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Michael Mulvey at Noe Valley


Did you know that a group of goldfish is called a troubling? And a group of giraffes is called a tower? What about a group of jellyfish? That would be a smack. Local designer and illustrator Michael Mulvey compiled these linguistic oddities into a book, Gulps, Prides & Zeals which combines curious animal group names with Mulvey's beautifully intricate illustrations. 

Rare Device is thrilled to be hosting Michael Mulvey for a reading of his book at our Noe Valley shop on Thursday, October 30 at 10:30am. Come see Michael's stunning illustrations in person and finally learn what you're actually supposed to be calling a group of butterflies. 

Images courtesy Michael Mulvey



Juniper Ridge's Mobile Field Lab Comes to Noe Valley


It might not feel like it here in San Francisco, but autumn has arrived! Noe Valley is celebrating with its annual Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 18 from 10am-5pm. Rare Device is in the spirit too, and we're hosting longtime local favorites Juniper Ridge and their Field Lab right outside the shop during the Harvest Festival. 

Juniper Ridge is the world’s only wild fragrance company. Based in Oakland, California, the company travels to mountains and deserts throughout the West, making perfumes and colognes from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings found hiking the backcountry.

Field Lab Events are events Juniper Ridge hosts or attends to distill essential oils roadside with a mobile still. They park the company's Field Lab Van and fire up a converted whiskey still to demonstrate the lost art of fragrance distillation. If you've never seen it, it's truly amazing and all of Noe Valley is going to feel just like Big Sur, the Mojave Desert, the Cascade Mountains, and other magical wild places. 

The Field Lab will be set up for the day just outside Rare Device Noe Valley on Saturday, October 18 beginning at 10am. Stop by and learn about Juniper Ridge, a local company with a great story, and see their unique process for yourself. Wander a little further down 24th Street for great food and music at the Harvest Festival as well! What better way to welcome fall? 

For more information call 415-374-7412 or email See you Saturday!


Images courtesy Juniper Ridge


Dinah Fried's Fictitious Dishes at Rare Device


For our October gallery show we are thrilled to present Dinah Fried's Fictitious Dishes photo series. Fried, a New York, NY-based designer, was interested in looking at how we relate to literature through food and undertook to recreate some of literature's most iconic meals. Her meticulously crafted photos range in their representations of literary meals, from the classic gruel scene in Oliver Twist to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Kafka's The Metamorphis. Fried has said that she spent hours hunting down the perfect fork or tablecloth in order that a scene would come together as clearly as possible.

As for her inspiration for the series, Fried says, "Reading and eating are natural companions, and they’ve got a lot in common. Reading is consumption. Eating is consumption. Both are comforting, nourishing, restorative, relaxing, and mostly enjoyable...Just as reading great novels can transport you to another time and place, meals — good and bad ones alike — can conjure scenes very far away from your kitchen table. Some of my favorite meals convey stories of origin and tradition; as a voracious reader, I devour my favorite books."

The photos are crisp, colorful, and taken from above, allowing the viewer to be transported into the experience of the meal. Many of the meals are immediately recognizable, such as Oliver Twist's watery gruel, Ishmael's candlelit chowder, and Gatsby's sumptuous Art-Deco spread, while others, like Holden Caulfield's cheese sandwich and malted from Catcher in the Rye, might require closer study, but when recognition hits it's extremely satisfying. 


From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


From The Catcher in the Rye


From The Great Gatsby

Fictitious Dishes will be up at Rare Device Divisadero from October 1 to November 2. Framed and unframed prints will be available for purchase in-store and online, along with copies of Fried's book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals

#Summer Exhibition Reception


This September our gallery exhibition #Summer was inspired by one of our favorite seasons, filled with travel, sun, and stunning views. #Summer showcased the photography of local artists via their Instagram photos, each chosen to perfectly encapsulate the feeling of summer. Local designer and Rare Device's own Kehau Lyons curated the show, comprising of Bay Area artists and photographers Chelsea Dyer, Ike Edeani, Ana Kamin, Chelsea R Wong, Isla Bell, Irene Kim, and Kehau Lyons herself. The photos spawned diverse landscapes, from Kenya to Hong Kong to Hawaii to Trouble Coffee in the Bayview. We held our reception for the show on September 6; below are a few photos from the super-fun night! 

From left: Ana Kamin, Kehau Lyons, Isla Bell and Chelsey Dyer

Photos by Derek Macario.



A Look Back at Sea Salt by Aleksandra Zee


We just celebrated the opening of our Instagram photo show #Summer (up through the end of September) but we wanted to take a look back at our August artist Aleksandra Zee and her incredible wood works in her show Sea Salt. We enjoyed having having her work in our gallery for the past month. Below, check out a mix of photos from the opening reception as well as the installation of Aleksandra's show. 


Giselle + Bodhi, Rachel Robertson, Aleksandra, and Antrom during reception night.




Aleksandra with her work after installing.


Photos by Derek Macario.