San Francisco Decorator Showcase Names 2020 Designers, Transamerica Pyramid Sells, and More News in San Francisco
By Kelsey Mulvey February 12, 2020
The design world is constantly on the move in San Francisco. Between new collection launches and showroom openings, it can be hard to keep track. That’s why AD PRO has got you covered with all the news you need to know for the week.Business
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Announces Designer Participants
Back for its 43rd year, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase recently announced the details of its 2020 edition. Built in 1926, the 6,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style home is located in the West Clay Park neighborhood. This year, 21 design firms will decorate 29 distinct spaces. “We have a wonderful blend of veteran Showcase all-stars mixed with first-time emerging designers, and I’m looking forward to seeing their vision come to life,” Jenny Borden, the director of operations, tells AD PRO.
The showcase will feature designers such as Barbra Bright, Sean Leffers, and Kristen Peña. “We were inspired by the gorgeous Mediterranean style of the home and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance,” Peña, who will design the master bedroom and closet, tells AD PRO. “Without giving too much away, think sumptuous velvet, antiqued mirror, natural stone, decorative paint, and chains all working together to create a sexy, luxurious master suite.” The showhouse will be on display from April 25 through May 25, and proceeds will go to the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program. Guests can learn more and RSVP here.Openings
Holland & Sherry Expands Its Design District Digs
The British fabric company Holland & Sherry is bolstering its Bay Area presence by expanding its San Francisco showroom. Nestled in the Design District’s Showplace East, the updated showroom has doubled in size and now has plenty of space to display its collections and collaborations. The Holland & Sherry showroom is located at 135 Rhode Island Street and is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Preservation
Bar Agricole Taps Snøhetta to Reimagine Famous Watering Hole
After 10 years of business, the popular cocktail bar is moving from its South of Market location to a luxury residential complex at 1550 Mission Street. Though Bar Agricole is famous for its cocktails, the hotspot also won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Design. To help preserve its status as a design destination, owner Thad Vogler tapped Norwegian firm Snøhetta to design the new 5,000-square-foot space. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bar Agricole will close its current location April 15.Events
Cooper Hewitt Honors Designers at the National Design Awards
New York’s beloved Cooper Hewitt museum is taking its National Design Awards event out West with a spin-off on Thursday, February 13. Civilization cofounder Corey Gutch will moderate a panel discussion with former winners Lisa Iwamoto, Susan Kare, and Ivan Poupyrev. The event will take place at Design Within Reach, at 200 Kansas Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests can RSVP here.
Learn How to Blend Art and Architecture at the AIA’s New Crash Course
Head over to AIA’s San Francisco headquarters on Thursday, February 13, for a crash course on giving your next project an artful edge. In “Architectural Art Installations: Benefits + Best Practices,” artist and CEO Gordon Huether will share methods, theories, and best practices for incorporating art installations into architectural spaces. The course will take place at 130 Sutter Street, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests can register here.
Iconic Transamerica Pyramid Sells for $711 Million
There’s a real estate shake-up looming over the San Francisco skyline. According to Business Insider, the city’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid has been sold to Shvo, the New York–based real estate developer. This transaction marks the first sale in the building’s history since its contentious debut in 1969. The sale is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020.
A Tech-Centric High Rise Plans to Roll Into Oakland
According to Curbed, TMG Partners is about to break ground on a new, 28-story office development project on Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue. Architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz has been tapped to outfit the space with an industrial-inspired concept.