Monday, July 2, 2018

Yves Behar's Latest Project: CANOPY Jackson Square in San Francisco

Designed by Yves Behar and Amir Mortazavi of M-PROJECTS, CANOPY Jackson Square delivers impeccable contemporary and ergonomic design within a serene, distraction-free environment

Inspired by the artists and radicals who brought to life San Francisco’s North Beach and Jackson Square neighborhoods in the 1950s, CANOPY was designed to be a profound departure from the standard workspace. 

Strong site-lines organize the 13,000-square foot space, with CANOPY’s signature glass-enclosed private offices lining one side, and a café by Jane and open workspaces on the other. 

In the center, an organic lounge is a place-making architectural tour-de-force intended to encourage both casual conversations and work meetings. A literal, dramatic architectural canopy was built around three columns as a freestanding fanning structure that doubles as book and magazine shelving. 

The tree-like design serves as both a visual privacy screen to the conference room and work areas, as well as a containment of the lounge area. An exercise in visual expression, CANOPY Jackson Square strives to create a harmonious and thoughtful balance between work and social. The space is bathed by natural light; all areas were designed to have light filtering in from multiple directions.

CANOPY was built with innovative features that encourage privacy and inhibit sound. Private offices are sealed by high-tech Modernus glass partitions and feature soft floors and ceiling surfaces, inciting quality conversations. 

Common spaces have slated ceiling insulation throughout, as well as CANOPY’s signature foam light fixtures, which provide additional sound control. Upholstered furniture, fabric desk privacy screens, and soundproofing materials that line the phone booths and Mother’s Room all uniquely contribute to a distraction-free environment.

Outdoor Work Terrace
A rare and standout feature of CANOPY Jackson Square is an innovative outdoor work terrace encompassing 1,500 square feet with breathtaking views of San Francisco and presenting a healthy and new work style enabled by technology and design. 

The expansive space is partially covered and heated for year-round, all-season use. Three zones encompass café-style seating, a casual lounge space, and workspaces for one-on-one collaboration or meetings complete with marble tables and high-quality, ergonomic, heated seating by Galanter & Jones that enable longer and more comfortable outdoor work sessions. 

An outdoor awning structure, made of recycled sails and designed to protect members from the elements, was designed by Yves and Amir in collaboration with SF-based MAFIA Bags founder, Marcos Mafia.

Palette, Products & Finishes
CANOPY Jackson Square’s color palette is a nod to its location amid the captivating neighborhoods of North Beach, Jackson Square, the Financial District and Chinatown. A sense of serenity and feminine qualities contrast and harmonize with the architectural textured black surfaces and exposed concrete, complimenting the brutalist masterpiece of San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid, which is visible from CANOPY. Similarly, green tones echo the oxidized copper accents of the vernacular Coppola Sentinel building, while unsaturated pink touches pay tribute to the historic stucco facade of City Lights, the legendary beatnik and activist bookstore down the street. Verdi Alpi marble-infused tables and elements help bring the natural world into the space.

Contemporary office furnishings comprise a host of Herman Miller pieces, including Yves Behar-designed Sayl Chairs and Public Office Landscape System Tables, Charles and Ray Eames Chairs, Chadwick Modular Seating and Renew Sit-to-Stand Tables by Brian Alexander. CANOPY will also incorporate the LiveOS system by Herman Miller which automatically raises and lowers desks to the perfect height when it senses that a specific user is in front of it.

These pieces are complemented by Eric Trine coffee tables and planters, Rodolfi Rodroni for Kettal outdoor furniture, Raw Edges for Mutina tiles, Concrete Cat mirrors, vintage 60s and 70s Preben Dahl lights, floating copper shelves designed by Yves and Amir, and M-PROJECTS-custom designed conference tables made of blackened ash and Verde Alpi green and black marble, as well as solid ash communal tables. With both geometric and organic elements woven throughout, unique accents include pink quartzite kitchen finishes, blackened plywood bulkheads and Shaw Floors tiled organic carpet patterns.

