San Francisco’s Dogpatch District has just been crowned “America’s Next Great Art Neighborhood” by T Magazine, helping to cement the city’s exciting reputation as an art center that rivals Berlin and New York, while maintaining a distinct West Coast flair. This means that decorating one of the condos at 815 Tennessee in San Francisco will not only be an adventure in contemporary design but a project that will transform your luxury home into a personalized work of art that celebrates your neighborhood.
Start your adventure by hunting for a contemporary masterpiece to hang on your wall. At the Altman Siegel Gallery, a giant space on 25th Street, you can claim for your own a vibrant oil-on-paper painting by Alex Olson, whose work was lauded in The New York Times for its “admirably relaxed simplicity.”
The perfect complement to such inviting contemporary work? Design to live on—and with—that reflects the same understated, creative elegance. Look no further than Thomas Sellars’s Dogpatch workshop, where Sellars and his crew will build you a table with geometric legs or an asymmetrical, sculptural bookshelf of his own design.
The Museum of Craft and Design is another place where you can find rare pieces and collectibles for your home. A Dogpatch design gem and a mecca for lovers of innovative contemporary aesthetics, the museum has a shop that was rated the best museum store in the city by San Francisco Magazine in 2016. A haven for local experiments in art and design, the shop is filled with a collection of home décor and ceramics, including playful pieces like the wool, felt, and leather tray that incorporates textures where you least expect them, a gold-toned cork map of San Francisco that will help you track your explorations of the city, and woodblock model houses that can double as a diorama and a set of storage containers.
Other not-to-miss design destinations include the internationally sourced collection at Coup D’Etat and Tiny Frey Design. Frey is a local artisan with a space on Minnesota street who creates unique bowls, vases, cups and paperweights that truly straddle the line between functional vessel and sculpture. Her cups and vases, hand-formed in clay and re-cast in resin, look like an ethereal still life by the 20th century Italian painter Girogio Morandi, and with her collection on your table, your home at 815 Tennessee will too.