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Treasures that show the tincture of time
~ Excerpted from The National, March 21, 2009 By Eve Kushner

In the spare, minimalist lobby and soaring atrium of the Galleria at San Francisco Design Center, you experience the cutting-edge architecture of the current era. But when you enter Urban Chateau on the third floor, you step way back in time. The six intimate rooms in this high-end antique store feature French and Italian gilded, lacquered and painted pieces from the 17th to 19th centuries. Certain pieces transport you to Europe and to a long-gone mindset.

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