The San Francisco Decorator’s Showcase provides the opportunity for interior designers and craftspeople to soar to new creative heights. This year’s Showcase at San Francisco’s Le Petit Trianon served as case in point. Here and on the following pages we spotlight a few of our favorite spaces.
Photo: John Merkl
Les Fleurs et Orangerie
San Mateo-based interior designer Kari McIntosh’s stunning Atrium + Butler’s Pantry took inspiration from the Orangerie at the Palace of Versailles. Meant to be an elegant spot to gather and trim cuttings from the garden, the pair of spaces benefits from the abundant light pouring through the verdigris glass greenhouse. Touches of gold reverberate through McIntosh’s design including a gold-leaf ceiling, entomology-themed wallpaper, eglomisé gilt-leaf backsplash, and elegant Hoffman Hardware drawer pulls. As a counterpoint to the gold, McIntosh used deep blacks with a hint of navy as in the elegant counters in “Invisible Blue” from DaVinci Marble. The triumph of a space speaks to the designer’s ability to craft rooms that blend modern function with timeless beauty.
Photo: Christopher Stark
An enchanted bedroom sprung to life at the hands of award-winning designer Dina Bandman of San Francisco’s Dina Bandman Interiors. Her sophisticated and feminine take on a retreat-like space drew crowds at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Bandman echoed the soft magnolia blossoms on the de Gournay wallpaper with a jaw-dropping installation of plaster flowers delicately gracing a Michael Taylor mirror and sprouting skyward toward the ceiling. A serene palette that ranged from crisp white to blush was expertly combined with clean lines and tailored linens for a luxe contemporary look.
Photo: Douglas Friedman
Haute Bohemian Hideaway: A Tribute to Connoisseurship
When Paul Wiseman was a young designer just starting out in 1982, he was selected to reimagine the linen closet at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase (which was also held at Le Petit Trianon). Decades later, Wiseman and his eponymous firm The Wiseman Group (TWG) have earned global acclaim for their sublime work. In a true full circle moment, Wiseman returned to this year’s showcase to lend his talents to designing the storied home’s main dining room. With a nod to passionate collectors and globetrotters Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, the room has been reimagined as a grand salon—a perfect den where one might listen to music, read, dine, or lounge. TWG Design Director James Hunter collaborated with Wiseman on the layered space complete with a custom geometric Fromental five-panel velvet screen inspired by artist Gustav Klimt, Fromental silk wall covering lining the vaulted ceiling, Steinway grand piano, Ming Dynasty coffee table, and a window seat banquette in Jim Thompson woven fabric, all of which create a sense of maximalist eclecticism.
The glamorous new Harry Winston salon in San Francisco dazzles.
It is undeniable that the performing arts industry is under-going major changes. With the innovation in technology and a shift in audience demands, art institutions are trying to attract and reach a rapidly changing audience before it is too late. Red Curtain Addict, a performing arts start-up in San Francisco, has set out to “unite the arts” by making the arts easily accessible, approachable, and fun to a new and young audience.