Design

Warby Parker in Hayes Valley

by meg on January 30, 2015

Warby Parker Glasses

I first started wearing glasses in college—and wore them for about 3 years. One day they broke in half (I sat on them), and being an unemployed recent graduate at the time, I decided to forego getting a new pair right away largely because they were too expensive. Then a curious thing happened—after about year (yes, that is how long I waited) I went to get my eyes checked and I found out that, crazily enough, my vision had returned back to 20/20. I should have been happy, right? Despite the miracle of restored vision, I was actually a bit sad that I didn’t have to wear glasses. They were a cool…accessory.

That was 1998 and at the time the words cute and inexpensive were not usually conjoined in describing eyewear. Until of course, Warby Parker came along years later.

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending the opening party for Warby Parker in Hayes Valley. (They’ve actually been open for about two months now, but their initial party date had the misfortune of landing on the inception of #Stormaggedon 2014—hence rescheduling.) We enjoyed the library-esque design: bookcases filled with hardcover titles that were organized by color, reading nooks with leather seating, reference desk signage over what might normally be a service counter (it was a DJ station and bar last night). We also instantly recognized the cityscape murals and art throughout the space as the work of local designers and illustrators, Lab Partners (the duo designed the cover for our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide).

Perusing the selection, I started thinking of wearing glasses again—partly for style but mostly as a cover-up for my allergy-ridden eyes in the coming spring months—and starting at $95 a pair; it’s really a no brainer.

Hmmm, maybe I should get two.

Warby Parker Hayes Valley

Warby Parker Reference Desk

Warby Parker Reading Nook

Warby Parker Lab Partners

{Photographs by Lisa Wong Jackson}

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Joie du Jour Stationery & Events

by meg on January 26, 2015

Joie du Jour Journals by Ferme a Papier

A couple years ago, Cat Seto invited me to breakfast after she had returned from Paris. In her email she had told me about how energized and inspired she was by the trip—and how it resulted in a flurry of new illustrations and most notably, a new illustration style. As I scarfed down a plate of blueberry pancakes, she personally demonstrated her new painterly-illustration style in what would later become the Ferme à Papier line, which she launched in 2013. Watching her hand at work, drawing carefree strokes that manifested into a set of mismatched chairs or a single leaf tethered to peach—they all seemed to hold an effortless magical quality and definitely a Parisian flair.

So it’s not surprising that Chronicle Books took notice and collaborated with Cat to produce a line of stationery called Joie du Jour, a collection including a journal, notecards, and labels.

Even better, if you want to meet this local Bay Area artist, you’re in luck. Just in time for Valentine’s Day (I know, January is almost over!), Cat has two upcoming events: a pop-up shop at the W Hotel on February 5th and, for those with more DIY inclinations, a night of paper-making and beginner embossing at Chronicle Books’ Union Street shop on February 9th. There, Cat will provide hands-on tutorials for three different crafts—for you to share with the special Valentines in your life!

Thursday, February 5th, 6-10:00PM
Pop-up shop at Retail Therapy XOXO Edition
W Hotel
181 Third St
San Francisco
RSVP

Monday, February 9th, 7-8:30 PM
Embossed Valentines with Cat Seto of Ferme à Papier
Chronicle Books
1846 Union Street
San Francisco
Light refreshments included plus 25% off the entire store
Purchase tickets

Joie du Jour stationery by Ferme a Papier

Joie du Jour Journal by Ferme a Papier

Joie du Jour Stationery by Ferme a Papier

{Photographs by Jing Jin}

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The Design Deck

by Anh-Minh on January 9, 2015

thedesigndeck1When it comes to collections, I tend to favor objects that can easily be displayed or stored—for example, matchbooks and playing cards. I recently came across The Design Deck by Ben Barrett-Forrest and just might have to add it to my assortment of the latter. Each of the 52 cards features useful information about graphic design, such as typography, color theory, techniques, and history.

The Design Deck was made possible through a Kickstarter campaign, which included a video with Ben explaining what it is and why he created it.

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This Is Ground

by Joanna on December 31, 2014

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If you’re anything like me, you’re looking to the new year for some fresh starts. One thing I want to focus on in 2015 is getting organized, so I’m glad I came across This Is Ground. These gorgeous and functional handmade leather goods are made to provide “creative solutions to everyday problems.”

Each piece is made in Los Angeles by skilled artisans, including a die-maker with over 50 years of experience. With designs like the cord taco and the cordito, they’re the perfect way to tidy up loose cables and finally get organized once and for all.

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{ Images via This Is Ground }

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Jen E at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 19, 2014

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A few months ago, Joanna wrote a post about Jen Kuroki’s ceramics. Her playful and modern pieces stayed with me, and I instantly recognized her work when I ran into her booth at last week’s West Coast Craft show. I was excited to meet Jen and to see her ceramics in person, and felt like a little kid in a candy store. The colors she uses are so deep and vibrant, yet her designs have a subdued quality to them.

Her small dishes and vases are so versatile, that they would make perfect gifts. You can find Jen E’s handmade and one-of-a-kind ceramics in her Etsy shop. I took home two items with me, and after looking through these pictures, I regret leaving the third one behind!

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 { Images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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