In late February 2017, the Boiler Room will host Japan’s legendary design store and curator, Playmountain for a year-long series of programs featuring Japanese and Japanese-influenced artists and makers — Playmountain East. The year will include work in a variety of media, including iron, wood, ceramics, and fashion; a spotlight program on regional craft; and a special series on the work of Japanese women artists and artisans.
Since its inception Landscape Products has been inspired by California: its architecture and design, arts and crafts, music, and films. In other words, we have always been excited by the cultural breeze that blows from there.
This is why we have named our new retail venture in San Francisco Playmountain East. Even though we are across the Pacific from each other, we are close neighbors of heart and mind. Please keep watching kindly over us as we begin our journey "East.”
Begins June 25, 2016
No one tells the story of modernist flatware design better than designer, author, editor, and publisher Dung Ngo whose twin passions of 20th century design and design books form the foundation for Knife / Fork / Spoon, the latest exhibit to come to the Boiler Room at Heath SF. Drawn from his extensive flatware collection, Knife / Fork / Spoon combines flatware design from the 1920s to the present, including designs by Eliel Saarinen, Gio Ponti, and Achille Castiglioni presented atop Dung’s other passion: vintage design and photography books. Beautiful on their own, Dung’s pairing of flatware and books tells the story of 20th century design in a thoroughly unexpected, original way.
Dung will also curate a collection of rare design books from San Francisco book-selling legend William Stout, which will be for sale in the Boiler Room during the course of the show.
Knife / Fork / Spoon begins on June 25th, 2016 with an opening reception and talk between Dung and Heath Clay Studio Director Tung Chiang. The reception will run from 4–6 pm with the conversation between Tung and Dung from 4:30 to 5 pm. RVSP here.
In late February 2017, the Boiler Room will host Japan’s legendary design store and curator, Playmountain, for a year-long series of programs featuring Japanese and Japanese-influenced artists and makers. This includes work in a variety of media, including iron, wood, ceramics, and fashion; a spotlight program on regional craft; and a special series on the work of Japanese women artists and artisans.
Save the date for an opening on Friday, February 24, 2017. For updates, sign up here
We’re pleased to share a new collection of stunning woodwork by emerging artist Julian Watts as part of our Boiler Room: Selected Works show. Based in San Francisco, Julian uses traditional wood carving and furniture making techniques to explore the space between sculptural form and functional object. Using everyday items like wooden utensils as a point of departure, Julian follows the aesthetic, functional, and cultural threads of each object to their most extreme, surreal end points.
We love how Julian lets the medium of wood take shape for itself, while still artfully expressing his own point of view. It’s work that thrives at the intersection of art, craft, and design–fresh work from a new artist worth collecting. It’s time to get to know Julian Watts.
May 19, 2016
To celebrate spring, we invited our good friends Mattson 2, the ultimate Cali-sound jazz-rock duo, will be playing in the Boiler Room, while Stag Dining will be pouring unforgettable drinks and more. And of course, we're sharing the latest pieces by Tung Chiang, Julian Watts, Butch Anthony and others in the Boiler Room.
Every year our Heath Clay Studio explores a single idea over the course of 12 months and shares not just the outcome, but the entire process with you. Design Series 1: Between Hand and Machine explored the candleholder, Design Series 2: Between Form and Function studied the multi-stem vase, Design Series 3: Throwing Light explored lighting.
We reveled in the results of a year’s worth of exploration, facing the challenge to create table lamps with forms as beautiful as the light they produce. Boundary stretching, head scratching, delicious epiphanies, and quiet joys. The outcome truly delivered.
The Boiler Room at Heath Ceramics was pleased to present the work of Oakland, CA-based rising artist Brendan Monroe in Morphology, his largest solo show and his first major exhibition in San Francisco. The show ran from September 25 to October 25, 2015.
Brendan is a sculptor, painter, and muralist who’s known for work that’s playfully conceptual—investigating dreamlike, intimate, and imagined worlds that evoke the tension between reality and surreality.
Featuring a selection of entirely new work—including paintings, drawings, and sculptures—Morphology brought to life Brendan’s world at scale and with an intensity befitting a space as dramatic and atmospheric as the Boiler Room.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Shigeta
Alabama on Alabama was a month-long journey to the soul of the Modern South, held in the Boiler Room and showroom at Heath SF. Refined, raw and radical, the Modern South connects place, people, process, and tradition in a way that cuts across geography and time.
The show featured widely acclaimed and celebrated textile artist, designer and slow design pioneer Natalie Chanin, co-founder and creative force behind Alabama Chanin, based in Florence, Alabama. It also included work by Butch Anthony best known for his "intertwangled” paintings, and works on paper by outsider artist Mr. John Henry Toney. Alabama on Alabama also featured the work of frequent Natalie Chanin collaborator and photographer Rinne Allen.
Photo courtesy of Leslie Santarina
April 18–May 17, 2015
Part celebration, part exhibit, part launch of Carla Fernández’s inaugural collection in the US, Design Culture Mexico was an opportunity for long-time fans and newcomers alike to take a deep dive into Carla’s world in the heart of Mexico’s happening and unique art and design culture scene. Curated by Renee Zellweger of SummerSchool SF, Design Culture Mexico was an evolution of the acclaimed 2014 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum exhibit that brought to life Carla’s vision, work, artistry, process, and impact. The show also included the work of artists from Mexico such as photographer Graciela Iturbide, Pedro Reyes, Ramiro Chaves, and others—work that shows how important and dynamic a force Mexico is in contemporary art.
It looked like a risky move at first, pairing talented artist Brendan Monroe, best known for his hypnotic, science inspired illustrations and sculptures with Heath, best known for its crisp modern style. In Blobography, curated by Adam Silverman, Brendan collaborated with the LA Heath Clay Studio to create sculptures that brought his world to life. Exploring new mold making and sculpting techniques, along with experimentations with glazes, the show brought to life Brendan’s world in a brand new way. The show held at Heath Los Angeles in Fall 2014 featured the fruits of the collaboration, sculptures, illustrations and more.
This show, held at Heath’s Boiler Room in May 2014, was Stan’s first show in 35 years. As befits a monumental talent (and personality) with a monumental oeuvre, this comprehensive retrospective featured work old and new, including his medallions; large-scale murals; sculptures; push pots; fountains; and exterior screens. In addition, the show featured his signature birdhouses in new, experimental glazes created for Heath and the show. Modern Primitive was curated and produced in collaboration with Renee Zellweger of SummerSchool SF.
Take a look at our past events and workshops.