I’ve been a bit distracted lately with the kids getting out of school and starting summer break that I realized I forgot to share about our final destinations on my “San Francisco Day of Fun” after Craftsman and Wolves and Dandelion Chocolate. These last two places were home decor shops, which were a perfect way to end the day, since we could not eat another bite! There were, however, two boxes filled with goodies stashed away in the car in case our appetites picked up again ;).
Our last stops were at Heath Ceramics and MUJI. I’ve been to the Heath Ceramics Studio in Sausalito a couple of times, but had never been to their San Francisco Shop. Heath Ceramics was establish in 1948, and produces some of the most beautiful mid-century ceramic tableware. The SF Studio was surprisingly large, and even had a Blue Bottle Coffee in the same building and a place to sit and read. What I love about Heath, besides their gorgeous bowls and vases among other things, is their appreciation of other designers and craftsmen. They not only sell Heath products at their SF Studio, but also textiles, books and other home products made by other artists.
The whole place is very airy and bright with great light!
The walls are lined with their dishware collections, my favorite being the one designed for Chez Panisse in 2006.
The rest of the shop is filled with such beautiful things, all carefully crafted and designed…
….including Weck jars — I just love Weck Jars!
It was really fascinating to see these cutlery molds…
…and the beginnings of spoons.
I initially had no idea what these were, but thought they looked cool, so I snapped a few shots :).
I later learned that they were the polishing mops and sanding discs for the production of spoons and forks..
Wouldn’t it be fun to eat with these utensils? :)
Heath makes their own silverware as well.
And these cute kid’s bowls, which I’d never let my kids use or even go near for fear of breaking them ;)
The studio also had this great look kitchen set-up showcasing their tile as well as some other artist’s products.
Love this simple tea tin packaging!
I just liked the texture of this string. That is the nice thing about not being on assignment or on a photoshoot — you can take whatever random things you like! :)
And their beautiful tile, which I see popping up more and more at Bay Area shops and restaurants.
I couldn’t leave without buying one of there tiny bud vases — eek, now I have 3!
And these are my absolute favourites — love the shape and smokey grey of these bowls — I would be too scared to use them, but oh so pretty!
Such a fun place to visit — almost like a modern art museum, but even better since you get to take things home!
After Heath, we did a quick stop at MUJI since I had been hearing so many good things about it.
Muji is a mixture of clothing, furniture and home decor — very minimal, but very thoughtfully designed with muted, natural colours.
We were in a rush, so I only had time to take a few quick pictures, but loved all these little asian wooden things.
I guess so much of my life does revolve around food — on this trip, all we did was visit places with food and then places with things to put food on — ha! We had lots of fun — so much that we recently took another trip out to the city to visit B. Patisserie to try their famous Kouign Ammans, Outerlands and the General Store. Check back again later to see the highlights of that trip. Enjoy your weekend, and hope you explore somewhere new!