Although the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art recently closed its doors for a three-year expansion project, SFMOMA On the Go has continued to put on exhibitions and programs throughout the Bay Area. One of the first successfully launched on-the-go initiatives is the beautiful new SFMOMA MuseumStore, located at 51 Yerba Buena Lane.
The store is impeccably curated with a vast array of colorful products, ranging from limited edition collaborations with SFMOMA artists to utilitarian accessories made by local craftsmen. Since we couldn’t wait to get our hands (and lenses) on a few items that caught our eye, Blink Inc teamed up with the SFMOMA MuseumStore for a visual gift guide that highlights their selection of local SF Made and SFMOMA brand products. All product descriptions are from the SFMOMA MuseumStore.
SFMOMA Paintbrush Pencil, SFMOMA Burst Mouse Pad, SFMOMA Rubber Band Ball, Andrew Holder Mug. “Andrew Holder is an illustrator/designer living and working in Los Angeles. As part of the SFMOMA Artists’ Series, he creates a vibrant illustration of the SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Art District of San Francisco.”
Oxgut Hose Company Fire Hose Slippers. “Exclusive designs with a heroic past. Oxgut Hose Co. offers high-end indoor & outdoor furniture and accessories—all hand-made using retired fire hose salvaged from U.S. fire depts. Portion of profits go directly to The Children’s Burn Foundation. While the name honors the first fire hose of ancient times, the materials are strictly modern. The rescued fire hoses that are otherwise destined for landfill are given a new life as part of these hand-crafted pieces. Serving both form and function in home, office and life.”
Parra Oversize Tote Bag. “This oversized tote bag features an exclusive design from Dutch artist Parra.”
This is San Francisco 2014 Wall Calendar 2014: “This is San Francisco Wall Calendar 2014 is based on the children’s travel guide first published in 1962 by M. Sasek.” I love You California Postcard Set by 3 Fish Studios: “3 Fish Studios is the home-away-from-home for Annie Galvin and Eric Rewitzer, painters and printmakers, husband and wife. Set of 6 postcards of Annie Galvin’s popular paintings.”
The MuseumStore’s book selections alone are worth the trip. Paying homage to the most quintessential elements of San Francisco culture, these must-reads cover everything from the beloved Tartine bakery to the bike routes of San Francisco, the Golden Gate to the Bay Bridge, all watched over, as San Francisco residents are, by Laurence Srinivasan’s sleek model of the Sutro Tower (for once freed from the grips of Karl the Fog). Bay Area Model Aluminum Sutro Tower Limited Edition by San Francisco architect Laurence Srinivasan. “Measuring 13″ high, this bright red Sutro Tower will fit nicely in a bookshelf or other smaller space! The sculpture is based on engineering drawings and photographs obtained from Sutro Tower Inc. The parts are water jet cut from 1/8″ aluminum, buffed and filed, and joined with a high-strength glue. The top connects with internal brass pins. The assembled tower is sandblasted, and painted with two coats of primer+paint for a durable finish.”
Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon and Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon, by Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel: “An innovative landmark a quarter century in the making, the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge represents the latest spectacular chapter in the history of this storied structure. The new bridge’s architect, Donald Mac-Donald, teams up with author Ira Nadel to create this illuminating book. With friendly text and charming illustrations, Bay Bridge reveals the design decisions that have shaped the evolution of the bridge over the last century—from the history of the original bridge, through the planning of the new span, to the construction of its signature 525-foot-high white tower…..A friendly, informative look at the bridge’s engineering and 70-year history. This accessible account is accompanied by 70 of current bridge architect MacDonald’s own charming color illustrations, making it easy to understand how the bridge was designed and constructed.
Tartine Cookbook by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson. “Acclaimed pastry chef Prueitt, and master baker Robertson share not only their fabulous recipes from Tartine Bakery, but also the secrets and expertise that turn a delicious homemade treat into a great one. Here their bakers’ art is transformed into easy-to-follow recipes for the home kitchen. Includes practical advice in the form of handy “Kitchen Notes”, and gorgeous photographs throughout.” Bay Area Bike Rides Deck by Ray Hosler. “This handy deck makes touring the San Francisco Bay Area by bicycle a snap. Just take along a single card and have a route description, mileage log, and 4-color map at your fingertips!”
Maptote San Francisco Zip Pouch Red by Maptote: “When a stylist and a cartographer fall in love and get married, what do they make? In the case of Brooklyn couple Rachel Rheingold and Michael Berick, they created Maptote, a line of products decorated with maps of locales both domestic and exotic.”
Susan Hoff Tool Bag Black Stripe by Susan Hoff. “Two layers of dacron sailcloth are sewn together to create four large exterior pockets on roomy yet slender shoulder bag. Hand-drawn stripes, with an additional interior flap pocket and a leather strap from horse reins. Reinforced hand stitching. Susan Hoff creates unique handcrafted bags and accessories inspired by her time spent at sea. The collections are inherently sustainable using primarily reclaimed sailcloth and leather. Each piece stands alone, distinctive in original design, character and craftsmanship.” —susanhoff.com.