One afternoon in San Francisco we played tourists with some friends in our home region, heading from the ship at Pier 35 on the Embarcadero (near Fisherman’s Wharf, the popular tourist mecca) to Union Square for some browsing and shopping. We then got a lift to the Mission District, south of Market Street where our destination was a relatively new redevelopment site – the Heath Buliding that opened in 2012 comprising the flagship San Francisco store for Heath Ceramics and the company’s clay studio, in the same former factory building with the new Heath tile factory. In the retail store (see photographs, below) there is a wide array of all Heath products: dinnerware, tableware, tile, and excellent designs for the tabletop and home. Alongside, in August 2015, the very popular (and world famous) San Francisco bakery, Tartine Bakery & Cafe, opened a new major bakery and restaurant – Tartine Manufactory — in the corner of the Heath Building (where we had a delicious lunch; see our next blog post).
“Heath Ceramics is an American company that designs, manufactures, and retails goods for tabletop and home, and is best known for handcrafted ceramic tableware and architectural tile in distinctive glazes. Founded in Sausalito, California by Edith Heath (1911–2005) and her husband Brian Heath (1911–2001) in 1948, Heath Ceramics is now owned and run by Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic, who purchased the company in 2003. Heath has two manufacturing facilities: its original dinnerware factory in Sausalito (built in 1959), and a tile factory (established in 2012) in the Heath Building in San Francisco. Heath sells directly through its stores and its own website, having discontinued its wholesale business in early 2015… Heath has won numerous awards for design, and in 2015 received the National Design Award for Institutional Achievement, awarded by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in recognition of Heath’s commitment to business by design.” —Wikipedia
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