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Animalia

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The 2016 San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show (SFFAS) celebrated its 35th year with a refreshing sense of design, beauty and whimsy.

This year’s fanciful theme of ‘Animalia’ took us back in time to remind us of mankind’s documented allure and fascination of the animal kingdom.   Derived from the Latin word ‘animalis’, animalia translates in part to ‘having soul’.  How fitting to apply this definition to art and antiques which I always refer to as such - ‘having soul’.  These pieces have a story, a history and perhaps most importantly, unique charm.  Animals, in any form of decoration, invoke an immediate sense of character to a room!

Since the beginning of civilization, creators of any sort have been captivated with the animal kingdom and have expressed this in almost every medium imaginable - from stone carvings to pottery to wood carving to canvas, just to name a few.   These influences are evident in art and antiques, from antiquities to the contemporary.

De Gournay wallcoverings and Farrow & Ball paint, both generous sponsors of the SFFAS, enhanced the feel of the show in the most magical way.  The Grand Entry Hall once again displayed designer vignettes created by Catherine Kwong, Ann Getty, Antonio Martins and Jonathan Rachman. Each of these vignette’s walls were adorned by custom desgined De Gournay wallcoverings.  In fact, my cover photo is that of Antonio Martins’ bespoke design with de Gournay of the exotic Brazilian mangrove jungle.   Divine!

In the horizon, each antique or art dealer seleceted a Farrow & Ball paint color for their own vignettes creating a subliminal sense of continuity yet a diverse color palatte.  It was stricking to see the power of paint and color as it relates to how art and antiques come to life in a space.

The SFFAS Lecture Series, as always, was a design dream.  Lectures and discussions included guest speakers such as Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder, James Reginato, David Netto, Chara Schreyer and Gary Hutton, Suzanne Rheinstein, Madeline StuartSteven Volpe and Carl J. Dellatore, and Janice Lyle

The annual Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s (ICAA) Northern California Chapter Lunch and Lecture, held on Designer Saturday, honored the inimatble New York decorator Alexa Hampton.  Her lecture following the luncheon, entitled ‘Decorating with Art, Antiques and People’ left us all laughing somewhat uncontrollably!  Alexa is a delight beyond words and we were honored to have her visit San Francisco.

Parties and events were abundant, shopping was inspiring and a wonderful time was had by all.  Already anticipating what 2017 will bring, I hope you enjoy the 2016 show!

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San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

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The 34th annual San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS) in October was an exquisite visual feast while at the same time an opportunity to experience firsthand the theme ‘Time After Time: Bringing the Past Present’.

The show, truly one of the most beautiful in the country, displayed collections of antiques, art, photographs, jewelry, porcelain, silver, rugs and textiles (amongst many other things!) from purveyors around the world. The theme of ‘Bringing the Past Present’ could not have been more relevant as it showcased how all of these treasures spanning centuries of time are perfectly fitting in today’s interiors bringing with them a chic and unique sense of timelessness, history and soul.

Show Chair Suzanne Tucker and Show Director Ariane Trimuschat were at the helm of this monumental event enjoying a smashing Opening Night Preview Gala followed by a well deserved sense of resurging success and excitement throughout the show. It should be noted that the proceeds of the show benefit the San Francisco non-profit Enterprise for High School Students which assists local high school students in employment and higher education.

The Designer Vignettes also made an exciting return to the Grand Entry Hall after a respite of many years with spaces designed by Fisher Weisman, Geoffrey De Sousa and me. The dramatic shingled pergola structure was designed by Ike, Kligerman, Barkley (IKB) while the interior walls of all three vignettes were spectacular custom designs by each of the designers and very generously handmade by de Gournay.

My vignette can be seen with the pink de Gournay 'Flowered Damask' wall covering which is based on an 18th Century English textile pattern that we greatly enlarged to create a more modern feel.  The stencil type pattern is then painted on paper using a special technique which creates a bas-relief (raised) effect after which it is silver leafed and finally antiqued with a rose wash.  With a graphic glossy white and grey painted floor by Stancil Studios, and borrowed antiques and art from dealers at the show, the space transcends the test of time.

In addition to exhibiting such magical antiques and art, SFFAS offered inspiring lectures by the likes of Bunny Williams and Brian McCarthy who shared fascinating stories of their years working for the venerable decorating firm of Parish-Hadley per their new book entitled ‘The Parish-Hadley Tree of Life’. Other wonderful lecturers included Hutton Wilkinson, Manfred Kuhnert, Andrew Price, Count Gonzague Saint Bris, and Jeffrey Wiseman.

Along with designing the Grand Entry Hall black shingled structure, IKB was also honored by the Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) at their annual Designer Saturday Lunch and Lecture event. After the wonderful lunch, John Ike, Tom Kligerman and Joel Barkley delighted us all with a spirited panel discussion moderated by Chapter President Coby Everdell on their stunning new book ‘The New Shingled House’.

All in all, it was a fabulous few shopping days for anyone seeking decorative arts inspiration! I’m already looking forward to the 2016 SFFAS!

 

NOTE: Photo below of the three vignettes taken by Tom Kligerman.

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Rouge

Rouge

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Rouge (Red)

In this month of Valentine’s Day, red is the color we see so much of. ‘Red,’ as the legendary Vogue fashion editor Diana Vreeland once proclaimed, ‘is the great clarifier - bright, cleansing, revealing. It makes all colors beautiful. I can't imagine being bored with it. It would be like becoming tired of the person you love.’ Bill Blass once advised, ‘when in doubt, wear red.’ It has also been said that every room needs a bit of red. This could be a glossy red doors, a pillow or a chair, lampshades, or simply flowers – at the very least, a touch. We love the utterly timeless library for Brooke Astor in which Albert Hadley mastered red lacquer bookcases with brass detailing. Whatever your interpretation of red is, it is surely confident and empowering!

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