The Bay Area Is Where Innovative Design Comes to Live

Restaurant space at RH Marin (photo courtesy of RH Marin)

Restaurant at RH Marin

Normally, dining at a shopping destination like the Village at Corte Madera is a fun act of convenience, not something you would consider for date night. But with July’s opening of the spectacular RH Marin (the gallery is currently open, the restaurant closed until it is safe to reopen) featuring three levels and 60,000 square feet of artistic luxury home installations in a gallery setting, an interactive interior design studio and, of course, a rooftop restaurant, that all changes. But this is no ordinary restaurant. The space sits atop a double floating staircase and seamlessly blends inside and out as it opens onto a landscaped park featuring unobstructed views of Mount Tamalpais to the west and San Francisco Bay and its wetlands to the east. Influenced by the classical gardens of Europe, the outdoor area features intimate RH Outdoor lounge spaces covered by an atrium with retractable glass walls, the mood enhanced by crystal chandeliers, heritage olive trees, sculptural evergreens and the sound of trickling fountains. And yes, there is also a climate-controlled wine bar off the grand staircase featuring champagne selections from around the world and wine from Napa Valley small vintners. “We’re not the first ones to put a restaurant in a retail store, but we are the first to seamlessly integrate one into a retail experience,” says RH Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman. “What we’ve created here is an inspiring and immersive experience that blurs the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality.”

Aperture Estate (photo by Andy Katz)

Aperture Estate

Founded by father-son duo Andy Katz, a world-renowned photographer, and Jesse Katz, a winemaker, Healdsburg’s Aperture Estate has been a family affair from its conception. “We had two goals for the winery: to ground it in the context of the Sonoma Valley and to represent the unique perspective of this collaboration,” says Juancarlos Fernandez of Signum Architecture. Based on the octagonal shape of a camera’s aperture, Fernandez and his team “deconstructed the aperture into eight elements, manipulating and