Art

Artists are Opening their Studios

Artists are Opening their Studios

Year round artists are busy creating interesting works of art behind closed doors in lofts, warehouses, garages, basements, spare bedrooms, workrooms and anyplace that they call a studio. In San Francisco, Fall means “Open Studios”. INSTUDIO Design Directors look forward to this time of year because they can see new work by both well known […]


STILL HERE an exhibit by the 3.9 Art Collective

STILL HERE an exhibit by the 3.9 Art Collective

3.9 Art Collective was founded by African American artist in San Francisco after it was recently discovered that according to the 2010 census the African American population in San Francisco has declined to 3.9%.  Is being an African American that lives in San Francisco a revolutionary act? STILL HERE is the collective’s inaugural exhibit that […]


7 Floral Designs from a Bountiful Bouquet

7 Floral Designs from a Bountiful Bouquet

Supermarkets, organic grocery stores and farmers markets offer flower bouquets which combine a bounty of seasonal greenery and flowers.  For a reasonable price a large vase can be filled with leafy greens and flowers to add color to a room. Seven different floral arrangements were composed by the design directors of INSTUDIO using one $15.00 […]


Feng Shui inspires Artist William Rhodes

Feng Shui inspires Artist William Rhodes

Artist William Rhodes Feng Shui Series brings together his journey as an artist.  His dynamic works of art are composed of properties designed to create positive energy. Equally talented as an artist, craftsman and furniture maker his pieces in the Feng Shui Series defy such categories as painting, sculpture, furniture or accessory; the works are […]


Ingo Maurer Lighting, Sculptural Works of Art

 Ingo Maurer Lighting, Sculptural Works of Art

Lighting by Ingo Maurer is experienced as art that provides illumination.  He was always among the first to experiment with new lighting technologies that included cable & halogen, now with light-emitting diodes. His work can be described as artistic, sculptural, humorous, imaginative, futuristic, global & magical.  By encouraging you to see light in a different […]


The Master Study

The Master Study

Artists will frequently study a great master by reproducing a master work themselves, thereby learning how the artist used composition, color, brush work, perspective, proportion, balance and interest to create their masterpiece.  Many of the same tools show up in a well designed interior space:  color, proportion, balance, interest and the overall “feel” (composition) of […]


The Fine Art of Lighting Exhibited at ArtHaus

The Fine Art of Lighting Exhibited at ArtHaus

The interior Design Directors of INSTUDIO suggest keeping an open mind when considering resources for home design and décor. A shopping trip that leads you to all of the usual places for a particular item may leave you empty handed and uninspired. When looking for high quality unique lighting an art gallery may have exactly […]


WORKING in SERIES

WORKING in SERIES

The interior Design Directors of INSTUDIO are both exhibiting visual artists and interior design specialist. Creating art alone in a studio environment can be an isolating experience. Sometimes professional artists take classes to develop techniques, themes, theories & ideas with like minded creative individuals. Artist/designer Stephen Kladder recently completed a course on developing works in […]


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who Recycles Best of All?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who Recycles Best of All?

Recycling centers across the country offer low cost materials to artists, crafters, and creative decorators. All of the interior Design Directors of INSTUDIO not only offer design services but produce art & craft projects when not developing design for clients at the office/studio. While visiting the architectural material recycling center Building Resources in San Francisco, […]


Kuba Textiles as Natural Contemporary Art

Kuba Textiles as Natural Contemporary Art

Imagine having a fashionable wardrobe of special clothing that is handmade from natural fibers, each piece being artistically interesting, contemporary and detailed.  An interesting wardrobe embellished with bold and graphic patterns. Wouldn’t you be tempted to proudly display your clothing on the wall as art? The Design Directors of INSTUDIO like to think globally when […]


Doing Good While Preventing Furniture Rings

Doing Good While Preventing Furniture Rings

Beyond interior design, most of us are interested in other things like recycling, arts & crafts, unemployment, international style and protecting our good wood furniture from unsightly rings. All of our interest can come together with the use of coasters made from recycled tea bags. The earthy brown tea bags are enhanced by interesting motifs […]


Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady

Randy Figures is an artist who has a passion for Victorian homes. The details and influences come from every architectural style of the past. His hand drawn pen and ink architectural rendering “Painted ladies on Guerrero Street” shows his devotion to architecture, art and design. Drawing houses since he could hold a pen, Randy recalled […]


Custom Framing Personalizes Your Art

Custom Framing Personalizes Your Art

BACK to the PICTURE is the perfect name for the frame shop and gallery space that has been at its Valencia Street location for over a quarter of a century. Shopkeeper and owner Servio Gomez is a photographer who supports the arts. Manager and framing designer Randy Figures is a visual artist who curates and […]


Chic Designer Toys for Adults

Chic Designer Toys for Adults

Why do kids get all the fun stuff to play with? Buckyballs are 216 powerful rare earth magnets that look like old fashioned ball chains. The powerful round mini magnets are shaped into a perfect square and packaged in a clear orange box. Start to pull on Buckyballs and they form a perfect strand that […]


Lessons in the Abstract Kladder

Lessons in the Abstract Kladder

Interior design director Stephen Kladder of INSTUDIO is also an exhibiting painter. While developing new styles and techniques Kladder took a departure from figurative images to explore a series of abstract paintings. The artist/designer is a natural colorist who takes risks with unexpected color combinations in works of art and also when designing interiors. His […]


VIRACOCHA antiques, assorted rarities & art

VIRACOCHA antiques, assorted rarities & art

Individual shops in any city’s neighborhoods offer uncommon goods that are usually personally selected by the shopkeeper and reflect their personal style and taste. A mixture of items that are locally made, crafted or hard to find, are displayed in shops that are as unique as their owners. This makes the joy of finding interesting […]


ARCH for architecture art & design

ARCH for architecture art & design

The bold new black and white graphics of ARCH on the corner of Missouri & Seventeenth streets is a reminder of the joy of shopping at unique local stores with individual personality. ARCH has supplied materials to San Francisco’s architects, designers & artists with a wide range of architectural drafting and model building supplies for […]


Shanju

Shanju

Shanju is a San Francisco artist and craftswoman. Her exhibit and display of jewelry, crafts and art at the Bayview Opera House has the feeling of an African marketplace. Layers of colors and textures are artistically arranged in a way that draws you in for a closer look. Her jewelry creations are not for the […]


Big Daddy’s Antiques

Big Daddy's Antiques

Big Daddy’s Antiques recently opened an expansive warehouse space that has the feeling of an eclectic artist studio. Owner Shane Brown travels throughout the United States, Europe and Asia sourcing the unique and one of kind items that he is known for. An international collection of antique furniture, paintings, mirrors, birdcages, lighting, and exceptional objects […]


African Nail Fetish

African Nail Fetish

An African nail fetish sculpture illustrates how to use an unexpected element of bold texture in a room. A well designed space includes a mixture of color, texture, pattern and finish. Create artistic compositions with different finishes and proportions. Use finishes that are, shiny, matte, highly textured, polished, rough, smooth, aged and detailed. Use objects […]