Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Designer Circle kick-off party!

Last night was the kick-off event for the Designers Circle of THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW—let the stylish fun begin!

The weather was perfect in San Francisco, unusually sunny and warm, and the perfect end to the beautiful day was attending the Designers Circle reception hosted by Dr.Terry Gross at her stunning apartment in Nob Hill.

Terry Gross is the owner of Urban Chateau Antiques in San Francisco, which for years had a wonderful location at the SF Design Center (and before that on Sacramento Street). Recently, Urban Chateau transitioned to working with clients on a more intimate level by appointment and online through their website as well as 1stdibs. Urban Chateau was started by Terry Gross with her daughter Lisa (Gross Erickson) as the outcome of personal passion: 30 years of studying and collecting period French, Italian and other European decorative arts.

From the moment that you walk into the Gross apartment you feel welcomed and cosseted by the décor. The entrance has a subtle glow of color, almost the tone of candlelight, with the mirrors and crystals shimmering and twinkling in the reflection. Looking out, the setting on the top of Nob Hill, allows for glorious views of the city from every window.

But it is the interiors that offer the best views of all. Each room is so carefully arranged and well-crafted; you can see that every detail has been thought-out and done with the utmost attention and talent. The apartment was created by Terry Gross in collaboration with Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects, along with many pieces and collaboration from Ann Getty.

Some of Terry Gross’s antique furnishings, such as fabulous chairs (that she is sitting in the photo), will actually be featured in the Exhibition at the show: Eygptomania: Nile Style in the Decorative Arts. We all enjoyed the Egyptomania theme by way of the delicious "Blue Nile" cocktails served (you might see a few of these cocktails in the photos!), as well as a few enthusiastic guests in some fun head pieces! The food was great too, by Fork and Spoon.

Thank you so much to Terry Gross (and her husband Scott who was not able to attend the event) for welcoming us into their lovely home. I know that every member of the Designers Circle enjoyed seeing your works of art and got excited about the show.

This also kicks-off the launch of THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW regular blog, so make sure to check back soon for more events and behind-the-scenes postings to see how this year’s exciting show comes together!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Grant, Thanks for sending this. Wih I was there ! Dean Farris, Naples, Fla.