Here are a storage cabinet and bench with drawers we recently designed for the project and play room of a family with two young children (and another on the way).
The 8’ wide cabinet has loads of storage space for toys and games. Its sliding doors are covered in laminate and have commercial grade tracks, making them extremely durable and easy to operate – in other words, kid friendly. The bench has storage drawers below and a cushion covered in contract grade fabric from Maharam.
The open room is visible from the kitchen and living room, so it was important that the design be playful, but not overly childlike. We chose laminate by Abet Laminati in a palette of mint green, light blue, graphite and white. Paired with walnut, it’s a fresh and fun look that will maintain its appeal as the children grow up.
We designed and built the eight-foot-tall wine storage cabinet, display/point-of-sale cabinet, window display shelves, and wall-mounted storage shelves.
The inspiration for the designs was a modern take on the simplicity, functionality and communality of Shaker Furniture. We mixed “character” walnut (with streaks of light sapwood), maple, and veneered Europly plywood to get the right blend of rustic and modern ingredients that characterize the space.
Primarily a bakery and café that makes incredible breads and pastries, Marla Bakery is also a restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner – plus a themed family style Sunday supper that I hear is amazing.
A few months ago I was asked to be a contributing writer to Houzz, the largest online home and design resource in the world. I’ve been writing “Ideabooks” (aka blog posts) every couple of weeks on The Beauty of Contrast in interior design. Click on the titles below to read some of my posts.
Just out of the oven and piping hot! Custom display shelves for a bakery/restaurant project we’re working on. More later.
I recently curated and designed a one-night only pop-up home design showcase for SFMade’s annual fundraising gala at the San Francisco Design Center. SFMade is a non-profit organization supporting and promoting businesses that manufacture their products in San Francisco.
Over twenty-five SFMade companies, making home and garden products, were featured in a loft-like setting, with a garden/patio, dining room, living room, and bedroom/home office. It was exciting and gratifying to show off all of these products – all made in San Francisco – and all in one space, something that has never been done before.
We’re thrilled that two of our furniture designs have been selected for the New West Coast Design 2 exhibit at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. Our Parquet Table/Stool and three of our limited edition Industrial Felt Stools will be exhibited, as well as other West Coast designers work that is expanding the idea of function, exploiting materials, using innovative techniques, or pioneering applications of new technology.
The exhibit opens on Saturday, October 26th and runs until January 5th, 2014. The museum is located in the American Industrial Center in the Dogpatch neighborhood, which is fast becoming the design and artisan manufacturing hub of San Francisco.
Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco, California 94107