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Thomas Kuoh - Photographer

Aug 8, 2017 8:01:13 AM

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When did you start taking pictures?

I was the high-school year book photographer, but even in elementary school, I remember blinking my eyes real hard pretending to take pictures with my mind. 

Why did you start being a photographer?

All my life, I've wanted to be an artist. I was always very visual, and I loved to draw and create. I got into photography because I loved the immediacy of it, and the ability to capture "reality" and freeze a moment in time and keep it forever. 

What are your inspirations?

I find inspiration in every aspect of my life. Which sounds totally cliche. But I've always had a certain "wonder" of the world. At a cocktail party, you might find me in the corner starring at how a particular piece of architectural decor is joined and carved. I also love classical art. I especially love the dutch masters, the renaissance, art nouveau and Greek/Roman figurative works. Additionally, I was hugely inspired by Japanese manga growing up, and I use that aesthetic in framing compositions and story telling. 

What do you like to photograph the most and why? people? places? rooms?

This is a tough question because I love each one for different reasons. Like, I could never say which of my children I love the most, because I love them equally for their own specialness. I love photographing people because I love capturing emotions, and because people are just naturally interesting. I love photographing well crafted objects because someone has created something beautiful and is technically demanding. And I love photographing antiques to preserve and share the lost memories that the piece contains. What's most entertaining to me, and I think is a common thread is "light." I just love how light and shadow can create mood and feelings and evoke emotions, and I love working with light - the various technical problems I get to solve. 

What is challenging about working at Aldea?

Every client has their own unique challenges. I believe obstacles inspire creativity and innovation. ...

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Meet Scott Welsh, Muralist

Jul 27, 2017 5:56:40 AM

 Baby and Home Murals

We are proud to have Scott Welsh on our floor as one of our design associates at Aldea Home + Baby. Not only a talented and skilled salesperson but an amazing designer. He designed the mural in the photo and we thought you might like to have a little peak into his inspiration and background.

Scott has been painting since the 5th grade, he began when he attended an art summer camp and learned that art was a way he learned he could define himself. He had an aunt who was an artist and she inspired him to follow his dream of pursuing the arts.

Scott's first mural work was at a kid's museum in a aquarium, he was inspired by that work and is excited to keep exploring murals.

When we asked Scott to work on this piece for us, one of the things that was a challenge was the time restraints that it presented. We are open 10 till 7 almost every day and it is challenging to work on a live floor when people are shopping around you. Scott said one of the best things about doing a "live" work are people's reactions to his work when they saw his progress.

We are working on the next mural for the store, this one will be in the window and will be a treehouse theme.

We are excited to offer this as an option to our new parents and see it as an exciting way to make your space uniquely your own. Create your own fantasy space or we can do it for you!

Please email us at johanna@aldeahome.com if you are interested in pricing.

 
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We talked with San Francisco based founder, creative director, and painter Katherine Bragg about her whisical and popular greeting card company Pigeon Whole. Katherine holds a BFA in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design and MFA in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. 

What were your inspirations for designing your greeting cards?  I love hashtags, puns, word play, silly sayings, and pop culture.  I think animals are so expressive but they can't communicate the same way people do. I image if these animals could talk, my sentiments would be what they would say.

When did you start designing cards? I discovered I could paint in September of 2013.  It took a year for me to try painting my second painting and another year before I did the third.  After that I couldn't stop. Since then, I have completed over 50 paintings in the last year.

Is designing cards your primary job?  Nope! I have a residential interior design practice in SF called Westwood and Main.

What is your favorite thing about designing greeting cards?  I love the process of painting each design. I know I'm onto something good when I'm painting an idea and it makes me smirk or laugh as it's coming to life. 

What is your least favorite thing about designing? I wish I was faster! 

What is favorite design and why?  ALL THE FEELS. It makes everyone smile.

Why these animals?  Sometimes the animal is the inspiration for the card and the sentiment comes second or it's the other way around.

Why the abbreviations? I love hashtags and and trendy phrases which usually include abbreviations.

