A written contribution to the on-line space of beauty and health journalist Caroline Wachsmuth on this topic. I'm honored to illustrate the question of 'What Is Beautiful?' from a design + architecture point of view here.
This was one of the first stories on Taste when it opened up in Hayes Valley, I love the way Elia Varela Serra writes of the overall experience there...
"I settle into a large, cushioned area by the window and notice Taste’s attention to detail in their décor. The interior design (by Ed Ng and Andrea Faucett) is minimalistic and modern and still manages to incorporate a warm sense of tradition."
Taste is usually referred to as a hidden gem...and 'truly an urban refuge' as described in this article. This was the goal from day one, I'm very pleased to read that this intentional vibe resonates 2 years later!
Earlier this year I produced a set of renderings for artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and designer Johanna Grawunder. The final works are showing up in the South of Market area of San Francisco and it's fun to see how people are responding to them as I walk past on my commute.
Interesting article in the New Yorker on the 'tech-bohemian working style of San Francisco' with a mini shout out to Taste Tea House, love those cushioned nooks!
"Kirchhoff met me at Taste Tea, a gong fu-style teahouse in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. (He is there so often that, when he walks in, the credit-card app Square registers his iPhone’s presence and logs into his account.)...sat cross-legged on some cushions on the seat of a bay window."