The Culture of Craft

Imprinted with a maker’s identity, artisanal work brings humanity and singularity into the home
Smoky glass table with slabs of glass for legs.

Above Image: Glassblower John Pomp’s new Tidal cocktail table. Available through De Sousa Hughes.

By Alisa Carroll

The organic beauty of hand-made ceramics, textiles, and glass is an antidote to sterility and uniformity and now, more than ever, homeowners are seeking out these pieces for the depth and character they bring to their surroundings. “Design is a visual expression of your values,” notes San Francisco interior designer Allison Dehn Bloom. “Many clients who are in tune with that are looking for organic materials and art that represent their values, such as work focused on social justice. San Francisco is an epicenter of that.” She adds that keywords for clients are authenticity and soul, and they want what they put in their homes to have a real sense of hand.

The Bay Area is of course a mecca of craftsmanship, and working with local makers enables designers to create pieces tailored to their clients, and to watch them take shape. Shares interior designer Tracy Simmons, “The aesthetic of our work is rooted in Californian design: simple elegance, refined and understated luxury. Working closely with artisans infuses our designs with a sense of place, a story, a point of view.”

Craft culture is, of course, global, and the SFDC is home to collections by makers close to home as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond. Here, we share the work of a selection of artisans from this local and international community.

Stacked cylindrical wooden elements as a side table.

The Monument side table is part of an environmentally-conscious new collection by San Francisco interior designer Lane McNab, and is made by master artisans in the Bay Area. Available through Sloan Miyasato.

Brass and glass chandelier.

Based in Berkeley, Cliff Hersh creates stunning lighting featuring his hand-blown glass. Sphere Network pendant available through De Sousa Hughes.

Tone-on-tone wallcovering that looks like it is made up of randomly placed crocheted doilies.

Nadine Weatherstone handcrafts her gorgeous, three-dimensional wallcoverings in Oregon, including the sculptural new Gilded Nature collection. Her collaboration with Gregorius Pineo, Handcrafted by Atelier, is available through Kneedler Fauchère.

Macrame swing in an casual yet modern bedroom.

The artful Sunkissed Swing is designed by Israel-based studio IOTA and hand-crocheted through the studio’s “soft living” project, which empowers women through craft education, employment, and mentorship. Available through one of the SFDC’s newest showrooms, BaBoo.

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