One of San Francisco's best-kept design secrets: the Highlight Store, an in-home gallery located in the city's toniest neighborhood.
Part gallery, part shop, and part salon, the Highlight Store sits behind the facade of a grand home in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood. Co-founders Amir Mortazavi and Emmanuelle Rogels (who also reside in the pristine space) showcase a rotating collection of art, antiques, and contemporary design pieces, with the theme changing each year. The first destination is Belgium; on view is a mix of new and old found objects and pieces by Belgian designers and artists, including Maison Martin Margiela, Vincent Van Duysen, and Unfold (you'll also find an assortment of collectibles, including TinTin Editions and cycling clothing and memorabilia). Open by appointment only; contact Highlight directly.
Photography by Janet Hall for Remodelista (except where noted).
Above: Highlight Store's exterior on Clay Street in San Francisco; photo via C Magazine.
Above: Founder Amir Mortazavi seated behind one of the featured pieces, the Overdose Desk by Bram Boo, in the reception and display space of the Highlight Store (nearly every piece is for sale). The stairs lead down to the dedicated art space: the Highlight Gallery, which is soon moving to its own space on Kearny Street in San Francisco's Financial District.
Above: Co-Founder and gallery director Emmanuelle Rogels sits at the counter in Highlight's kitchen (if you're lucky, you'll be offered an espresso).
Above: Maarten de Ceulaer Balloon Bowls are created by casting mass-colored, strong synthetic plaster into a balloon, after which a second balloon is inserted, and inflated. The two balloons act as flexible molds, resulting in unique shapes and colors. This Victor Hunt Design Documentary shows the entrancing process.
Above: The Storm Light by Johannes Hemann.