Archive for October, 2011

October 31, 2011

Groundworks Introduces Ventana Collection


Lee Jofa
SFDC Galleria, #490

Groundworks introduces Ventana, its Fall 2011 collection. The unique Groundworks aesthetic, a focus on modern design and superb quality, provided the basis for this beautiful collection of embroideries, sheers and weaves. All of these exquisite works of art are offered in a subdued color range of neutrals: ivory, greige, taupe and charcoal accented by whisper soft shades of lavender and aqua.

‚ÄúGroundworks‚Äô new Ventana collection offers an extensive range of extraordinary textiles that can be used to create an entire room or to complement any design scheme,‚ÄĚ said Stephen Elrod, Executive Vice President and Creative Director at Lee Jofa. ‚ÄúThe innovative sheers can grace the windows, durable weaves can cover the furniture while the sophisticated embroideries and jacquard weaves can add the perfect finishing touch.‚ÄĚ

Anchored by a versatile color palette of neutrals, the fabrics in the Ventana Collection feature intricate details like pleating and hand crafted embroidery. Luxurious silks, cottons and linens are incorporated into lush velvets and beautiful jacquard weaves. Bold geometric patterns, pared-down floral and leaf designs, and subtle textures enhance the collection. These exclusive fabrics in a signature tranquil color palette make Ventana a textile collection not to be missed!

To view the full collection, visit or stop by Lee Jofa in the SFDC Galleria, #490.

October 28, 2011

DwellStudio for Robert Allen ‚Äď Global Modern Luxe


Robert Allen |Beacon Hill
SFDC Galleria  #218

Global Modern Luxe, Robert Allen’s second collaboration with design house DwellStudio, offers a whole new way of looking at the world. This assortment marries DwellStudio’s unique, midcentury-inflected point of view with familiar forms like suzanis, kubas and geometric tile work.

Antique motifs are brought to new life in bold colors, and tribal patterns are reinvented by experimenting with scale for a collection that’s rooted in tradition and very much of the moment.

Robert Allen leads the decorative fabric and home furnishings market with products inspired by their devotion to quality and innovation. They’ve built a creative tradition rooted in exploring the nuances and subtleties of color. Their collections are renowned for the exceptionally wide range of colors, patterns and constructions.

Visit Robert Allen |Beacon Hill at the San Francisco Design Center in Galleria #218. For more inforation call 415.864.4822 or  go here.

October 27, 2011

Prices “Fall” During SFDC’s November Sample Sale

Fall Sample Sale
November 3-5, 2011
SFDC Galleria & Showplace Buildings

Visit the San Francisco Design Center November 3 –¬†5, 2011 to shop the Bay Area‚Äôs most extensive and luxurious collection of one-of-a-kind home furnishings at remarkable discounts.¬†

Open to the public on November 5th and to Trade professionals on November 3rd ‚Äď 4th, the sample sale is the ideal opportunity to see the latest trends and products in home furnishings, rugs, lighting, art, accessories, antiques and environmentally safe products.

Shop hundreds of high-end items at up to 70% off!

For a list of participating showrooms, please go here.

October 26, 2011

Why Interior Designers Need to Know About QR Codes



Go ahead....scan the code with your code reading app and see where it takes you!

Beryn Hammil knows her stuff.¬† She’s not only an interior designer but a self-proclaimed chic-geek propeller hat wearing techy.¬† If you follow her blog, Facebook¬†or Twitter, it’s a wonder she has the¬†time to do anything, besides inform¬†her followers¬†on the latest and greatest tips and tricks of the tech world.¬†

One¬†subject in particular that we feel¬†is important¬†for designers to¬†learn about is a unique bar code¬†called a QR code.¬† You’ve seen them before and maybe overlooked¬†the¬†tiny square¬†or didn’t know (or care) what they were…well,¬† according to Beryn, if you haven‚Äôt already, you¬†must start using a QR code reader app on your smartphone.

Don’t know what a QR code is?  Don’t know why you need to know how to use it?  Find out here!

October 25, 2011

American Decorative Arts Forum: “California Design: Living in the Modern Way, 1930-1965”


On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, the American Decorative Arts Forum would very much like to be on your December 2011 calendar and events list for this very special upcoming event by Wendy Kaplan, Department Head and Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  (The American Decorative Arts Forum is an affiliate of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.)

 Time Details: 8:00 PM; Mini-exhibit at 7:15 PM from private collections (Modernist furniture and decorative objects, such as bowls, tiles, ceramics, and clothing from 1930 Р1965).

Venue:  Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission:  $15 non-SFDC members $10 SFDC members

Contact: Rob Speaks ( or Gordon Fine (415-346-4856)

Web Site:

Lecturer:  Wendy Kaplan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in American Civilization, followed by a Master’s Degree from the Winterthur program in Early American Culture. She has held curatorial positions at the Wolfsonian-Florida International Universityin Miami; the Glasgow Museums in Scotland (not coincidentally the city of Charles Rennie Mackintosh); and the Museum of Fine  Arts, Boston. Ms Kaplan has been, since 2001, the department head and curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

October 24, 2011

Brunschwig & Fils Introduces Fall 2011 Collection


Lee Jofa
SFDC Galleria #490


Les Alizés, a new fabric and trimmings collection, is named for the fabled easterly trade winds found in the tropics and is available in the Brunschwig & Fils section at Lee Jofa this Fall.

