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David Armour Architecture
David Armour is a devout regionalist, striving to preserve Bay Area architectural history while updating its usefulness and refreshing its beauty. As such, the future appears to be in good hands: “We’ve made it our company mission to use our talents and knowledge to write the next indelible chapter in the story of San Francisco residential architecture.”
Da Vinci Marble
To help fulfill your dreams of a stunning marble wallin your bathroom or a quartzite waterfall countertop in your kitchen, family-owned Da Vinci Marble buys blocks and bundles of sequential slabs direct from Italian quarries and beyond. Contrary to popular belief, most of its competitors go through costly middlemen. If you’re looking for travertine, granite, limestone, or quartz, Da Vinci carries those as well. With 18 in-house designers at your service and a stone buyer who personally hand selects all stone, getting caught between a rock and a hard place is unlikely when it comes to finding the right material for the application.
Victor Mezhvinsky is bringing polish and innovation to San Francisco’s residential building industry one home at a time. Founder and president of FORMA Construction, he attributes his firm’s success to technical skill and respect for craftmanship. “We love projects that showcase our preconstruction, carpentry, and home automation expertise,” Mezhvinsky says. This approach has earned him a portfolio of high-end new builds and remodels executed in partnership with the area’s top architects, among them Cass Calder Smith, Swatt | Miers, and Feldman Architecture. Mezhvinsky says of his team’s collaborative know-how, “All builders buy from the same suppliers—it’s people skills and lasting relationships that make the difference.”
Jeff King & Company
Jeff King & Company is a San Francisco–based premier fine home builder known for its team of construction experts and meticulous approach to craftsmanship. King credits almost 20 years of successful practice to his team’s deep understanding of each client’s vision and their steadfast approach to making it a reality. “We understand that we’re creating the canvas for a family’s life, which is why our work is so important,” says King, “and we set out to make every client a client for life.”
Jenny Rios Home
Jenny Rios’s intellect and charisma have distinguished her among Bay Area design and build professionals. Her consultancy, Jenny Rios Home, helps bring large-scale residential projects across the finish line with an impressive combination of services. “I hold the big picture in mind without missing important details,” says the licensed architect and experienced construction manager, who leads with organizational efficiency and remarkable tact. “If someone wants a ‘hammer’ approach, that’s not me,” she advises. “I’m much more collaborative.” At every phase of building a custom home—from programming decisions to finishing details to budget development to contractor selection—Rios’s clients can expect to gain from her vast experience.
When Geoffrey Rosenblatt conceived of his Bay Area construction management firm, SPECTRE8, he had the home- owner’s needs in mind. “We act as the owner’s advocate during a building project to smooth the process and ensure beautiful results,” he explains. Rosenblatt and his expert team of construction managers have streamlined every kind of construction project over the past 12 years in the Bay Area, but all their work shares common ground in its appreciation of quality craftsmanship, efficiency, and collaboration. “There’s no safeguard against all hitches or delays in something as complicated as building a home,” he says, “but we are able to minimize risk and eliminate much of our clients’ stress.”
“An architect is always part artist and part technician, but I keep the art side of this equation in focus,” says Geddes Ulinskas, whose namesake architecture firm has been orchestrating the interplay of light, material, and form with distinct creative vision in the Bay Area for nearly 15 years. In its refined work—from residential to commercial—his versatile practice marries a love of conceptual modeling with deep reverence for site context and human experience, yielding timeless dwellings that frame their inhabitants’ lives, art, and narrative histories.
Over the past two decades, custom home builder Upscale Construction has put its mark on an admirable collection of Bay Area projects. Lauded for their sophisticated residential work, principals Danny Bernardini, Tony Kelly, Brad Hayes, and Brian Gianinno take a craft-led, thoughtful approach to construction. The firm’s affable culture and ability to meticulously execute on design intent has made it the builder of choice for the most discern- ing homeowners and architects. “We’re proud to have so many repeat clients,” says Hayes. “We take on fewer projects a year so we can focus on those that are the best fit.”
KATHARINE WEBSTER LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Celebrating 30 years in business, architectural lighting professional Alfredo Zaparolli is refreshingly humble about the achievements of his San Francisco–based consultancy, Techlinea. “People only notice lighting when it’s bad,” he says, “so if our work goes unremarked, we feel proud. But I do love to hear that a space looks amazing in general or that people love the art.” In fact, thanks to Techlinea’s renowned expertise, the company has earned a constellation of fans in the international building community, enjoying the spotlight and illuminating the way for great design.
