For West Coast fans of chic, sleek furniture, there’s a new kid in town. Flexform, the Italian firm known for its elegant, contemporary pieces, just opened a new showroom in San Francisco. We chatted with Gregory Herman, the owner of the new furniture hotspot, about Flexform and some current furniture trends.
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Save for some immutable specifics—how eyeglasses are stored and displayed, how customers try them on and see themselves in them—Ron Radziner, of Marmol Radziner, had the chance to let his creativity range as he and his firm designed the new Oliver Peoples store in San Francisco. As he puts it, “It’s more about how you express the concept of the brand and the feeling.”
We talk a lot about the new look of offices—open-plan, flooded with natural light, multi-use spaces. Often, though, designers and architects don’t take that idea to the next level, instead creating spaces that still very much retain the old aesthetic that leans toward the institutional and bland. For a recent project by Studio O+A, a San Francisco–based interior design studio, the team pushed the envelope, creating offices for the online firm Zazzle in Redwood City, California, that are lively and inviting.
Take an exclusive look at Obscura Digital's design for Emergence (2013) event happening tonight, April 17, and tomorrow night, April 18, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Behind the Scenes: Emergence (2013) Obscura and Exploratorium from Obscura Digital on Vimeo.
If you happen to be in San Francisco tonight or tomorrow night (April 17 or 18) try to make it to the Exploratorium in its brand new home at the historic Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. To celebrate the grand opening of the beloved science, the creative technology firm Obscura Digital was tapped to transform the building’s façade into a dynamic visual event for the next two evenings.