Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

INSTUDIO Design Directors have an annual design direction meeting in Palm Springs, California with clients who purchased a furnished vacation condominium. Each year the clients replaced existing furnishings with a combination of mid century, contemporary, vintage, local and used furniture, art and accessories to match their personal style. The clients developed a palette of sandy […]


Artistic Collaboration Created at Big Umbrella Studios

Artistic Collaboration Created at Big Umbrella Studios

Works by artists who are part of art collectives is the innovative thought behind the current exhibit at Big Umbrella Studios. The idea of collaboration is the foundation of the art collective’s shared gallery, studio and workspace which were created by visual art graduates of the University of San Francisco in 2007. Artists can be […]


Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Lynne Gillan was the first of the INSTUDIO Design Directors to discover “Chairish” the online consignment marketplace for design obsessed people to buy and sell exceptional pre-owned home furnishings. The three Design Directors work in the studio as a team to conceptualize and review each interior design project on a regular basis. Over time each […]


Artist Michael Ross is Drawing Living Houses

Artist Michael Ross is Drawing Living Houses

A portrait of a house is usually thought of as the perfectly rendered ideal drawing of a home as envisioned by an architect or builder.  Bay Area artist Michael Ross uses a vivid complementary color palette of artist crayons along with his free form drawing style to capture a deeper life of home.  Michael’s imaginary […]


Vintage Restyled in Palm Springs California

Vintage Restyled in Palm Springs California

In the 1970’s a stylish Midwestern lady decided that it was time to escape long lasting winter weather. She started a family tradition of yearly sojourns to Palm Springs California when she and her husband purchased a condominium to enjoy the warmth of the desert sun. She decorated her winter home with a neutral color […]


The Secret Life of Plants Exposed!

The Secret Life of Plants Exposed!

San Francisco artist Ron M. Saunders expresses his interests and talents in three diverse ways:  landscape architecture, photography and as an artist. He is a professional landscape architect who creates his visions through the natural world with horticulture. His fascination with photography developed into an interest in creating photograms.  (A nineteenth-century photographic process which captures […]


The Art of a Spiritual Evolution

The Art of a Spiritual Evolution

San Francisco Artist William Rhodes expresses his spiritual evolution through his works of art. His solo exhibit, “What is Your Spiritual Evolution?”, at the Sargent Johnson Gallery of the African American Art & Culture Complex asks about yours. Rhodes is an Artist, Wood Carver, Craftsman and Furniture Maker who combines his talents with his interest […]


BLOBS by San Francisco Artist LUCAS SEVEN

BLOBS by San Francisco Artist LUCAS SEVEN

Lucas Seven’s new “BLOBS” series of eight by ten inch stretched canvas acrylic paintings were developed with a few key words in mind:  Shape, Color & Fun. The black background of the paintings shows the character’s carefully thought out details and is a great contrast to the BLOBS bright colors. The playful characters created from […]


MUJI Moves Minimal Modern Style to San Francisco

MUJI Moves Minimal Modern Style to San Francisco

When products are sold at the Museum of Modern Art STORE inNew York City it’s safe to say that the items selected for the store are destined to become internationally known design classics. INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis has purchased iconic items from the MoMA STORE since the 1980’s that he continues to […]


Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

San Francisco is well known for quirky apartments carved out of grand Victorian homes. Two young professionals recently from Washington D.C. admitted that their dog Evan sealed the deal for their securing a unique garden apartment. When their future landlord saw images of him via email the apartment was soon theirs. A small private garden […]


A Functional Fetching Foyer for Bike Riders

A Functional Fetching Foyer for Bike Riders

The transition space between the front door and the living room of an apartment or home can be called a Foyer, Vestibule, Entrance Hall, or Ante-room. Traditionally the Foyer was a space reserved for a coat tree, umbrella stand, mirror, console table, a graceful chandelier, a beautiful rug and a bouquet of flowers. These items […]


Unofficial Open Studios at INSTUDIO

Unofficial Open Studios at INSTUDIO

INSTUDIO invites art & interior design enthusiast to visit their new studio at “Unofficial Open Studios”, Saturday & Sunday, November 3 – 4, 2012 from 11am to 6pm. The Design Directors of INSTUDIO are equally fine artists and interior designers.  INSTUDIO interior design clients often select works that were created by the Design Directors to […]


