Here comes the sun


The sunburst as a decorative motif probably has its roots in the halos surrounding saintly figures in medieval religious art. During the 17th century, the Catholic church began using elaborate monstrances — decorative stands used to display the communion wafer — adorned with gilded rays. Churches in Italy (most famously St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, below right) often had gilded sunbursts above the altar.

There is a rare depiction of a convex mirror with a sunburst motif in the background of the Arnolfini portrait by 15th-century painter Jan van Eyck, suggesting that sunburst mirrors have been around for a long time.

Early mirrors were small and convex; it wasn’t until the late 17th century, when Louis XIV established his own glassworks in France, that the world saw a significant improvement in the quality and size of mirrors. But even then, mirrors of any kind were expensive rarities — a 40- by 36-inch mirror sold at the end of the 17th century would have cost the equivalent of $36,000 today. Traditionally, the sunburst mirror was attributed to king Louis XIV of France, who history refers to as the self-styled “Sun King”. In fact, he chose the head of Apollo surrounded by rays of light as his personal emblem (depicted, among many other places, on the gates of Versailles, below). The story goes that the king used to stare into his sunburst mirror each morning to contemplate his face in the center of the sun’s rays.

The early 19th century saw a resurgence in popularity for small, convex mirrors. By this time mirror production had fully taken off, and mirrors became a popular decorative and functional accessory in the home, both in Europe and America.  A perfect example is this fanciful set of 3 French Art Deco silver and gold gilt tole sunburst mirrors from the 1930's, from epoca.

One cannot talk about sunburst mirrors without mentioning the iconic work of Line Vautrin, French jewelry maker, designer, and decorative artist. Vautrin's work was both elegant and innovative. She created most of her mid-century Modernist pieces through the process of experimentation, achieving popularity after her involvement in the Paris International Exhibition in 1937 – her iconic work remains highly collectable to this day.
Below from Guy Regal: Sun Mirror by Line Vautrin, 1953. Made of talosel and resin. Talosel is a resin material invented by Vautrin. It is derived from cellulose acetate and the name is shortened form of «acetate de cellulose elabore».

Below from Milord Antiques: (left) Amber glass and talosel resin convex mirror by Line Vautrin, circa 1950. (right) Talosel and resin convex "Gerbera" mirror by Line Vautrin, circa 1955.


Man in the Moon


One of the most memorable images from early cinematic history has to be the man-in-the-moon from Georges Méliès' A trip to the moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune), his influential and visionary 1902 adventure/fantasy/sci-fi tale which is often considered among the very best of 20th century cinema.

Depictions of the man-in-the-moon can be found throughout history, and across the globe. A longstanding European tradition holds that the man was banished to the moon for some crime. Christian lore commonly held that he is the man caught gathering sticks on the Sabbath and sentenced by God to death by stoning (left). In Norse mythology, Máni («moon») is the male personification of the moon who crosses the sky in a horse-drawn carriage. He is continually pursued by the Great Wolf Hati who catches him at Ragnarök (middle). In Chinese mythology, the goddess Chang'e is stranded upon the moon after foolishly consuming a double dose of an immortality potion (right).

It's not surprising that we find many depictions of the man-in-the-moon in the decorative and fine arts. Here are just a few examples from the upcoming San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show. From Kentshire, a pair of three-color gold and sapphire earrings depicting a Pierrot clown sitting atop a crescent moon. 

From Milord Antiques (left), a pair of gilt and silver wood, metal and glass floor lamps with reverse painted depictions of the Sun and Moon by Piero Fornasetti and from Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge (right) a vintage Piero Fornasetti Astronomici plate.

From epoca in San Francisco:  brass octagonal coffee table by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante, circa 1970’s/80’s. Bustamante is primarily known for ceramic and metal sculptures, making these coffee tables a rare find.

Scientifically speaking, the man-in-the-moon face is actually made up of various lunar maria or "seas" because, for a long time, astronomers believed they were large bodies of water. They are in fact large areas formed by lava that covered up old craters. The near side of the moon, containing these maria that make up the man, is always facing Earth. The moon's rotation has slowed to the point where it rotates exactly once on each trip around the Earth and thus, the near side of the moon is always “looking” at us earthlings.

