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Fog Fair: Art and Inspiration in San Francisco

One of the must-see events on my calendar this season was Fog Fair, officially Fog Design + Art, an annual fair held at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Last year’s show set high expectations – but this year did not disappoint! I arrived eager for inspiration, and left with a mind full of the most fantastic creative art. Here are the show highlights – according to me!

Fog Fair 2017 Stefan Kurten at Hosfelt Gallery, Barry McGee at Ratio 3, Nicholas Nixon at Fraenkel Gallery
Deep Insight, 2016 by Stefan Kurten at Hosfelt Gallery; Ceramics by Barry McGee at Ratio 3; and Savignac de Miremont, France, 2011 by Nicholas Nixon at Fraenkel Gallery
Fog Fair 2017 Magen H Gallery, Richard Neutra at Edward Cella Art+Architecture, and Jorge Pardo at David Gill Gallery
Masks at Magen H Gallery; Drawings of the Mariners Medical Art Center, 1963 by Richard Neutra at Edward Cella Art+Architecture; and Meretricious Untitled 6, 2015 by Jorge Pardo at David Gill Gallery

The star of the show, for sure, was David Zwirner Gallery‘s Meditaton by Yayoi Kusama. You have probably seen Yayoi Kusama’s work (at least floating around instagram) – do polka dot squash ring a bell? Much of the Japanese’s artists work is immersive art – spaces with objects, patterns, and mirrors. Kusama’s infinity rooms are at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC until May 14, before traveling to Seattle, and then Los Angeles.

Fog Fair 2017 David Zwirner Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama‘s Meditation, 2008, shown by David Zwirner Gallery

Did you go to Fog Fair? What pieces caught your attention?

Melinda Mandell Interior Design: Signature

 

Design Life: A Year In Review

Happy New Year! Looking back, 2016 was very good to me – full of wonderful projects, adventure, and travel!

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2016 Highlights:

Projects of note include #allthatglossandglass, a Woodside remodel of a couple’s forever home; #modernmixitup, a Palo Alto remodel for a vibrant young family; and #housefullofreaders, a transformation of a 1930s home on Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto with new furnishings and fine art. I am so thankful for clients that invite me into their lives, trust me with their design process, and become friends.

I love being an interior designer in the San Francisco Bay Area, but trips to other fab locales always spark new ideas. Travel to Chicago, Seattle, and Palm Springs Modernism Week invigorated me and provided me with endless inspiration.

Finally, #RMHStanfordbyMMID, where I designed three rooms for Where Home Has a Home, the new Ronald McDonald House Stanford, still makes me smile.

Wishing you all a joyful, colorful, and authentic 2017!

Melinda Mandell Interior Design: Signature

 

New Year’s Eve Party: Black and Brass

2017 is nearly here, which means I better get on it! This holiday season has been all about black and brass for me, and this palette will be extending to our New Year’s Eve party!

BRass bottle Openers

First of all, before we plan this celebration, I am on the hunt for a new bottle opener. How to choose? There are just so many handsome brass ones out there! Here are my favorites. Corkscrew style, bottle top style, geometric, and minimalist, while all beautiful uses of brass as a medium.

New Year's Eve Brass Bottle Openers and Corkscrews
1. SOLID BRASS VINTAGE CORKSCREW VIA CHAIRISH 2. EVEREST MODERN BRASS AND QUARTZ CORKSCREW BY KATHY KUO HOME 3. BLACKENED BRASS BOTTLE OPENER BY IACOLI & MCALLISTER 4. CREST CAST BRASS BOTTLE OPENER BY FORT STANDARD 5. MATTE BRASS HEXAGON BOTTLE OPENER BY FERM LIVING 6. POLISHED BRASS BOTTLE OPENER BY GENTNER DESIGN VIA KAUFMANN MERCANTILE 7. FUTAGAMI BRASS FRAME BOTTLE OPENER VIA WOONWINKEL HOME

Most noteworthy to me is the solid, polished brass bottle opener by Gentner Design. It’s simple form, heavy weight, and the fact that it is handcrafted in Chicago mean that I will never get tired of it! Now that we have made that decision, let’s get to more good stuff!

Party Party party

We need something memorable to drink, and some statement-making pieces for the table. So, here is a collection sure to make ringing in the new year extra special!