Getting Graphic in the Bedroom

Getting Graphic in the Bedroom

Pop art influenced interior design of 1960’s bedrooms. Bold graphics and color were being printed on bedding for the first time. Solid pastel bedding gave way to an art movement; the canvas was our beds. Artist Vera Neumann, Graphic Designer Peter Max and Finnish company Marimekko brought bold textiles and graphic prints to American homes. […]


Can’t get enough of that funky STUFF

Can’t get enough of that funky STUFF

After finding a parking space across the street, INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis dropped into stuff for the first time. For decades, 150 Valencia has been an interesting odd place to buy old or used furniture from a long time San Francisco moving and storage company. Now, within the huge warehouse of stuff, […]


INSTUDIO HAS MOVED FROM PARK TO PORT

INSTUDIO HAS MOVED FROM PARK TO PORT

Being equally artists & interior designers the Design Directors of INSTUDIO are more like “Design Nerds” than “Designers”. When their lease was complete instead of trying to find exactly the same type of studio near the San Francisco Design Center they began to explore possibilities of retail space, artist’s studios and unusual shared office spaces […]


The Fine Art of Painted Furniture Details

The Fine Art of Painted Furniture Details

For centuries artists have added exquisite paintings and details to customize fine furniture. Striping, floral motifs, gilt details, silver or gold leaf, chinoisserie, trompe l’oeil and geometric patterns can be found on fine furniture throughout history. Art as a finishing touch adds distinction and individual personality to hand crafted furniture. At Hickory Chair Furniture Company […]


Creative Collaboration gets INSTUDIO Design Directors SHOT

Creative Collaboration gets INSTUDIO Design Directors SHOT

San Francisco’s South of Market is not a crime scene but an art and design scene.  INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis, Stephen Kladder and Lynne Gillan needed new photographs to celebrate their third year in business. They combined the talents of creative neighbors all within the same block. Photography: MISSION PICTURES INSTUDIO has […]


A Little Table with Photographic Memory

A Little Table with Photographic Memory

The current term used for creative reuse of home furnishings, “Upcycle” can be applied to this small thrift store Parsons Style table. INSTUDIO Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis has been using his creativity to re-imagine used or dated home furnishings decades before upcycling got a name. His current project is a chic study in black […]


When Art has a Wrinkle it’s a Mark Paron Crinkle

When Art has a Wrinkle it’s a Mark Paron Crinkle

Mark Paron is a self-taught San Francisco artist who creates organically responding to his personal visions. He works with a wide range of materials matching them to his broad knowledge of craft and design to create beautiful sculptural works of art. Inspired by the micro biotic, organic and synthetic his “Crinkles” defy category. The works […]


Art from an iPhone Enhances Your Home

Art from an iPhone Enhances Your Home

INSTUDIO encourages clients to use art as an inspiration to develop interior design at the beginning of a project or add art as personal statement to complement the design of a completed room. Original art brings individuality to a home or workplace. The convenience of cameras on iPhones and the use of small digital cameras […]


Contemporary Art Enlivens a Dining Room

Contemporary Art Enlivens a Dining Room

A weekend visit during the Fall season open artist studios at Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco became the first meeting after INSTUDIO began work with its new art loving clients. The couple viewed art by touring at their own pace stepping into studios that exhibited art that resonated with them while meeting the artists. […]


Sustainable Furniture from Cisco Home

Sustainable Furniture from Cisco Home

Sustainable furniture conjures images in one’s mind of artless boring utilitarian pieces developed by tie dye wearing tree huggers intent on saving the planet. You can erase that image when you visit San Francisco’s Cisco Home Hayes Valley location. The stylish furniture store draws you in with visually pleasing arrangements of art, unique case goods, […]


Mark Bradford Retrospective at SF MOMA

Mark Bradford Retrospective at SF MOMA

INSTUDIO Design Directors are active in the artistic communities of San Francisco. They are constantly advising interior design clients to attend art exhibits, visit open artist’s studios and tour galleries to view or collect original art. It seems during the last four months that every conversation with fellow artists or designers has ended with “Have […]


A Fun Foyer Features Fantastic Art

A Fun Foyer Features Fantastic Art

A foyer gives visiting guests a first impression of both the homeowners and the home’s interior design.  A large foyer in a Burlingame, CA bungalow was painted sunny yellow with white trim that is usually associated with classic traditional rooms. A modest antique ceiling mounted light fixture, a traditional French style wood cabinet, small works […]