Q&A with Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker


What is your connection to the Show? How did you get involved?

I am passionate about the decorative arts and have been a loyal supporter and patron of the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show since day one. The late Michael Taylor took me to the very first show (me with pen, notebook, and measuring tape in hand, the scrambling assistant!), and I've missed only one in 37 years!

I served on the Show's advisory board and was the Designer Circle Chair for about ten years. This is the fourth year that I am the Show Chair and each year it has gotten better and better. As Chair, I am closely aligned with the Show Director, Ariane Trimuschat, who works tirelessly all year on the Show. Together we determine the overall direction and look of the Show: the theme, the Designer Vignettes in collaboration with de Gournay, the Lectures and Book Signings as well as cultivating new dealers. In addition, I act as publicist, and art director for the Show's Opening Night Preview Gala and subsequent events, to make sure every year surpasses the previous one in terms of quality, visual delight, and entertainment. It's a demanding and multi-faceted position but I work with a great team and enjoy every minute of it!


What most excites you about coming to the Show every October?

Our goal is to raise the bar every year with the finest dealers who bring the best quality and exquisite pieces, so first and foremost I am most excited about the wonderful and unique items our dealers curate specifically for this show. I try to shop all of the major US and European shows and the San Francisco Show is truly one of the best, being one of the oldest and most revered shows in the country.

Benefiting the Bay Area's non-profit, Enterprise for Youth, it also has the most glamorous opening night party bar none!

How have you seen it change over the years?

When I was Designer Circle Chair, I fought hard to establish a preview night for the design industry to pre-shop for clients. The Designers Circle Preview Reception is now an ongoing event and has been a great way to build enthusiasm and for designers to get first dibs for their clients when the show opens on gala night. We’ve also established Designer Saturday where we focus the lectures to design and decorating. As Show Chair, I brought back the Designer Vignettes at the Show's entry. These are a wonderful way to showcase how antiques can be incorporated and interpreted in a variety of decorating vocabularies. Each year, de Gournay has generously collaborated with the designers to create custom wall coverings that serve as the backdrop for their various vignettes, further enhancing these truly unique installations that now draw quite a lot of well-deserved attention!

Two years ago, "Art" was added to the name of the Show. This was by popular demand from many dealers and opens the Show up to a broad range of art galleries as well. We have also invited our dealers to think beyond antiques and bring pieces from antiquity to present day (no more than 50-year cut-off date). This has brought a more contemporary vibe to the Show which has been well received. Two years ago we also reconfigured the entire layout of the Show floor, something I had been itching to do for years. The new layout is more open, the walls are all 12 feet high, the booths are interactive and less expected, and the cafe is more intimate. It feels fresh and invigorated.


How do you walk the Show? What are you looking for?

As a member of the Designers Circle, I get my first look at the dealers' wares during the Designer Preview Night. Some of the booths are still under construction at that point, but it's a great time to catch up with dealers and learn all about their pieces. After the Opening Night Preview Gala, I try to walk the Show at least two or three times more by myself or with my staff, as there is always something else that will catch my eye.

I have a soft spot for anything with good lines, yummy finishes, deep patina, and intriguing provenance. I'm not a purist, though and I definitely believe in marrying contemporary pieces with antiques, modern elements with antiquities, and mixing the high with the low. I always say that one should always have at least one piece with some age in a room. It does not have to be over-the-top expensive, but antiques resonate with history's silent voices. The appeal resides in a patina only achievable with time: their very imperfections speak to me of soul and character and life lived.


What tips do you have for someone shopping the Show?

For anyone interested in art and design, furniture and the decorative arts - whether its buying, collecting, or simply learning about art and antiques - the Show is not to be missed. It's a Bay Area "must do!" of the fall social season with four wonderful, vibrant days filled with terrific dealers, fascinating lectures, and gobs of eye candy. I encourage everyone to come see for yourselves, explore the booths, meet the dealers, learn a lot (ask lots of questions: they are welcome and encouraged!) and take home a fabulous find. Don't miss the Opening Night and take a tip from what every top designer knows - The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show makes for outstanding shopping and a never ending treasure hunt!


