Product designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón is the genius behind the PET Lamp, a global project devoted to turning castoff soda bottles into artisan-made woven pendant lights. Fittingly, he himself lives in a defunct lamp factory in Madrid that he repurposed as a colorful live-work space.
How to get a toehold in SF—and launch a business? Designer Susan Hoff makes totes stitched from retired sails, and lives and works in two small rooms in a Mission District building that she shares with three other artists and a dance studio. Take a look at how she was able to customize her communal rental.