Form + Field Annual Holiday Gift Guide by Ashley Tevatia

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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Inspiration: Mission Bay Penthouse by Christine Lin

We’re in the midst of a fun, new project located in the rapidly growing San Francisco neighborhood of Mission Bay. Our client asked for bold colors, luxurious textures, and clean, modern lines with a dash of whimsy.  Here’s some of the images that inspired us during the concept phase:

Like bold colors? Take a look at a few of our picks to capture a similar vibe for yourself:

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Site Visit: Hanna House or Hexagons on Steroids by Garry Alexander

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Despite being an interior designer, I still get most of my inspiration from architecture, and I'm most impressed with designers who excel at both architecture and interiors. The prolific Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is probably considered the ultimate architect/interior designer as he custom designed all of his interiors and furnishings in addition to the architecture. Recently, his Hanna House located in Stanford, CA, was reopened to visitors, and I took a Saturday morning last month to take a tour.

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Designed in 1936 for Stanford Professor Paul Hanna, this was Wright’s first experiment with the honeycomb shape. There are zero right angles in this home - even the custom furniture and fireplaces follow the hexagon design! This also meant that the construction back in the first half of the 20th century had to be insanely accurate - one skewed angle, and the whole pattern is off. All the floors are made of concrete, and at the time, Wright wanted to install radiant heating into the floors, but the clients declined due to concerns about maintenance. Another design detail that was way beyond Wright’s time is the speakers located throughout the entire home that are hidden behind fabric panels - you don't even notice them.

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Both cement and hex tiles are having a heyday right now, but why not combine the two? My favorite source for cement hex tiles is local designer favorite Cle´ Tile, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. These tiles will develop a gorgeous patina over time and are a great way to add color to a small space. The Hanna House is probably too much hex and concrete for most people, but a kitchen or bath floor might be the perfect amount. 

 

 

Inspiration: Luis Barragan by Garry Alexander

Luis Barragan (1902-1988), one of Mexico’s greatest architects, is known for his use of bright colors that reference the traditional architecture of Mexico. Luis also consulted for many international architects on landscape design including Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, and was particularly gifted with integrating outdoor spaces with their interior counterparts, incorporating water features throughout. Now that we’re in full summer mode, it seems especially timely to share some of Luis Barragan’s colorful work!

Inspiration: ICFF New York by Garry Alexander

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) happens every May in New York City. Over 700 furniture, lighting, and decor companies and designers converge at the Javits Center to show their work to buyers, architects, interior designers, and the press. Here are 7 of my favorite finds from ICFF.  

San Francisco-based Fyrn is bringing high-quality furniture to flat-pack shipping with their beautifully detailed line of chairs.

Zachary A. Design creates durable, lightweight outdoor furniture made of fiberglass, stone, and sand.

Newcomer Slang Studio designs artful, sculptural furniture.

Netherlands based Artifort uses playful shapes and color in their line of furniture.

Collectible contemporary furniture using pure geometric forms from Bower NYC.

Brooklyn-based Elish Warlop designs beautiful, jewelry-like lighting.

Australia-based Articolo’s hand-crafted lighting fixtures are simple and elegant.

Learn more about ICFF here.