Cutting-edge design fills Fort Mason at first FOG 

click to enlarge Ron Arad
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  • Works of art by Ron Arad are among the offerings at FOG Design & Art at Fort Mason this weekend.
San Francisco may not have the reputation of New York or London when it comes to design, but The City is no backwater, especially this week. From Friday through Sunday, Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion will be transformed into an epicenter of progressive design and art.

The inaugural FOG Design & Art event, in part a benefit for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, features exhibits from fine art and interior design galleries, lectures, demonstrations and appearances by top design luminaries.

“I want people to never forget that San Francisco is a great art city, and always has been,” says Stanlee Gatti, one of FOG’s principal organizers, and the event planner who staged Elton John’s Oscar parties, Kanye West’s proposal to Kim Kardashian at AT&T Park and Gavin Newsom’s wedding.

“We are a small town, but we have one of the best ballet companies in the world, the No. 2 opera company in the world, and the symphony and American Conservatory Theater,” Gatti says. “It’s an amazing thing we have so much happening in this small town, and we don’t give ourselves enough credit for it.”

The show’s list of exhibitors includes more than 30 galleries, such as the Fraenkel Gallery, Haines Gallery, John Berggruen Gallery, Hosfelt Gallery and Crown Point Press.

Events include a Friday morning talk, “What to Know When Building a Collection,” presented by the SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council. The dialogue is part of “Art Sandwiched In,” a separately ticketed event that includes brunch by Jane on Fillmore and a private tour of the FOG show with designers and gallerists.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, acclaimed London-based architect and designer Ron Arad — whose furniture and architectural designs blend the curves of Oscar Niemeyer, the voluptuousness of the 1960s pop art and cutting-edge contemporary vision — will speak with Jennifer Fletcher, SFMOMA associate curator of architecture and design.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, Snøhetta principal architect Craig Dykers lectures on “Architecture of Engagement,” discussing the firm’s conceptual vision and design for SFMOMA’s expansion.

Snøhetta is noted for projects such as Bibliotecha Alexandrina (its first project) in Alexandria, Egypt, the sleekly raked and visionary Oslo Opera House and the current redesign of Times Square.

Foodies will want to check out Gatti’s installation, “21POP: In the Kitchen,” which celebrates the relationship between design and the culinary arts. Michael and Lindsay Tusk of Quince and Cotogna will unveil their new handmade pasta line there.


FOG Design & Art

Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St., S.F.

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $15 to $20

Contact: (800) 454-6401,

Note: A preview gala is at 6 p.m. Thursday; tickets are $150 and up

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