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The Best of the Valley: Design

Kate Evans, Carolyn Jung, Anh-Minh Le, and Lydia Lee | January 16, 2017 | Story Best of the Bay

Read more from the Best of the Valley 2017 here.

Dinnerware: Annieglass
For more than 30 years, Annie Morhauser’s Annieglass has produced exquisite dinnerware, serveware and gift items that are at once classic and contemporary. She maintains her enthusiasm for her work by challenging herself—“taking on more technically difficult design ideas,” she says—and offering new collections and line extensions twice a year. Her spring 2017 release includes the introduction of the Elements array, which showcases Morhauser’s sustainable efforts. The pieces—which include thick, organically shaped trivets and trays—are made with recycled glass scraps, thereby eliminating any glass waste. (She has applied for a patent for her innovative process that entails water-jet technology.) “We make everything here in our Watsonville studio, and we are competing with many well-known luxury brands made offshore,” says Morhauser. “That makes it doubly hard to compete with, but we hold our own. Our quality is unsurpassed.” Look for her latest creations at the company’s Santana Row showroom, as well as other Annieglass retailers, in March. 377 Santana Row, San Jose

Home Goods: Anthem Menlo Park
Janelle Loevner is planting a design flag on the Peninsula. Following up on her two San Francisco stores—Anthem and Anthem Bed & Bath, situated a few doors from each other on Sacramento Street—this spring, she’s unveiling Anthem Menlo Park. According to Loevner, in addition to stocking similar merchandise as her city boutiques—furniture, accessories, loungewear and gifts—the forthcoming shop will feature alfresco decor (think poolside furniture and indoor/outdoor rugs), with interior design services and custom ordering available too. The start of the new year will also bring an Anthem private label—a tightly curated collection including rugs, paints and wallcoverings—that shoppers can find in the San Francisco outposts in January, and in the Menlo Park store once it opens. (Loevner and her husband, Kirk, are no strangers to Silicon Valley; now the CEO of Anthem, he was previously a senior executive at Apple.) 889 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park

Interior Design: Evars + Anderson

In their San Carlos office, Nancy Evars and Dimitra Anderson are discussing one of their latest projects—a 5,500-square-foot vacation home in Tahoe’s swank Martis Camp development. “Our vision is to add drapery, big sisal rugs and make it layered and cozy,” says Anderson. “But definitely no antlers and lots of plaid. We want to create a mountain vibe that’s just more sophisticated and unexpected.”

Families in Menlo Park, Atherton and Hillsborough are turning to Evars + Anderson to update fusty outdated decor and to counterbalance traditional architecture. “They want spaces that are lighter, brighter, fresher,” says Evars. The firm’s transitional style juxtaposes contemporary pieces with antiques. “We think about what the story is for the room and what would give it history and depth,” Evars continues.

The two know their demographic well because they are the demographic: Evars and Anderson each have three kids and live in Atherton and Menlo Park, respectively. Both self-taught, their individual approaches help to create a pleasing whole. Anderson, who started out in finance before working in merchandising for Chanel, favors classic neutrals; Evars, who had a career in PR and marketing, most recently at Yahoo!, brings an awareness of trends. They burst onto the design scene with their dramatic laundry room in the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase house, which combined white cabinetry with a vibrant Christian Lacroix butterfly wallpaper. Last year, their contribution to the prestigious annual event was bigger and bolder: a lounge anchored by a dark emerald-green velvet sofa with fringed trim, atop a patterned hide rug.

Since teaming up in 2011, Evars + Anderson has already outgrown two offices in Menlo Park and the founders have been joined by three staffers. This spring, they plan to launch their own retail line of upholstered seating. “We’ve put a lot of time into creating custom furniture, and we see a need for that $5,000 couch that’s really well-made and not imported,” says Evars. As the saying goes: Watch this space!

Originally published in the January issue of
Silicon Valley

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