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A Home with Eclectic Style Looks Just Right
A couple bring cohesion to an architectural mishmash in San Francisco.
June 17, 2016
A Couple Tackles Conversion Challenges and Builds a Modern Renovation
To convert a musty mid-century house with a nonsensical floor plan into a modern and space-efficient family home, three intrepid designers played a bit of architectural Tetris.
June 10, 2016
This Backyard Returns to the Wild
A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
June 8, 2016
A Heavenly Backyard is Precise with Pebbles
A San Francisco landscape designer finds a small-space solution that’s anything but narrow-minded.
May 20, 2016
This Couple Resists Demolition and Revives an Abandoned Compound
A dilapidated lot in San Francisco gets a second chance.
May 2, 2016
One House Seamlessly Blends Baroque and Modern Styles
Thanks to a contemporary interior that she’s been updating for a decade, modern architect Abigail Turin has learned to love her traditional 1925 San Francisco home.
April 25, 2016
A San Francisco Renovation Creates Two Apartments from One
The matching properties, each about 1,325 square feet, share an open courtyard and a unique collection of exterior materials.
October 23, 2015
A Bay Area Renovation Keeps its Midcentury Modern Roots
This 1958 home is everything a family could ever want back then—and now, with some minor modifications.
October 15, 2015
A San Francisco Renovation Mixes Industrial and Refined Materials
Among the directives for architect Erica Severns from her client, John Parker Willis, was “some chaos in the kitchen design” of his home in a converted San Francisco garage.
September 6, 2015
In San Francisco, Green Fences Make Great Neighbors
Architectural elements and applied foliage deliver a one-two punch in designing for privacy.
May 24, 2015
A Meticulous Renovation Turns a Run-Down House Into a Storage-Smart Gem
Minute details and judiciously applied materials create a refined home in San Francisco.
April 18, 2015
Bathroom Design Idea: Copper Color Scheme
Penny tile imbues a San Francisco bathroom with a sophisticated, spa-like feel.
November 4, 2014
A Cartography Exhibition Uncovers Fascinating Maps About the Bay Area
At SPUR, a new exhibition entitled Urban Cartography surveys map making in the digital age.
October 31, 2014
San Francisco Design Goes Superlocal with Heath’s 8 Favorite Makers
Heath Ceramics is hosting "Under One Roof," an exhibition showcasing the diverse array of makers who have studios at its San Francisco outpost.
October 28, 2014
Modern Bathroom Renovation in San Francisco
When Chris Brigham, founder of Knife & Saw, discovered water damage in the master bathroom of his San Francisco home, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
September 4, 2014
A Modern Preschool in San Francisco
Karen Curtiss of San Francisco architecture and design firm Red Dot Studio transforms a warehouse into a cheerful preschool.
May 29, 2014
Coffee Break: Sightglass 20th Street, San Francisco
Sightglass Coffee's 20th street outpost is an archetypal San Francisco cafe—a space built to reflect the same values as the coffee sold within.
April 4, 2014
Coffee Break: San Francisco’s Saint Frank
A recent addition to San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood, Saint Frank Coffee serves its brews in a geometrically inclined modern space by local firm Openscope Studio.
March 6, 2014
A Conversation with Designer Tom Dixon
Last week I had a chance to sit down with Tom Dixon in San Francisco.
March 3, 2014
A Sleek Kitchen Renovation in San Francisco
In a San Francisco kitchen, a sleek series of custom cabinets camouflages an armada of professional features.
January 7, 2014
A Compact Three-Story Brick Loft in San Francisco
Making the most of vertical space unleashes the potential of a petite San Francisco project.
October 22, 2013
A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco
In an unusual collaboration among birds, wind, and one of San Francisco’s leading landscape architects, a California designer has made a pair of unique outdoor living spaces—one low and one high.
October 15, 2013
Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco
Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill.
July 24, 2013
5 Spacious San Francisco Homes
Thanks to innovative modern design, these five urban San Francisco homes feel bigger than they look.
