Design For Men  is here...


Design For Men is here...

KIBWE DAISY DESIGN welcomes the content from my blog, DESIGN FOR MEN.  This slideshow includes 5 of my favorite D4M posts.

What will happen to the blog?  The good news is that the D4M content can be accessed here.  The bad news is that we are no longer posting new content.

Why are you no longer blogging?  Life changes made blogging difficult.  Posts became less frequent and the blog eventually was placed on the back burner.  I kept saying - "I will start blogging again" but over time I realized that my interests had changed.  With the wonderful support of fans - I simply could not let go of the content. So, launching my interior design business created the perfect opportunity to integrate D4M content with my company blog.

What is your new blog about?  Honestly, this is a work in progress but the vision for the company blog is a journal chronicling project inspiration, the design process and provide updates on the firm.  So there will likely be some content similar to stay tuned.



Galeto Brazilian Grill is now Open


Galeto Brazilian Grill is now open in Oakland, CA.  Roasted free range is the restaurant's signature dish and served as the inspiration for the restaurant.   Playfully, the interior references the chicken coop with a subtly Brazilian color palette and millwork in plain sawn white oak metal mesh and structural steel.  If you are in the Bay area, then you simply must go.  It isn't just a great meal but a culinary experience!  Click here for more details.






Construction of Galeto Brazilian Grill is wrapping up - check out these great moments from the construction of the restaurant.  It has been a pleasure working with owner, Eli Nascimento, and helping him realize his vision of a unique culinary experience in downtown Oakland, CA.  

Galeto, or roasted chicken is the signature dish and the name of the restaurant.  A chicken coop inspired the design concept for the restaurant.  The materials palette includes Oak wood, steel, and metal mesh.  While the color palette provides the Brazilian flair with carefully placed bold colors.

Take a look at the progress of the project by area below.  For more information about Galeto, check out the website by clicking here


Galeto was previously home to LCX Noodle Bar and Le Cheval.  The host area was concealed by a wall with a small opening.  At Galeto, the wall opening is expanded and begins the story of the metal and wood partnership throughout the restaurant.  Favorite feature: the Galeto logo sandblasted in 3/4" stainless steel.

HOST STATION  Before and After


A significant component to the Brazilian dining experience is the elegant salad bar, featuring cutting board offerings of salumi, aged prosciutto, and an assortment of cheeses.  The counter top is Cosmic Black marble and the base Oak wood with coordinating laminate cabinet doors.


The epitome of the chicken coop concept.  The client requested a focal bar with structural steel channel details that glows.  Only partially realized here, the completed bar design will preserve the open feeling allowing transparency with the use of metal mesh from GKD fabrics.


A ceiling hung wood pergola floats and defines the VIP seating area.  The pendants differentiate this space from other dining areas.


Not typically a highlight, but the restrooms at Galeto will be elegant featuring penny tile accent walls  in different colors for women and men and porcelain tile simulating vein cut travertine. (Men's room shown)

 To see renderings and more info on the design, click here to see the project portfolio page.




Plise Cloud by Galante Mauricio for Lasvit

Plise Cloud by Galante Mauricio for Lasvit

Rock lIghts by Arik Levy for Lasvit

Rock lIghts by Arik Levy for Lasvit

Simply stunning lighting collections by Lasvit designed by talented lighting designers.  Just a few favorites.  And limitless opportunities for customization for large scale as indicated by the Bespoke Installations.

Rock Lights via TOIL DROPS, Plise Clouds from Lasvit





A Feature Documentary by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky

Illustrating our relationship with water through stories around the world. I've always been fascinated by water, the natural beauty, the power, the serenity.  In San Francisco movie theaters on April 18th - can't wait! 

Click here for more info.



La Fábrica.

Architect: Ricardo Bofill
Location: Sant Just Desvern, Spain

Stumbled upon an article about architect offices...then my jaw dropped.  World renowned architect, Richardo Bofill purchased the cement factory in 1973 and subsequently transformed the facility over the next 2 years into the offices of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. Now more castle than factory,  La Fábrica (The Factory) is simply stunning inside and out. The building houses several functions including architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. Working in such a beautiful environment must make leaving work a challenge.

Check out the architect's website by clicking here which chronicles the remarkable transformation of La Fábrica then and now. 





Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors is one of my favorite design firms.  A compelling story of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, a married couple, who turned their talent for bringing elaborate movie settings to life into a design firm creating compelling real environments including hotels, offices, and private residences.  I spotted R&W in a publication on their design of the hipster-chic Ace Hotel and have been hooked ever since.  The drawings of their projects captivate and inspire me.  Stephen Alesch, an architect by trade, does all of the firm's presentation drawings. The first in this sequence is from their roots, the Practical Magic home that Robin imagined and designed from scratch and ends with renderings of the Viceroy Hotel, one of their latest projects.  Check out the R&W website for more.





Location: Shanghai, China  Designed by Neri & Hu Design & Research Office

As described by the architect:

Situated within the prestigious Three on the Bund, Mercato is renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s newest culinary destination in Shanghai, the first of which to serve up an upscale yet rustic Italian fare. Neri & Hu’s design for the 1,000 square meter restaurant draws not only from the chef’s culinary vision but also from the rich historical context of its locale, harkening to early 1900s Shanghai, when the Bund was a bustling industrial hub.

Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute  Source: ArchDaily