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San Francisco Design Week Wrap

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My head is still spinning from all the hobnobbing, design dishing, and seriously good fashion that went down at Design SF 2012.  Not only was it a party packed weekend but there was also a ton of fascinating, leading edge info about the direction of design.  I want to give you the inside scoop, so here are the highlights:

The kickoff for me began with the stunning and accomplished Trina Turk.  As a fashion, textile and accessories designer, Trina Turk is well versed in expanding her creative reach and and I was privy to hearing firsthand how she actually has to tone down her color palette for interiors at a private dinner hosted by Schumacher  and California Home + Design Magazine.  Once again, I forgot my camera to snap a few secret shots of the private dining room at 25 Lusk and try to MacGyver some really secret shots of the delicious three course meal we all enjoyed.

(photo by Mona T. Brooks)

I was able to infuse my inspirational high with a little more Trina Turk the next morning at her live interview with CA Home + Design editor, Erin Feher.  My head was nodding along with Trina’s statement on the future of interior design.  She talked about interiors becoming more malleable and continuously developing in ways similar to the fashion world (i.e. moving faster).  It’s a good reminder that it wasn’t long ago that one sofa slathered in thick protective plastic was the living room centerpiece for a solid 30 years.  The days of decorating your home once for the life of your mortgage are gone and I couldn’t agree more.

Next it was off to the Go Social Media panel where I shared the stage with fellow designers Grant Gibson and Scott Meacham Wood.  In true social media style, the hashtag #GoSocialSFDC was used on Twitter so that even those not at the conference could follow along with the highlights of the discussion.  We talked about the growing opportunities for designers within social media and blogging as well as the perils of ignoring these powerful and somewhat intimidating new tools.  There were a lot of great pointers especially the idea that using social media as a marketing megaphone will send followers into a mass exodus for more resourceful and genuine content.  A big topic amongst the panel and audience was how the booming newbie social network of Pinterest could be a major force moving forward specifically for designers.

Then I was lucky enough to have a few great new head shots snapped in the Kravet Showroom.  I love their fabrics and the showroom manager Lisa  Davis is the best – we had to grab a quick photo together.

Finally it was time for me to walk the runway….with my dogs.  The Haute Dog SF Fashion Show is an annual benefit for Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities.  The runway show featured designers, artists, and performers with their pooches pouncing Project Runway-style.  My dogs, Parker and Lola, were due to work it in their custom outfits with fabrics by Kravet but Parker, always the diva, refused to walk mid-runway.  Turns out Parker is a fan of the “au naturale” lifestyle more than the world of high canine couture. Here are a few before & after photos of Lola and Parker:

Parker preferred the view from above to the runway!

Lola didn’t mind her outfit one bit.  Thanks to Madina for her sewing and design talent.

I can’t get enough of these conferences!  I’m headed down to Los Angeles next week for the Design Bloggers Conference on February 26-28, 2012 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  I’ll be sure to report back the goods on speakers Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Bunny Williams, and Ronda Carman and many other movers-and-shakers in the design world.  Also stay tuned for the Twitter hashtag for the conference so you can follow along with all the exciting panel discussions.  I’ll post it on my Twitter page!

[Thanks to SF Fog Dog for the beach photos a few of the runway photos.]


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  1. Your photo at Kravet is beyond stunning Melanie!

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