July 24, 2013
Sneak Preview: Craig Steely-Designed San Francisco Home
Fresh from our September issue dedicated, we visit an astounding wood-and-glass home in San Francisco that architect Craig Steely created for an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer.
July 23, 2013
Restaurant We Love: Outerlands in San Francisco
The rustic wooden interior of Outerlands is as much of a draw to the celebrated Outer Sunset eatery as its famous loaves of bread, which are baked in-house, daily.
April 29, 2013
The Bay Lights Begins Tonight!
If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area tonight, you won't want to miss the debut of The Bay Lights, the largest scale LED light installation in the world to date.
March 5, 2013
Inside Nespresso's New San Francisco Flagship Store
Nespresso has unveiled a sleek new flagship - its first boutique on the West Coast - in San Francisco.
January 31, 2013
Join Dwell and Zinc Details for 'Design Resolutions'
If you're going to be in San Francisco this week, please join us as we ring in a new year dedicated to good design!
January 16, 2013
San Francisco's New Aesop Shop
We recently got the chance to pop into the new Aesop shop in San Francisco, a charming little boutique that opened December 20th.
December 31, 2012
San Francisco philanthropist Ann Hatch has long dedicated herself to the making of artful objects.
November 7, 2012
The Corner Store, San Francisco
Tiring of the Prohibition-era style pervasive in San Francisco's bars and restaurants, the owners and design team behind recently opened The Corner Store opted to channel "something more in tune with…
October 16, 2012
Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 1
This seven-part blog series profiles a new prefab development in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood—a LEED Platinum-targeted building containing 23 "micro-studios".
October 3, 2012
Coffee Break: Heath Ceramics and Blue Bottle
Heath Ceramics recently opened a factory and retail location in San Francisco and partnered with Blue Bottle Coffee to open a cafe inside of the 60,000-square-foot former industrial laundry.
September 27, 2012
The Light Fantastic: Johanna Grawunder
To Johanna Grawunder, a turned-off chandelier is “one of the saddest things in the world.” Granted, she is an avant-garde lighting designer; a darkened fixture is a missed opportunity.
July 27, 2012
Thirty years ago, an Apple designer helped define the future of personal computers with three iconic icons.
July 17, 2012
Allison G. Williams
FAIA LEEDAP, design principal, and director of design at Perkins+Will
July 17, 2012
Cut it Out: The Work of Lisa Iwamoto
It’s not hyperbole to say that Lisa Iwamoto has written the book on digital fabrication.
July 16, 2012
Five Questions for Bjarke Ingels
Architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of the world-beating firm BIG, was in San Francisco this week to show off the design for his latest project, an addition to the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah…
May 2, 2012
When it came time to partake in rituals like lighting the Shabbat candles or setting the seder plate, designer Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects, Inc., saw nothing but a sea of Star of…
April 30, 2012
Coffee Break: San Francisco's Coffee Bar
When you walk into the Financial District's newest third-wave coffee hot spot, Coffee Bar, it may seem like you're waiting under the arch of a proscenium rather than in line for a piping hot latte.
January 11, 2012
Modern Shipping Container Home in San Francisco
Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to accommodate their collection and reflect their passions.
November 16, 2011
Highlights of Dwell Design Lab
This past weekend I attended Dwell's first annual Design Lab, which took over a raw penthouse space in the new Millenium Tower in San Francisco's SOMA district and spotlighted 13 local designers.
October 31, 2011
Dwell Design Lab Recap
Over the weekend of October 29th and 30th, Dwell hosted its first ever Design Lab in San Francisco.
October 31, 2011
Good Clean Fun
Far from pandering to the whine of youth, this urban play garden fosters thoughtful interaction in a protected setting within the bustle of San Francisco.
July 7, 2011
Chris Houston, the charmingly curmudgeonly owner of Modern Artifacts in San Francisco, is not your typical retailer.
