Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Rue Issue 5 Launch Party!


Come celebrate the May/June issue of Rue Magazine with Gilt City!  WHERE: McGuire Furniture Company in the Showplace #233, WHEN: June 2 at 6:30 pm, WHY: because you love Rue/McGuire/Gilt and partying!

Enjoy an evening of drinks, hor d’oeuvres and live entertainment. 

Please RSVP to Pamela at


                                        Rue Believes…..

  • That every color can be your favorite color.
  • That great taste comes in many forms: the fringe of a carpet, the pull of a drawer, the lines of a sofa, the curve of a smile.
  • That a good can of paint atones for a multitude of sins.
  • That friendship can be forged across continents by only a kind word and a shared lust for leopard print pillows.
  • That a glass of pink champagne really does a party make.
  • That everyone has the talent and drive to design their most beautiful life–we all just need a little nudge in the right direction.
  • That inspiration is everywhere.


May 27, 2011

Kravet Contract Now Offers Guaranteed In Stock Crypton Fabrics


Kravet Inc
SFDC Galleria, #120

Kravet Contract has added a selection of Crypton fabrics to its Guaranteed in Stock program. Available in bright modern colors and contemporary patterns, these eco-friendly performance fabrics now come with in-stock and delivery guarantees to make ordering easier than ever.

The addition of Crypton product means that more than 145 durable, high performance fabrics are now guaranteed in stock, reducing the typical lead time on Crypton fabric for ordering convenience. Fabrics holding this guarantee ship within 24 hours from order placement, among other advantages. Kravet is the first to guarantee stock for a comprehensive collection of Crypton fabrics. The collection is available in three color groupings, and range in style from on-trend ethnic styles to clean bright patterns, all exclusively developed by Kravet Contract.

Crypton is made with an eco-friendly process engineered to deliver stain, moisture, mildew, bacteria and odor resistance with a patented, integrated barrier. It is antimicrobial, disinfectable and extremely easy to clean, making it ideal for hospitality, health care, offices and other contract applications.

The Kravet Guaranteed in Stock program is an extension of Kravet’s commitment to service and pledge to offer the widest range of high quality products in the most convenient way to its customers. Visit for full details.

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May 26, 2011



You are invited to participate in DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN San Francisco on November 16 and 17 at SFDC’s Galleria.

Your support is urgently needed to continue to provide funding for HIV/AIDS care in San Francisco.  As you know, our design community has been deeply, deeply affected by the now 30-year epidemic.  And while medical advances are allowing people to live longer and healthier lives now, that good news translates to greater demand on the health care system. That is why we continue to produce this event to support the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital, which cares for the more than 3,200 people who have no private insurance.

Two nights of DINING BY DESIGN fun give both designers and table hosts great exposure and benefits: 

  • TABLE-HOP & TASTE, Wednesday, Nov. 16

 A dazzling preview party where guests stroll through the Galleria to see the creative table environments while enjoying wines or cocktails paired with tastes from the Bay Area’s top restaurants and gourmet food purveyors, and an exciting Silent Auction.

  • DINING BY DESIGN Gala, Thursday, Nov. 17

A spectacular cocktail reception followed by a sumptuous dinner seated at one of the stylish tables.  Bid for spectacular luxury items and unique experiences at our tantalizing Silent Auction. 

In today’s economic climate, collaborations are urged with suppliers, vendors and friends to make the table design process affordable for everyone.

for details about the event and options for becoming involved in this one-of-a-kind celebration of creativity to raise money for HIV/AIDS care in San Francisco, please contact:

Randy Shields
Chair, Steering Committee
415-252-7685 or


May 24, 2011

Luxury Just Became More Affordable…..


Josephine Homes
SFDC Showplace #401/490

Josephine Homes‘ Summer Sale is going on now! 
Josephine Homes is the direct importer and distributor of distinctive and inspiring hand-crafted European design collections. The hallmark of Josephine Homes is its unparalleled quality and full customization services. Their exquisite Italian furniture, lighting and accessories collections are Hand-Made in Italy.

In addition to the rich product line, they offer full customization services that meet your personal needs and desires, allowing you to create a style that is truly yours alone.

Their elegant products are housed in some of the finest palaces and estates around the world. What is most striking about Josephine Homes’ collection is the symbolic value that these works of art can attribute to any room by creating a perfect harmony.  A large inventory of in-stock items is always available to fulfill your immediate needs.