New Year's Eve Black and Brass Party, Black Glass Coupes, Vintage Gold Barware, Chilewich placemat, Ash & Anchor Napkins, Blockshop Textiles Mosaic Scarf, Ladies & Gentlemen Perimeter Tray, Goldeneye Sparkling Brut Rosé, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Koval Barreled Gin
1. GOLDENEYE SPARKLING BRUT ROSÉ 2. REVEREND NAT’S HARD CIDER 3. KOVAL DISTILLERY BARRELED GIN 4. PERIMETER TRAY BY LADIES & GENTLEMEN STUDIO 5. VINTAGE 1960s ITALIAN GOLD BANDED GLASSES 6. MOSAIC SCARF BY BLOCKSHOP 7. VINTAGE BLACK GLASS CHAMPAGNE COUPES 8. VINTAGE GOLD CREST MEDALLION GLASSES 9. LUME NAPKINS BY ASH & ANCHOR 10. DRIFT BLACK PLACEMATS BY CHILEWICH

What shall we pour? One of my favorite families of vineyards is Duckhorn. This year, their Mendocino-based Goldeneye has released a delicious Anderson Valley sparkling brut rosé – perfect for toasting the new year! To ensure all my guests are sipping something they love, I am adding Reverend Nat’s single-orchard Lorries’s Gold cider, and Koval’s award-winning barreled gin to the bar.

These drinks call for vintage black and gold glasses, in beautiful shapes to enhance the sensory experience.  For the sparkling rosé, these black glass champagne coupes will work beautifully. And these mid-century Italian 24karat banded glasses and gold seal Old Fashioned glasses are ideal for making an impression.

To dress my party table, I have to have these gorgeous black Chilewich Drift placemats (the gold ones are just as pretty). The Perimeter Tray by Ladies & Gentlemen, whose designs are all exquisite, will add some edge with it’s brass handles. Finally, Ash & Anchor’s Lume napkins and Blockshop Textiles Mosaic Scarf (used as a runner) will give the table that handmade feel I treasure. Can you tell that I love entertaining?

So, which bottle opener is your favorite? What are you pouring for your New Year’s Eve celebration?

Cheers!

Melinda Mandell Interior Design: Signature

Design Crushes: Color and Clarity

Combing through endless items to enhance our interiors (yours, mine, and the world’s), the pieces I most appreciate these days have intense colors, and clear forms. Simplicity is refreshing in the sea of over-designed items. Here are a few pieces I am crushing on right now. Some luxury with soul.

Design Crushes May Interiors Inspiration Color and Clarity Melinda Mandell Palo Alto
1. EARLY MORNING SURFERS BY CHRISTINE FLYNN 2. FLOCK CHANDELIER BY SHOPFLOOR 3. THE BOAT BOWL BY REIKO KANEKO 4. LENS TABLE BY MCCOLLIN BRYAN VIA HOLLY HUNT 5. WARREN PLATNER LOUNGE CHAIR FOR KNOLL

This photograph by Christine Flynn transports me to that vacation I keep saying I am going to take. Ethereal light, lush green trees, and a secluded beach are all I want. I will hang this over my fireplace to remind me to go!

Recently I heard David Whippen, owner of ShopFloor in San Francisco, speak about his creative journey. David prides himself on precise metal work, and the Flock Chandelier shows off his talent. These crisp, perfectly balanced LED light fixtures are combined into a floating collection, and I love them!

The Boat, a bone china bowl with a hefty hand-spliced rope handle, has been on my crush list for a while. I love the combination of the rigid, glossy base with the responsive, rough handle. Designed and made in England by Reiko Kaneko.

I have fallen hard for this Lens Table by McCollin Bryan. A thick, perfectly polished resin top held by the base like a jewel,  meets my desire for color and clarity. Available in a plethora of saturated hues, multiple base finishes, and several sizes, there is sure to be a configuration that gets your attention. The emerald and black one above sends my pulse racing!

Of all these design crushes. this sculptural, vintage Warren Platner lounge chair might be my favorite!  We all need some vintage mixed with our modern, and this chair from classic mid-century powerhouse, Knoll, would be a bold statement. Distinct in it’s confident form and straightforward upholstery (I can’t resist that color!), this chair would have command of my living room. Or any room for that matter!

What do you think of my crushes? What designs get your heart pumping?

Melinda Mandell Interior Design: Signature

 

Spring Events: A full calendar!

This spring is full of fun events in San Francisco – so many wonderful things to anticipate in the world of art and interiors!

