Soheil steps into the music and screening room, which is concealed behind a masonry-veneered door. “We were able to hide a lot of the square footage below the main level, but not in a way that would hurt the design,” he says.
Soheil steps into the music and screening room, which is concealed behind a masonry-veneered door. “We were able to hide a lot of the square footage below the main level, but not in a way that would hurt the design,” he says.
Sphinx, the family Carolina dog, scouts the perimeter of the Concrete Collaborative pavers in the backyard. The pavers were installed on a slight angle to channel water to the surrounding gravel, lawn, and planting beds. This substantially lowers the landscape's water demand. Perforated PVC pipes and a pump move excess rainfall (which would otherwise go to storm drains) into an underground basin where it can later drain off. Redwood fencing reflects the material palette of the interior and creates visual continuity around the backyard.
Sphinx, the family Carolina dog, scouts the perimeter of the Concrete Collaborative pavers in the backyard. The pavers were installed on a slight angle to channel water to the surrounding gravel, lawn, and planting beds. This substantially lowers the landscape's water demand. Perforated PVC pipes and a pump move excess rainfall (which would otherwise go to storm drains) into an underground basin where it can later drain off. Redwood fencing reflects the material palette of the interior and creates visual continuity around the backyard.
The interior of Saint Frank Coffee, which is located at 2340 Polk street in San Francisco, features oak walls, flooring, and furniture. "There's a warmth and openness to the space," architect Ian Dunn says. "It's the product of some restraint and refinement; perhaps there's a peacefulness that comes through. You're there to enjoy a really great cup of coffee and the cafe was designed for that purpose."

Photo by Patricia Chang.
The interior of Saint Frank Coffee, which is located at 2340 Polk street in San Francisco, features oak walls, flooring, and furniture. "There's a warmth and openness to the space," architect Ian Dunn says. "It's the product of some restraint and refinement; perhaps there's a peacefulness that comes through. You're there to enjoy a really great cup of coffee and the cafe was designed for that purpose." Photo by Patricia Chang.
Dunn hired Buck O'Neill Builders as the general contractor for the space. Weston Martin designed and built the custom stools, tables, and benches in the cafe. "Our contractor, craftsmen, and fabricators did a great job executing our details for the spots where the steel and wood come together—the wall trim, the seating supports, the stair railings, etc.," Dunn says. "I always enjoy working through those types of connections, and it's satisfying to see them built well."

Photo by Patricia Chang
Dunn hired Buck O'Neill Builders as the general contractor for the space. Weston Martin designed and built the custom stools, tables, and benches in the cafe. "Our contractor, craftsmen, and fabricators did a great job executing our details for the spots where the steel and wood come together—the wall trim, the seating supports, the stair railings, etc.," Dunn says. "I always enjoy working through those types of connections, and it's satisfying to see them built well." Photo by Patricia Chang
A slightly raised, plaid-fitted cafe stays open all day. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
A slightly raised, plaid-fitted cafe stays open all day. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
Maple cafe plate by David Rasmussen Design.
Maple cafe plate by David Rasmussen Design.
At the opposite end of the "public spine" is the café, rendered here looking north from within (or near) the cantilever over the entrance.
At the opposite end of the "public spine" is the café, rendered here looking north from within (or near) the cantilever over the entrance.
The exterior metal framework logo. Photo by: Martin Kaufmann
The exterior metal framework logo. Photo by: Martin Kaufmann
Quaffing a perfect cappuccino is this writer’s true weakness.
Quaffing a perfect cappuccino is this writer’s true weakness.
Liberty Bakery is a neighborhood cafe founded by artists and bakes up an array of pastries, from cinnamon rolls to croissants and more.
Liberty Bakery is a neighborhood cafe founded by artists and bakes up an array of pastries, from cinnamon rolls to croissants and more.
The hotel and café's outdoor signage. Photo by: Martin Kaufmann
The hotel and café's outdoor signage. Photo by: Martin Kaufmann
Talkhouse

Tozer reconfigured a Portobello Road retail space into a light-filled cafe with a healthy dose of reuse. The cementitious resin floor and wood counter are composed of materials found on-site.
Talkhouse Tozer reconfigured a Portobello Road retail space into a light-filled cafe with a healthy dose of reuse. The cementitious resin floor and wood counter are composed of materials found on-site.
"From a practical standpoint, we organized the space in layers—starting with the sidewalk display function of the window seating and signage, then to the entry space with its merchandise shelves, and next to that is the recessed pastry case and barista station," Dunn says. "Past that point is the serving area, point of sale, and main seating area with service spaces in the back."

