Friday, October 3, 2014

Designers Circle Party at HEWN

On Tuesday, September 23rd, HEWN opened its showroom at the San Francisco Design Center for the Designers Circle Party for the Fall Antiques Show.  The Designers Circle is the show’s prominent patron group of the best and brightest interior designers and architects in the Bay Area and beyond.  Jeff Holt, Kathleen Navarra and Peter West of HEWN greeted guests in their gorgeous showroom, with live music, lovely cocktails and nibbles and a killer gift bag. Designer Circle Chair, Suzanne Tucker, also on hand, made remarks about the upcoming show and thanked the hosts. A fabulous evening for a very talented crowd!














Thursday, September 11, 2014

SFFAS Cocktail Reception in NYC

The Fall Antiques Show kicked off its 33rd year on the East Coast with a party in New York City, co-hosted by Carlton Hobbs and Ike Kligerman Barkley at Carlton Hobbs' spectacular gallery on the Upper East Side. Guests mingled through the large historic home that houses the gallery and viewed a stunning collection of art and antiques while they sipped custom cocktails and Wine by Napa Ridge Winery and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres by Sonnier & Castle.

The New York and San Francisco-based Ike Kligerman Barkley will be creating the Grand Entry Hall display at the show this year: a larger-than-life spectacle that ties into the 2014 theme, “The Rush of Gold” in an artistic and playful manner. “Our display pays homage to the Bay Area’s digital culture,” says Thomas A. Kligerman, who leads the project. “We’re hoping our immersive take on ‘the Rush of Gold’ will pleasantly surprise the Fall Antiques Show crowd.” In the tradition of past years, the Fall Antiques Show is thrilled to be working with this renowned architecture firm.

Carlton Hobbs returns to the show as an exhibitor this year, as always with stunning and exquisite pieces; their booth is always a draw. “What a beautiful evening in honor of the Fall Antiques Show and in support of the important work of the non-profit Enterprise for High School Students” said Director, Ariane Trimuschat. “We are so grateful to Carlton Hobbs and Stefanie Rinza of Carlton Hobbs and to Tom Kligerman, John Ike and Joel Barkley of Ike Kligerman Barkley for hosting this lovely affair.”

Photos by Cutty McGill.





































Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The 2014 SFFAS Lecture Series

We are excited to announce the 2014 SFFAS Lecture Series schedule! Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. To purchase your general admission and lecture tickets in advance, please visit www.sffas.org! 

Thursday, October 23

11:00 a.m.
Jewellery with a Difference - Their Artists and Inspirations
Juliet Weir de La Rochefoucauld
Fellow, Gemmological Association, Author

Led by the Paris-based jewellery designer JAR in the 1980’s and 90’s, the past twenty years have seen a huge change in attitudes to what constitutes a precious jewel. The use of unusual and rare gemstones has become the staple for this new wave of jewellery designers who are surpassing themselves with exquisite and original designs. For many, the inspirations and symbolism behind a jewel is as important as the composition, for others the emotions that a jewel evokes are paramount.

These artists are sculptors, engineers and colourists; they have introduced new materials, many taken from medicine and high technology, to create new thought provoking jewels. Their fascination for gemstones is the starting point: How can the light in the stone be captured? What if amethyst is set beside an aquamarine, will this create something special? How can the multitude of colours within a gemstone be set to their best advantage?

“A true work of art in jewellery is a secret which reveals itself to connoisseurs -
An exceptional jewel is all the work that goes into it and which is not seen.”

In her lecture, Madame Weir de La Rochefoucauld discusses the fascinating world of high jewellery and design; the work of teams of people led by the designer - the conductor of an orchestra - from gemstone dealers, bench jewellers and setters, and the conversations between the artists and the collectors. It is a world of skill, poetry and imagination where the only boundaries are the people it must adorn.

A book-signing will take place in the Author’s Alcove immediately following the lecture.

2:30 p.m.
Fashion Commodities: Mining Gold & Silver in the FIDM Museum
Kevin Jones
Curator, FIDM Museum, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles storage rooms of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising contain an Aladdin’s Cave of high fashion from the past three centuries. Silver embroidered court suits that glittered in candle light and gold studded leather pants that reflected paparazzi flashbulbs are some of the treasures to be found when mining this Museum. Award-winning Curator Kevin Jones will discuss these and other riches found in the pages of FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010 (FIDM Museum Press, 2011), his co-authored exhibition catalogue that covers 210 years of fashion history.
Kevin Jones is recognized as one of the leading curators in the field of historic dress. His expertise encompasses the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on the cultural studies of Parisian fashion. In 2009, Kevin won the Richard Martin Award for his exhibition, catalogue, and documentary High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture. He is sought after for interviews and has appeared in People and The Wall Street Journal, and on CNN. The Curator of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, He studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Kevin joined the FIDM Museum as Collections Manager in 1999 and was appointed Curator in 2002 to oversee the Museum’s 15,000-piece collection.  Currently, Kevin is working on the book First Class: Titanic’s Women of Fashion (anticipated publication 2016) and on the exhibition catalogue Outdoor Girls: Sporting Fashion, 1800s-1950s (Fall 2018).

