Pro Tip: Form + Field's Favorite San Francisco Shops

One of the best parts about designing interiors in San Francisco: endless options for sourcing. Many creative shops, niche boutiques, and historic galleries are hiding right here in our own city. Each work of art, piece of furniture, or unique object carries a local flavor that only enhances its appeal — and its appeal in a space. Here is Form + Field's list of top shops worth getting off the laptop for:

The Future Perfect at 3085 Sacramento St.

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The Future Perfect’s design gallery is genius for its simplicity: modern and contemporary style, elegant product lines, and one-of-a-kind pieces. / Image Credit

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The experience of walking through The Future Perfect is as well-crafted and thoughtful as the objects inside. A minimalist style gives each piece the environment in which to shine — and gives us a glimpse of how it might look in your home. / Image Credit

ACACIA at 415 Valencia St.

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We love ACACIA and its very thoughtfully curated collection of pieces. ACACIA’s prioritization of each object’s function, in addition to its aesthetics, makes this shop a joy to browse. When we hand-select pieces, we’re confident that our clients will enjoy using them for seasons to come. / Image Credit (above)Image Credit (below)

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STUFF is a two-story collective of vintage modern furniture, glassware, wall art, and more. With so much to see and works of art to uncover, we can get lost in here for hours. Fortunately, the time spent searching is almost always rewarded with pieces that are unique, interesting, and full of future conversations. / Image Credit

Lost Art Salon at 245 S. Van Ness Ave.

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Lost Art Salon houses a collection of paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs from artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection pays particular homage to the Modern Era, which makes it one of our go-to shops for tying together the elements in a room or finding the perfect painting to make a statement. / Image Credit

Tell us! What design shops do you love in SF?

Inspiration: FOG Design+Art Fair

For the last five years, the FOG Design+Art Fair has occupied Fort Mason in a four-day exhibition of the latest in art and design. Galleries from around the world and from right here in San Francisco come to display the work of both famous and up-and-coming talent.

In every visit to FOG, we’ve found new artists, designs we love, and concepts to inspire our own interior design projects. Here are some of our favorite finds from this year’s event.

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Gallery: Jessica Silverman, SF

We love Davina Semo's creative contrast between industrial, chain-link material and seemingly organic, rippling folds. / Image Credit

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Gallery: Friedman Benda, NYC

Faye Toogood uses elegant curves and color to define our perception of weight and strike an intriguing balancing act. Originally intended for a child’s nursery, her mobile designs have morphed into something else altogether: perfection. (We’re using one of Toogood’s tapestries in a design project, as well, and can’t get enough of her diverse body of work!) / Image Credit

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Gallery: Pace Gallery, Palo Alto

Kohei Nawa was a new artist discovery for us. Each of his pieces is an innovative experiment in perception and in the form’s definition and relationship with light. He meticulously plans every glass orb that is placed on the taxidermied animals. Otherworldly and beautiful.

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Gallery: David Zwirner, NYC

Ruth Asawa, whose work is typically known for having more roundness of form, surprised us with these nature-inspired, wire hanging sculptures. Their shadows are nearly as fascinating as the sculptures themselves.

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Gallery: The Landing Gallery, Los Angeles 

We loved discovering the work of J.B. Blunk, a local sculptor and protégé of renown artist and architect, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Come April, check out his work in person at the Oakland Museum of California where they bring together a comprehensive survey of his work. / Image Credit

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Gallery: R & Company, NYC

Scene by one of our favorite designers Pierre Yovanovitch, who is based in Paris. Yovanovitch transforms simple, modern forms into an orchestra of contrasting shapes, shadows, and textures.

What's inspiring you from FOG Art+Design? We'd love to hear.

Bay Labs San Francisco Office Reveal

The main workspace is screened from the dining area.

The main workspace is screened from the dining area.

Bay Labs is a start-up that will change the world. Using artificial intelligence to solve problems in healthcare, they are developing breakthroughs in cardiovascular imaging to combat heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Last April, Bay Labs approached Form + Field to design their new San Francisco headquarters in the bustling SOMA neighborhood. 

Collaborating closely with the co-founders, we created an office space that encapsulates the Bay Labs brand. The space is welcoming for the start-up's many collaborators and investors, and strikes the perfect balance between comfortable and professional. Sound was a large consideration in the design, and new glass doors were installed to separate the kitchen area from the main open office space. A "telephone booth" was also constructed on-site to provide a dedicated space for phone calls and private conversations. Scroll down for more photos of Bay Labs' San Francisco office!

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The windowless reception area is made welcoming through deep blue paint.

The windowless reception area is made welcoming through deep blue paint.

New glass doors were added to block kitchen sounds from entering the work area.

New glass doors were added to block kitchen sounds from entering the work area.

A cozy library is used for quiet work and research. 

A cozy library is used for quiet work and research. 

Conference rooms are outfitted with custom tables and comfortable chairs.

Conference rooms are outfitted with custom tables and comfortable chairs.

Photography by Thomas Kuoh

Form + Field's San Francisco Office Design

We moved into our new office in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood a few months ago, and we're excited to reveal the newly designed space to you. The office is located in a former warehouse built in 1907 from salvaged bricks following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. We love the character and community of small companies located in the renovated building. Here are our tips for making a small office space beautiful and functional.

Assess Your Needs
Our needs going into this project were being able to showcase our interior design style, have ample storage, a conference area, and a library. And we had to fit it all in a 300 square-foot space! Thinking about vertical space and how to use it optimally was key to making this office work for us.

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Go Vertical
We maximized the back wall storage with tall shelves to showcase interior design materials, samples, and styling props. The shelves are also strategically filled with stacking storage bins and project trays.

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Use Your Walls
Use wall space for more than just art. We use picture rail shelves and magnetic boards to store and showcase tile and wallpaper. The TV is mounted on the wall on an articulating arm that can be pulled out for presentations, eliminating the need for a media stand and freeing up floor space. Wall-mounted hooks are used to hang bags and coats.

Have Furniture Do Double Duty
The bookshelf serves as a storage display of books and also a dividing point of work area and conference area. We can access files and reference design books in a cinch. The flat file cabinet and conference table’s large surfaces are also used to display active project samples and drawings.

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With clean sight lines, no clutter, and a place to keep everything, our office is now the ideal environment to help us stay creative and productive.

What are your best tips for maximizing small spaces? Tell us in the comments below.

Form + Field Annual Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and to celebrate we’re sharing our first-ever gift guide. What follows are Form + Field approved (i.e. beautiful and functional) gifts that we have personally tried and tested. Go forth and gift well!

1. For the chef / After receiving this skillet as a gift, we stopped using all of our other pans. Its versatility makes it a must-have for any chef's kitchen. Shop the Finex Cast Iron Skillet.

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2. For the minimalist / This porcelain tableware from Japan is the definition of beauty in simplicity. Shop Hasami Porcelain.

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3. For the modernist / Remember your grandma’s quilts? Louise Gray’s quilts are nothing like that. Bonus: they can double as artwork. Shop the Louise Gray Throw Quilt.

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4. For the hostess / Brooklyn-based design studio Ladies & Gentlemen first broke out with their signature tray that combines a trio of luxe materials to better serve your guests. Shop the Perimeter Tray.

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5. For the collector / Local Bay Area ceramicist Sara Paloma's work is stunning and she’s having her annual studio sale on Sunday, December 10th from 12:00 - 5:00 at 4333 Holden St. #54, Emeryville, CA. Shop Sara Paloma on Etsy.

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6. For the music lover / These diminutive beauties will greatly improve the ease in how you listen to music. Shop Sonos PLAY:1.

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