I have always loved travel and regard it as part and parcel of my design inspiration. I have never studied design as such, but have always been curious about the world around me – the sights, smells, sounds, colors and textures – and have incorporated them into much of what I do.
So it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to my end of year trip to San Francisco at Christmas. I had heard so many great things about the art, architecture, food and history. I was not disappointed.
San Francisco is a cornucopia of culture. We spent days in the museums of science and art, the Gaugin exhibition of the De Young Museum and the Maharajan jewels of the Legion of Honour museum being a particular highlight.
Beautiful art in the SF De Young museum – as a designer I am always inspired by shape and color, especially when it has an organic theme to it as this does.
Museum of beaux arts
We segwayed through the Golden Gate Park and learned about Janis Joplin and the Summer Of Love, watched extraordinary jellyfish in the Museum of Sciences and enjoyed the peace of the Japanese Tea Garden.
Every day we walked miles along Ocean Beach and Uptown, admiring the lid back charm of the beachfront architecture and the grand architectural elegance of the 19th century Painted Ladies.
We ate our way through the colorful alleyways of Chinatown, gawped at the deco magnificence of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, sang along with John Lee Hooker Junior in a blues club, took the ferry to laid back Saucilito and rode the historic trams up the steepest of hills.
Of course we also went to the architectural wonder that is the Golden Gate Bridge, the bustling Ferry Terminal, hippy enclave of Haight Ashbury and the South American influenced Mission precinct, with its vibrant graffiti culture.
San Francisco has everything and I drank it all in. What an incredible city.