 
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Embrace the Art of Hygge

May 17, 2017 9:46:04 AM

Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish term used to describe the sensation or quality of cosiness and well being. It is a feeling of content and warmth within ones home, often created by the intimate atmosphere of the room. Here are a few of our suggestions when creating a room that embodies and becomes your own livable, comfortable, and cozy sanctuary. 

1. Textures - Soft and natural textures help create both the physical and visual sensation of comfort and warmth. 

2. Lighting - You can easily create an atmosphere of intimacy and relaxation with candles and lanterns.  

3. Games - Hygge is all about togetherness and appreciating small moments. Enjoying games and off-line activities helps bring everyone to the table to better appreciate intimacy and presentness.

4. Well being and wellness is one of the foundations of Hygge living. Surround yourself with objects that contribute to both your mental and emotional wellness. Whatever that may be, opt for objects that bring good vibes and that represent your individuality. Let go of clutter, and things that do not bring you pleasure. When decorating, look for special items that help you feel both comfortable and special in your own space.

5. Quiet time does not have to be alone time. Share your space with people you love.

Hygge Inspired Products:

JOANIE TAMBOURINE

DHURRIE RUG

FIREPLACE MATCHES

DOMINOES

TERRACOTTA LANTERN

DIVISIÓN CUSHION

 

 
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Blast from the Past!

Oct 14, 2015 10:55:14 AM

bed from the past

Now that we are approaching our 10 year anniversary I wanted to write a little bit about what Aldea has meant to me.

When I started Aldea I had just moved to San Francisco and did not have a community. I left my family and friends and wanted to start a new life in SF. Opening a store seemed like the perfect recipe for meeting new people and learning about the city. Working in the Mission for the past 10 years has been quite a ride. I have had to opportunity to grow with the Mission in its many phases. 
 
We have been happy to been a part and want to thank our many customers that have come to all our renditions of Aldea Home + Baby. Today I want to share with you some photos from the very beginning when we opened in on 17th Street. 
 
- Johanna
 
 
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Aldea Home and Baby Stores Merging

Aug 26, 2015 12:35:00 PM

We're Having a Baby

We are delighted to announce that Niños store will be merging with Aldea Home at 890 Valencia Street in September. We will focus on curating the best nursery products in the context of a well designed home. We will continue to offer inspiring home, spa and garden accessories. We want every part of your home to be designed with care and filled with love.

We sincerely thank you for the love and support you have shown us throughout the last ten years as we have grown and adapted. Your business means everything to us. As we embark on the new and exciting chapter in our lives, our name will officially change to Aldea Home + Baby

We welcome your feedback, and hope you will be patient with us as we move things around and redecorate. 

Thank you so much and hope to see you soon.

Regards,
Aldea Home + Baby

Aldea Home + Baby

 
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Justin Godar

Pieces by Gōdar Furniture are a mixture of local and designer inspired origins that result in creative, striking showcase pieces for interior residences. Designer, Justin Gōdar, where the company name is evidently a derivative of, looked to the Sutro Tower of San Francisco to literally reproduce in model scale coat rack; while the transition from Hans Wegner's PP503, Eames' House of Cards George Nakashima's tables supported the creations of Gōdar’s Thick Chair, Grow shelves and Fake Slab coffee table. While the Sutro Tower Coat Rack shares direct correlations with the actual structure,, the sources for the other furniture pieces are not as evident to even the trained eye for they are not meant to be copies or visible imprints of past works.

 While inspiration has brought the ideas into the making, the production process is also relevant to the success of the unique furniture pieces. Breaking the envelope to produce visionary works comes with quality and careful study. Prototypes are created to build a locally small manufacturing of well constructed pieces. Customers who buy Gōdar Furniture are sure to purchase a product that is opposed to mass production and in favor of quality control, made in San Francisco.

 The achievement of the Sutro Tower Coat Rack, as seen in sale popularity, is also due to it’s clever process. The way the piece is put together and taken apart is an aspect of creativity that only adds value to the overall concept. The rack comes with an effortless assembly kit made of a clever plywood installation ‘hammer’ keystone, giving clients that i-can-build-this attitude which combines simple transportation and consumer participation. Once the rack is bought in store, it can be folded and moved, no large inconvenient packaging required; just a simple lifting of the upper triangular structure to allow for the dis-assembly of the remaining pieces.