Q&A with Enterprise for Youth Board President, Michael Franzia


Left: Ninive Calegari, Enterprise CEO; Right: Michael Franzia, Board President


Michael Franzia has been a generous and impactful supporter of Enterprise for Youth and The Fall Art & Antiques Show for many years. We are thrilled to now have him serving as Board President. We sat down with him briefly to discuss his thoughts on the importance of the work Enterprise does and what he looks forward to most at the Show.

How long have you been involved with Enterprise for Youth?

I joined the Enterprise Board in late 2011, so about six-and-a-half years now.

What drew you to this nonprofit?

I had served on another youth-focused nonprofit board and found Enterprise’s mission compelling. I thought the opportunities Enterprise provides youth were powerful: job readiness programming and training, career exploration, summer internships, and job bank opportunities. I was drawn to Enterprise too, because their local impact on youth knows no boundaries. There’s no qualifier to become an Enterprise student. Any student from any San Francisco school can become a part of the Enterprise for Youth family and benefit from the amazing, life-altering opportunities.

Why are the workshops and internships Enterprise offers so important?

Youth are our collective future. Any opportunity to enlighten students as to the realities that await them in the working world is a good thing. Who would have thought that some youth have never had the opportunity to write their resume, feel comfortable and confident during a telephone interview, understand the importance of a hand-written thank you note or being punctual? It’s the little things that, when taught from a young age, provide youth with guidance and hope. The workshops and internships are also important in that they aid youth in developing the skills, confidence, and assurance they need to be successful, as long as they are willing to work for it.

What one piece of advice would you give a graduating high school student?

Stay resilient, be present, and be persistent. Build and maintain a strong network of supporters, surround yourself with people whom you admire, people who model behavior you respect and whose actions inspire you.

What one thing do you look forward to every year at The Fall Art & Antiques Show?

Without a doubt it’s the Show, in and of itself! The opening night Gala is such a fun event where the combination of people, food, art, antiques, and design is incomparable. But, I have to say that returning to the Show on any one of the four Show days is a wonderful way to rediscover things. The lecture series is also something that draws me back each year.


Visit Enterprise for Youth to learn more about the nonprofit that The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show supports!

Q&A with Private Collections Co-Chairs, Mary Lou Castellanos & Stephanie Breitbard


Right: Stephanie Breitbard; Left: Mary Lou Castellanos


Private Collections home art tours celebrates its 19th year on Wednesday, April 4th with seven impressive collections from some of San Francisco's most respected art aficionados. This special one-night event is the spring fundraiser for Enterprise for Youth, an important local nonprofit that empowers young people to prepare for and discover career opportunities. 

Enterprise Board Members Stephanie Breitard, founder of Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, and Mary Lou Castellanos, realtor at Sotheby's International Realty, have been at the helm of the Private Collections event for years. As this year's Private Collections Co-Chairs, Breitbard's acumen for in-home art consulting coupled with Castellano's extensive knowledge of San Francisco's history and unique real estate market has brought together diverse private art collections around the city that will inspire patrons to think about the ways they can live with art and incorporate it into their everyday lives. 


As long-time chairs of Private Collections, what makes this event unique?

ML: To my knowledge, there isn’t another event where the public can pay to visit a private home in San Francisco and view a private art collection. Also, the collectors are almost always available to explain their collections and expand on their motivations and love of art.


What do you hope to experience or learn from touring a private art collection?

ML: In addition to viewing art that couldn’t be seen any other way, meeting collectors, finding out first hand their motivations and journeys in collecting, and their experiences living with treasured art pieces is unique. Additionally, meeting with and viewing art with other San Franciscans who love art is an added bonus to the experience.

SB: I personally love both seeing the range of artwork that our collectors own but also how they display it. I love getting ideas for new creative ways to live with art!


What trends do you see among art collectors?

SB: I see collectors caring about both blue chip established artists AND enjoying learning about new emerging artists. It’s fun to take chances on lesser known artists and see where their careers take them!

