Where 4 Bay Area Pros And Showrooms Are Settling In


Danish design manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son recently unveiled a shiny new Design District showroom (111 Rhode Island St., Ste. 3), shown, featuring furniture from design icons like Hans J. Wegner, Kaare Klint and Arne Jacobsen in a loft-like space with a midcentury aesthetic and California-modern-meets-Danish-minimal vibe. Emphasizing natural wood materials and a color palette ranging from soft pink to moss green, the showroom features two main exhibition areas for both contemporary work and pieces dedicated to traditional Danish craftsmanship.

The SoMa warehouse that Elementi took over this spring for its first U.S. flagship (935 Natoma St.) has good bones. The industrial space formerly housed the office of Nicole Hollis Interior Design, so naturally, Elementi founder Alessio De Francesca called on Hollis to design the pied-a-terre-inspired, loft-style showroom featuring Italian kitchen, bath and home goods products. Standouts include a Venetian wood custom dining table and a hand-carved travertine bathtub from partners like Vaselli and Rossato Home.

Speaking of Nicole Hollis, this summer, her studio will debut an office expansion (1000 Brannan St., Ste. 503): It’s signature polished concrete floors and bright white walls will extend into the new space and feature exposure on all four sides of the building with large industrial windows and views spanning from Twin Peaks to the Bay Bridge.

Until now, award-winning architecture firm EYRC called Los Angeles home. But the studio’s emphasis on face-to- face collaboration with clients, coupled with the Bay Area’s growing interest in modernist design, drove their decision to open a second office in San Francisco’s bustling SoMa neighborhood (355 11th St., Ste. 200). The firm–whose practice includes residential, commercial, educational, civic and cultural work–has spearheaded projects throughout San Francisco for more than a decade.