Bay Area craftspeople and artisans are amply showcased throughout CANOPY Jackson Square. This includes ceramics from Year & Day and a plaster gradient wall by artist Victor Reyes within the break room and café, plus custom-designed tables, cabinets and light fixtures.

CANOPY is exceptional shared workspace for accomplished professionals and aspirational entrepreneurs alike. Custom designed by friends Yves Behar and Amir Mortazavi, and built from the ground up by M-PROJECTS, CANOPY delivers an elevated contemporary design, a distraction-free environment, and sophisticated membership and concierge-style amenities programs in iconic neighborhoods. CANOPY centers on the premise that where you work affects what you do and who you are. The members-only workspace seeks to bring people together and inspire great ideas that design can amplify. CANOPY’s first location opened in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights in 2016. Its second location opened in San Francisco’s Jackson Square in Spring 2018. Headquartered in San Francisco, CANOPY was founded by Yves Behar, Amir Mortazavi and Steve Mohebi. 

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All Photos by Joe Fletcher, Courtesy of CANOPY

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Emirates Hills Villa by Nikki B Interiors, Dubai

Emirates Hills Villa is a signature project by Nikki B Interiors based in Dubai, UAE

A bold and provocative luxury villa that represents clearly the studio's interior design philosophy. For the project some of BRABBU's pieces were specified and included in several of the villa's rooms.

A twill armchair, a marble dining table and a contemporary brass chandelier are some of the pieces that can be seen there, among others.



Each of BRABBU's living room furniture pieces arises from a fight between inspiration and hard work. Symbol of knowledge and rebirth, Nº20 armchair was raised through a long journey of a total set of 24 prototypes intended to reinterpret the forces of nature in a living room furniture piece. 

Nº20 distinguishes itself for its attitude represented in its fabric, a beautiful and standing out blue twill and a strucutre that embraces us with strength and determination, like Mother Nature. Nº20 armchair it´s a modern living room furniture piece that will bring elegance to any decoration 

W 76 cm | 29,90” D 83 cm | 32,70” H 91 cm | 35,83”


Koi carp is a recurring symbol of Japanese culture. Its natural colour mutations reveal their capacity to adapt, just like KOI Dining Table. 

Featuring a base in aged brass and a top in acrylic, this rectangular dining table will add refined elegance to any dining room design.

W 244 cm | 96.1" D 135 cm | 53.1"H 75 cm | 29.5"


NANOOK is the master of bears, the one who decides the luck of the hunters in the Artic regions. 

This dining chair blends the beauty and grandiosity of this animal through the robust body covered by blue satin. NANOOK dining chair embodies a myth from Inuit culture and tells a story while you leave yourself to its comfort.

W 57 cm | 22,40” D 62 cm | 24,40” H 77 cm | 30,31”


ZULU dining chair, a mid century modern furniture piece, is based in one of the elements that ZULU tribe recognizes by being present in a human being - the shadow. It means prestige or personality. 

ZULU dining chair is a simple piece, although its structure and colour gives the prestige that only mid century modern pieces have and that the ZULU culture requires; the velvet softness of ZULU dining chair along with the capitone gives more personality to this mid century modern furniture piece, making it an unforgettable piece whether the set where it is placed in. 

W 57 cm | 22,05" D 55 cm | 23,23" H 81 cm | 32,68"


Cyrus was the brave Persian king that conquered Babylonia and its Cylinder was the document that proves it. 

CYRUS table light was inspired by the freedom and the vast culture of the Persian civilization. An original furniture piece, made in polished brass. Luxurious, yet, sober and exquisite. 

D 23,5 cm | 9,25” H 72 cm | 27,60”


Cyrus was the brave Persian king that conquered Babylonia and its Cylinder was the document that proves it. 

CYRUS wall light was inspired by the freedom and the vast culture of the Persian civilization. An original furniture piece, made in polished brass. Luxurious, yet, sober and exquisite.