Photo by Patricia Chang
"From a practical standpoint, we organized the space in layers—starting with the sidewalk display function of the window seating and signage, then to the entry space with its merchandise shelves, and next to that is the recessed pastry case and barista station," Dunn says. "Past that point is the serving area, point of sale, and main seating area with service spaces in the back." Photo by Patricia Chang
"The owner had a great vision of a business focused on an open, interactive exchange between the customer and the barista," Dunn says. "Juggling the practical workflow of coffee-making—and selling—with the desire for a low, obstacle-free counter that would be conducive to that interaction was probably the biggest challenge." The matte white hexagonal tile covering the sides of the counter was purchased from Design and Direct Source.

Photo by Patricia Chang
"The owner had a great vision of a business focused on an open, interactive exchange between the customer and the barista," Dunn says. "Juggling the practical workflow of coffee-making—and selling—with the desire for a low, obstacle-free counter that would be conducive to that interaction was probably the biggest challenge." The matte white hexagonal tile covering the sides of the counter was purchased from Design and Direct Source. Photo by Patricia Chang
In the open kitchen, stacks of cups wait to be filled, machines wait to serve piping hot beverages, and spoons ready to stir. Photo by: Stine Christiansen
In the open kitchen, stacks of cups wait to be filled, machines wait to serve piping hot beverages, and spoons ready to stir. Photo by: Stine Christiansen
Parson's Chicken & Fish

Renovations, which started in October 2012, actually brought the space full circle; originally an outpost of the Chicken Unlimited fast food chain (“Tender as quail … tasty as pheasant”), the former restaurant at 2952 W. Armitage had been a bakery and even a muffler shop. For the local Land & Sea collective -- Pete Toalson, designer Cody Hudson (Struggle Inc.) and Jon Martin and Robert McAdams (design and fabrication company Mode Carpentry) -- bringing back the fryers was their second foray into the restaurant world, after the incredibly successful, Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle. Photo by Clayton Hauck.
Parson's Chicken & Fish Renovations, which started in October 2012, actually brought the space full circle; originally an outpost of the Chicken Unlimited fast food chain (“Tender as quail … tasty as pheasant”), the former restaurant at 2952 W. Armitage had been a bakery and even a muffler shop. For the local Land & Sea collective -- Pete Toalson, designer Cody Hudson (Struggle Inc.) and Jon Martin and Robert McAdams (design and fabrication company Mode Carpentry) -- bringing back the fryers was their second foray into the restaurant world, after the incredibly successful, Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle. Photo by Clayton Hauck.
What's the greatest thing since sliced bread? The toaster, of course. Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Bakery and Bar Tartine in San Francisco help us decide which toasters are worthy of browning their illustrious loaves.
What's the greatest thing since sliced bread? The toaster, of course. Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Bakery and Bar Tartine in San Francisco help us decide which toasters are worthy of browning their illustrious loaves.
The hotel harvests bees on the roof and makes use of the honey in its bakery.
The hotel harvests bees on the roof and makes use of the honey in its bakery.
Another similar tool that designers might use is a mood board, which seeks to convey the feeling or vibe of a space with images instead of the exact fabric or colors that will be used in a space. A mood board abstractly conveys inspiration, ideas, and connections that would otherwise be hard to explain using just color or words.
Another similar tool that designers might use is a mood board, which seeks to convey the feeling or vibe of a space with images instead of the exact fabric or colors that will be used in a space. A mood board abstractly conveys inspiration, ideas, and connections that would otherwise be hard to explain using just color or words.
The Tilt Pendant Light from Nyta delivers open, soft lighting in an interior. Featuring intuitive handling, the Tilt Pendant can be turned and swiveled to redirect lighting as needed. 

