Posts Tagged ‘Lighting’

SHO-CON

SHO-CON

Creative people with truly contemporary ideas often face an uphill battle while the rest of us catch up to their innovations. By the time their ideas become integrated as the new normal the creative person is developing fresh ideas that challenge the norm. This describes the thoughts behind Karen McMullen’s new furniture showroom SHO-CON. The […]


Welcoming the Next Chapter

Welcoming the Next Chapter

Sixty is the new forty. Stylish youthful active seniors are celebrating their freedom from raising families by trying new things. Seniors are changing their personal style while developing renewed interests in continuing education, sports, food, travel, fashion, the arts and volunteer work. Some seniors start pre- retirement planning for the sale of their too large […]


Jungle Elegance at DINING BY DESIGN 2013

Jungle Elegance at DINING BY DESIGN 2013

INSTUDIO design director Samuel Fleming Lewis visits Design Plus Consignment Gallery while sourcing high quality furnishings and art for clients whenever he is near the San Francisco location. When congratulating gallery manager Raul Cabrera III on his participation in the DIFFASF Dining by Design event Lewis asked Raul about the theme and design of his […]


Issey Miyake’s New Forms of Light

Issey Miyake’s New Forms of Light

Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide is internationally known for innovative and iconic designs. INSTUDIO Design Directors visited the San Francisco showroom to view the new IN-EI lighting collection created by fashion designer Issey Miyake. In theory the pairing of a Japanese fashion designer with an Italian lighting company may seem odd. The creative meeting of the […]


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 […]


Contemporary Custom Lighting with a Vintage Vibe

Contemporary Custom Lighting with a Vintage Vibe

SOMA, or South of Market in San Francisco, has been known for cultivating artistic talents for decades. Creativity can be seen in galleries, shops and manufacturing businesses where interior designers source one of a kind items for their clients. INSTUDIO Design Directors frequent The Malder Company where a wide range of custom lighting design, services […]


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 […]


Design Direction for a San Francisco Remodel

Design Direction for a San Francisco Remodel

Living in a recently purchased house for six months to a year can often be the best way for homeowners to figure out what is needed to mold their house into a home. A San Francisco family of four found a house that suited them but did very little to it except for a change […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


A Contemporary & Traditional Master Bedroom

A Contemporary & Traditional Master Bedroom

Sometimes those who love contemporary design actually live in traditional spaces. There is no reason not to have a room that matches your personal style when a balanced interior design is developed. New homeowners who find modernist designs appealing had a master bedroom with architectural features that included traditional moldings, oak hardwood floors, paneled doors, […]


Evolution of the Tolomeo Lamp

 Evolution of the Tolomeo Lamp

In 1987 Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide introduced the contemporary classic Tolomeo table lamp designed by architects Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina. In 1989 the Tolomeo table/task was given the Italian industrial design award “Compasso d’Oro” for achieving the perfect marriage between design and engineering. The lamp has become a global icon. Over decades a […]


San Francisco Loft Living

San Francisco Loft Living

Decades ago New York City artists, actors and the avant-garde pioneered loft living.  Creating a new way to live these people made their own rules by converting warehouses, manufacturing spaces and industrial buildings to spacious light filled dwellings and work spaces. The first lofts had the challenges of developing kitchens, bath rooms and heating systems. […]


What are Elevations? Take a look at the walls that surround you!

What are Elevations?  Take a look at the walls that surround you!

The Design Directors of INSTUDIO say interior design starts with a plan. The Floor plan tells you how your furniture will fit within a room and how you will move through your living space. Elevations are the walls in a room or space. Architecturally speaking basic elevations include each wall in a room as you […]


I Saw it in the Window and Just Had to Have It!

I Saw it in the Window and Just Had to Have It!

Remember the iconic Carol Burnett episode with Carol as Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind turning the window drapery into a formal gown?  We can take our cue from Carol:  reuse and re-purpose when designing your interiors. Like Carol, think outside the box.  You may have a piece of furniture, for instance, a bureau […]


CULTURE, COMPOSITION, COLOR & COMFORT

CULTURE, COMPOSITION, COLOR & COMFORT

Why does Buddha seem so serene? Is it secrets of relaxation and meditation? Is it the placement on a dark polished wood chest? Is it the warm glow of the lighting? Or does the juxtaposition of the abstract art beyond Buddha create a calming vignette that pleases the eye? These questions and many more will […]


Be a Design Rebel with a Cause

Be a Design Rebel with a Cause

Developing personal interior design style can be a rebellious act in that it takes strength of character to ignore design trends to create rooms that reflect who you are. Finding your style requires looking at furniture, art, lighting & accessories from various sources. While the internet and established furniture stores can provide foundation furnishings what […]


Compositions in a Room

Compositions in a Room

Residential interior design and decoration is built upon four basic layers of elements within an overall composition that personalizes living space. The first layer is the Interior architectural space or room. The second is the defining details of the architectural space. The third includes floors walls and ceiling or the “shell”. The furniture plan and […]


SWANK Venetian Glass Lamps from Dallas, Texas

SWANK Venetian Glass Lamps from Dallas, Texas

INSTUDIO Design Directors can often be found searching local shops for interesting vintage lamps to complete design projects. Vintage lighting and lamps have individual styles that add unexpected shapes, colors or finishes to a room. In design that combines old and new furnishings Venetian glass lamps can look both contemporary and rare at the same […]


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 […]


Seeing Vintage Desk Lamps in a New Light

Seeing Vintage Desk Lamps in a New Light

Big desks & the lamps used to illuminate large work surfaces are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Small computers or laptops allow for smaller work surfaces both at home & the office. As work spaces have become less defined, old fashioned desk lamps from the 1940’s to the 1960’s begin to look like […]


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 […]