum roll please….. designers can get their green on by shopping for eco-friendly product at the SFDC!

Not to sound like the green gestapo, but we think, we know the greener the better.   So before tonight’s celebration begins, come on in and thank St. P that these SFDC showrooms carry sustainable product:

Palecek, Galleria 340 Summit Furniture, Galleria 122 Witford, Galleria348 Shears & Window, Galleria 256 Dekayu, Showplace 325 ABC Decorative Rugs, Garden Court 1 HA Alexander’s Decorative Rugs, Galleria 217 GaulSearson, Ltd., 300 Endless Knot Rug Company, ShowplacE 409 Modern Fever, Galleria 442 Pasargad Rug Company, Showplace 464  Urban Mercantile, Showplace 140 Ys France, Showplace 1150 


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