I’m always happy to go anywhere solo if I can’t find anyone to come with, and I never miss the San Francisco Decorator showcase. When I got to the second floor of the showcase a couple of years ago, I saw this beautiful royal blue closet that just drew me in. The next thing I noticed was the designer, Krista Hoffman, had designed wooden shelving with glass panels so you could view all the features at the top of the small space, and the questions just started flowing. I could tell she was a little curious about me. During my first few years in interior design, vendors at the design center thought I was someone who just wandered into the showrooms out of curiosity. I guess I just don’t look or act the part of high-end designer. On this visit, I noticed the hardware and had to know where it came from.
Apparently, Krista was struggling to find interesting knobs to place on her cabinets for her design at the Showcase. Regardless of price, she came across nothing unique or interesting. That’s when Krista found inspiration to create her own interesting hardware. The metal-geometric pieces she crafted took her design to the next level and were a major hit at the Decorator showcase. They were such a success that she started selling them on her website and began dedicating her Mondays to crafting new interesting hardware with different metals, colors, and shapes available for purchase.
Since then, Krista and I have become good friends. Because I usually post where I am headed on Instagram, we have been able to have drinks at Casa Madres in West Hollywood and walk the ICFF furniture show in New York completely spur of the moment. I had never heard of the luxury furniture show, but I’m always game to check out new products and get to know someone I believe in so much on a greater level. Krista has also taken to time to personally give me a tour of the factory that fabricates the cabinet hardware she designs.
Custom metal cabinet pulls available at Hoffman Hardware.
She is currently working on a new collection of hammered hardware to further her line of perforated hardware. I’ve enjoyed watching her journey from luxury interior designer to product designer.