ML: One of this year’s collections is exclusively composed of Cuban art. Another is comprised of contemporary African art collected by the collectors during their service in the Peace Corps. Unique old and emerging art forms seem to interest collectors beyond the traditional.


How do collectors tend to manage and curate their private art collections?

ML: Some have docents, while others hire art consultants. Those that have the time, expertise, and subject knowledge tend to do it themselves. The “process” for these collectors is part of the total collecting experience.

SB: I agree with Mary Lou. Most get help from art consultants and gallerists who advise on investment value and artist resumes. Also, many collectors rotate their collections, constantly moving artwork both within their home and in and out of storage facilities. You know you are a true collector when you physically have no place to put the art anymore but can’t stop acquiring new pieces!


Do you have a favorite piece you've seen on a Private Collections home tour?

SB: Love the Michele Pred handbags at the Rappaport’s collection! They are vintage handbags wired with electrical threading that say various statements about women’s rights.

ML: My personal love of art makes it very hard to define “favorite.” People tend to experience art in different ways. That being said, a Private Collections exhibit several years ago was comprised of Shaker furniture (the largest Shaker furniture collection west of the Mississippi). Viewing this collection gave me an insight into a whole community. The art came alive, transmitting a way of life, a belief system, and a family and its journey.


Stephanie, as an art dealer, what advice do you have for someone who wants to start a collection of their own?

1.) Buy what you love! Who knows what it will be worth in any amount of time, so make sure you are primarily buying it because you love it and it makes you happy!

 2.) See a lot of art! The more art you see, the more your eye will adjust and you will better understand your own taste in art and also the value of art and why some art is more expensive than others.  

3.) Read some books about art collecting. There are several out there that are about “The Art of Collecting Art.”

4.) Don’t be afraid to ask sellers for discounts. They usually have room to discount!

5.) Don’t be afraid to buy BIG art! Every home needs a statement piece!  It can fill the wall and even go right over wainscoting! Big art makes a room feel bigger!

6.) Think about your total budget for art and worry less about what each individual piece costs. Some pieces will be a stretch and others will be affordable.

7.) There is not a home I walk into that I do not recommend sculpture somewhere in the house. Sculpture is an essential diversifying component of any art collection!

8.) Not every big wall needs one big piece of art. You should mix it up and do a series on some walls, big pieces on others.

9.) YOU are not art! Please do not put family photos in the living room and family room and dining room… They are best in hallways near bedrooms, preferably kids’ bedrooms!

10.) Don’t let the art world intimidate you! If you feel that way in a gallery, just leave and find a different one that is friendly to new collectors. You should not need to qualify to acquire artwork in a gallery.  

11.) DO NOT BUY ART ON VACATION! That ethnic batik from Kenya or the Hawaiian sunset with dolphins will NOT look good when you get it back home!


Mary Lou, as a realtor, what advice do you have for someone who's looking for a home that will make it easy to live with their art?

Depending on the collection, its size, and the budget of the buyer, I recommend purchasing a home that has adequate wall space and proper lighting or the ability to install art lighting. It has been said that “great art stands alone.” I tend to endorse that thesis and avoid decorating with art for art’s sake.


The learn more about Private Collections and to purchase tickets, please visit

Flower Power at the 2017 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show


As San Francisco celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show marked its 36th year with an homage to the movement’s most ardent symbol - the flower - celebrating the power of botanical images in art and antiques through the ages. The Show is the major fundraiser for Enterprise for Youth, an important San Francisco nonprofit that helps youth prepare for success in the world of work. Enterprise was founded in 1969 and continues to engage and empower San Francisco’s young people through training, guidance, and employment experiences.

With the theme FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design, Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture was transformed into a garden paradise. A stunning cascading floral sculpture by Ricardo Benavides rained down from the ceiling of the Grand Entry Hall, where patrons were ushered in by Designer Vignettes celebrating “The Four Seasons.”

Fifty-one of the world’s finest Exhibitors showcased their best pieces and created exquisite booths with intriguing and timeless works from antiquity to today that keep patrons excited year after year.


