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Exploratorium Opening Gala to Feature Custom Lounges by 24 Bay Area Designers

For Immediate Release:
April 01, 2013

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Exploratorium Opening Gala to Feature Custom Lounges by 24 Bay Area Designers

Designer Showcase Explores Innovation, Technology and Art in an Homage to the Exploratorium’s New Home at Pier 15

On April 12, 2013 the Exploratorium will host its much anticipated opening Gala, a three-tiered event designed to appeal to a range of partying styles and price points, and featuring the design concepts of 24 Bay Area interior designers.

Lauded San Francisco designer Eugene Anthony of Eugene Anthony Design Group is curating a creative project with local interior designers to showcase their talents in the more than 24 hosted lounges for the Gala’s Supper Club. Anthony has challenged the designers to reflect the sensibility of the Exploratorium as they explore innovation, technology and art in their designs. 24 designers have currently confirmed their participation; click here to see the list of participating designers or see the list below.  

The participating designers are:

Favreau Design
Anthony Sing & James Perez
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
Favreau Design is an award-winning firm whose owner was a two-time semifinalist for the hit HGTV show Design Star and was recently featured on an episode of The White Room Challenge. With projects spanning the United States and offices on both coasts,Favreau Design easily orchestrates interior remodels and design throughout the Bay Area as far south as Los Gatos and spanning into Marin and the east bay. Favreau Design’s unique vision takes classic design styles from the 30s through the 70s and updates them for today’s contemporary living. When clients ask Favreau Design what our style is, we say, “yours” because we believe a successful designer should be able to work in any style to bring the client’s dreams to light.

Susan Subbotin Interiors
Designer/Principal: Sue Subbotin Riviello
City Located: Burlingame, Ca
Sue Subbotin Interiors is re-known for choreographing lifestyles and molding environments into sublime spaces.  Parsons School of Design in New York City and Paris gave Sue a solid foundation from which her style is continually evolving.  Interior Design has been her passion as well as her career for over twenty years.  Design philosophy: “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!”

Deco Art
Designer/Principal: Caroline Stern
City Located: Oakland, Ca
Caroline Stern is a decorative painter that has been working in design for 23 years. She has a background in fine arts and painting. Deco Art specializes in murals, faux finishes, specialty finishes, and furniture.  As well as large scale public art murals and art education with youth.

Laura Hunt Designs
Designer/Principal: Laura Hunt
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
Laura Hunt Design was founded in San Francisco in 1990, specializing in residential interiors, and continues to enjoy a thriving business here. Laura has completed projects in areas as varied as Aspen, New York City, Cape Cod, Cincinnati, Los Angeles as well the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Gold Fever Studio
Designer/Principal: Imani Michelle Gamble
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
My studio specializes in anything that’s delineates from the norm. Unique interpretation and use of color and often irreverent mixing of materials are usually involved. It’s artistic, fun, hip, different – influenced by tradition, but viewed through kaleidoscope glass.

Holly A. Kopman Interior Design
Designer/ Principal: Holly A Kopman
City Located: Sausalito, Ca
The trademark of Holly’s firm is the partnering within the design process. It is not about being given the latitude to do what you want. It’s about being in alignment with the client and on the same path with mutual understandings and appreciation for the end result. Holly considers herself a conduit for her clients’ design ideas and personal aesthetic. “The process of interior design should be fun. There is no crying in design.” Holly’s rich design background, playful attitude, and whip-smart budget sense, combined with a passion for fine arts, has finessed her talent for artfully incorporating traditional pieces into modern lifestyles.

Valerie Wills Interiors and Katie Anderson Interior Design Consultants (Joint Collaboration)
Designers: Valerie Wills and Katie Anderson
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
Valerie Wills Interior Design- Founder of Valerie Wills Interiors, Valerie Wills is a British-born residential interior designer now living and working in San Francisco, Ca. Valerie studied interior design at the Westminister University, in conjunction with the Regent Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of the Interior Design Society. “I enjoy mixing old and new, be it an existing piece, treasures from my client’s travels, books or art work, to build a uniquely personalized space – turning a house into a home.  I draw a lot of my inspiration from my travels, such as England, Paris, Prague, Amsterdam,  Barcelona, Madrid, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Costa Rica, to name but a few”.

