Come join me at DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN on November 14th

Sponsor: EFFEN Vodka Designer: fashion designer Richard Chai
DIFFA’s first ever stand alone bar-lounge installation, which combines cool modernity with handcrafted, natural elements. Curved silhouettes, evocative of the EFFEN bottle, are featured throughout the space along with a modern bar and sculptural centerpiece serving as the focal point.  

One of San Francisco’s most unique design event is DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN, held at the Galleria in the San Francisco Design Center.  If you have been you understand why I am passionate about it, if not you must not miss it.  The two night charity event raises funds for the Positive Health Program the out-patient clinic at the UCSF HIV/AIDS division at the San Francisco General Hospital, which provides care for nearly 3,000 patients from around San Francisco.  Since 2001 the artistic community from around the Bay Area has put their talents on display creating dining environments like not other.  Think Snow White in the shape of a 6′ drag queen sleeping on your table, or treasures from an Egyptian tomb  or a thousand orchids or a Moroccan tent surrounding you.  Interior designers, architects, landscape designers, furniture makers, artists, fashion designers, and even a rabbi all let their creative juices flow unbound by the limitations their day to day business may often impose. Continue reading

My Guide to Salzburg in THE ADDRESS Magazine

A few months ago I wrote an insider’s guide to San Francisco for THE ADDRESS, the award-winning international online luxury property and lifestyle magazine out of London.  They asked me to do another one for my home town of Salzburg.  I admit that gathering the information for my San Francisco guide was much easier.  If I got a craving for certain food or it put me in a shopping mood I could just go out and squelch my desires.  But writing about my favorite places in Salzburg made me admittedly homesick.  When I was finally done writing I immediately booked a flight; and I can’t wait to be visiting all my favorite places once again. Continue reading

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is Near

Fan by Mabel Hay Barrows (American) 1888, cardboard with silk ribbon and metal fixtures, collection of Phoenix Art Museum, gift of Miss Carolann Smurthwaite (Photo Ken Howie)

The opening night gala of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is always one of my favorite events of the season.  What could be better than catching up with friends and colleagues dressed in their Fall fineries and feasting on a sumptuous buffet by McCall Catering while being surrounded by some of the most exquisite antiques from around the world?  I usually come back over the weekend to thoroughly review all the unique pieces more close-up.  By then usually some of the rarest designs have been snatched up by serious collectors who come early opening night, specifically at 4:00pm, to get first dibs in the hopes of scoring that extraordinary find.
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