  • American Furniture & Decorative Arts
  • American Garage
  • Jeff R. Bridgman
  •      American Antiques
  • Roberto Freitas
  •      American Antiques
  • Yew Tree House Antiques
  • English & Continental Furniture
  • & Decorative Arts
  • Aedicule
  • Antonio's Bella Casa
  • Butchoff Antiques
  • Carlton Hobbs LLC
  • Clinton Howell Antiques
  • Daniel Stein Antiques
  • epoca
  • Finnegan Gallery
  • Foster Gwin Gallery
  • Il Segno del Tempo
  • Jayne Thompson Antiques
  • Milord Antiques
  • Steinitz Gallery
  • Ethnographic Art
  • Galen Lowe Art & Antiques
  • J.R. Richards
  • Joel Cooner Gallery
  • Lotus Gallery
  • Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh
  • Rainforest Baskets
  • The Orange Chicken
  • The Zentner Collection
  • Antique Weapons & Arms
  • Peter Finer
  • Jewelry and Silver
  • Gallery 925
  • Kentshire
  • Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry
  • Lawrence Jeffrey
  • 66mint Fine Estate Jewelry
  • Paintings & Fine Art
  • Charles Plante Fine Arts
  • David Brooker Fine Art
  • Guarisco Gallery
  • Haynes Fine Art
  • Henry Saywell
  • Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery
  • Montgomery Gallery
  • Schillay Fine Art
  • Trinity House Paintings
  • Ceramics
  • Janice Paull
  • Jesse Davis Antiques
  • Jill Fenichell, Inc.
  • Earle D. Vandekar
         of Knightsbridge Inc.

  • Textiles and Rugs
  • Peter Pap Oriental Rugs
  • Photography, Works on Paper,
  • & Books
  • Arader Galleries
  • Hayden & Fandetta Books
  • Isaac & Ede
  • The Philadelphia Print Shop West

Il Segno del tempo

Guarisco Gallery

Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.

American Garage

Lawrence Jeffery 

Peter Finer

Isaac & Ede

J.R. Richards


Opening Night Preview Gala

Nearly 2,000 guests, many of them wearing flowers in their hair, arrived at The Opening Night Preview Gala to kick off the Show, which ran from October 26-29. Guests arriving early were greeted with Champagne and enjoyed the first pick of items on the Show floor. The Cosmo Alleycats provided a vintage mix of jazz and dance music that really heated things up while McCalls Catering served a scrumptious array of dishes that included lamb chops, creamy risotto, dim sum, fish ceviche martinis, and of course, caviar! Enterprise for Youth students were present at the Show and gained valuable work experience by delighting guests with trays of unique hors d’oeuvres.

Twenty-six bars were located throughout the Show serving hand-crafted cocktails and Napa Ridge Chardonnay, as well as the ever-popular Absolut Elyx vodka and caviar stations parked around the Show floor. Guests enjoyed the first-ever special lounge devoted to a The Macallan scotch tasting.

For dessert, a gourmet gelato cart traveled the Show floor, offering flavors of elderflower, salted caramel, and chocolate. The Lecture Theater was a sweet-tooth’s paradise, with mini donuts, delicate cakes and tarts, puddings, and chocolate treats. As the night ended, a gourmet Miette candy station, sponsored by Marin Country Mart, was set up by the exit with bags for guests to fill up to their heart’s content so that they might take home a bit of the Show’s sweetness.

A huge thanks goes our Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker, for dedicating her time, talent, and unwavering enthusiasm. Many thanks also go to our wonderful Preview Gala Chairs, Diane Wilsey, Trevor and Alexis Traina, Ken Fulk, Alison Speer, OJ & Gary Shansby and Laura King Pfaff and our wonderful volunteers for their passion and support.


An aerial view of the party in full swing

The Grand Entry Hall

Macallan scotch tasting

The Cosmo Alleycats

Miette's gourmet candy station

Gala Chair Allison Speer; Honorary Chair, Andrew Gn; Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker

A Gala patron looking at art from Galen Lowe Art & Antiques

Community Outreach Chair, Ned Mobley 

Caviar and vodka stations by McCalls Catering

Nina Campbell, Jonathan Rachman, Alexis Traina, Beth Webb


Designer Vignettes: “The Four Seasons”

Four incredibly talented interior designers each created a room inspired by one of the four seasons. Each designer worked with de Gournay to create custom hand-painted wallpaper to adorn their vignettes, as well as with the Show’s Exhibitors to hand-pick art and antiques to showcase within the vignettes. With Suzanne Tucker as creative director, Jay Jeffers, Pamela Babey, Edward Lobrano, and Kendall Wilkinson were each assigned a season with which to express the beauty of floral imagery through the passing of the year.

