Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bridging Design Worlds

Souvenirs of the City.  A t-shirt, postcard, or snapshot can tell the world you went to the Golden Gate Bridge, but how many people can say the Golden Gate Bridge went to them?

Repurposed original railings from 
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge •
Limited Editions with Certificate of Authenticity • 

Golden Gate Bridge Furniture
King Headboard $12,500. • 
Queen Headboard $9,500 • 
Nightstand $9,500 • 
Cocktail table $9,500 •
Genuine Custom International Orange Paint • 
Numbered • Lead-Free •

Golden Gate Bridge Corkscrew 
Made in France • Includes Gift Box

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dining by Design: Decadence by Default

More than 30 top San Francisco design firms dreamed up fabulous fantasy dining vignettes for DIFFA's (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) 26th annual Dining by Design presented recently at the San Francisco Design Center's Galleria.

Which setting would we choose to entertain our dinner party guests this season? 

Would it be under the sea....

Poggenpohl, by Adeeni Design Group

...or under the stars?

San Francisco Design Center designed by Candace Barnes

Snug in a tee pee...

Gensler and Haworth 

... or tucked in a tube?

John Lum Architecture

In a confectionery?

Taste Catering & Event Planning
and Gumps
designed by Billy Cook

Or, perhaps,  a glorious birdcage...  

Steven Miller and Paul Benson

Of course, we'd set another place at the table as birds do come with their own "peeps".


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Friday, December 3, 2010

The New Weigh to Office

Why walk to work when you can walk at work?

Fly through emails, take that important overseas call, send out those zingy memos... all while working off that late lunch with the out-of-town power brokers.

Who's the hotshot master of multitasking now?

The Series 7 Sit-to-Walkstation by Details, a Steelcase division •
Height adjustable table measures 78 inches wide by 29 inches deep •
Laminate top available in various finishes • Base available in platinum or black base •
 Under $5,000 • Optional accessories • • 1-800-833-0411

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hardware for the hard-to-please

 Jewelry for your doors and drawers...because we should always reach for beauty.

Horn • Topaz • Rock crystal

Interchangeable modernist geometric designs

Historical and museum-quality replicas of American and European designs.  
Here, 1940s-style "Champagne" knobs. 


• 10-door minimum •  To the trade • 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pla(y)ce mats

Of course, we'd never play with our food, but we'd certainly play with these Modern-Twist place mats while we waited for it.

Re-colorable •  Non-porous, germ-free silicone • Free of harsh chemicals •  Clean with damp cloth •  $20 each 
Set of six on-toxic dry erase markers • $9  

Summer House • 21 Throckmorton Ave.  • Mill Valley, CA,  94941 • 415-383-6695

Friday, October 1, 2010

Imagining China with Gump's

Last week, San Francisco's luxurious Gump's was the setting for seven sumptuous dining vignettes, fashioned by some of the City's leading designers for "Imagining China", a supporting event in anticipation of the upcoming San Francisco Fall Antique Show.

Our question is, how do you imagine China?

In shades of celadon like Jeffers Design Group...

Jay Jeffers

with an artful equine motif like Barbara Scavullo Designs...

Design team • Marysia Rybock and Evalani Washington

Anitque Han horse •  Gump's
Table •  Studio Workshops • "Parnassus"
Flatware • Hermes "Attelage"• Gump's 
Stemware •  Gump's
Antique lantern • Antique and Art Exchange

China • Hermes "Cheval d'Orient" • Gump's
 Dinner plate and Charger • Hermes  • Gump's

Or with sparkly pizazz like Fisher Weisman?

Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman

Sequined tableskirt  •  Gretchen Bellinger textile fabricated by Architrave Studio
Chairs •  "Bamboo Collection" by Fisher Weisman for Michael Taylor Designs 
in Gretchen Bellinger fabric

Pagoda salt and paper shakers and napkin rings • Objets Plus, Inc.

Perhaps you imagine China with a modern twist as Ann Getty and Associates does...

Acrylic Ballroom Chairs • Ruby Beets
Porcelain Foo dogs and blue and white porcelain 
salt and pepper jars • personal collection of Ann Getty
Overhead lantern (not shown) •  Forgotten Shanghai

Floral arrangements • Stanlee R. Gatti Designs
Stemware • Baccarat * Gump's

Or with an air of opulence like Tucker and Marks...

Tucker and Marks: Marco Zamora, Suzanne Tucker,
Christopher Roy, John V. Buckley III, Dino Vannoni

18th century Venetian settee and chairs • Carlton Hobbs, LLC
Vintage Chinese Gilt Iron Pagoda • Therien & Co.
Top fabric on table skirt • Suzanne Tucker Home • “ Pagoda” in citrine
Underskirt • Scalamandre • “Tigre” • velvet
Cushions • Suzanne Tucker Home • “Dolce” in chili

18th century Coromandel screen • private collection
French gilt bronze-and-coral chandelier, c. 1920 • Objets Plus, Inc.

China • Meissen
Chargers: Bernardaud
Crystal • William Yeoward
Highball glasses • Impulse
Sterling Silver Flatware: Ricci
Antique Mother of Pearl and silver dessert knives
and forks and salt cellars and  antique 
sterling silver and ivory fisheaters • JG Collection • Gump's

Maybe it's with a moody exoticism like Douglas Durkin Design's table...

Douglas Durkin and Gump's CEO Marta Benson

Custom terrariums •  Paxton Gate
Dragon • Lalique •  Gump's 

 China • Meissen • "Rich Court Dragon"
Flatware • Alain St. Joanis •  "Berlin" 

Or, the lavish exuberance of Gump's own design team...

Jon Leafstedt of Gump's

China • Albert Pinto • Gump's

Custom Baccarat mirrored table

Tell us, how would you imagine China?

Designers tables on display at Gump's through October 31 • 
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • 
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. • 
135 Post St.San Francisco •  800-766-7628 •