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The Iconic ’70s Design Trend That’s Back in a Big Way

If you’ve ever added to cart a boldly striped tea towel, admired the optical illusions of Heath Ceramics tiles, or dreamed about how Marimekko’s classic Lokki pattern would look covering your couch, then you already know the power of bold graphics on a…

If you’ve ever added to cart a boldly striped tea towel, admired the optical illusions of Heath Ceramics tiles, or dreamed about how Marimekko’s classic Lokki pattern would look covering your couch, then you already know the power of bold graphics on a space: They add energy, vibrance and eye-popping personality. What you may not know is that many of these graphics have their roots in a style of wall art called “Supergraphics”.

Supergraphics was born in the 1960s, created by the pioneering San Francisco-based artist Barbara “Bobbie” Stauffacher Solomon for The Sea Ranch, an iconic 7000-acre coastal community in California. Conceived as a way of brightening the area’s often-foggy mood, Solomon’s high-impact combination of bold forms and primary colors have inspired artists and designers ever since, finding their way into public art (think: this pedestrian bridge in Jersey City or the punchy postcard typography of this mural in Austin’s historic 6th Street) and homes alike.

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How One Couple Effortlessly Hosts Gatherings In Their 700-Square-Foot Home

When hosting in small spaces, challenges abound. How does one cook a meal for 10-12 guests in a barely-there kitchen? Who among small-space dwellers has room to store all the holiday decor and boughs of holly? And where should the welcome refreshments …

When hosting in small spaces, challenges abound. How does one cook a meal for 10-12 guests in a barely-there kitchen? Who among small-space dwellers has room to store all the holiday decor and boughs of holly? And where should the welcome refreshments go when you have ambitiously planned a snack-fueled mingling and a subsequent sit-down dinner?

None of those quandaries have stopped Oakland residents Joe and Celia Catalino, restaurant veterans and co-founders of the sustainable wine club and online bottle shop, What To Drink, from being regular (and consummate) hosts. Over time, they have learned to cleverly work around their 700-square-foot, tight-squeeze of a home. Here, the couple—also parents to 10-year-old daughter, Lucia—allows us a peek into their full-house holiday festivities, and share expert tips that include how to combine the snacks and drinks table for efficiency, where to hide the clutter so guests don’t see it, and their picks for low-maintenance pre-batched cocktails.

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