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Ceramic lamps, blacksmithed cabinets, and other big-ticket living room additions.


End tables by Ted Boerner

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Lighting by Eric Roinestad

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Cabinet by Philip Nimmo

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Wallpaper by de Gournay

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Whip It Up
Ted Boerner may be known for his sleek and colorful contemporary furniture designs, but nearly every piece he has created over his extensive career (his San Francisco–based studio will celebrate the big two-five next year) is a nod to items from his past. His Whisk end tables (price upon request) are a leather-and-steel interpretation of the classic egg-beater, a much-used centerpiece of his grandmother’s kitchen. Hewn, 101 Henry Adams St. (Near Alameda St.) 

Light from Above
The new lighting collection from multi-hyphenate designer Eric Roinestad redefines illumination by trading the typical materials (glass and metal) for his medium of choice: chalky white ceramic. After the Los Angeles–based creative director made his mark in media and music—leading the design teams at both Flaunt magazine and Capitol Records—he turned to the potter’s wheel in 2002. His Pendant 03 ($13,500) was created exclusively for the Future Perfect. 3085 Sacramento St. (Near Baker St.)

Cabinet of Curiosities
The single, amorphous bronze handle that stretches across the front of the Montage cabinet ($45,850) by Philip Nimmo is more than simply a shimmering detail. The thousands of glittering indentations are made by hand—a blacksmith repeatedly heats and hammers the metal, a process that can take up to 10 hours. De Sousa Hughes, 2 Henry Adams St. (Near Division St.).

Wanderlust on the Walls
The British design house de Gournay opens in San Francisco this month. And while the showroom can certainly serve as a one-stop shop for the heiress looking to outfit her rococo manse, it’s the company’s hand-painted wallpapers that have the greatest crossover appeal. Iconic patterns such as Plum Blossom, Willow, and Kiso Mountains (shown here, $1,466 per panel) would look right at home in a decidedly modern pad. 3681A Sacramento St. (Near Spruce St.), 


Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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