Designer Vignettes at the show's entry
Suzanne Tucker, chair of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, explains:
“This year, we revived the designers' vignettes at the show entry – designed by Ike Kligerman Barkley - and it is a true highlight as three creative firms, Fisher Weisman, Allison Caccoma and Geoffrey deSousa showcase the passage of time, and the timelessness of art and antiques.”
With a passion for beautiful objects, antiques, materials and color, Allison Caccoma’s inviting interiors are sophisticated and elegant, yet comfortable and timeless. A lifetime New Yorker who started her professional career in finance on Wall Street, Allison later received a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. Classically trained for many years under the legendary Bunny Williams, this New York designer now resides in San Francisco, where she practices the time-honored, detail driven approach to decorating:
“‘The show's theme Time After Time helps one see, through art and antiques, that what is old truly is new again and most importantly, it is as timeless as can be. With the theme of the 18th century for my vignette, the walls are wrapped in a bold version of an 18th century British textile design documented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London – and beautifully manufactured by de Gournay. By enlarging the scale of the pattern and pairing it with a high gloss graphic painted floor, it instantly becomes contemporary. Mid-century salon chairs paired with an 18th century cabinet and modern lamp all live quite happily together. The mix is one that will endure the test of time.”
Geoffrey de Sousa
Known for creating interiors that are cosmopolitan and warmly modern, Geoffrey de Sousa brings connoisseurship to each residence his firm designs. Over the past twenty years, De Sousa's projects have included residences for many of the Bay Area's leading entrepreneurs, CEOs and tastemakers and include a San Francisco home by Robert A.M. Stern, a Sonoma B&B and residences throughout the Bay Area, New York, Palm Springs and Boston. Whether a San Francisco Victorian or modern Palm Springs retreat, De Sousa's work embraces both the classic and cutting edge:
“Our moment in time pays homage to the mid-century Brazilian furniture designer Joaquim Tenreiro. In our vignette his pieces are at home; surrounded by the sculptural Araucaria forest, skillfully hand painted on silk by de Gournay. The horizontal, spreading branches reference the space age forms iconic to the mid-century period. Tenreiro's language of organic simplicity utilizes native materials such as cane and jacaranda wood, materials that had been overlooked in Brazil for centuries. The coffee table epitomizes this; a thick, tree cross section details the rings of time. With my Portuguese heritage and Great Grandmother being born in Santos, Brazil I gained great interest in the work of Joaquim Tenreiro years ago.”
Originality and enduring beauty are the hallmarks of Fisher Weisman designs. Their interiors, furniture, lighting and textile designs are created on a custom basis in their San Francisco studio. Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman bring over fifty years of design experience to every project. They approach their work with imagination, careful attention to detail, restraint and a wonderful sense of humor:
“ With the theme of Time after Time and the period of Antiquity as our guide, we were inspired by the gilded tapestry (see below) that Andrew recently completed. The rain of golden squares alludes to the passage of time in an hour glass, a perfect reference to the passage of time in antiquity. Our design for the wallpaper being made by de Gournay is inspired by Andrew’s tapestry and is set against a cobalt blue silk sky that evokes a sense of night and fireworks falling from the sky.
Our vignette's furnishings include elegant pieces from Carlton Hobbs that are inspired by antiquity, and a spectacular carpet from Peter Pap Oriental Rugs. A group of hourglasses sits on the center table we designed for Casa Acanto. The fanciful chandelier above is also from our Casa Acanto line. Kathleen Deery Design provided gilded trees and leaves to complete the sense of a nighttime fantasy garden.”
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is thrilled to have these three top designers showcasing their unique vision and interpretation of this year's theme. Thank you all!