Oh Hedge Gallery, where have you been all my life?
I’ve been to some pretty sublime galleries around the world, but Hedge Gallery, located on an alley in Jackson Square in San Francisco, vaulted to the top-tier of that list the moment I set foot in it.
The gallery itself is spectacularly simple, but no simple white box. Dark, moody, sexy, warm: it’s all exposed brick walls and ceiling beams with these rather lovely, and very modern, steel pillars. Think industrial with an emphasis on the refined. Think incredibly designed but not in an intrusive way.
The setting is the perfect complement to its eclectic collection of 20th century fine furnishings, work by established and emerging designers (who operate on that delightful cusp of industrial design and art) mixed with modern sculpture, glass, ceramics, and artwork. There are even a few locally designed and crafted pieces (furnishings mostly) that sit quite comfortably, thank you, with their better known brethren at the gallery.
Be specific, I hear you say. Name me some of the designers and artists. OK. Like Ritsue Mishima (glass), Mark Newson (killer wicker chairs but certainly not your granny’s wicker), Ernst Gamperl (wood), Fornasetti (small objects), Arik Levy (sculptural wood forms), Joris Laarman (who designed the incredible black “bone rocker” above, a masterpiece of design and making), Gio Ponti (furniture, though calling it furniture is like calling a Maserati a set of wheels), Sam Orlando Miller (mirrors), Kirstie Van Noort and Tony Marsh (ceramics). Each of these pieces sits in a gorgeous pool of light….and yet, each manages to feel accessible. Precious, but not…if you know what I mean.
The taste of founders/owners Roth Martin and Stephen Volpe is beyond incredible. It’s just so sure, so deft. We love that there’s a wit, a sense of humor here. We love that it’s such a mix that ignores all those false lines between art, design and craft. And we love that some of the artists are known for re-using reclaimed materials (again, in a most refined way).
Received a bonus? This is your place. Didn’t receive a bonus but want to start collecting some amazing work? Here too. Needing to add some verve to your digs? Ditto. Just need a place to go where your heart beats a bit faster and you walk out inspired (and resolving to think a little more seriously about collecting)? You got it.
48 Gold Street, San Francisco CA