Collection by Jessie Philipp

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A collection of stories, images, products, and experiences from around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland
Mike McDonald, an Oakland, California–based builder, faced a common problem for Bay Area homeowners: an aesthetically pleasing,...
Project Runaway
Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family finds that a spanking new kitchen delivers a good dose of...
Two Silicon Valley Vets Master the Smart Home Without Going Full “Jetsons”
A freshly blackened veneer is the face of a San Francisco tract house’s Cloud-based reinvention.
7 Architectural Preservation Projects in San Francisco
Rounding up a few remarkable renovation and preservation architecture projects in the Bay Area, courtesy of SPUR and San...
The former Jessie Street Substation, with its elegant neoclassical design, took on a radically new dimension in 2008...
Graphite drawing by Ewan Gibbs depicting San Francisco's Victorians. (2009) Commissioned by the SFMoMA.
A CNC-milled map of San Francisco by artist Dave Marcoulier hangs behind a communal table.
In a San Francisco Workshop, Kids Take on Carpentry with Mini Chisels and Saws
A San Francisco woodworking studio for kids a both carpentry skills and an appreciation for design thinking.
The 1940s-era building was scheduled for demolition before the Sands purchased it in the early aughts and transformed...
In contrast with the closed street-facing facade, the East-facing facade dramatically opens to expansive views of the...
Maker's Mark
San Francisco philanthropist Ann Hatch has long dedicated herself to the making of artful objects.
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...
“The house was designed to complement the challenging triangular corner site and its context.” —George Bradley,...
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.
During the historical review period of the permitting process, Curtiss learned the house was previously owned by three...
Like a Loft on Water
Anchored in a small canal, this floating house is all about space and light.
Sound Design for a Bustling San Francisco Restaurant
Bellota becomes the sixth Bay Area establishment to fine tune noise levels with Meyer Sound Constellation technology.
Mid-Century Mash-Up
Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition has begun in...
A Home with Eclectic Style Looks Just Right
A couple bring cohesion to an architectural mishmash in San Francisco.
An Architect Sculpts Out a Tadao Ando-Inspired Backyard
This backyard is its own modern retreat in the Berkeley Hills.
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