Katie Anderson Interior Design Consultants – We improve business and family relationships through better designed interior environments. Interior Design Philosophy: Everyone deserves to live and work in an aesthetically pleasing and physically safe environment. We approach design from the standpoint of client need, preference and appropriateness to the existing architecture. We do not work in a specific style; rather we tailor and sculpt interior spaces to fit the requirements of function and aesthetic appeal to the client’s needs, budget and ideals. “No two people are exactly alike and their home and business environments should reflect this”.

Elena Calabrese Design & Décor
Designer/Principal: Elena Calabrese
City Located: Mill Valley
Elena Calabrese Design’s philosophy is about combinations. She creates visual interest with layers of texture, combines sleek modern elements with earthy ones and adds a touch a glam, the unexpected. Frequently combining vintage with new, modern sleek elements with organic natural materials, these combinations are what create an interesting environment. Elena strives to create an interior that is elevated in its’ design as well as reflective of the client’s personality.

Cece Kaufman Interiors
Designer/Principal: Cece Kaufman
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
For over ten years, Cece Kaufman Interiors (San Francisco, CA) has been creating easy living interiors for discerning clients. At the heart of each project is a clear awareness of the needs and functions of the space balanced with a deep understanding of the client’s vision for the final product. Lighting, unusual art, a strong use of color and great storage are all hallmarks of Cece’s designs.

Williams Sonoma Design Services
Designer’s: Kristi Shaffer and Arthur Refuerzo
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
As the premier destination for all things kitchen, Williams-Sonoma now presents personalized concierge design consultations for the rest of the home. From impeccable design to the heirloom quality of our case goods and upholstery, you can make family and friends feel right at home with stylish, relaxed spaces for gathering and entertaining. Classic simplicity, relaxed elegance, or cultured flair, we create bespoke spaces tailored to your lifestyle.

Designer/Principal: Paige Loczi
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
Paige grew up surrounded by beautiful design. Her father, Geza Loczi, was a famous car designer who worked in the the car industry for over 46 years before retiring to teach at the Art Center. Paige translated that art into the physical form, working as a professional dancer earlier in her life. We believe everyone benefits from good design. Our Mission is to create spaces that balance and inspire. What’s important to us is listening and contributing; providing you with an environment that reflects your style and taste and reminds you of who you are and what you’re committed to. Our approach is personal, interactive and iterative. We provide non-toxic finishes, natural materials and locally obtained furniture and art, supporting both the environment and our community. California Home and Design, Room of the Year 2013 Award Winners.

Robollo Home
Designers/Proprietor: Larry Martin and Lance Kleinsmith
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
A gallery of rare and unusual finds, with an emphasis on mid-20th century design furniture, lighting and original art. ROBOLLO HOME has served the San Francisco design community since 2007. The creative team of Larry Martin and Lance Kleinsmith are ever vigilant in their quest to bring you the best of what the world has to offer.

Eric Brand
Designer/Principal: Eric Brand
City Located: Burlingame, Ca
Born in Texas, Eric Brand has grown from a small furniture company to now having an internationally renowned presence. Eric Brand’s designs have been featured in hundreds of magazines and publications worldwide. Credited for redefining luxury and transforming the world of high end furnishings, he has been responsible for architectural interiors for clients such as Chanel, Coach, and Donna Karan. Represented in leading showrooms across the country, Eric Brand’s residential and hospitality lines are nationally and internationally recognized for his multimedia approach to design and fabrication, and for his use of exotic materials. Eric Brand offers innovative and original furnishings, and is known as a bridge between the cultures of Asia and the United States.  Eric Brand is currently handling design of luxury furnishings for homes, hotels and resorts around the world, and continues to supply his products to industry icons such as Wynn, Harrah’s, MGM Properties, and Viceroy Hotels to create spectacular rooms and common spaces.

RKI Interior Design
Designer/principal: Risë Krag
City Located: Menlo Park, Ca
Specialty Consultant: Dr. Mark Horowitz
Founded by Risë Krag in 1982, RKI Interior Design is a full service, award winning firm with a dedicated office, resource library, and staff to handle any project. We collaborate with architects and builders to provide clients with individual and creative design solutions for new home construction and remodeling projects. The RKI team strives to create living and working environments within a range of styles suited to the client.

