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Two San Francisco designers bring their local inspirations home with new, uniquely conceived collections.

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Amara in Finch, price upon request, by Suzanne Tucker Home.

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Amara in Jay, price upon request, by Suzanne Tucker Home.

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Eroica dining table, $23,400, by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy for Matsuoka Furniture.

Photo: Courtesy of Matsuoka

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Fantastique cabinet dark, $20,400, by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy for Matsuoka Furniture.

Photo: Courtesy of Matsuoka 

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Scheherazade console, $14,400, by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy for Matsuoka Furniture.

Photo: Courtesy of Matsuoka

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Fabric of Our Lives
Suzanne Tucker’s latest collection of textiles is a lesson in Bay Area history.

Suzanne Tucker’s projects span the country, yet its her hometown of San Francisco that serves as her constant inspiration. “I’ve lived here 38 years,” Tucker says with a laugh that signals a dash of disbelief. “I could never live in flat country because I’m inspired by our hilly terrain that’s visually changing wherever you go.” This season, the principal of award-winning San Francisco interior design firm Tucker & Marks debuts a new collection of Suzanne Tucker Home fabrics that takes its cues from the city’s storied history. Tucker’s illustrated flora and fauna print, Amara, references the British Arts and Crafts movement that took hold in San Francisco following the earthquake and fires of 1906. While the print pictured riffs on early 20th-century designs, Tucker attests that it doesn’t tell its age. “This print can fit quite a large variety of design vocabularies—from formal to casual, contemporary to classic,” she explains. For those who feel intimidated by such a statement upholstered on a sofa or a dining room wall, her advice: “Think of it as a tool to layer in personality!”

 

Sweet Symphony
San Francisco-based Orlando Diaz-Azcuy’s latest furniture collection hits a high note.

For Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, the San Francisco Symphony’s season—a melody of music, fashion and drama—is an all-around social swirl. So it’s no surprise the seasoned interior architect’s latest collection for 150-plus-year-old Japanese maker Matsuoka Furniture is high on musical notes. Diaz-Azcuy named each of the six new wooden wonders after a favorite piece of classical music. Like a Beethoven concerto performed by modern-day superstar pianist Lang Lang, each highly detailed piece is brought to life with passion and precision.

 

Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco 

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