Yesterday I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Ronald McDonald House Stanford! I am so proud to have designed and furnished three rooms for the RMHS expansion, “Where Hope Has A Home”. RMHS provides housing and a community for families of critically-ill children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Celebrating: Where Hope Has A Home Ribbon Cutting

At the ribbon cutting, we celebrated that after 22 months of construction, the new 52,000 square foot building is officially open, and families are moving in! Donors, staff, board members, press, the builders, and fellow interior designers gathered to commemorate the hard work resulting in such a beautiful building. The building is called the Arrillaga Family Center, after John Arrillaga.  Along with being one of the most significant supporters, he obtained the donation of the land from Stanford.

Annette Eros, RMHS CEO, said that this building will make “such a difference, for so many people, for so long!” I couldn’t agree more.

The three rooms I designed will embrace and nurture families for years to come – giving them a safe place and glimpses of joy in the midst of their health trials. If you believe in the power of design, we still need your support, so please contribute to the cause!

Other spring events in San Francisco on my calendar are:

The grand opening party for the Cambria San Francisco Gallery, where many old and new friends are gathering.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase, where I am eagerly anticipating Evars + Anderson’s sitting room! Open April 30th through May 30th, showcase is a must see this year!

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective. Everyone is raving about this exhibit at the de Young museum, and I will absolutely go before it closes on May 30th.

The newly expanded SFMOMA will be unveiled on May 14th, and I can’t wait to see what fabulous art they have in store for us!

What events are you looking forward to this spring?

Melinda Mandell Interior Design: Signature

Interior Design Cravings

As an interior designer, I am constantly seeing new things, and curating what is relevant to my clients, my practice, and my taste!

Here are a few pieces I am craving this week – for myself or for my projects!

Melinda Mandell Interior Design Cravings Board Palo Alto 3.15.16
1. GOLD FIN COASTERS 2. THE STORM, SELF PORTRAIT BY AGNIESZKA SOSNOWKA 3. VINTAGE DECO YOGA MAT 4. TARGA LOUNGE CHAIR 5. MID CENTURY SERIES NO. 3 LAMP 6. THE NOCTURNALIST TABLE

These gold Fin coasters from Souda are the perfect combination of glamour and restraint. I am attracted to the crisp, precise fabrication – which is the result of the design’s roots in industrial heat sinks!

This intriguing self-portrait by Agnieszka Sosnowka immediately captured my attention. She faces the sea in a classical pose, appearing fearless and stalwart. The artist’s series of black and white photographs from Iceland are all equally captivating, but I have my eye on this one for my client’s living room!

I love yoga, but still find it hard to get out the door to make it to class.  A fun patterned yoga mat would definitely motivate me! Design and beauty should permeate and enhance all aspects of our lives, so why not have something to smile at in downward-facing-dog?

After yoga class, this chair would be the perfect place to curl up with a book. This new design released by Gebrüder Thonet at Salon del Mobile is so impressive! The Targa chair is a modern interpretation of traditional materials and methods: bentwood and woven cane. Love it!

This handblown glass lamp by WhyrHymer is swoon-worthy, and would be perfect on my bedside chest. The integral wood base grounds the wonderful smoke glass coupe shape. Being hand-made in Los Angeles gives it extra points, but I couldn’t be more enamored with this lamp!

The Nocturnalist side table, in brass and calacatta marble, is a design I keep coming back to. I love the asymmetry created by the unexpected break in the line around the base! This piece is handmade by the duo behind Fifteenthirtyeight in Brisbane, Australia. Visually light, with a functional wide top, this table is perfect for my client’s family room!

What are you craving this week?

Melinda Mandell Interior Design: Signature

2016 is starting off with a bang!

This year has many great things in store: exciting new ventures, glossy remodels finishing up, and a renovation beginning in an historic home that has been in the planning stages for a while. It’s so rewarding to see all of the preparation coming to life!

Ronald McDonald House Stanford

And, the best thing yet: On February 13th our pro-bono project, Where Hope has a Home at the Ronald McDonald House Stanford, will be unveiled for public tours! This project is the result of a year of intense planning. It is an absolute labor of love – something very close to my heart. Take a peak on Instagram: #RMHStanfordbyMMID.

Come see me, and my spaces at the Ronald McDonald House Stanford between February 13th and 28th!

All my best,
Melinda Mandell Interior Design: Palo Alto Interior Design