SFLuxe: DIFFA’s Dining by Design

"Joel Robare's Table for DbD"7×7 and California Home + Design, designed by JR Studio (Photo: Stephanie Penn Photography)

San Francisco’s most highly anticipated high-design charitable event DIFFA’s (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) Dining by Design never ceases to delight guests every time and continues to raise money for the Positive Health Program of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute. Even during the toughest of economic times the local design community showed its support. Continue reading

Tea With Claudia: John Saladino

"John Saladino & Claudia Juestel"With John Saladino at the Mandarin Oriental (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)

When I first inquired with the powers that be about scheduling an interview with the legendary designerJohn Saladino I was told that he was, quote, “very difficult to get”. But thanks to the help of Jane Seamon, his gatekeeper and right hand for twenty-two years, they were able to squeeze me into their tight schedule during a visit to San Francisco.  To my delight John and Jane scheduled enough time so that we could thoroughly enjoy our high tea at the Mandarin Oriental. We ordered the Grand Tea Service along with their signature white Jasmine Pearl tea. I also thoroughly enjoyed John Saladino’s spirit and candor while we discussed his illustrious career and mused about food, the pleasures and nuisances of technology and life at large. Continue reading