The intersection between Nob Hill and the Tenderloin flaunts a flashy array of modern accoutrements at Sugar, which is filled with exclusively white items, with hues ranging from milk to stone to blindingly bright. Opened in 2000, it's a favorite among designers and students alike. Owner Michael Page's mission with Sugar was to get across the calming effect of white-on-white and to display its versatility. Designer Jonathan Adler's couture pieces are all about; other wares include Ceci's rustic aluminum and ceramic pottery, David Brunicardi's Lucite and wood fixtures, Randy Castellon's frosted plastic slabs, Kartel's clever drawer units, and minimalist curiosities that look like they were pinched from classic sci-fi films.

- Excerpt from Interior Inspiration by Nirmala Nataraj