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Four Design Finds with Serious Vacation Vibes

Can’t get away? From surfboard art to a waterfront taproom, these new design discoveries will whisk you to faraway places.


The new lobby at Hotel Triton.

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A handmade Tunisian dish from Soukra.

Photo: Courtesy of Soukra

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A surfboard sporting a St. Frank print from the home decor boutique's collab with SoCal surfboard savant Gary Linden.

Photo: Courtesy of St. Frank

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Photo: Matthew Millman

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City Sleepover
A cluster of downtown hotels are upping the ante these days with dramatic refreshes. The W Hotel is revamping its rooms with a Gold Fever theme whose details include gold-dusted wallpaper and gold-flaked bathroom tile. And in Union Square, the 103-year-old Hotel Triton just unveiled a $6 million reno executed by Rose Ink Workshop. The new lobby (pictured) has vaulted ceilings, while the 140 guest rooms sport floral poppy patterns and bold colors. W Hotel: 181 3rd st. (at Howard St.), 415-777-5300; Hotel Triton: 342 Grant Ave. (at Bush St.), 415-394-0500

From Tunisia with Love
Pauline Eveillard lived in Tunisia shortly after the Arab Spring and fell in with a group of artists creating modern fashion and home decor using traditional techniques. Upon her move to San Francisco, she launched Soukra, an online shop specializing in handmade Tunisian wares. Starting this month, those pop-up inside the Chinatown event space Baana. Oct. 11-14, 1256 Mason St. (at Jackson St.), 415-971-6297

Riding the Wave
Want more ocean vibes in your life but not exactly the shredding type? San Francisco-based home decor boutique St. Frank has partnered with SoCal surfboard shaper Gary Linden on a collection that makes a splash in the waves or on the wall. The fully functional boards feature St. Frank prints—including a West African washed indigo—encased in fiberglass. No one has to know it's never touched the water. 3665 Sacramento St. (Near Spruce St.), 415-416-6918

Bavaria on the Beach
The water meets the woods meets the wirtshaus at Radhaus, where hearty yet refined German cuisine is paired with the best Bavarian beers. But it’s the space that will truly transport you: Envelope A+D (Proxy, Delfina, the French Laundry) has designed a modern haven on the bay, with communal seating and bar tops carved out of ponderosa pine from a Yosemite campground. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Marina Blvd. at Laguna St.), Bldg. A, 415-445-4556


Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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