ISSUE 13  |  London Curiosities

Shopper’s Diary: AREA in San Francisco

April 01, 2009 9:32 PM

BY Julie Carlson

AREA in Jackson Square is a must-stop on any San Francisco shopping tour; the knowledgeable and exuberant owner John Giacomazzi operates his home and garden store with what he calls a “curator’s perspective,” offering products for the interior and exterior that are inspired by nature. He carries some of our favorite lines: handblown glass lighting by Jeremy Pyles for Niche Modern and ceramics by Piet Stockmans, plus plenty of one-offs you won’t find elsewhere. Giacomazzi is also the creator of our recent DIY: Glass Orb Cluster Light.

Above: Designed by Dave Johnson and available exclusively at AREA, the Woven Stool of salvaged ash wood and Danish cord (from the original factory in Denmark where Hans Wegner ordered his materials) is 14 inches wide by 17 inches high by 13 inches deep; $475. Call AREA at (415) 989-2732 for ordering information.

Above: Biarritz stoneware tray by Laudani Romanelli for Laboratorio Pesaro in Italy; $135.

Above: Black woven cane pendant lights from Japan are $115.