For centuries, these surface winds have propelled merchant sailing ships across the world’s oceans enabling the expansion of European empires and the establishment of trade routes to the Far East.¬† The resulting convergence of Western and Eastern cultures has shaped this exclusive collection of vibrant prints, distinctive embroideries and trimmings, and coordinate weaves.

Having¬† joined the Kravet¬†family of brands in March 2011, the new Brunschwig¬†& Fils design studio has created a collection that captures the company’s signature bold and colorful French-inspired style.¬† A Documentary French¬†hand printed fabric based on an Indian palampore¬†complements an exotic Ikat¬†pattern and Turkish Ottoman Empire¬†designs, all of which were culled from the extensive Brunschwig & Fils archive.

The uniquely contemporary mix of designs found in¬†Les Aliz√©s is especially relevant to today’s eclectic and personal approach to decorating beautiful rooms.

Go here for more information on this collection.

October 21, 2011

Marin Designers Showcase Call for Volunteers


Have a passion for design? Looking to help the Marin non-profit community? Contact the center to become part of the 2011 Marin Designers Showcase! This year’s showcase features a newly constructed $45 million estate on Belvedere Island with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay from bridge to bridge.

There are many ways to get involved! Explore opportunities & register online  here  and find out more about volunteering here. You can also contact the center directly to sign up or to ask questions:  415-479-5710 ext 330.

Become a part of this extraordinary event by volunteering your time and talents!

Proceeds benefit Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership

October 20, 2011

The Curated Home: Designing Today with Art & Antiques


San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Lecture Series: Designer Saturday
SFDC members $10
Non-members $15
Interior Designers and Authors Thomas Jayne, David Kleinberg, and Suzanne Lovell
Moderated by Suzanne Tucker
Saturday, October 29th

2:30 PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason

In honor of the show’s 30th anniversary, celebrated interior designers will offer their trade secrets and professional advice on integrating fine and decorative arts with diverse architecture, textiles, finishes, and client sensibilities. These experts from across the country will share images and ideas from their new publications: Thomas Jayne on The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th Century to the Present (The Monacelli Press, 2010), ranging from historic Monticello to contemporary Manhattan; Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg (The Monacelli Press, 2011), whose work updates the influence of his early career at the New York City firm of Parish-Hadley; Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011), showcasing Chicagoan Suzanne Lovell’s unique approach to designing custom environments; and insights from San Francisco’s own tastemaker, Suzanne Tucker.

 Presented in collaboration with The Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the San Francisco Design Center.  Benefits Enterprise for High School Students.

Supporting Sponsor: California Homes. Book-signing reception to follow.

To purchasse tickets go here.  Please note to receive the SFDC member rate, you may purchase over the phone by calling (415) 989-9019 or pay at the door.  Remember to bring your SFDC member badge!

October 19, 2011

Designing Your Holidays with Scot Meacham Wood


Designing Your Holidays
November 3, 2011
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Kravet – SFDC Galleria #120

Join¬†Kravet and the San Francisco Design Center¬†for an evening of inspirational ideas and holiday merriment for everyone who relishes ¬†those celebrations from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Noted San Francisco interior designer and popular blogger Scot Meacham Wood will guide you through creating a most memorable holiday season!

Demonstrations will include:

“First Impressions – Creating Breathtaking Invitations”
“Concocting Custom Cocktails”
“Creating the Perfect Table”
“Nibbles – The Perfect Cocktail Party Menu”
and much, much more . . .

Space is limited so RSVP to to reserve your seat . . .

For more information go here.  Sponsored by California Home + Design Magazine

October 18, 2011

Join Francois & Co. for their One Year Celebration!


Thursday, October 27th 
5:00 Р7:30 PM
Francois & Co.
SFDC Galleria #444‚Ä®
You are invited to celebrate the first anniversary of¬†Francois & Company’s¬†SFDC Showroom!¬†With a¬†portfolio including an exquisite selection of reclaimed and new natural stones, terra cotta and hardwood floors, they¬†also offer an extensive collection of fireplaces, ranging from a 300 year-old mantel reclaimed from a French castle to a new fireplace custom-made to fit your design and budget.
Sponsored by California Home + Design magazine, enjoy fine wines and delish hors d’oeuvres! Join the party and enter to win a $3,000 credit for your next project. The winner will be contacted shortly after the event.  With showrooms in Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Charlotte, Manhattan, Minneapolis and Orlando, Francois & Co. is proud to invite you to discover its latest Scagliola Stone finishes and its new Contemporary Collection of kitchen hoods designed by famed designer Matthew Quinn.
Kindly RSVP with your full name, guests and business affiliation to
For additional information regarding Francois & Company products or showrooms, please call 1-866.385.9486, or go here. 
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