Jaimie Belew Interior Design
San Carlos native Jaimie Belew has long catered to refined sensibilities with a design practice marked by lyricism, intuition, and simple elegance. “My mind is full of creativity, and interior design allows me to release my visions into the world,” she says of the passion she brings to each project. Belew founded her firm in 2011 after training with Rebecca Bradley, and its highly personal approach to designing spaces both residential and commercial has gained her a web of devotees throughout the Bay Area.
Half Full Décor
“I wanted to express my love of art and nature through pattern while doing something to give back to the planet,” says designer Kellie Menendez of her company, Half Full. The brand’s line of sophisticated wallcoverings and textiles helps preserve the fragile beauty it depicts by generating funds to support earth conservation. “Being surrounded by nature inspires me, so I typically root my designs in sketches from life,” Menendez notes of the research that goes into her wildlife-influenced patterns. Just like the authentic approach that has brought the artist success, her company model reminds us that the environmental glass is still half full.
JAY JEFFERS - THE STUDIO / THE STORE
To get a sense of Jay Jeffers’s style, leaf through the acclaimed interior designer’s most recent book, Be Bold: Bespoke Modern Interiors (Gibbs Smith, 2018), and marvel at the daring rooms it celebrates. An Elle Décor “Designer A-List” honoree, Jeffers creates luxurious yet livable homes in which rich color, sumptuous texture, and works of art— heightened by a mix of modern and vintage furnishings and occasional bold patterns—combine to create soulful spaces that feel collected over time and reflect their residents’ personalities. The San Francisco–based designer has also created products for Arteriors and, with partner and brand director Michael Purdy, keeps fans well supplied with chic furnishings through the studio’s retail outpost.
MDG Art Advisory
San Francisco–based Art Advisor Maria Di Grande channels her rich experience and extensive education in contemporary art, interior design, and architecture into curating beautiful environments for her clients. She’s recently completed art collections for the local luxury residential buildings the Pacific, NEMA, 340 Fremont, and Jasper.
Alden Miller Interiors
Alden Miller’s inviting yet practical interiors and her knack for striking, customized details have cemented her firm’s place in the San Francisco design world. Miller’s secret weapon, however, is her interest in other people. When she engages with a project, she does so with verve and genuine curiosity and allows the process to build organically. “I ask about the client’s values and listen for what defines them and how they want to live,” says the California native. A former ceramicist, Miller is big on the tactile. “We base designs in the relationship between natural materials and human experience,” she explains. “Everything starts there.”
PAULINA OLDENBROOK INTERIOR DESIGN
Since setting up her firm in Larkspur in 2016, interior designer Paulina Oldenbrook has garnered a reputation for her warm, considered take on neoclassical style. “My clientele typically wants all the elements of traditional design—but executed with contemporary perspective and a sense of restraint,” she explains. Oldenbrook credits her midwestern roots for the brand’s philosophy of “practical luxury,” a look she says is guided by “fierce devotion to the serviceable aspects of design and real transformation versus superficial change.” With a motto like that, it’s no mystery why architects and their clients enjoy collaborating with her.
MEAD QUIN DESIGN
“I approach design from an artist’s perspective,” says Mead Quin, who studied fine art at Vanderbilt University and worked as a professional portrait painter before making the leap to interiors. “I use line, color, and form to compose space in a room as I would on canvas.” Known for serene, highly edited spaces and a cultivated aesthetic (her project for clients with a blue-chip art collection recently graced the cover of Interiors), the southern native earned her industry stripes in the offices of Martha Angus and Grant K. Gibson. Now Quin heads up her own firm in Emeryville, where principles of longevity and simple beauty rule.
San Francisco Design Center
The softest hand-knotted rug. A sleek midcentury sofa. A bespoke dining table. The San Francisco Design Center showcases the beautiful and provocative in design, from rugs and furnishings to lighting and accessories that give spaces polish and presence.
Themes + Projects
“An art bookshop that evolved into a gallery” is how curator Bryan Yedinak describes Themes + Projects, the contemporary art space he co-founded. Located inside San Francisco’s destination art complex Minnesota Street Project, the gallery represents a diverse range of artists—among them Seiko Tachibana, Maia Flore, Tom Tor, and Carrie Ann Plank—and mounts six provocative exhibitions annually in media such as painting, photography, printmaking, and ceramics. Yedinak feels approachability and lasting relationships with his artists are the gallery’s calling cards: “The art world can be intimidating,” he says, “but we are not.”
Access Institute for Psychological Services
“Mental health issues don’t discriminate—they affect all of us at one point or another,” says Azita Ghafourpour. The former public defense attorney has seen firsthand what can happen when someone vulnerable falls through the cracks. In her current role as Director of Development at San Francisco’s non-profit Access Institute for Psychological Services, she continues to advocate for those struggling with mental illness in the Bay Area, ensuring that quality health services remain affordable and accessible to everyone in need.
