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A Year on the Road: Above the San Juans

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A misty flight over Washington's emerald islands

For 4 years now, I have been dreaming of exploring the 450 islands that make up the San Juans. I knew this year marked my moment to finally visit as they have just been declared a National Monument. In Obama's words, the islands are “a refuge of scientific and historic treasures and a classroom for generations of Americans.”  Home to bald eagles, orca whales, harbor......read more

The Pierre by Olson Kundig Architects

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A San Juan Islands retreat merges with its natural surroundings

As we've mentioned previously, Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects does modern retreats as well as anyone. The Pierre, a concrete bungalow in the San Juan Islands, is yet another fine example. Created for a client who expressed her affection for the rocky outcrops on her property, the structure is nestled cozily into said rocks, and in fact takes its name from the French word for......read more

Flora Grubb Gardens

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A San Francisco gem.

I had heard about Flora Grubb through several un-related people. She's created a native, drought-tolerant beautiful oasis that has become the city's crown jewel of plant shops. One friend mentioned she'd been profiled in Vogue, another that he buys his fruit trees from her and that his kids love going there. While attending our good friends Kestrin Pantera and Jonathan......read more

The Unseen Sea

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Simon Christen's stunning time lapse portrait of San Francisco.

How can you bummed about fog when it looks this good? Shot by Simon Christen over the course of a year, these stunning time-lapse images capture the Bay Area in all its fog-drenched majesty. Nicely scored by "Mary's Song" from Nick Cave. Check out the waves of fog rolling over the hills at 2:00. Crazy beautiful. ...read more

Anzfer Farms: Fragment Lights

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Reclaimed wood lamps add warmth to any space. $80.00

Anzer Farms is a San Francisco-based design studio/workshop specializing in reclaimed wood objects and furniture. The company's Fragment Lights range have bases made from aesthetically-pleasing wood fragments gathered on the San Francisco shoreline. The 15 watt lights cast a candle-like glow that adds character and warmth to any setting. Each unit is one-of-kind, with a small globe bulb available......read more

San Francisco: The Miniature City

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SF gets the tilt-shift treatment.

We've posted awesome tilt-shift videos of New York and Sydney, now peep this new one made by multimedia designer Shukhrat Pardaev and watch San Franscisco get turned into a miniature toy city by the sea. ...read more

Woodshop

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Four-man artisan-surfer collective crafts functional art from salvaged stuff.

In a converted gym in San Francisco's Sunset district, a collective of four artist-designers have joined together through a shared love of craft, surfing, and sustainability. Under the humble name of Woodshop, the group's workspace and showroom is filled with functional art made from reclaimed wood and landfill-bound objects. The studio is made up of four guys whose individual skills......read more

Moneyless Invades the Bay Area with Yarn Sculptures

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Geometric installations pop up around San Francisco and Oakland.

Italian artist Moneyless, known for his 3D geometric installations constructed from yarn and string, was in San Francisco recently for the Linear Empires show at White Walls Gallery. Evidently he took some time to ramble around the Bay Area and craft some uncommissioned works in the great outdoors. The angular sculptures consist of straight clean lines arranged in spatially organized webs that......read more

Stag Takes Dining Underground - and Beyond

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With a shared passion for sustainability, Stag Dining Group & SHFT team up at Sundance

The latest food rage that's sweeping the nation is taking place underground. Clandestine dinners are one-off events held at secret locations, where in-the-know guests rub elbows with like-minded diners. Next week, Stag Dining Group, Cocktail Lab, and FAIR. Spirits team up with SHFT at Sundance (in conjunction with Ford and W Residences Hollywood) to bring a shared......read more

Guerrilla Grafters: Covert Farming in the City

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Underground growers secretly splice fruit-bearing branches onto city trees

Guerrilla Grafters are vandals with hearts of gold. For the past year, the renegade gardeners have been risking the wrath of city officials by secretly splicing fruit-bearing twigs onto barren public trees in the Bay Area. Combining guerrilla gardening with urban farming, the group aims to use the city's trees to provide "delicious, nutritious fruit for urban residents." Passers-by are......read more

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