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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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ICAA at McEvoy Ranch

ICAA at McEvoy Ranch

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The Northern California chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art recently had the pleasure of spending a glorious summer day at the McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma, CA. We savored a private tour of the sprawling 550 acre ranch owned by the estate of the late Nan Tucker McEvoy. Zoned strictly for agriculture, Nan’s vision in her retirement was inspired by her love of Tuscan olive oil and despite the reported challenges of producing olive oil in Marin County, she planted over 1000 olive seedlings (imported from Tuscany) which have since become a small portion of a now prolific olive oil orchard.

Our first stop was at the Frantoio for an olive oil tasting along with a tour of the agricultural center of the ranch where the harvests are produced by Italian machinery. We then strolled through the olive and grape orchards to the Main House where Nan lived. The house was tastefully filled with everything from chinoiserie treasures and antiques found in a old barn on the property to her fabulous art collection to a chandelier in the main stair made from one of her favorite trees that had been blown down in a storm.

Following beautiful paths and gardens, we then found our way to The Victorian which was an old building on the ranch relocated and rebuilt so Nan could have ‘A fanciful room where the kids can bring their sleeping bags, hang out and watch a movie.’ Also used for entertaining, you’ll see a special edition Elton John red lacquer piano and a cabinet painted by the artist Wayne Thiebaud.

Finally we arrived at the fantasy Chinese Pavilion for a specially prepared lunch accompanied by of course, a refreshing McEvoy ‘Rosebud’ Rosé. Nan, who loved to serve rosé for lunch, wanted a ‘pavilion where we could have a lunch or a party – an olive oil lunch’. Again seeing the influence of chinoiserie, the use of wood planks, rustic metal, and a mosaic stone floor are all indicative of a ranch where a country carpenter would have had such materials easily accessible.

Our day ended on a delicious note at a wine tasting of the wonderful McEvoy (award winning) ‘The Evening Standard’ Pinot Noir and the ‘Red Piano’ proprietary blend. And at the gift shop, splurging on the products of the ranch was simply irresistible.

Lastly, you will see the adorning influence of the ‘Red Throated Blue Tailed Skink’ – also known as a lizard. Once indigenous to the property, Nan’s grandchildren used to have such fun catching and playing with them. Now rare to find in nature, they are preserved throughout as shall we say, the family ‘mascot’.

This eclectic cumulation of buildings and details on the ranch were designed and built over a span of two decades by a collective of architects, decorators, craftspeople and artisans all of whom were led by Nan’s whimsical and adventurous spirit.  Everywhere we turned we were reminded of the serendipity of Nan – truly the ‘best of yesterday and the best of today’. Enjoy the tour!

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