Call 415-252-0959 to set up an appointment.
May 23, 2011

Mark Newman’s Sophisticated En Suite Bath


Christopher Stark Photography

Mark Newman’s En Suite Bath is just one of the many reasons to make a trip to this year’s SF Decorator Showcase.  Mark, always one for calming and sophisticated spaces stayed true to his signature style. 

The En Suite Bath incorporates unique materials and textures that invite touch. Venetian plaster with a stenciled leaf pattern sets the scene for other intriguing elements to shine; hand carved limestone provides the leaf motif in the shower, and the custom vanity with hand finished teak surfacing gleams jewel-like.  A custom designed mirror, along with superb polished nickel fittings and accessories provide the finishing touches. 

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is open through Memorial Day at 2950 Vallejo Street (between Lyon and Baker).


May 20, 2011

Lee Jofa Announces Hollyhock II by Suzanne Rheinstein


Lee Jofa
SFDC Galleria #490

Top to bottom: Indian Zag in Paprika 2010136-9, Indian Zag in Honey 2010136-44, Indian Zag in Bark 2010136-6, Indian Zag in Lake 2010136-15, Indian Zag in Indigo 2010136-50

The latest collection from Suzanne Rheinstein for Lee Jofa, called Hollyhock II, is comprised of beautiful prints, weaves and embroideries inspired by antique textiles in Rheinstein’s own collection. Refined silk, mohair, linen and cotton provide the perfect foundation for her modern interpretation of centuries-old designs from around the world.

Combined with her signature palette of blues, greens and neutrals, this collection features soft grays, yellows and lavenders which are new to her color repertoire.

May 19, 2011

Jeff Greenwald: Travel Speaker, Author and Perfomer Comes to the SFDC


Location: Modern Fever
SFDC Galleria, Suite #442
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Time: 5:15 – 7:00pm  

Jeff divides his time between California and Asia, publishing stories and essays in a variety of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside and In addition he has prepared exhibits, lectures and educational programs for the San Francisco Exploratorium, the University of California, the Body Shop International, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

As author of five of books, he will share his best stories with us and describe how some of his most horrendous travel experiences have been transformed into essential life lessons.

ASID is offering this event to the design community and friends without charge thanks to host, Modern Fever. Please RSVP to ASID Office: or by calling (415) 626-2743.

May 18, 2011

You are Invited to Conde House


Conde House
SFDC Showplace #291
June 1
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Conde House at the San Francisco Design Center sets the perfect stage for the stunning work of two local artists: the luscious black and white archival prints of Marilynne Morshead and the sumptuous and colorful pigment paintings of Tobias Tovera.  

Please join Conde House for an afternoon reception following the June 1st Designers’ Wednesday seminar to celebrate the synthesis of exquisitely crafted Japanese furniture and intensely beautiful art.

Light wine and appetizers will be served and the artists will be on hand to talk about their work. 

May 17, 2011

How to Always Make a Profit


Designers’ Wednesday
Wednesday, June 1
12:00 – 2:00 PM

.1 CEU                                                       
Wroolie & Company, Galleria 235

Given the economic environment of decreased business and increased competition, business owners are wondering how they can still make a profit.  There is a way – and business consultant Vicki Suiter will show you how.  Over the past 20 years she has helped hundreds of designers and contractors implement strategies and practices that result in stronger profits and cash flows and have allowed them to weather downturns in the economy without losing stride. Vicki will show you her proven methods you can employ right now to positively affect your bottom line. Discover how to not only survive but thrive, no matter what the economy is doing!  Click here to register or call 415.490.5882.

May 16, 2011

Beryn’s Tips and Tricks


Tech savvy propeller cap twirler, Beryn Hammil generously shares with the design community more useful tips and tricks for your iPhone, iPad or iPod device….away we go!

Over the past several months, as my friends have been getting iPads, I’ve sat and taught them some nifty tips and tricks to make using this amazing device easier and the process more efficient. Unfortunately, I can’t sit with each and every one of you, so this blog will just have to do. 

Most of these same tips and tricks work on the iPhone (3Gs and 4) as well as the iPod Touch (3rd and 4th generations only).  In no particular order of preference, here are some of my favorites. Read more…

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