 Gōdar Furniture is available at Aldea Home where clients can witness firsthand the creativity, intelligence an...

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Studio for Metropolitan Crafts

Aug 7, 2015 10:06:22 AM

Meet the architecturally trained artist, Laurence Srinivasan:

Studio for Metropolitan Crafts


1. What were your inspirations, for creating the line?
We've been doing tabletop sculpture, architectural models. We started to look at the city map as an object.  So many of us use the Google Maps online everyday. I think the map use has really grown since they've become such useful online tools. So I wanted the interactive map to become something physical, and using the lasercut cork seemed to be the best way to make it interactive... in the same way that online maps are interactive.  With a CorkMap, everyone can personalize the map and make it reflect their own life in the city. Being city-dwellers, we're always making plans and lists-- and having a city map on which to place those plans seemed kind of fun.


2. What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Rewarding aspect of what I do, is I suppose when the products take on a life of their own- and it enters into the public. I do like to see good design appreciated by many. Also, I like to draw attention to something that is often overlooked, and take a second look to appreciate it..

 

Cork Map San Francisco


3. What is the most challenging aspect?
There are many challenges. Designing new products goes through many stages. I try to make something high quality, with good details, creativity, uniqueness, great packaging. Working with the price is a challenge- and a reward. The price needs to be factored in while designing the object. But not too early in the process I think, or it can kill a project!


4. Why should a customer purchase your products?
I would say that's up to the customer. I know I buy a product when it gives me a sort of vision and inspiration of something I like. I always buy quality too.  When buying art, or table top sculpture- you want it to augment your environment at home, show whimsy perhaps, and maybe be a conversation starter. I try to make something that will do that. 


 
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Wreck Room - Father's Day Party

Jun 10, 2015 4:18:45 PM

Father's Day Party

Join us in our exclusive basement for Daddy themed festivities including:

Whiskey Tasting 
Bring Your Own Vinyl Record Playing
Darts, Horseshoes & Other Many Games 
$150 Gift Certificate Raffle 

Sunday June 21, 4–6pm, 2015

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/695015360602292/

See our gift suggestions here: https://aldeahome.com/gifts/fathers-day.htm

Gift List

 
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Artist Profile: Robert Minervini

May 26, 2015 6:00:33 PM

Robert Minervini

Robert Minervini Mural at Aldea Home + Baby

We are thrilled that Bay Area artist Robert Minervini is creating a new mural for Aldea Home + Baby at 890 Valencia Street, San Francisco. His playful jungle scene already enlivens our baby store at 1017 Valencia Street, and soon we will be able to enjoy his work at our main store. This week (May 26-30, 2015) he is up on a scaffold painting another “more adult” jungle scene with zebras, elephants, monkeys and tropical birds with a fantastic view of San Francisco in the distance.

Mural Install

Robert is known for his large scale acrylic paintings depicting utopian/distopian scenes of cities, freeways and flora. He was recently commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to create a series of posters relating to local history. This series called "Invisible Reflections: A Narrative of Six Monuments” is currently on view on Market Street for one more week (more info).

 Robert Minervini

Robert Minervini (b. 1981, Secaucus, New Jersey, USA) is an SFAI graduate and has had residencies at Bemis, Headlands and Root Division. His work has been exhibited nationally, including solo shows with Marine Contemporary, Electric Works, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Brooklyn Historical Society, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.

www.robertminervini.com
instagram @robert_minervini

 

 

Robert Minervini

Narrow Bounty (still life with endangered California flora and fauna)
acrylic on canvas over panel, 32 x 48" 2014

Robert Minervini

Until Tomorrow Comes (Part I)
acrylic on canvas, 52 x 72" 2013

Robert Minervini

Day for Night
acrylic on canvas over panel, 30 x 46" 2013

 
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