June 24, 2010

Art and design's staying power

by Zahid Sardar from the column Design Spotting in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dzine, the modernist Italian furniture store near San Francisco's Design Center is like the little engine that could. A few years ago, months after opening at 128 Utah St., it expanded into an adjacent space that became available; now Dzine has doubled again despite economic doldrums that have decimated stores such as Dan Friedlander's Limn, formerly San Francisco's modernist furnishings mecca. Dzine's exposed-rafter, triple-height open-plan addition dedicated entirely to Boffi, the Rolls-Royce of Italian kitchen and bath brands, now makes the 15,000-square-foot store one of the Bay Area's largest. The new wing, filled with Boffi displays separated by plaster and mirrored glass partitions, was designed by Dzine owners Eve & Cardenio Petrucci in collaboration with none other than furniture genius Piero Lissoni.

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