Pieces of His Mind – San Francisco Magazine

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Gary Friedman put a kitchen in the middle of a Williams-Sonoma store and forever changed the way Americans shop for toasters. He invented Pottery Bard as we know it. Now, the unorthodox retail leader is again at the helm of a bay area company, Restoration Hardware, counting on his own eye to change the way we furnish our homes. Continue reading

Patrick Blanc – San Francisco Magazine

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International botany sensation Patrick Blanc saw that mother nature could grow plants on rocks, and said, “I can do that.” Now, with his largest American project, he is turning the wall of a Broderick Street building into a major Bay Area attraction and — as his recent three-day visit made clear — inspiring vertical-gardening mania wherever he goes. Continue reading

A Set Design that Moves – Architect’s Newspaper

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Every architect has a mental file of unusual client requests, but few, if any, have been asked to make a wall dance. Yet, in essence, that’s what San Francisco architect Christopher Haas created — not for a client, but for a collaborator, Alonzo King, the San-Francisco-based choreographer. Continue reading