A book-signing will take place in the Author’s Alcove immediately following the lecture.


Friday, October 24

11:00 a.m.
Living Beautifully
Aerin Lauder
Founder and Creative Director, AERIN

Join Luxe Interiors + Design Editor-in-chief Pamela Jaccarino for an intimate discussion with Aerin Lauder on living beautifully and how personal passions for art, travel, fashion and design can influence and inspire living spaces.

AERIN is a global, luxury lifestyle brand based on the premise that living beautifully should be effortless. The brand develops curated collections in the worlds of beauty, fashion accessories and home décor, influenced for Lauder’s own lifestyle.  Classic but always with a modern point of view every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement.

Pamela Jaccarino, founding Editor-in-Chief of Luxe Interiors + Design oversees the nation’s largest network of architecture and design magazines. Jaccarino and the team are constantly on the hunt for what is intriguing, stylish and timelessly beautiful. 

A book-signing will take place in the Author’s Alcove immediately following the lecture.



2:30 p.m.
A Voyage of Discovery: The Story of the Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor
Martin Chapman
Curator in Charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
In recent years he has spearheaded the renovation for the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille, a French 18th century room at the Legion of Honor, which opened in April 2014. He is also the lead author of the book on the renovation, Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille.

The Salon Doré is one of the best loved galleries in the Legion of Honor museum. Dating from 1781, the paneling is a fine example of a French Louis XVI neoclassical décor with its gilded pilasters, its trophies and sculptural overdoors. The recent renovation project lasted 5 years from start to finish, with the detailed restoration work to the gilding, carving and paint taking 18 months to complete. However, this renovation was much more than the painstaking conservation; it involved extensive research that informed the project as it moved along. The result is a ground breaking interpretation of a period room that has no parallels in other museums. This room now evokes a Parisian salon de compagnie from the years before the Revolution with its complete program furnishing reconstituted according to the inventory of 1791.  It now has two distinct sets of chairs, a color scheme based on documents, lighting that approximates candle light, and a startling different approach to upholstery. This lecture will discuss the many aspects of this project, with its many twists and turns, from inception to realization earlier this year.

Starting his career at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where he was an expert in metalwork, Martin Chapman moved to the United States in 1990 to become curator of European Decorative Arts at LACMA. There he organized the traveling exhibition The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, and redisplayed the entire collection of the Gilbert silver and gold.

Since 2006, he has curated seven major exhibitions for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco that include; International Arts and Crafts from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2006, Masterpieces of French Jewelry, 2007, Marie Antoinette and the Petit Trianon, 2007-08, Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique, 2008-09, Cartier and America, 2009-10, and Royal Treasures from the Louvre, 2012-13.

A book-signing will take place in the Author’s Alcove immediately following the lecture.


DESIGNER SATURDAY
Saturday, October 25
11:00 a.m.
Celebrating Icons of Design: A Conversation with Charlotte Moss and Robert Couturier
Robert CouturierDesigner
Charlotte MossDesigner, Author, Philanthropist
Moderated by Suzanne TuckerInterior Designer, Tucker & Marks




The term icon, when used to describe a person, is reserved for those whose work represents something-who have made a mark in their respective industries and are highly regarded for their work. Celebrated designers Robert Couturier and Charlotte Moss have both had prolific careers and have each put their stamp on the world of design: Couturier for his continental and international style and Moss for her Southern style and hospitality. They come together this year for a discussion led by renowned designer, Suzanne Tucker.

A book-signing will take place in the Author’s Alcove immediately following the lecture.

2:30 p.m.
Mindful Design and the Art of Storytelling
Paul Vincent Wiseman
The Wiseman Group Interior Design, Inc.

Paul Vincent Wiseman and his talented team at The Wiseman Group (James Hunter, Brenda Mickel, and Mauricio Munoz) have been creating luxurious interior design for nearly thirty-five years. The San Francisco-based firm of two dozen employees has been featured extensively in magazines, such as Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, and C Magazine, as well as in numerous books, including Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living, West Coast Modern, Fortuny Interiors, Peter Pennoyer Architects, Legorreta + Legorreta, San Francisco Style, and The Country Houses of John F. Staub.

How has The Wiseman Group created such a rich and diverse portfolio? Why, upon completion of the project, do clients feel so grounded and at peace living in their homes? Why do world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and esteemed architecture critic Paul Goldberger sing the firm’s praises? By sharing the story of three exceptional residences, Mr. Wiseman gives you a firsthand look at the answer: “mindful” design that is in harmony with the site, the architecture, and the needs and dreams of the clients.

The three projects chosen for this lecture include a Ricardo Legorreta designed residence in Hawaii, an Arts & Crafts home on the San Francisco Peninsula, and a sleekly modern, art-filled property in San Francisco.

A book-signing will take place in the Author’s Alcove immediately following the lecture.