Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Win an iconic Eero Aarnio Ball Chair

It breaks our hearts to tell you because we'd much rather keep this a secret and, yes, shamelessly win this chair ourselves,  but how could we not share with you?

The Finnish Design Shop is giving away a gorgeous, custom-made-for-the-winner Eero Aarnio Ball Chair (valued at almost $7,000) in celebration of FDS' new Facebook page.

To enter the sweepstakes, click here for the Finnish Design Shop Facebook page, "like" the page and complete the registration form before April 21.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Dan Pearson on Gardens

It may be winter, but our eyes were on springtime and flower gardens this week as The Garden Conservancy and the 2011 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show welcomed Dan Pearson, England's masterful landscape designer, to the stage of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

Principal of Dan Pearson Studio in London, Pearson is also the author of two books including the soon-to-released Home Garden: Sanctuary in the City, a garden columnist for The Observer magazine, and the designer of five award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens.

Through images of two of his major installations - the therapeutic gardens at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in London and The Tokachi Mainichi Millennium Forest, an 80-acre nature reserve in Hokkaido, Japan -  Pearson illustrated to the sold-out audience his bold painterly use of form, texture and color in plantings and a determined decision to collaborate, rather than dominate, nature.

Above images of  Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre
courtesy of Dan Pearson Studio

 Tokachi Millennium Forest
 Image by Syogo Oizumi

Tokachi Millennium Forest in winter

Above images courtesy of Dan Pearson Studio

But, before the British garden designer took the stage, he met with representatives of the evening's sponsors...

Kay Hamilton Estey of the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, Dan Pearson, 
and Antonia Adezio and Betsy Flack of The Garden Conservancy 
before the presentation

... and two members of the audience from Marin.

Ive Haugeland and Jamie Morf
flank Dan Pearson

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Flipping Out for "Flipping Out"

Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo's hit show, "Flipping Out", was in San Francisco recently for a whirlwind visit of special events highlighted by his appearance at San Francisco Design Center's Design San Francisco.

We are glad to know that everyone involved enjoyed meeting both Jeff Lewis and his executive assistant/co-star Jenni Pulos;  that Jeff Lewis is, indeed, "really like that in person"; and, contrary to his infamous reputation (and to the relief of all),  fired no one.

Scenes from Design San Francisco

Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos.

The on-stage interview at San Francisco Design Center Design 
was taped by Bravo's "Flipping Out" camera crew

Pulos and Lewis' business manager Gage Edward 
sit next to each other in the front row of the sold-out audience.

Peeking backstage at Lewis, Pulos and Nucifora

Above images by Sunghi Sonia Morsella

Scenes from the pre-party hosted by The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco and Gilt City at the home of noted designer and antiques dealer Candace Barnes.

Barnes' living room atop San Francisco's elegant Nob Hill with...

...a  glittering downtown view  

Party hosts Pamela Fishman Cianci, VP operations of Gilt City,
  and Alf Nucifora, Chairman of The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco,
and Debbie Nucifora

Jenni Pulos, Candace Barnes and Jeff Lewis

A surprise gift bag,  filled with gift certificates 
for a luxurious Northern California spa weekend for 
Lewis' absent housekeeper and co-star Zoila Chavez, 
presented by Gilt City's Pamela Fishman Cianci
 to Jeff Lewis,  as Pulos and Nucifora look on.

Image by Deborah Norton