W 9,5 cm | 3,74” D 12 cm | 4,70” H 60 cm | 23,62”

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All images courtesy of BRABBU.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Orange Vase for Princess Beatrix

A Tradition of Royal Leerdam Crystal Since 1927

In honor of her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix 80th birthday this 31st of January, Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema was invited to design a vase for Royal Leerdam Crystal.

The design is based on the number 8 opening up elegantly at the top to form a royal collar.

Limited edition of 300, number 1 will be offered to the former Queen.

Frank Tjepkema (born 1970) is a Dutch designer based in Amsterdam. He started his design agency Tjep. in 2001 and works in interior design, architecture, product design and jewellery. He has provoked audiences worldwide through his art and exhibition pieces, such as the Bronze Age Furniture, Recession Chair, Bling Bling and Oogst. Frank is an early collaborator of Droog and his work is part of the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Cooper Hewitt in New-York.

All images courtesy of Tjep.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year: Caliente AF-290

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is strong, radiant and full of energy

By the Benjamin Moore Color and Design Team

Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand has selected “Caliente AF-290” as the Color of the Year 2018, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red.

Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.
– Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

The color leader also unveiled Color Trends 2018, a curated palette of 23 highly influential hues that enliven any room by adding depth and energy. The palette incorporates a full spectrum of reds, from hints of blush to deep oxbloods, while ensuring seamless pairings with a carefully selected range of whites, neutrals, and complementary bold hues.

The Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2018 palette includes:

Caliente AF-290, Deep Poinsettia 2091-30, Cherry Wine 2080-30, Cranberry Cocktail 2083-20, Texas Rose 2092-40, Pleasant Pink 2094-60, Saddle Soap 2110-30, Incense Stick 2115-20, Smoked Oyster 2109-40, Excalibur Gray 2118-50, Wolf Gray 2127-40, Stone 2112-40, Black Beauty 2128-10, Silver Marlin 2139-50, Carolina Gull 2138-40, Dreamy Cloud 2117-70, Moonshine 2140-60, Sharkskin 2139-30, Elk Horn AF-105, Peau de Soie AF-60, Golden Retriever 2165-30, White Opulence OC-69 and Coastal Path AF-380.

The Benjamin Moore Color & Design team annually forecasts color trends following a year-long research journey to 30 cities across 12 countries, traveling nearly 100,000 miles. The team of seven Color & Design experts attended more than 20 industry shows capturing more than 42,200 photos that illustrate points of inspiration from the arts, design, architecture, pop culture, fashion, home furnishings, and more. Their collective findings demonstrated an emergence of red hues, embodying the change, strength, confidence and vitality that permeates cultural movements around the world.

To illustrate the versatility of red, the Color Trends 2018 color card showcases the impact it has on creating statement-making environments that are warm, enveloping and full of personality. These spaces include a mid-century modern home that relies on red for a bold, abstract stroke; a farmhouse made crisp and current with red detailing; a masterpiece of modern architecture whose elliptical lines are defined in red; and a beach house that brings in red for an unexpected neutral touch.

The Color of the Year and Color Trends 2018 palette can only be achieved with Benjamin Moore products. Offering residential and commercial paints for any project, the Benjamin Moore portfolio includes Aura®, Aura® Bath & Spa, Regal® Select, Natura®, ben®, ADVANCE®, ARBORCOAT® and Aura® Grand Entrance®. All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors are available in pint samples at local retailers along with Color Trends 2018 color cards. Benjamin Moore products are exclusively found at the more than 5,000 Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailers across the U.S. and Canada.

Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®, Regal® Select, Natura® and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designers more than 3,500 colors. Benjamin Moore paints are available exclusively from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.

To learn more about the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year and Color Trends 2018 palette, visit

All images and trend information courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year: Oceanside SW 6496

A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is Sherwin Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year.

A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.

The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.

Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door.

Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.

Oceanside is universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary.

Using the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer, you can explore the Color of the Year and with the swipe of a finger see it on any wall.

For more information, visit Sherwin Williams

All images and trend information courtesy of Sherwin Williams.