Design Spot: Happenings in the Bay Area

Design Spot: Happenings in the Bay Area, Marin Magazine, Tattoo

Left to right: Laurel Roth Hope, Manifest Destiny #2, 2017; vitreous china, glaze, wood, gold leaf. Andy Diaz Hope, Beautiful Void: Sky, 2017,; mirror, glass, brass, solder, patina. Andy Diaz Hope, Starry Night, 2018-19; safety glass, .22 and .45 bullets, 410 shotgun shells, burnt oak, LED lights.


Power Couple

Through March 30 at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, artists Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope’s latest exhibition of works — presented as a suite of furnished rooms and titled An Inexhaustive Study of Power — is largely about conservation and the environment. But it also slyly includes presidential portraits and religious art to evoke timely political questions surrounding power: Who has it? How is it incorporated into systems? How does it change over time? Who benefits from it?


Body & Soul

Since its completion in 1962, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s posthumous futuristic masterpiece, the Marin County Civic Center, has been home to many odd and exciting cultural events and exhibitions, but perhaps none as uniquely homegrown as Marks in Time — The Tattoo Artists of Marin County. Body art, universally practiced in many ancient cultures, had a less desirable reputation in the U.S. and remained on the fringes of socially acceptable norms, until recently. Now, nearly half of those under 30 sport some form of tattoo. At Marks in Time, through drawings, paintings and new media, you can get up close and personal with the pioneering work of 1970s artists such as Stephen Stone of Mill Valley, intimate designs by Colorful Al from 1990s San Rafael, and by artists from current day Marin studios Spider Murphy’s and Lucky Drive, as well as from adjacent parts of the bay.

On view through May 31, 2019, at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium’s Redwood Foyer Gallery during performances, or by appointment. Email: [email protected] for information. 


Get Out!

Yes, seriously, it’s real. A new online service — starting at $99 — helps you move out after a cohabitation break up. Onward, launched last Valentine’s Day by Lindsay Meck, 34, and Mika Leonard, 33 in New York City, does not just help pack boxes and find an apartment but also offers periodic check-ins to see how you are doing. No strangers to breakups themselves, the co-founders know all about emotional distress. Billed as a “post-breakup concierge service” — that will soon expand west to Los Angeles and San Francisco — Onward will promptly find and decorate a new home or short-term rental; pack/move/store belongings, and even offer psychological support through therapists, counselors and mediators, as well as meet-up recommendations. 

Zahid Sardar

Zahid Sardar brings an extensive range of design interests and keen knowledge of Bay Area design culture to SPACES magazine. He is a San Francisco editor, curator and author specializing in global architecture, interiors, landscape and industrial design. His work has appeared in numerous design publications as well as the San Francisco Chronicle for which he served as an influential design editor for 22 years. Sardar serves on the San Francisco Decorator Showcase design advisory board.