Life in the Details
By Dawn Hunt. Photos J. Joven
Entering via a charming wooden side gate, you are immediately whisked upstairs and welcomed into an open dining space in the Kiniris’s quaint historical Rockridge home. The Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland is an old one by California standards. What was once open farmland and home to large, sporadic estates before the earthquake of 1906 is now a bustling, suburban microcosm of young families and professionals. “It’s an urban-feeling suburban neighborhood—open, liberal and one that definitely draws people who want to be outside but still within the city,” says Wendy. It’s fitting that the Kiniris’ chose such a place to plant roots, as the couple’s design personality fits perfectly with the relaxed hood. “Breezy and open, with a flow from room to room—that’s what our home is,” says Wendy. Vasilios “Vas” and Wendy Kiniris, the husband-and-wife team behind the super-hip Zinc Details store, are no strangers to San Francisco’s creative interior design world. However, when it comes to what they place within their home, they become far more critical of what hangs from their walls and what pads their floors.
They met while attending UC Berkeley, both earning a degree in environmental design / architecture, but neither ever had plans of earning a living in interior design. “We graduated during the last great recession of the early ’90s and honestly didn’t know what we were going to do, so we opened the store and learned along the way. We started collecting 20 years ago and