Archive for July, 2011

July 29, 2011

Sina Pearson Honors Scandinavian Modernism with New Collection


Enid Ford Atelier
SFDC Galleria #130

Sina Pearson, award-winning textile designer/manufacturer, introduces the Scandinavian Modern collection of upholstery fabrics for Fall 2011. An homage to her Swedish heritage, the series offers three complementary patterns in a total of 32 colorways that celebrate that iconic midcentury style, while featuring up-to-the-minute high performance properties. Ideal for contract, hospitality, healthcare, residential and public spaces, Scandinavian Modern is available to design professionals nationwide, Canada and Asia.

Ms. Pearson fondly recalls the modern Scandinavian furnishings in her Pacific Northwest childhood home. Purchased in 1963 by her parents on a visit to the “old country,” the bookcases, dining buffet, teak chairs and upholstery fabrics “still look timeless today,” she says. Her new collection is inspired by the period’s textural, straightforward handwoven fabrics (the Villa pattern), and simple, bold geometric motifs (the Cut Circles pattern).

Three coordinating patterns in a total of 32 colorways, Sina created a flexible color palette, simultaneously lively and earthy, to best flatter natural wood furniture. Designers have a wealth of color options ranging from vibrant warm tones (topaz meets paprika) to naturals (copper, river rock, driftwood) and quiet neutrals (wheat, stone). Villa is a visually textured tone-on-tone pattern in a fine scale weave. Cut Circles‘ playful half-moons were developed by slicing paper dots in half and arranging them randomly; it offers graphic interest in an easy-to-use scale.

Visit Enid Ford Atelier in the SFDC Galleria #130 and take a look for yourself!

July 28, 2011

New Pattern at Pindler & Pindler


Pindler & Pindler
SFDC Galleria #200

Pindler & Pindler is pleased to introduce a new Signature Exclusive upholstery chenille damask pattern. Pattern 2670/Loudon is a beautifully opulent medallion framed damask with rayon chenille in the fill, creating a beautiful ombre effect in the figure.

The textural background accents the chenille, with slightly different tonal ground areas in the center of the medallions. Woven in a rayon and polyester blend, Loudon is offered in six color ways. 

To view this lovely new pattern please visit the Pindler & Pindler showroom located in the SFDC Galleria, Suite 200.

July 27, 2011

Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India


Tuesday, August 2, 2011
8:00 PM; Mini-exhibit at 7:15 PM from private collections (Middle Eastern objects and images)
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
$10 for SFDC and ADAF Members
$15 for non-members

During his travels, de Forest learned about the late 19th century East Indian Craft Revival, a movement supported by British proponents of the Arts and Crafts movement as well as the Raj, the British colonial government in India. John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911), director of the art school in Lahore (as well as Rudyard Kipling’s father), helped Lockwood de Forest develop an appreciation for Indian artistry.  De Forest’s impressive roster of clients included Andrew Carnegie, Potter Palmer and Mark Twain.

De Forest changed his focus to marketing the Indian style, showcasing highly skilled wood carvers of Ahmedabad.  He successfully combined his appreciation of Indian handicrafts with entrepreneurship.  When the fad for Indian style waned, de Forest returned to painting in 1908.  However, he continued to design Indianate homes, of which the most notable is the 1919 dean’s residence at Bryn Mawr College.  De Forest spent his winters in Santa Barbara, and moved there in 1922.

Lecturer:  Dr. Mayer combines a scientific and artistic background.  She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree, both from Rutgers, in engineering and science followed by a bachelor’s in art history, also from Rutgers. The University of  Delaware awarded her a master’s degree and doctorate in art history.  Dr. Mayer is the author of Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India(2008) and was named the 2010 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.

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July 26, 2011

Fabulous Savings! Up to 60% OFF During the Ebanista Upholstery Event


SFDC Galleria, #425

Chelsea Tufted Sofa

Come into Ebanista today and save big during the Ebanista Upholstery Event!  For two weeks only, shop the fabulous sale and receive up to 60% off!

Ebanista is a tribute to highly sophisticated taste…“a complexity and warmth that are seldom seen together…contrasting characters that complement one another…the nobility and beauty of the finer materials…the dedication, patience, and pride of craftsmanship…antiquity, patina, and old world techniques…graceful lines…sensitivity to proportion and pedigreed details,” Melinda continues.

Ebanista’s unique interpretation of European classics encompasses an extensive collection of furniture and custom upholstery, textiles, rugs, pillows, mirrors, oil paintings, rock-crystal chandeliers, lamps, silver, bronzes, ceramics – all characterized by a distinctive quality and an appreciative value.

View the catalog here.

July 25, 2011



Edelman Leather
SFDC Galleria #308

Purple Sunset

We call her HIPPIE COW!  A fresh, fun and flirty way to uplift the mood in any space or room.  HIPPIE COW is a tie dyed hair-on hide reminding us all of the imminent freedom of which we have the luxury to design with. 

Her hair is long and natural.  Never will one rug look like another, oh the beauty of truly being free!

