A look at a new book on San Francisco’s residential architects and a furniture emporium offering collectable furniture and stunning flower photographs.
Almond & Company, a furnishings emporium now located in the former Hostess Bakery warehouse and outlet store in San Francisco’s Bayview district, has 20,000 square feet of space with a lofty wood coffered ceiling, white floors and walls that holds more than 1,700 vintage and one-of-a-kind design objects. Look for collectible furniture from designers such as Valentin Loellmann, and photography — including large framed flower prints — by the likes of fashion/art photographer Michael Zeppetello, an Irving Penn protégé.
San Francisco Architects: Top Bay Area Studios
This small tome by architect/author Francesc Zamora offers a big harvest of some of the Bay Area’s most approachable residential architects. In the wake of Arts and Crafts architects Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan, and Bay Region modernists William Wurster, Joseph Esherick and William Turnbull, who once defined the character of Northern California architecture, these contemporary firms embrace new ways of living, modern technologies and new materials. Among the 30 firms from the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects, look for Cary Bernstein Architect, WDA/William Duff Architects, John Maniscalco Architecture, Red Dot Studio, Feldman Architecture, Geddes Ulinskas Architects, and Zack/de Vito Architecture — all of whom have been showcased in SPACES magazine. Booq Publishing; $40.
Editor-in-chief Zahid Sardar brings an extensive range of design interests and keen knowledge of Bay Area design culture to SPACES magazine. He is a San Francisco editor, curator and author specializing in global architecture, interiors, landscape and industrial design. His work has appeared in numerous design publications as well as the San Francisco Chronicle for which he served as an influential design editor for 22 years. Sardar serves on the San Francisco Decorator Showcase design advisory board.