San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design MOVED 550 Sutter St./Powell St., 1 blk. from Union Square, (415) 773-0303. Tu-Sat 10-5:30. Free.
Situated behind ornate black-iron gates in a renovated 1909 structure that once was home to spa queen Elizabeth Arden, this charming small museum hosts regularly changing exhibitions designed to showcase and interpret the art of craft and design in contemporary society. Past exhibits include: "My First Royal Jewels," by emiko oye--a contemporary reinterpretation of classic 20th-century jewelery; "The Enlightenment Room," by Nick Dong--constructed of 15,000 handmade, sanctified white porcelain tiles, and you can meditate within it for a while. An exceptional, but small, gift shop is browse-worthy.
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image ©2008 Gene Meyers; depicts "Maharajah's 6th," 2008 (repurposed Lego, rubber cord, sterling silver