May 27th, 2012, marks the 75th Anniversary of San Francisco's beloved Golden Gate Bridge. Not only is the bridge graceful, iconic, and incredibly long, it's painted in one of the greatest colors ever — a lovely and complex orange-red. International Orange: it's not just for bridges anymore...Last week I had the chance to take a little boat ride to the Golden Gate Bridge (for pastry reasons, of course), and got to watch the underside of the bridge being painted. It was so cool! Apparently, it takes an entire year to paint the whole thing. Also, there were porpoises.
- San Francisco's own Flax Art has the entire line of Cavallini Golden Gate Bridge paper goods, and the store is also hosting its own International Orange Art Exhibit.
- These next three items are all from Toast, and they all evoke that classic foggy, chilly, cozy feeling of being out near the bridge. The Gabi blanket can be wrapped around your shoulders on a boat ride, the Storm lantern will lead you back up the rocky cliffs to your cabin, where a Yaki mug of coffee made from excellent San Francisco beans will be waiting to wipe the chill from your bones. (Note: such an excursion might only exist in my imagination.)
- The tangerine-red Bear print from Banquet Atelier is also perfect for California and its bear state flag.
- Continuing the rugged bear-boat-lantern theme is this beautiful handmade ax from Best Made Company. I need it, I'm not sure why.
- Powder-coated steel Brick Bookends from Curiosity Shoppe bring a hint of industrial power to your bookshelf.
- Mark Goetz's Divide Bench is available at Rare Device and is 150lbs of indoor/outdoor awesome.
- Sausalito ceramic masters Heath Ceramics have created this Paprika Blend of tiles, "a blend of dual and solid glazes, in a combination of matte and glossy." The color variation perfectly captures the weathered finish on the Golden Gate Bridge.
(Images: As credited above.)