November 29, 2011 - Curated. holds 2012 planning session in San Francisco
Curated. partners convened in San Francisco for their annual fall retreat. San Francisco was the perfect backdrop for a week of reflection and wide-eyed forecasting. Both vibrant and historic, the setting provided all the necessary components for Elena and Delta to map out Curated. intentions for 2012. Typical settings included room service delivered through a slurry of papers and piles and inspired meals in acclaimed neighborhood haunts with I-pad in hand. In between the "mapping" sessions there was plenty of time for catching up with friends and visiting fashion and design shops. Perusing the outstanding collection of art and design titles at the William Stout Architectural Bookstore is a Curated. favorite.
Previous retreats were spent brainstorming poolside, but this year's urban setting brought much opportunity for sight-seeing and visits to architectural gems. Highlights included the Haas-Lilienthal house, an 1886 Queen Ann Victorian that survived the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. The entry hall was especially intriguing with gold stenciled pattern on black leather-like walls. Juxtapose the Victorian relic against the modern St. Mary's Cathedral completed in 1971. The structural expressionist building curves upward in graceful lines from the four corners culminating in a cross. The reinforced concrete roof, soaring 190 feet, is covered with white Italian marble and is crowned with a golden 55-foot tall kinetic cross.
The retreat closed with a reception hosted by Craig Palmer at his lovely home overlooking breathtaking city views. Craig is the Development Director of the Ocular Research Symposia Foundation, where Delta serves as President. Delta shared the foundation's mission to seek cures for ocular diseases and expressed her personal interest in linking visual research with the visual arts.
It was a thrilling week. Each experience, complemented by inspiring brainstorming sessions, was targeted to further the growth of Curated. as a dynamic design firm.