The Tenderloin has always been a great place to go
to get a slice of real SF with its edgy art culture, proximity to Broadway shows, and exquisite ethnic fare for drugs. D.A.R.E.-ing you to head to the Tenderloin for a different reason, Das Formbureau. Run by a German-born mechanical engineer who has lived in his fair share of studio apartments, DFB hand-crafts high-end home furnishings designed to maximize your tiny living space, all outta an underground, fully equipped basement workshop in the 'loin, where he demonstrates mad skill (saws). Taking upwards of two weeks to build, DFB's pieces are all made of locally sourced composite plywood (bamboo or coconut palm), use aluminum/steel hardware, and're designed to be easy to move when the time comes -- all of his pieces can be totally disassembled in less than 15 minutes with an Allen wrench, or failing that, a Jesus Shuttlesworth screwdriver. Current woodwork in stock includes the 6ft tall, designed-for-that-awkward-corner-of-your-house TO bookshelf that lets you slide books into two different shelving sides; the Katamari coffee table, which is block-shaped with two cubbies on each side and an aluminum lid in the center that can be opened to reveal an aluminum vase; and the industrial wool-felted Yuriiso rocking chair, which "accommodates also the Asian sitting mode", and apparently the Yoda speaking mode. DFB'll also do customized contract work, plus re-craft any of the pieces from his original collection, including a platform bed that can be opened to reveal a secret storage chamber underneath, which'll comfortably hold all your Guys and Dolls.