The Tilt Pendant Light is currently marked down to 20% off at the Dwell Store until October 31, 2015.
The Tilt Pendant Light from Nyta delivers open, soft lighting in an interior. Featuring intuitive handling, the Tilt Pendant can be turned and swiveled to redirect lighting as needed. The Tilt Pendant Light is currently marked down to 20% off at the Dwell Store until October 31, 2015.
@cplusstudio: Really cool lights at dwell on design from @cerno_group.
@cplusstudio: Really cool lights at dwell on design from @cerno_group.
La Chance unveiled two suspension lights by French designer Guillaume Delvigne at Salone del Mobile in 2013, Hal and Swan.
La Chance unveiled two suspension lights by French designer Guillaume Delvigne at Salone del Mobile in 2013, Hal and Swan.
Scheduled for release in May 2014, Flos' String Lights can be combined and customized. They are held together with thin black electrical cords that are drawn into taught, geometric shapes. Photo by Ben Murphy.
Scheduled for release in May 2014, Flos' String Lights can be combined and customized. They are held together with thin black electrical cords that are drawn into taught, geometric shapes. Photo by Ben Murphy.
The Conic Section LED Pendant Light from Castor is light that is inspired by mathematics. A conic section is a curve that is obtained at the intersection of a cone and a plane, which is reflected in the design of the pendant light. The Conic Section Pendant is available in four different iterations—a hyperbola, ellipse, parabola, and circle—which are created by cutting the cone at different angles. The cages of each pendant are plated in black chrome, which helps to reflect the light emitted from the interior LED lamp. Adjusting the direction of light is easy, as the overlaying shields can be moved.
The Conic Section LED Pendant Light from Castor is light that is inspired by mathematics. A conic section is a curve that is obtained at the intersection of a cone and a plane, which is reflected in the design of the pendant light. The Conic Section Pendant is available in four different iterations—a hyperbola, ellipse, parabola, and circle—which are created by cutting the cone at different angles. The cages of each pendant are plated in black chrome, which helps to reflect the light emitted from the interior LED lamp. Adjusting the direction of light is easy, as the overlaying shields can be moved.
“Creative people like to be challenged. We’re often surprised by an approach we didn’t expect.” —Jean-Baptiste Souletier
“Creative people like to be challenged. We’re often surprised by an approach we didn’t expect.” —Jean-Baptiste Souletier
In the 2EM lounge, light fare like duck confit cassoulet and flatbread with lamb, blue cheese, and caramelized pears is served. Beacon-based vendor Niche Modern crafted the chandelier above the bar, and the stools come from Rexhill. A major philosophy of the Roundhouse is “keep it local.” Photo by Eric Laignel.
In the 2EM lounge, light fare like duck confit cassoulet and flatbread with lamb, blue cheese, and caramelized pears is served. Beacon-based vendor Niche Modern crafted the chandelier above the bar, and the stools come from Rexhill. A major philosophy of the Roundhouse is “keep it local.” Photo by Eric Laignel.
Ted Lights
Ted Lights
Described as “Lego for grown-ups” Grupa’s ili_ili lamps (which translates to “either-or”) allow the consumer to pick and choose between six modular elements in different colors in order to create their own individualized lamps.
Described as “Lego for grown-ups” Grupa’s ili_ili lamps (which translates to “either-or”) allow the consumer to pick and choose between six modular elements in different colors in order to create their own individualized lamps.
SPINNING LIGHT BH2

Sleek, sexy, and understated, Hubert's very grown-up pendant lighting is actually inspired by a children's spinning top toy.
SPINNING LIGHT BH2 Sleek, sexy, and understated, Hubert's very grown-up pendant lighting is actually inspired by a children's spinning top toy.

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