SUMMER, Edward Lobrano

WINTER, Jay Jeffers

FALL, Kendall Wilkinson

SPRING, Pamela Babey


Special Events

Shreve & Co. helped kick off the fall with a sparkling launch party at their new shop on Post Street, where stunning jewelry from Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection was on display. The Battery hosted a panel discussion for the Show’s Young Collectors, where top professionals in art and design discussed works on paper and what to consider when beginning a personal collection. Designers & Artisans Circle Chair, Geoffrey de Sousa hosted a fabulous party in honor of the Show’s Benefactors at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, with hippie dancers, “flower child” themed cocktails, and of course a whimsical ambiance full of botanicals and butterflies.

The night before the Preview Gala, Designers and Artisans Circle members and their staff were given an exclusive sneak peak of the Show at the Designers Circle Preview Reception, sponsored by Da Vinci Marble. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and Champagne as they perused the Show floor for must-haves to purchase upon the Show’s official opening.

Events continued throughout the week, including the Lecture Series sponsored by The St. Regis San Francisco, Cambria, and Luxe Interiors + Design, followed by book signings in the Authors’ Alcove, sponsored by Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, Directors of The Arlene & Harold Schnitzer CARE Foundation. Lectures and book signings featured Steven Stolman, Miles Redd, Susan Lowry, Nancy Berner, and Marion Brenner, Miguel Flores-Vianna, Ellie Cullman, David Phoenix, Beth Webb, Gil Schafer, Janice Parker, and Alexis Swanson Traina.  

At the Cocktail Hour Series, guests sipped complementary wine from Napa Ridge Winery while learning from experts in a breadth of artistic fields. Judy Bloom of Filoli and Laurel Ann Winzler of Laurel Designs gave a floral demonstration where those in attendance watched the creation of living art pieces and learned tips and tricks for sculpting with flowers. In Café Girandole, two brilliant singers from San Francisco Opera performed a sneak preview of songs from Lautrec et la Nuit Blanche, a new concert inspired by the spirit of Montmartre and the vibrant art of Toulouse-Lautrec. Meanwhile, the Lautrec art that inspired this new show was on view nearby in Aedicule's booth, ravishingly framed by Peter Werkhoven. For the final talk, Heritage Auctions experts celebrated California’s unique wine culture with a special tasting and an engaging presentation on collecting California Art.

Designers Circle Preview Party

A full house in the Lecture Theater

Suzanne Tucker moderating a conversation between Ellie Cullman, David Phoenix, & Beth Webb

The Chairman’s Luncheon in honor of Andrew Gn, sponsored by GeoEx

Gil Schafer signing books in the Authors' Alcove

Shreve & Co. Launch Party

Opera performance in Café Girandole 


See you in October, 2018!

Each day the Show floor was packed and full of lively energy with those shopping, dining, and attending the exciting array of events at the Show. Many new faces along with those who haven’t missed the Show in its 36th year history graced us at the Opening Night Preview Gala and during the show days. Thank you to everyone whose support of the Show and Enterprise for Youth helped make 2017 a brilliant success. We look forward to seeing you all at Festival Pavilion October 10 – 14, 2018 (that’s 2 weeks earlier than usual)!

Steven Stolman


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.

Edward Lobrano


The Summer vignette at the entry of the show will be created by New York designer, Edward Lobrano. His design will showcase Abottsford, a stunningly beautiful hand painted de Gournay wallcovering in the chinoiserie tradition, the perfect backdrop for an unusual Victorian mirror from Carlton Hobbs. The fantastic scale, whimsical avian element and romantic floral motif all speak to a delightful summer mood.

Edward Lobrano was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. In his early 40’s, his love of design and furniture led him away from a successful career in real estate syndication, and into the world of interior design.

