FOG Design + Art 2017

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Last night a few of the ladies from the office and I attended the awe-inspiring fog fair opening gala.  Imagine being greeting at the entry by a dramatic 20-foot tall wall of roses  (thank you, stanlee Gatti).  Once inside Fort Mason, the creativity overflowed with displays from some of world’s finest galleries.

Some of our favorites included:

Knockout chairs from New York’s Friedman Benda gallery.  One chair resembled a furry cumulus cloud and the other might be mistaken for a neon green mollusk.  Both were divine.

Flowers in a bicycle basket by the Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei.  We love him!

“Untitled Blu Monochrome” by Yves Klein and from one of my favorite galleries,  Levy Gorvy.

Sculptures from LeBreton Gallery.

p.s. The dessert bar was also a crowd-pleaser.

The show ends on Sunday, so there is still plenty of time to be inspired.   All proceeds benefit the SF MOMA.

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Iconic Pieces

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It’s inevitable that with the start of a new year comes the lists of what’s “in” and what’s “out” in the world of interiors.  While it’s certainly fun to read them, these lists somewhat contradict my general philosophy of timeless design.  What looks great today should and can in fact look equally fabulous and relevant in twenty years.  As I think through the many homes that I have designed over the years, I realize that there are certain iconic pieces that resurface.  Many are investment pieces but rest assured that these are classics that will stand the test of time.
1. YVES KLEIN TABLE
2. SAARINEN DINING TABLE
3. PARSONS TABLE
4. LOUIS XVI CHAIR
5. REGENCY GILTWOOD MIRROR
6. ANYTHING GUSTAVIAN OR GEORGIAN PAIRED WITH MODERN ART
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Bubbly Spirits

 

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As we look toward New Year’s Eve and fondly bid farewell to 2016 (buh-buh), it feels like a good time to share a few bubbly libations to ring in a new year.
 
Who wouldn’t want to sip on something that sounds as fun as a Pomp Fizz, a tequila and champagne fiesta created by Zachary Taylor or Dirty Water in San Francisco.
 
Pomp Fizz (reprinted from Mademoiselle Magazine)
 
Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Patron Reposado
.75 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Cinnamon Syrup*
1 heaping barspoon Pomegranate seeds
Prosecco
Ice
Angostura Bitters
 
Directions:
Build in shaker, adding tequila, juice, syrup, seeds, and then ice.  Shake vigorously and fine strain into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco and then drop a bar spoon of pomegranate seeds into drink. Add 1 dash of angostura bitters to float on top.
 
Cinnamon Syrup
 
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
2 sticks Canela (Mexican cinnamon), broken into pieces. 
 
Combine, sugar, water and cinnamon in a sauce pan over medium heat and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and a prominent cinnamon flavor develops.  Transfer to a glass jar and let cool.  Keeps for up to one month in the refrigerator. 
 

The French 75

This cocktail dates back to World War I when French and American soldiers would toast their victories with it.  The French 75 has made many a movie cameo, perhaps most famously in Casablanca.


1 ounce Gin

.5 ounce fresh squeezed lemon

.5 ounce simple syrup

2 ounces Champagne

Lemon twist or cherry


Mix all of the ingredients together and garnish with a lemon twist or a cherry.  Best when served super chilled, including the glass.


If all else fails, one can never go wrong with Champagne served the original way, straight up.


Happy New Year!

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Santa Baby

 

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We’re all feeling a little like Eartha Kitt these days around the office. Could Mr. Claus just hurry down the chimney tonight? Here are a few of the things that made our wish list and p.s., we have been very good this year!

Avedon fashion book

A piece from the Alex Katz collaboration with H+M

Anything from Crowne Point Press

Soludos Espadrilles, oui ou non?

This delicious cotton candy sculpture

A tiny pink Polaroid camera, “shake it”

A bauble from Finn Jewelry

And for the grand finale, a stay in the Coco Chanel Suite at the newly reopened Paris Ritz

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Greenery

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It has been years since I have been as excited about the Pantone Color of the Year.  Greenery is a color that I can wholly embrace.  Truth be told, I have been using it for years.  It’s a zippy hue that exudes life.  Greenery adds a dash of freshness, that year-round touch of spring, to any space. Cheers to using joyful colors!
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The Magic City

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In case there is any doubt, Miami is as hot, sultry and magical as ever.  The confluence of cultures provides the ideal backdrop for Art Basel and Design Miami, arguably some of the most important shows in the art and design worlds.

Here are a few tidbits from our journey south in case you ever find yourself in this spicy town the first week of December:

EAT 

Do head straight to Ola for al fresco dining and to Havana 1957 for a taste of Cuban cuisine.  Grab a drink poolside at the Raleigh Hotel.

STAY

We adored the Nobu at Eden Roc.

DO

While everyone flocks to the main shows (and they are worthy), we are every bit as enamored with the Pulse and Ink Fairs.  We may have even bought a piece or two!

SEE

Take in the Art Deco architecture. It’s so close to the beach that it’s intoxicating.  Notice the art that is everywhere.  Enormous sculptures dot the cityscape and murals transform parking garage walls into paintings that beckon you to look twice.

WEAR

Bold, wacky and fashion-forward outfits provide yet another feast for the eyes.  Still, by all means pack comfortable shoes!

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Building Castles in the Sky

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  For the senior design team at Martha Angus, it means a bit of jet-setting in tropical Miami for arguably the world’s splashiest design and art scene.  

We’re coming to you from Design Miami where we fell hard for Calvin Siebert’s sandcastles.  Skip the visions of drippy piles of wet sand and crumbling turrets cast from plastic molds.  These are true masterpieces, an ode to brutalist architecture and modernism. Siebert considers building these marvels a test as nature is constantly working against him.  He doesn’t have a blueprint but instead follows the twists and turns that naturally occur when working with sand at the beach.  

Magnifique!  

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Timeless Design

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A few weeks ago our entire team road-tripped to hear David Netto’s insightful lecture on the fascinating and at times elusive François Catroux.  Catroux has been blazing interior design trails for the past fifty years, aided from the sidelines by his wife Betty, once muse to Yves Saint Laurent.   He’s known for his restrained opulence, one that marries a deep respect of the traditional with a more modernist view.

 I highly recommend the book, which is filled with stunning photographs of the many rooms that Catroux has designed.  Perhaps what is most noticeable to me is that every room he has designed is as relevant today as it was the day he designed it.  It’s the very definition of timeless design.

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Animalia

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The San Francisco Art & Antiques Show theme, Animalia: Animal Imagery in Art & Antiques got me thinking about how often I incorporate animals into my design.  These animal references add vitality to a space and exude warmth. 

A large snail purchased in the south of France provided a witty touch in my St. Helena dining room.  He got left behind when I moved but I’m sure that his new owners love him too.  I adore a Marin kitchen eating area that I designed around a Damien Hirst Butterflies print. The butterfly wings inspired the entire color palette.  I have also been known to cover a chair or an ottoman in a Clarence House tiger or leopard silk.
 
I suppose that in the end it’s somewhat instinctive for us to gravitate toward animal imagery.  “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!”
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Holiday Helpers

Holiday Helpers

As the hint of crisp fall air settles over our city, the elves at Martha Angus are starting to turn their attention to the holidays.  Think tinsel and sparkle and fresh inspired design created exclusively for you by us. We remove the hassle and pile on the joy. To book your holiday decorating session, please call 415.931.8060 or e-mail Stephanie at stephanie@marthaangus.com

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