| Jul 3, 2013 |
SF designers marry modern design and craft for exhibition
Boh staff
By Staff

The American Craft Council will return to San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center this August 2-4, where, in addition to featuring the work of hundreds of top contemporary artists, it will partner with nine celebrated San Francisco-based interior designers and architects to present “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft.”

“Part of the joy of collecting is incorporating fine craft into your home and we want to provide our American Craft Council show visitors with some great examples of how to do just that, using top designers from San Francisco,” said Pamela Diamond, the American Craft Council’s director of marketing and communications. “In addition, we want to expose the local design community to the high-end craft made by our makers, many of whom have reached the level of artisan through years of studying and working in a specific medium, teaching and having their work displayed in galleries and museums all over the world.”

Designs by Geremia Design and Lisa Bakamis Design

Participating interior designers and architects include: Lisa Bakamis of Lisa Bakamis Interior DesignMimi I. Chen of Three Legged Pig Design, Lauren Geremia of Geremia Design, Nicole Hollis of Nicole Hollis Design, Steven Miller of The NWBLK, E.B. Min, AIA, and Jeffrey L. Day, AIA, of Min | Day, Melina Raissnia of Peace Industry and Nicole Socia of Socia Design.

Design by Steven Miller Design Studio

The showcase will celebrate the symbiotic relationship between craft and design and offer attendees a host of ideas on how to incorporate fine craft into their personal home décor. The designers will transform the show floor of the Fort Mason Center into a show-stopping setting of eight room designs that reflect the character of each carefully-selected, inspiring piece of craft.

Each designer will start with a blank, 10x8-foot white space and a beautifully crafted piece made by a participating show artist. The room settings will give context to the handpicked pieces of fine craft, bringing the art to life while capturing the interior designers’ and architects’ unique styles, whether contemporary, classic, elegant or eclectic.

“I am inspired by people who make things with their hands, artisans who find new ways of working traditional shapes and materials,” said Hollis. "I'm looking forward to this unique collaboration.”

The American Craft Council San Francisco Show draws thousands of fine craft collectors from across the Bay Area who find great joy in learning the master makers’ creative processes, developing relationships with the artists and learning the stories behind each handcrafted piece.

Show hours are Friday, August 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $14 for a one-day pass and $20 for a three-day pass, and can be purchased here.

Photo credit: Angie Cao

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