Walk into IXIA and branches, tree trunks and driftwood surround you. Mosses, stones, succulents, pods and other forms borrowed from nature create a palette of texture. And wherever you look, you see tradition blend with innovation, in designs that range from fresh takes on the familiar to the artfully exotic. For over 25 years, IXIA has been creating sculptural arrangements that reflect the wonder of the natural world. Our passion is evident in everything we create, from the smallest arrangement to the largest installation, and in art pieces that last an evening or a decade. Come and explore our work, here or in our shop in San Francisco.



Gary Weiss, Proprietor

IXIA founder, Gary Weiss, left his home in Brooklyn, New York at age 19 to travel for most of a year in Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Kashmir.

After returning to the states, Gary moved west to San Francisco. During more than six years as a student at the Zen Centers in San Francisco and Marin county, Gary cultivated his sensitivity toward nature and developed an appreciation for simplicity in art.

Several decades later, nature remains a vital part of Gary's life. He is an avid hiker with an exhaustive knowledge of the trails of Mt. Tamalpais; his weekly hikes bring balance to his life and inspire countless design ideas. Since opening IXIA in 1983, Gary has created close to 1000 window displays - much appreciated visual gifts to residents and visitors of the neighborhood.