January 9, 2019

The Golden Gate Bridge and the new SFMOMA aside, design hasn’t traditionally been among San Francisco’s strongholds. San Francisco Fog Design + Art is changing all that, however. In the six years since its inception, the little design fair that could has turned San Francisco into a design epicenter. With the anticipation already mounting for this year’s fair, we aimed to get a sneak peek by asking attending DECASO dealers what they have planned for this year’s event. From Almond & Co.’s exclusively female exhibit to R & Company’s decor-art mashup, this is your insider’s preview to everything happening at San Francisco Fog Design + Art 2019.

Almond & Co. 

Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re planning for this year’s San Francisco FOG Design + Art? 
For this year’s show we will be showcasing some of the 20th Century’s most influential female designers, including Florence Knoll, Nanna Ditzel, and Lisa Johansson Pape.

What kind of inspirations did you pull from while developing your upcoming FOG exhibition?
For many years we have been collecting works from women designers, and we thought it would be a great time to showcase them in a setting such as FOG.

What’s your favorite thing about FOG? 
It is a show that focuses on the best of design from all around the world. Fog is the only show if its kind in the U.S. and it is attended by some of the most exclusive galleries in the world. It is an honor to be a part of it.

“Fertility Form” illuminated sculpture designed and made by Rogan Gregory. Table and set of chairs designed by Joaquim Tenreiro.


R & Company

Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re planning for this year’s SF Fog Design + Art?
This year we are excited to be showcasing new work by Rogan Gregory and Katie Stout, who are both contemporary artists we work with who push the boundaries between art and design. We will also be featuring furniture designed by the French interior architect Pierre Yovanovich alongside an important historical dining table and chairs by the master of Brazilian Mid-Century design, Joaquim Tenreiro.

What kind of inspirations did you pull from while developing your upcoming FOG exhibition?
We always try to showcase new and fresh material at FOG. We also really think about the SF audience when curating our booth. This year in particular, we commissioned several new works from our contemporary designers.

What’s your favorite thing about FOG?
We have been participating in FOG since it first launched, and over the last few years we have seen how the fair has been growing with the city of San Francisco. The fair continues to bring new opportunities for us and the artists we work with. Our gallery’s program has been well received by the SF community in part because of what the FOG fair has done. And although FOG is a regional fair, we also get to meet new people who come up from L.A. and down from Seattle.

Photo by Lane Preston


Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re planning for this year’s San Francisco Fog Design + Art? 
This year’s FOG presentation includes late Isamu Noguchi furniture editions, unique works from the contemporary Designer, Ron Gilad (whose practice is very close to minimalist drawing), important selling samples from George Nakashima (including a Conoid Bench and a Pierced Dining Table), a galvanized steel prototype outdoor Bench from Richard Schultz, weavings from the New York-based, contemporary fiber artist, Samantha Bittman, and unique work by Matali Crasset in an 18th Century Chinese alloy paktong, used in the Enlightenment era China trade.

What kind of inspirations did you pull from while developing your upcoming FOG exhibition?

While FOG does ask dealers to stay in their lanes—design dealers presenting design and art dealers presenting art—FOG is interesting in terms of the dialogue it creates between art and design. We approached these boundaries with questions best illustrated by Noguchi’s material: functional work made by a 20th Century furniture master produced by the art publisher, Gemini. Most of the work we’re displayed at FOG questions distinctions between how art and design get made.

What’s your favorite thing about FOG?
FOG is a smaller scale fair in a great city with a very tight edit. The quality being presented to what is—in some cases—a slightly younger audience is very dense. It’s really the balance between Design and Art that sets FOG apart. Design Miami and Art Basel sit side by side, but they’re still very separate events. FOG isn’t afraid to fold the two into one, and by keeping the quality level very high and maintaining a balance, they really succeed. The whole dynamic is exciting. 


The SF-based Francophiles behind renowned dealer Lebreton will be showcasing a collection of design inspired by the 1950s, 60s, and 70s French Riviera. In addition to exceptional ceramics by artists such as Suzanne Ramié and Georges Jouve, the exhibition will include furniture by quintessential French makers like Jacques Quinet.

Hostler Burrows

A design show fixture, Hostler Burrows is no stranger to creating thought-provoking exhibitions that blend artful design and decor. This year, Hostler Burrows will balance a heavy roster of contemporary female makers, including Babs Haenen, Kristina Riska, and Jasmin Anoschkin.

Lead image courtesy of Joe Kramm & R & Company. Table Lamps designed and made by Katie Stout.