Financial consultant and caring citizen Joseph Elefante leads the Guardsmen, the Bay Area charitable group founded in 1947 to enrich the lives of at-risk youth. “Access to quality education and giving kids their first chance to be in nature are the goals,” he says of the organization’s all-volunteer efforts. Known for its popular charity events and holiday tree lots, the association raises more than $1 million in scholarship funds annually, which covers tuition for 250 disadvantaged children and sends some 2,500 more to outdoor camps each year. Elefante says, “Fellowship among our members—a group of skilled and bighearted professionals—is what makes it work.”
Hanna Boys Center
As co-principal of the academic program at Hanna Boys Center, a live-in treatment facility in Sonoma for youth recovering from trauma, Courtney Jackson has helped thousands of adolescents make positive, lasting changes. “If a kid is motivated to get back on track, we can accelerate the process,” says the respected counselor. The center’s competency-based education model allows teens to quickly make up credits in small daytime classes while learning life skills around the clock. The center—funded entirely by private donations and a last bastion of residential care—has been giving local youth a place to turn to for 75 years.
INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE & ART
From San Francisco’s majestic Palace of Fine Arts to the stately Julia Morgan–designed Berkeley City Club, the Bay Area is rich in classical architecture. “The artistic grace of these buildings lends a special dignity to the region’s cityscape,” says Nancy O’Connor, who directs the Northern California chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). As O’Connor explains, the non-profit champions the tenets of classicism for the same reason poets must master a language: “Literacy in classical design allows us to read our urban context, and it unites us by providing a well-ordered and intuitive lingua franca.”
Progressive thinker Justine Reichman, founder of NextGenChef, considers eating healthy a basic human right. “We are empowering the next generation of culinary innovators dedicated to regenerative practices and making nutritious food more affordable,” says Reichman, whose San Francisco–based platform supports socially minded entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch their businesses and begin creating greater access to quality food products. The expansive network offers real tools, including a directory of more than 1,500 culinary mentors, help with research and development, and dynamic community events. Reichman adds, “We want to change the conversation so that people everywhere demand a better food system.”
Salesian Boys and Girls Club
Youth without access to constructive after-school activities are the raison d’être for Randal DeMartini, executive director of Salesian Boys and Girls Club, a San Francisco non-profit that provides kids with a safe and fun place to go after the school bell rings. The beautiful facility in North Beach is a haven for kids ages 8 to 18. “I had an early calling to work with young people and haven’t looked back,” says DeMartini, who joined the club’s staff as a teenager in 1979. Forty years later, he proudly leads the century-old organization with one goal: giving kids the love and guidance they need to succeed in life.
SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE
BENEFITING SAN FRANCISCO UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
The story of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase began in 1977 when Nan Rosenblatt, a San FranciscoUniversity High School parent and accomplished interior designer, and Philip Fernandez, the first president of the school’s Parents Association, conceived the idea as a way to raise funds for the student financial aid program.Since then, the annual event—now in its 42nd year and widely regarded as the West Coast’s premier design show house—has provided financial support totaling more than $16 million for some 1,200 students.
THE FALL SHOW
BENEFITING ENTERPRISE FOR YOUTH
This highbrow event—once referred to by design matriarch Bunny Williams as “utter magic and a feast for the eyes of anyone interested in the decorative arts”—is now in its 37th year of enabling collectors and designers to make glamorous impulse buys, not to mention fundraising for the local non-profit Enterprise for Youth.
What you can’t say owns you” reads the signage on the outside of SHAMEBOOTH, a roving telephone booth flanked by uniformed attendants who, according to the project’s creator, Paula Williams, “invite people to step inside, pick up the receiver, and anonymously speak about whatever keeps them from feeling proud that day.” Williams conceived of SHAMEBOOTH in 2016 as a way for fellow guests at an addiction recovery event to overcome the silencing effect of shame and “emerge feeling free.” The booth has since traveled widely, yielding an online archive of more than a thousand recordings that prove shame is powerful, but personal truth-telling is even more so.
Ballin PR & Marketing
Founder of her own public relations firm, Nicole Balin has a nose for a good story. “A compelling narrative is the only way to cut through today’s noisy media landscape,” says the Marin-based communications whiz. She ought to know. After telling stories for a living as a career journalist, Balin now keeps her PR clients—mostly design, architecture, fashion, and music professionals—in the headlines, using her news industry chops to help them get the editorial coverage they deserve and raise their brand profiles.
