Designer vignette by Catherine Kwong and de Gournay
Inspired by the grand European emporiums dedicated to the heritage and connoisseurship of tea, San Francisco designer Catherine Kwong invites you to enjoy a perfect cup in high style. Her Salon de Thé is festooned with hand-painted silk de Gournay panels, inspired by Alberta Ferretti’s latest runway collection and the majestic birds of Europe. Foliage bursting with blush-colored blooms, alit with birds in flight, are a call to Old-World romance and memories of a delicate Oolong enjoyed in Oxfordshire or a complex Darjeeling lingered over in the heart of Le Marais. Antique teacups are stacked high, evoking the aroma of epic journeys and the exquisite beauty of everyday rituals.
Catherine Kwong started her career in New York, designing luxury interiors for Studio Sofield and flagship stores for Ralph Lauren. After many amazing years of learning and creating in the city that never sleeps, she moved home to her beloved San Francisco, opening Catherine Kwong Design in 2011. Over the course of her career, Catherine has worked on interior design projects all over the world, some of which have been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, and House Beautiful, among others. She has had the opportunity to work for and learn from such legendary designers as Bill Sofield, Ralph Lauren, and Paul Vincent Wiseman. Catherine holds degrees from Brown University and Parsons School of Design. In 2015, Catherine was named a "Designer to Watch" by Architectural Digest.