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Design Lust: Outdoorsy Interiors, Upscale Athletic Gear, and a Vintage Airstream Stocked with Sex Toys

A cult Swedish backpack, a mobile vibrator showroom, and other spring awakenings.


Erica Tanov

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Mission Workshop

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Editor’s Note: This is one of many stories about our relationship with the natural world, which San Francisco is publishing over the next month as part of the May 2018 Great Outdoors Issue. To read stories as they become available online, click here.

1. Wild, Wild Design

When it comes to seeking out inspiration for interior design, Erica Tanov thinks people should spend less time on Pinterest and more time in the park. Leaves, bark, dirt, sticks, and even fog are just a few of the natural wonders the Berkeley-based textile designer has translated into her warm, modern fabrics, wallpapers, and furnishings. In her new book, Design by Nature: Creating Layered, Lived-In Spaces Inspired by the Natural World ($35), Tanov shares her process and tips for culling creative design choices from nature. 

2. If the Camper Is a-Rockin’…
The SoMa-based sex toy designers at Crave have always sought to bring women’s pleasure out into the open—their signature Vesper vibrator is meant to be worn as a necklace (when not in use elsewhere). Now they’re taking the show on the road with their Build-A-Vibe Workshop, a vintage Airstream reimagined as a mobile showroom and studio for sex-positive tinkering. The DIY vibe bar made an appearance at SXSW, and at the Worlds Fair Nano, people lined up to customize their own sex toys. 

3. Make It Rain
Mission Workshop designs tailored, tough-as-nails bags, jackets, and other gear for people who bike, run, and hike but don’t necessarily want their clothes to scream it from the mountaintops. Black has always been the brand’s signature color, and—surprise!—it still works 20 years later. The company’s newest release is the Styrman: Ultralight raincoat ($690), slim fitting and constructed of lightweight Toray Entrant, the latest and greatest in breathable, waterproof fabrics. And this being a San Francisco–designed jacket, there are two interior pockets complete with portholes for your headphones to escape. 541 Valencia St. (Near 16th St.)

4. Leader of the Pack
Fjällräven infiltrated San Francisco by way of its ubiquitous backpack, the Kånken. With its new spring line, it’s hoping to cozy up to Northern California even more. The 58-year-old Swedish brand has long specialized in Arctic Circle–appropriate outdoor gear (its winter parka is stuffed with more than a pound and a half of goose down), but this season it debuts two new jacket styles ideal for our mild climate: the Greenland Eco-Shell and the Greenland Wind. Plus, one of the 10 brand-new Kånken colorways is a light gray called Fog—what could be more S.F. than that? 478 Jackson St. (At Montgomery St.)

Originally published in the May issue of
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