A Hyperlocal Array of Talents Make This San Francisco Kitchen Update Shine

A 1921 home in San Francisco’s West Clay Park has been completely transformed for the 2020 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, and the kitchen may be our favorite part. Designed by the S.F.-based Regan Baker, the classic but dated kitchen got a Mediterranean-inspired upgrade with brass fixtures, a moss-gray range, and an array of art, and was completed entirely during quarantine.

<div class="caption">This is Regan’s second year doing the annual Decorator Showcase. “What I like about doing the showcase is that we can feature local artists and artisans, the people that we actually work with all the time on projects,” she says.</div>

This is Regan’s second year doing the annual Decorator Showcase. “What I like about doing the showcase is that we can feature local artists and artisans, the people that we actually work with all the time on projects,” she says.

The homeowners, who are actually Regan’s clients, were excited to participate in the showcase and loved the direction she’d planned. “The way they select the houses is a huge process,” she says. “They have to go through protocols and be okay with people coming in and doing whatever they want.” And though there is some feedback, the designers mainly get free rein to show off their talent.

Construction began in October 2019 and Feldman Architecture completed the entire demo in just three months. In January, designers were notified if they had received a space to decorate and had until May 31 to finish up.

“It was insane,” Regan recalls. “With COVID, we were completely shut down and had to finish it in two months. Because our area was construction-intensive, we were down to the wire.” But even though the process was quick and at times stressful, the kitchen is now one of the stars of the home.

Location: San Francisco

<div class="caption">The backsplash tile was a collaboration with maker <a href="https://www.yondershop.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Linda Fahey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Linda Fahey</a>. “I like geometric in general, and we took her dog bowl shape and made it a convex shape—playing with dimension—[and added] a rose-gold glaze,” Regan says.</div><cite class="credit">Photo: Suzanna Scott</cite>
The backsplash tile was a collaboration with maker Linda Fahey. “I like geometric in general, and we took her dog bowl shape and made it a convex shape—playing with dimension—[and added] a rose-gold glaze,” Regan says.

Photo: Suzanna Scott

The before: “There was an original butler’s kitchen and the main kitchen was next to it,” Regan says. “The cabinetry was outdated and hadn’t been touched in maybe 20 years, and was in need of repair.” To modernize it and provide views to the central family zone, she kept the existing window spaces, went with a skinny island to fit the narrow space, and mimicked the entryway curvature in the architectural details.

The inspiration: BlueStar was a sponsor for the showcase and Baker chose their amazing soft moss-gray range. “I’d never seen an appliance with a matte finish and we wanted the palette to have a modern Mediterranean feel,” she says. She planned to do a colorful kitchen but gravitated toward classic, timeless elements. The flooring uses a sculptural walnut shelving system between the kitchen and breakfast nook.

Square footage: 544 square feet

Budget: No real budget

<div class="caption">The walnut cabinet fits between two windows of varying heights. Not only does it trick the eye to make the area appear symmetrical, but because the kitchen has no upper cabinetry, it was important to have a functional piece.</div>

The walnut cabinet fits between two windows of varying heights. Not only does it trick the eye to make the area appear symmetrical, but because the kitchen has no upper cabinetry, it was important to have a functional piece.

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Canadian Interior Designers Shine on the Virtual Stage | Nachricht

Showcasing the winners of the 2020 IDC Value of Design Awards

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) held its first ever virtual awards presentation on Sept. 23, 2020. The event, which was hosted by IDC Past President, Jason Kasper and IDC CEO Trevor Kruse, was broadcast simultaneously from Toronto, Ont. and Winnipeg, Man.

The awards were held in lieu of the of IDC’s annual design symposium, which was cancelled this year due to the global pandemic. Despite the obstacles, the Canadian interior design community came together again to celebrate design and innovation.

“The show must go on!” says Kruse. “We are delighted to have an opportunity to honour our members and celebrate the value of Canadian interior design.”

This year, 12 Canadian design firms from coast to coast were honoured at IDC’s virtual Value of Design Awards (VODA) celebration. These awards, which launched in 2018, shine a spotlight on Canadian interior designers by providing a forum to showcase the benefits of design thinking: an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process focused on the human experience within interior spaces.

The 2020 Value of Design Awards were presented to the following winners who continue to push the boundaries of interior design. These designers have shown and implemented an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process, focusing on the human experience within their projects, creating sustainable and functional designs for the present and future.

Value of Design Award – Excellence  

Innovation in Residential Single-Family Design: ‘ShadowBox’ by Johnson Chou Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘BFR Accountants’ by Folio Design Inc., Laval, Que.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘COWI North America’ by Square One Interior Design, North Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Flight Centre Flagship Toronto’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Hullmark Head Office at 474 Wellington Street West’ by Quadrangle, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘OPG Workplace Transformation’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘The Smart City Sandbox’ by IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Workplace Innovation Challenge’ by IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Value of Design Award – Merit 

Innovation in Design Thinking: ‘Imperfect Fresh Eats’ by Syllable Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Design Thinking: ‘OPG Workplace Transformation’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Hospitality Design: ‘Hotel Belmont Food & Beverage Portion’ by Kado Design, Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Institutional/Educational/Civic Design: ‘Odeyto Indigenous Centre’ by Gow Hastings Design, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Retail Design: ‘Inscape Showroom’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Mitecvsat-Alga Micro Ondes’ by Folio Design Inc., Kirkland, Que.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Peoples Group Workplace Design’ by DIALOG, Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Spear Street Capital – Willingdon Business Park Building 6’ by SSDG Interiors Inc., Burnaby, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Volaris’ by Bartlett & Associates, Toronto, Ont.

Founded in 1972, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is the national advocacy association for the interior design profession, representing more than 5,000

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