“Purple Sunset” and “Wild Strawberry” make us smile, perhaps bringing a child-like innocence back.  “The Man Grey” with its hints of blues, coloring an environment outside the box .

Chic, fun, flirty, simply happy.

Hop in that VW, put on some Joplin tunes and drive over to Edelman Leather and shop the HIPPIE COW collection today!  Peace, man.

July 22, 2011

Art for AIDS Celebrates 15th Anniversary Supporting UCSF AIDS Health Project


Art for AIDS
September 23
6:00 – 9:00 PM
SFDC Galleria
101 Henry Adams Street

The UCSF AIDS Health Project has announced the 15th annual Art for AIDS auction! More than 700 supporters are expected to converge in The SFDC Galleria to celebrate Art for AIDS 2011, benefiting the UCSF AIDS Health Project.

This year, “Phantom of the Opera” star, and donating artist Franc D’Ambrosio will open the event with a special performance. Unifying emerging and established artists, galleries and collectors, Art for AIDS is San Francisco’s premier art auction, bringing the Bay Area art community together to support Bay Area residents living with HIV/AIDS.

Art for AIDS originated 15 years ago when several local artists got together in a Noe Valley kitchen and decided to sell their art to help friends living with HIV/AIDS. Over the years, Art for AIDS has grown, attracting renowned artists such as Ryan Reynolds, Annie Leibowitz, Jock Sturges, Pamela Derhnam, Rex Ray and Ross Bleckner, along with works from prominent Bay Area galleries and collectors.

For ticket information, go here.

July 21, 2011

Ebanista Launches Cocktail Table Collection


SFDC Galleria #425

Exciting news!  Ebanista has just launched their new cocktail table collection. To the left is a sneak preview of one of the new seven styles to come!

“The Montaigne”- Intricate hand carved base in antiqued 23K yellow gold finish with Pierre Brun limestone top is exclusively designed and made by Ebanista.

Ebanista is known for luxury and sophistication. The collection has an elegant but comfortable quality – where impeccably antiqued rugs are perfectly at home with haute rock-crystal chandeliers. Where a Spanish Colonial barqueno is back-dropped by a grandly-scaled Italian landscape. Where on a crisp white linen sette sits an 18th century tapestry pillow. Styles, eras and heritages are layered and mixed with expertly orchestrated ease.

View more here.

July 20, 2011

MacQueen Home Now Open in the Showplace


September 15, 2011
1:00 – 5:00 PM
MacQueen Home
SFDC Showplace #408

“What happened to Century Furniture and Lexington Home Brands at the SFDC?”  The mystery is solved!  You can now shop for Century and Lexington products at the stylish new MacQueen Home. Designers will find a plethora of furnishings by both of these well-loved, residential manufacturers.

In addition, you’ll find complimenting accessories, to complete your look.  MacQueen Home is now your home for all things Century and Lexington! On September 15, you are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration & Reception.  Meet and greet, browse, mix and mingle with new and old friends!

Stop in and shop one of the newest showrooms to hit the SFDC! 

July 19, 2011

GREENleaders: Certified Sustainability Training by the Sustainable Furnishings Council (.2 CEU)


Designers’ Wednesday
GREENleaders: Certified Sustainability Training by the Sustainable Furnishings Council (Modules 1 & 2)
Wednesday, August 3
12:00 – 2:00 PM
.2 CEU  
Loggia, SFDC Galleria #430

Two modules of the most comprehensive training program available in green home furnishings are going to be made available as part of this Designers’ Wednesday.  The full training provides designers with the credentials to become experts in sustainability. 

For certification, the remaining modules will be available online for an additional $260.  The online course allows you to log in to the course website, review individual course units, and take the unit exams at times of your choosing.  It provides the flexibility that you need to be able to fit the training into your busy schedule.    

Modules 1 & 2 covers sustainability and knowing green consumers.  Modules 3 – 6 cover sourcing green products, selling green solutions, designing green interiors The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a non-profit balanced coalition of industry players founded at High Point, NC in October 2006 to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike.

To Register, go here.

The seminar is $35 for SFDC members; $45 for non-members and includes lunch.  Arrive at the SFDC before 10:00 AM and receive free parking in the Galleria lot.  To complete your certification and .6 CEUs, online courses will be required post Designers’ Wednesday and include an additional fee.  For more information, go here.

July 18, 2011

Inventory Reduction at Jalili International


Jalili International Inc.
SFDC Galleria #355

Hurry in to Jalili’s first inventory reduction sale in their 31 years at the San Francisco Design Center! From magnificent oversize palace carpets to highly decorative small rugs, Jalili’s extensive and unique collection consists of antique, semi-antique and contemporary rugs.

Jalili also carries tapestries and flat weaves of exceptional quality and beauty.  Their expertise and knowledge has been developed and perfected over four generations of continued business, and your complete satisfaction is guaranteed.   

Jalili also provides the following services:

Informative expert consultation, oriental rug appraisals for insurance or estate planning purposes,  pickup and delivery, pH balanced handwash and air drying, special rug pads cut to size and museum quality restoration and repair.   Go here to see more.

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