Lauren Geremia – Upstart designer for tech

Designer Lauren Geremia stretches out in the dining room at Lumosity in S.F. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle

Geremia Design founder and principal Lauren Geremia is not your typical interior designer. A painter, she has used the fine art skills she honed at Rhode Island School of Design to become the go-to designer for San Francisco startups.

Don’t let her age, 31, and easygoing vibe fool you – her plans for her Emeryville firm extend far beyond the Bay Area and the tech industry. Geremia is now ready to “take the show on the road” and explore new destinations for her talent.

After moving to the Bay Area in 2004, her interiors for several local bars started to get noticed by the young tech executives who frequented them. Residential work for an early Facebook employee came next, followed by referrals. She designed office spaces for bright young startups YouSendIt (now Hightail), Instagram and Dropbox.

Lauren Geremia's hanging paper airplane mobile for Hightail in S.F. Photo: Geremia Design

When Dropbox commissioned her in 2011 to design its new 89,000-square-foot headquarters in China Basin, Geremia hired a full-time team. Starting with an elegant foundation made it easier to keep the integrity of the design when the team moved in: “Dropbox was an interesting project, because they knew it was going to end up being covered in whiteboards, Legos experiments and catered food – I knew I had to create a platform that was maybe too sophisticated at the time, but when you put in the content and the employees’ belongings, it feels organized.”

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London fashion luminary joins Art Institute faculty

Source:  Michael Rosen

Source: Michael Rosen

A fashion force is not to be missed, and during the recent student show at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, something exciting swept through. The student designers displayed intense individuality on the runway with a range of inspiration from “The Great Gatsby” to drag queens. Other students contributed their talents in marketing, graphics, video and the culinary arts, but the show’s creative vision came from the school’s new visiting professor and show producer, Michael Rosen.

If there is anyone who has lived multiple fashion lives, it’s Rosen. Celebrating his 60th birthday in October, Rosen has lived through some of the most exciting decades in London fashion, from punk in the ’70s to Britpop in the ’90s. He was a founding member of London Fashion Week in 1982 and later developed the fashion merchandising and marketing program at his alma mater, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London.

As an instructor at the college in the ’90s, his students included fashion luminaries Hussein Chalayan, Phoebe Philo, Giles Deacon, Katie Grand and the late Alexander McQueen. He attributes the creativity exploding from the school’s graduates to cross-collaboration among departments: “It was the mixing of these people from different areas, like linking to the sculpture department and the film department, which was roughly what we were doing in the ’70s when the punk thing happened.”

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Where I Was Before


Despina Spyrou, Sony Pictures Classics

Despina Spyrou, Sony Pictures Classics

The release of Before Midnight, Richard Linklater’s third in his ode to Jesse and Celine, is a heavy one. I’ve followed these star-crossed lovers as they hopped off a train in Vienna, walked and talked their way through the high line-like walkways of Paris and now, watched them close out a vacation in Greece that felt more like an inquisition.  At the outset the premise always flirts of an Eric Rohmer film and the locations so romantic that fans like myself must flock to Café Sperl in Vienna or Shakespeare & Co. in Paris to relive our favorite moments. But these characters are far too complex to just frolic and leave the next morning.

Linklater co-wrote the screenplay with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke who by now must find inhabiting these characters as easy as brushing their teeth. Really, they can’t come up with the next film until they’ve lived their lives a bit more to find the authenticity in the story, and that’s the fun of it.  Before Midnight looks in on the couple nine years after Before Sunset ended with that Nina Simone dance and devlish grin from Jesse, who is going to miss that plane. And much has gone down. But this time as a couple, so the audience can start off comfortably relaxed that true love wins, only to become very uneasy with what unfolds in the next hour.

I’ve read the reviews, watched the TV appearances and the consensus is that Before Midnight is amazingly brilliant in describing what happens after the “happily ever after.” Imagine the aching loneliness from Scenes from a Marriage combined with the neuroses of Woody Allen and you have what’s become of Jesse and Celine. Delpy’s character in her 40s is as impassioned as she was in her 20s but with rougher edges and energy that’s been dampened by work, home, kids, relationship. She’s “leaned in” about as far as she can go.

When Jesse tells her during a very drawn out argument that she’s the “mayor of crazy town,” I wondered how many husbands in the audience wished they could re-appropriate that line. The film pokes holes in the begrudgingly fundamental belief that marriage is compromise when Jesse and Celine reach a major impasse in their relationship.

I won’t say how it ends, only that I don’t think it does.