As always, the 2017 edition of the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show has curated a stellar and unique line-up of lectures, panel discussions and book signings, featuring some of the most prominent names in the worlds of art, antiques, design, architecture, and history who share their knowledge and insight into their areas of expertise. For a complete list of events, click here.
A definite must-see will be the lecture by self-professed “serial entertainer” Steven Stolman. Steven will speak candidly about his experiences as an accomplished host and accidental party planner. From his own home-style cocktail parties and dinners to grand galas and celebrations in glamorous places like Newport, Palm Beach, and the Hamptons, Stolman's self-deprecating humor and common sense good taste will delight and inspire all, from experienced hosts and sophisticated gourmands to those of us who can't boil water. Formal gala decor and fancy foods will get deconstructed and simplified, so that even the most reluctant, inexperienced host can entertain effortlessly.
In his own words: "For those of you who never have anyone over, for crying out loud, just open a can of peanuts and call me!"
Designer, author and observer of all things stylish, Steven Stolman was born in Boston and raised in West Hartford, CT. A graduate of New York’s Parsons School of Design, he spent many years as a “worker bee” on Seventh Avenue before going out on his own with a collection of resort wear for men, women and children. Sold from his eponymous shops in tony towns like Southampton, Palm Beach, Nantucket and Beverly Hills, his simple, unique designs cut from decorative fabrics became a cult favorite among the smart set; they remain collectors’ items to this day.
In 2011, Stolman was tapped to serve as president of Scalamandre, the renowned textiles house. During his three-year tenure, he spearheaded an extraordinary brand expansion that brought the Scalamandre name and its iconic motifs to distinctive collections of china and crystal, deluxe bedding, lighting, upholstered furniture, decorative accessories and paper goods that continue to be sold worldwide.
Now an author and brand strategist for several fashion and interior design companies, he is married to software executive Rich Wilkie, and divides his time between homes in Palm Beach, New York and Milwaukee.