Studio SHK
Designer/Principal:  Sherry Hope-Kennedy
City Located: Walnut Creek and San Francisco, Ca
Studio SHK bridges the demands of artistic exploration, environmental and social responsibility, and financial considerations. Our approach is client and project specific, and questions conventional assumptions. We seek to explore an inherent sense of place and identity in each project. The character of each project emerges through insightful spatial relationships, material richness, and exacting detail. A collaborative process with clients, fabricators, and builders allows an open study of the design process leading to the creation of harmonious spaces. Founder Sherry Hope-Kennedy has formed a team that strives to deliver the highest level of service coupled with creative design that evokes a sense of energy and playfulness.

Paul O’ Rourke Design
Designer/Proprietor: Paul O’ Rourke
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
Paul O’Rourke began his design career in the theatre while living in San Francisco and then in New York City while attending The New York School of Interior Design. A California native, he returned to San Francisco in 2011 to establish a practice in his home state and much loved Bay Area. He brings a sense of drama and refinement to his work which ranges form residential and small commercial design to events such as The Lounge Act at the new Exploratorium.

Evleen Salem Interior Design
Designer/Proprietor: Evleen Salem
City Located: Moraga, Ca
Evleen Salem Interior Design Specializes in space planning, color consulting, staging and kitchen and bath design. We believe that true customer interaction is the key to success, and pride ourselves on being a service oriented business.

DWM Interiors
Designer/Proprietor: Maloos Anvarian
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
Mixing periods and styles is integral to what Maloos does whether it is bringing together a room or designing a specific piece of furniture or lighting. Her goal is to invoke history and infuse it with a bit of wit: an antique chair gets updates with the addition of Lucite arms and seating, a traditional wingback is cheekily reinvented with its balled seating and seat back. At the core of Maloos’ vision is the desire to create “furniture with a history” and to doing while being green-reusing, repurposing, and recycling. “As I look forward to what’s ahead, it gives me great pleasure to know there are endless opportunities to play with the past and reinterpret it for future use.”

Lizette Marie Interior Design
Designer/Proprietor: Lizette Marie
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
Lizette Marie Interior Design strives to build relationships with clients and create interiors that stimulates both the visual and tactile senses. We interpret our client’s needs and desires and create innovative living environments to support them. Through the experimentation of color, texture and material, we create the delightfully unexpected.

Jiun Ho Inc., with special thanks to RH (Restoration Hardware)
Designer/Proprietor: Jiun Ho
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
Jiun Ho is a San Francisco based designer who creates interiors and products that are a timeless fusion of East and West. Born into a Chinese-Malaysian family, he moved to America at 18 to pursue his dreams of becoming an interior architect and designer. His signature collection – The Jiun Ho Collection – of furniture, lighting, and rug designs is represented by 11 of the leading showrooms across the country. His products blend equally with modern and more classic interiors. His interior design work, both in the areas of hospitality and residential, have been recognized in the press worldwide.

EM Design Interiors
Designer/Proprietor: Emily Mughannam
City Located: Sausalito, CA
EM Design is a boutique design firm, we love getting to work one-on-one to identify each client’s unique style and create inspired, fresh spaces that are lovable, livable, and personal.  As an urban-dwelling mother of two young children, Emily knows first-hand how important it is for a home to reflect the personality and needs of the entire family. In having designed homes of all sizes and with kids of all ages, her approach and aesthetic balances practicality with modern sophistication.

Eugene Anthony Design Group
Designer/Proprietor: Eugene Anthony
City Located: San Francisco, Ca
I have been fortunate to have a vast career of opportunities in my life. I spent 5 years working for the likes of the royal family in Saudi Arabia responsible for the outcome of the Royal Terminal at the King Khalid International Airport as well as being the director for a team of players responsible for the opening ceremonies hosting 30,000 people. I have owned and operated 2 retail furniture, accessory, and design galleries and have participated in opening 3 showrooms in the San Francisco Design Center where I created my own line of furniture. I have made myself available year after year to raise awareness and support of ASID, Special Olympics, DIFFA’S Dining by Design, Celebrations of Christmas, Cancer Society, Children of Shelters, and Shelter for Battered Women; any and all callings to lend a helping hand through our world of design.

The Exploratorium opens to the public on April 17, 2013.


Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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