BOWMAN REAL ESTATE GROUP
Similar to physical traits and talent, good real estate intuition is often hereditary. Such is the case with Jennifer Bowman, who leads the award-winning Bowman Group of Vanguard Properties in the North Bay. Given her mother’s legacy as a top-producing agent and her father’s career in architecture, it’s safe to say she was born to it. “I probably knew what a variance was before I could do long division,” Bowman jokes. Prior to taking up the family line, she gained marketing and business expertise in the hospitality industry, which helps her put people at ease and close deals with style.
JAK CHURTON, COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
As the San Francisco Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle, a global commercial real estate firm, Jak Churton has negotiated millions of square feet of leasing transactions for clients in industries ranging from technology to professional services to healthcare. As a fourth-generation San Franciscan, he leverages his intimate knowledge of the city to find the best location (location, location) for his clients. He lives in Marin County with his family and enjoys cooking, swimming, and cycling.
Dandelion Design + Media
Let Debi Nguyen, founder and creative director of Dandelion Design + Media, helm your Instagram channel for a while, and more meaningful exchanges with your audience and increased exposure will be just the first of many benefits. “Most people understand social media’s value in engaging with consumers, humanizing brands, and participating in industry conversation,” says Nguyen, “but only the most progressive companies understand its power to generate new business.” Dandelion’s full-service digital marketing consultancy is the promotional tailwind behind leading names in the Bay Area design industry, drawing on decades of related experience in interiors and real estate to craft standout campaigns.
“Innovators gravitate to us,” says Danielle McWaters, founder of the award-winning creative agency Designsake Studio in San Francisco. Her branding and packaging firm has helped new businesses across industries—beauty, wellness, food and beverage, lifestyle—translate core values into comprehensive, meaningful strategy that safeguards their relevance from launch through inevitable market changes. “Brands must continually pivot around consumer demand and larger economic realities,” says McWaters, who believes “adaptive strategy informed by data is the path to smart business decisions.” Memorable packaging design is among Designsake’s strongest suits. “Packaging ignites all the senses,” McWaters says, “and each layer is an opportunity to strengthen brand awareness.”
Highrises of SF
Realtor and urban living enthusiast Leslie Bauer, widely considered San Francisco’s condo queen, doesn’t think of luxury as a price point. Instead, Bauer and her team—whose mastery of today’s condominium market stands on knowledge gained during the city’s prior booms and busts—consider it a mindset. “Everything is a possibility—from a studio to a penthouse in the sky,” she says of the joy she finds in making the right match for her clients. A leader in technology as well as sales, Bauer established the San Francisco edition of highrises.com, an online resource for buyers and sellers to track new construction and resale activity, and she remains a trailblazer in the luxury high-rise space.
“My clients are like family,” says Compass agent Robert Landsness, whose forte is off-market residential sales in San Francisco and luxury estates throughout Wine Country. “I partner with top real estate experts who meet my client’s needs, bringing extra value during challenging times,” explains the Bay Area native of his hands-on service. A former sommelier and wine collection manager, Landsness brings understanding of provenance, personal taste, and hospitality to his real estate practice. “I guide people through what’s typically the biggest financial decision of their lives. Meeting goals with discretion, empathy, and long-term perspective is important.”
PETTINELLI FINANCIAL PARTNERS
There’s no dearth of financial advisors in the Bay Area, but those with a holistic mindset can be harder to find. Enter Pettinelli Financial Partners, which manages money matters with a heartfelt concern that allows clients to enjoy other things in life. “We truly care about the people who come through our office,” says partner Jonathan Nicolas. Since founder Dennis Pettinelli established the firm over 40 years ago, his team has been taking the long view with each client, growing assets while preventing bad decisions at the worst times. And, as a proponent of fee-based pricing over commission, the firm always keeps clients’ interests front and center.
Leading Vanguard Properties for over 30 years, CEOJames Nunemacher always believed that a thriving business needs to be a team sport and that there is no “I” in real estate. That’s precisely why he and Vice President Frank Nolan have fostered a culture of true collaboration among their realtors, management, and staff. Vanguard Properties is locally owned and operated, and it’s their belief that real estate isn’t just about buildings, it’s about the people inside them and the lives they build. From the arts to food banks to health services, Vanguard supports more than 50 community programs.
Bespoke Private Services
Looking for a modern-day Mr. Carson to run your abode or someone who cares about your company as much as you do? Christopher A. West, founder of Bespoke Private Service—a staffing agency for estates, family offices, and the vendors who serve them—is the solution. West deals in trust and good character. “I’m here to help successful people hire employees who are more like family members,” he says. His service offers more than just executive-level household staffing. “In addition to helping prominent families, we’ve found a niche in the construction and design industries,” West points out, “especially in placing key roles like senior designers, site superintendents, and project managers.”