May 27, 2011
Visiting H.D. Buttercup
Without condoning knockoffs, let me say: It is a thrill to walk into a furniture shop and discover a slew of handsome and vaguely familiar-looking design pieces that I can actually afford.
May 17, 2011
The Wong Show
Artworks often need open light-filled galleries that allow them to breathe, but sometimes they need intimate spaces to help them foster one-on-one connections with viewers.
April 25, 2011
Just Redo It
What do you get when you give a couple of designers unlimited creative license on a very limited budget? For Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan, the possibilities were limitless.
January 24, 2011
Wood-Paneled Interior in a San Francisco Victorian
The recent history of Janna Stark's San Francisco flat, located in an 1890's Victorian house, is literally burned into the wall.
January 18, 2011
Sunset District Renovation
The residents of atelier KS's first renovation like stuff.
February 23, 2010
Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family finds that a spanking new kitchen delivers a good dose of domestic harmony along with the excuse to execute a complete home makeover.
February 5, 2010
Noe Valley Renovation
It's rare that in a resident-architect collaboration, the resident picks the more dramatic design scheme than the architect.
September 22, 2009
A couple’s dinner out at their neighborhood bistro provides just the right impetus for their restaurant-inspired kitchen renovation.
September 14, 2009
Where the Sidewalk Ends
After taking on San Francisco City Hall, architect Jane Martin helped spawn a movement that has rendered the city’s sidewalks more hospitable to birds, bees, butterflies—and even to Homo…
June 22, 2009
Standout in a Crowd
In architecturally conservative San Francisco, this house built on a 20-foot-wide lot proves that modern design can fit—literally and figuratively—in any neighborhood.
May 4, 2009
Design for the Public
Public Architecture forges ahead into uncharted territory, and creates a model for fitting pro bono work into the daily practice of every firm.
May 4, 2009
Worth the Wait
Tucked into the side of a scenic San Francisco hill, one of the city’s more diminutive houses battles everything from dry rot to obstructionist neighbors in order to grow up.
April 30, 2009
The true test of a kitchen’s mettle is not how it looks brand-new, but how it looks after a decade of wear and tear from heaving cleavers and spilling sauce.
April 16, 2009
A San Francisco architect turns his “inefficiency” kitchen into a modestly scaled and well-lit place to cook, eat, work, and enjoy the view—–even with his back turned.
April 16, 2009
Influenced by city dwellers whose windows open to concrete vistas or brick walls, San Francisco native Ric López decided to shift the view inward and back to nature.
February 27, 2009
A house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades is reborn after a serious intervention by a modernist architect.
February 26, 2009
Fawning Over Flora
Flora Grubb Gardens, the hippest plant merchant in the Bay Area, takes up residence in a new building as green as it is frondescent.
February 5, 2009
Stoked to Soak
Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. But landscape architects James A.
February 5, 2009
A Garage Converted Modern Playroom
It could have been a Sheetrock box, but as the house’s most frequently used point of entry, it deserved the same architectural respect.
February 4, 2009
In the San Francisco offices of Yves Béhar’s industrial design and branding firm, the work environment suits the work.
January 28, 2009
Aluminum Clad Residential Units in San Francisco
It may not be to Queen Anne's tastes, but 1234 Howard is true to its context.
January 21, 2009
Designed and built in 1878 for Judge John Murphy, a 4,400-square-foot white structure has, from the outside, the undeniable characteristics of a classic San Francisco Victorian.
January 19, 2009
Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition has begun in recent years to be more widely acknowledged, and its surviving…
January 16, 2009
Most beachfront houses treat the ocean as part of the visual landscape with panoramic views and wraparound balconies.
January 16, 2009
Tom Hanks is not known for horror films, but his 1986 flop, The Money Pit, has a terrifying premise: A seemingly small renovation consumes a couple’s life, devouring their reserves of time,…
January 15, 2009
With a presence in three centuries, Christi Azevedo’s Victorian survived the quake of 1906 and served as a laundry before its rebirth as a well-lit hybrid of old and new.
January 14, 2009