Spotted SF / Mission / The NWBLK

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I’ve often passed by this building in the Mission and “The NWBLK” sign has always intrigued me. Alas I stopped in to preview a curated selection of pieces from the Herman Miller Collection, which included the latest generation of the iconic and highly coveted Eames chairs. A bonus was an intimate and inspiring discussion with Eames Demetrios, grandson of the late Charles and Ray Eames and Chairman of the Eames Foundation. What makes the Eames chairs so iconic? Simply that the designs have virtually stayed the same since the beginning and that the company has remained focused on quality and continuous improvement of these chairs since. Innovating with a complete redesign or expanding to include new pieces is their last resort.

The NWBLK (or The New Black”) is a community space that serves as a gallery, retail showroom, and workshop where creatives of all kinds showcase their latest pieces—from fashion to furniture— or work collaboratively to bring new designs to life. The collections on display are ever-changing. Additionally in the large outdoor lot is a project called the Mission Dispatch, which invites a rotating mix of the city’s best food trucks to serve lunch on weekdays.

The NWBLK
1999 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Ph: 415 621 2344
www.thenwblk.com

* All images by me, Leslie.