WELL-TIMED FOR the Bay Area’s Summer of
Love 50th anniversary, change is in the air and
perhaps also a design revolution.
Victorians are being infused with modernism;
residential skyscrapers rising in San Francisco are
opening new vistas; and artists’ neighborhoods
have young tech entrepreneurs sinking roots.
To better reflect such demographic do-si-dos
and new domiciles in San Francisco, the North
Bay and the Wine Country, Marin At Home
magazine will henceforth be called SPACES.
Under this new rubric, our publication comes
with added sections.
Focus, which will magnify a range of design
subjects, picks as its first topic Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, an exhibition at the
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive.
It underlines the impact of the sharing spirit
of the ’60s, as BAMPFA director Larry Rinder
views it, on the tech world’s open source philosophy. The first of such shows about that pivotal
period, Hippie Modernism precedes one at the
de Young, located in Golden Gate Park, where
100,000 hippies famously converged for 1967’s
Human Be-In. Another new column, Portfolio,
highlights San Francisco sculptor Andy Vogt,
who, unlike other artists, wasn’t displaced by
rising rents. Ironically, he raids trash bins for his
preferred medium: Victorian-era lath discarded
from remodeled interiors. And our department
In Bloom showcases flowering Southern Hemisphere plants that will weather climate change.
San Francisco, despite its morphing face, is
still home to the arts: witness places like Swissnex on Pier 17; the relatively new Minnesota
Street Project, an economically sustainable arts
enterprise in the Dogpatch neighborhood; and
artist David Ireland’s home on Capp Street,
fully restored a year ago as an exhibition and
event space and base for an artist-in-residency
program. Ireland was involved in transforming
army barracks into an arts nexus in the Marin
Headlands during the 1980s (highlighted in this
issue’s Rear Window). Voices features entrepreneur Chip Conley, a leader at both Burning
Man and Airbnb, who during the 1980s started
the city’s artful hotel chain Joie de Vivre, giving
hospitality an unconventional frame.
Our features, collectively a time capsule of
the changing milieu, run the gamut. Find artist
Linda Cosgrove’s collection of baroque reliquaries
in Marin; a century-old barn in Napa revitalized
by architect William Duff for art collectors Howard and Cindy Rachofsky; a fine bookbinder’s
atelier by architect Peter Pfau in Sausalito; and a
sculpture garden in Tiburon by Surface Design
for art collectors Stuart and Gina Peterson. In the
East Bay, artist Christopher Brown shows us his
decades-old live/work loft in Berkeley.
The cover story, about a young tech nabob’s
four-story home in San Francisco’s Glen Park area,
features a terraced garden by Sculpt and an interior
by architect Cass Calder Smith, both sprinkled
with artful touches and easy-to-sink-into furniture. With that as a cue, I looked for comfort at
the Flexform showroom, where, thankfully, even
new designs make you feel at home.
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