“I wanted to combine my loves for intentional living and fashion,” says Karyn Holland, tastemaker behind the lifestyle brand Citrine. Fans of her leather goods line—handmade in Marin and adorned with its namesake crystal (“Citrine is the stone of joy and abundance,” Holland notes)—will be delighted by the store’s spacious new location in downtown Larkspur stocked with womenswear, accessories, home décor, and gifts that exude a casual yet luxurious California spirit. The move also gives Holland an opportunity to bring her wellness practice under the same roof, where crystal consultations, astrology, and energy work now coexist in harmony with onsite retail.
Curious, supportive, and above all a teacher at heart, Louise Englehart is one of a handful of top-echelon business consultants in the Bay Area. Her hybrid approach combines the formal principles of business management with the accountability, discipline, and planning techniques of professional coaching. “It’s a fantastic combination for getting powerful results,” says Englehart, who comes from the building industry and specializes in helping architecture and design clients strategically grow their companies.
Found by Maja
With its superbly curated vintage finds and limited edition artisanal goods from around the globe, San Francisco home décor boutique FOUND by Maja is no secret. “Whether I’m sourcing ikat pillows made in handwoven silk or hammered metal Moroccan light fixtures, I want to inspire people to fill their home with objects that celebrate craftsmanship, tell a story, and infuse spaces with soul,” says owner Maja Lithander Smith, who, since opening her Sacramento Street outpost in 2016, has earned a following for her worldly and unerring eye.
Marin-based landscape designer Beth LaDove, in partnership with textiles expert Caitlin McVarish, has extended her verdant aesthetic to the realm of home décor with a new retail outpost in Tiburon devoted to California living. Set in a former nursery, Ground features 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space styled with gorgeous plants and house goods, including textiles, ceramics, apothecary, and tableware curated with an emphasis on “natural material, ethical sourcing, and local and international makers,” McVarish says. The oasis is headquarters for the duo’s landscape design and styling businesses and provides ample space for a full schedule of maker workshops and events.
Melissa McCardle Photography
When she’s taking a portrait, Melissa McArdle’s uncanny ability to spot the decisive gesture or angle that captures the sensibility of a whole person is on full display. “Ease and humor and lots of breathing are what I bring to it—that’s when you find someone’s soul,” explains the Bay Area photographer. For more than a decade, she has mined the elusive nexus of people’s outward appearances and their essences within. McArdle’s intelligent eye extends to her celebrated lifestyle photography—of cuisine, design objects, interiors—for high-profile clients such as C magazine, 7x7, Real Simple, and Vogue.com and has helped define our notion of West Coast style.
Those who have received a floral arrangement from Nigella know the joy of bringing an exquisite bit of nature indoors. The San Francisco luxury floral brand was founded in 2017 when longtime pals and industry colleagues Rubie Kade Campbell and James Russell Austin connected over a shared passion for botanical beauty. The California natives envisioned a full-service floral boutique dedicated to enlivening spaces and spirits, and just one year later, at the company’s first anniversary, business is blossoming.
Though he’s worked in art, fashion, and design for years, Michael Purdy is, in essence, an entertainer. That’s why his latest venture, Purdy/Party, San Francisco’s newest event planning atelier, isn’t so much a leap forward for the creative polymath as a return. “Cooking alongside my grandmother, I learned early on that gathering people is about taking them on a journey,” Purdy says. His firm’s comprehensive services—from ideation to venue selection, décor to logistics, floral design to branding—are as fresh and full of surprises as he is and sure to impress even the most experienced party hosts and socialites.
Erica Tanov’s passion for textiles and understated luxury is rivaled only by her commitment to craft. Her womenswear and home collections—rendered in gorgeous materials and a subtle, nature-inspired color palette—are imbued with the refined, quietly sensual mood synonymous with her brand. “Nature is the foundation of my sense of design, the core of my aesthetic,” says the Parsons-trained designer. The debut of Tanov’s Botanicus wallcovering, a kaleidoscopic print inspired by vintage illustrations of the plant kingdom, deepens her engagement with the world of interiors and introduces richer hues to her home portfolio, which also includes bedding, tile, and furniture.
Gold Collective is a curated network of San Francisco Bay Area–based business owners and leaders of cultural and philanthropic institutions. Members are chosen based on their business principles, commitment to our community, and breadth of knowledge in their respective fields. Membership is by invitation only.
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The name Gold Collective is a nod to the California Gold Rush and pioneers like Levi Strauss, whose entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit laid the foundation for a new San Francisco.
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