He began his design career in Washington, D.C. with Anthony Childs Inc. where he was exposed to great style and an understanding of French furniture. His move to Bunny Williams Inc., as her head designer, brought him into the world of casual, eclectic good taste and with it a love of English furniture; it also helped him to understand the placement of furniture and the importance of detail and quality, something that was already an essential element to him. Ed’s position at Bunny’s led him to work for David Anthony Easton Inc. which eventually created an opportunity in San Francisco to run a group for Paul Wiseman of the Wiseman Group. Ed started his own firm in San Francisco in 1998.

Through his work, he was able to build an enormous source of artisans, contacts and resources throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and had the opportunity to work on exciting and challenging projects both here and abroad. In addition, his work and associations have enabled him to see some of the most beautiful rooms and houses and to experience the world of great decorating.

Jay Jeffers


San Francisco designer Jay Jeffers is creating the Winter vignette at the show's entry which will incorporate a stunning center table from New York dealer Carlton Hobbs. The table is a collage of prints by 19th century author and artist, Aubrey Beardsley. As Jay says, "I love it because the shape is simple and elegant but the collage work is at once unusual and a little naughty. It’s always fun to be a little naughty in design!"
The vignette's wallpaper he envisioned in collaboration with de Gournay is an abstract design with block shapes gilded onto a sheer slubbed organza that is mounted over a colored paper.

Named to Elle Décor’s A-List of top interior designers, Jay Jeffers is the founder of JayJeffers and the author of Collected Cool (now in its second printing by Rizzoli). Since establishing his eponymous San Francisco-based firm in 1999, Jay has designed apartments and homes in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Wine Country, Los Angeles, New York and beyond. His work has been published and included in numerous decorator show houses and interior design books. Jay opened his first retail space, JayJeffers – The Store, in 2012 to showcase a capsule collection of his bespoke furniture along with artisan designs and accessories by local and international artists. In 2013, Jay was tapped to create signature penthouses for the Ritz-Carlton Residences Lake Tahoe. In 2015, he introduced the Jay Jeffers Collection for Arteriors, a line of sophisticated home accessories for entertaining. 
Born in Dallas, Jeffers graduated from the University of Texas and moved to San Francisco, where he worked in advertising for the fashion industry while studying interior design at UC Berkeley. Jay and his husband, Michael Purdy, Director of Brand Development for JayJeffers, live in San Francisco and in their Jeffers-designed Napa Valley getaway, The Poolhouse, with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Olive and Kingsley.

Pamela Babey – BAMO


Pamela Babey is creating a dreamy Spring vignette for the entry of the show, depicting a garden sunset with cascading blossoms, on a fuchsia silk wallcovering, custom created by de Gournay. Her design will also incorporate a fantastic rococo 18th century Venetian carved giltwood, mirror glass-mounted marquise chair from Carlton Hobbs in New York. In her own words "This chair is utterly frivolous and fantastic, probably in the original fabric and every descriptive adjective made me excited. In addition, it is Venetian, which sealed the deal for me. One can see a chair or two with mirror inlay in the glass museum in Murano, but they are very rare. I can imagine it in my favorite Venetian Palazzo, Ca'Rezzonico."

Pamela Babey, with her signature fiery-red hair, boundless creative energy, and infectious laugh, is considered a visionary in the world of luxury interiors. Interior Design acknowledged her indelible legacy by adding Pamela to its Hall of Fame; she is also a member of Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle. Pamela earned her architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley and built an impressive resume designing for SOM, James Stewart Polshek & Partners, and the Pfister Partnership. Since cofounding BAMO in 1991, Pamela has traveled the world designing luxurious hotels and residences.
Adept at marrying color and pattern in unexpected ways, Pamela is passionate about sourcing unique pieces made with care. Inspired by a rich community of artisans worldwide, Babey infuses each space with elegance, expression, and enjoyment. Her work has been featured in national and international books, newspapers, and magazines. Pamela’s portfolio includes Four Season Hotels in Milan and Bora Bora, The Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, a residential compound in Beijing, several homes on The Peak in Hong Kong, and a superyacht built by Benetti.