The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is the oldest and, some would say, the most prestigious arts and antiques exhibit on the West Coast – a major event in the city's thriving social calendar. Up to sixty dealers exhibit annually, each presenting a diverse range of fine and decorative arts representing diverse styles and periods from around the world
Following our celebrated collaborations with designers Allison Caccoma, Geoffrey de Sousa and Fisher Weissman on their 2015 stands, de Gournay are delighted to once more contribute our hand painted wallpapers in sponsorship alongside four talented designers on a quartet of fascinating briefs.
With this years theme of ‘Animalia: Animal Imagery in Art & Antiques’, de Gournay worked with leading Interior Designers Catherine Kwong, Jonathan Rachman, Ann Getty and Antonio Martins to create an arresting series of hand painted custom designs.
Catherine Kwong Design specializes in high-end residential and hospitality projects, with an emphasis on modern architecture and custom detailing. The firm brings a fresh approach to elegant, tailored interiors – mixing modern and vintage elements; high art with personal treasures – to create spaces of unexpected beauty.
Inspiration for Catherine Kwong's design
Inspired by the heritage and connoisseurship of European tea emporiums, Kwong wanted a design that was light and ephemeral; evoking the melancholy beauty of ritual and memory. de Gournay developed a spacious Chinoiserie filled with blooming florals and lively, darting birds; whose playful interaction retained a visual grace against a subtle ground palette of pale grey and blush hues, also referencing the contemporary clothing designs of Alberta Ferretti. Hand painted onto a pure silk background using traditional watercolour techniques, the result conjures a delicate reverie of Old-World romance.
An artist at heart, Antonio Martins brings an eclectic approach to interior design, with an interesting eye for antiques, modern artwork and contemporary furniture.
Looking to his Brazilian heritage, Martins envisioned an exotic mangrove jungle scene in a sea green "mare verde" monochrome and was inspired to portray some of the endangered species of the country in keeping with the Animalia theme. de Gournay’s hand painted design brims with verdant flora and tropical fauna; a window to the wild intensity of the rain forest in the heart of San Francisco. An eclectic mix of traditional Latin ‘Santos’ iconography and iconic furniture by Brazilian designer Hugo Franca fill the vignette, displayed before the dramatic scale and saturated tones of the motif – also alluding to the famed jungle artworks of 19th Century French artist Henri Rousseau.
One of California’s most celebrated interior designers, Jonathan Rachman made a name for himself with clients in the San Francisco’s most esteemed neighbourhoods and wine country’s most beautiful estates, yet with a distinct international essence to his work.
Inspiration for Jonathan Rachman's design
Rachman presented a design that was truly personal, inspired not only by the beauty of his Indonesian homeland but also his parents and the 60th anniversary of their union. de Gournay created an exotic landscape filled with illustrative depictions of monkeys; representing his parents at different stages of their lives. Riotous orchids and banana plants, native to Bali, fill the foreground while rice paddies and beaches fade into the horizon. An arresting stone temple gate, expertly painted to capture its intricate carving and traditional bamboo decorations, completes the scene – accurately portraying a vision of Indonesian culture and landscape, hand painted onto a heavily antiqued silk background.
Since 1995, Ann Getty and Associates has provided custom interiors for clients worldwide from its San Francisco headquarters via an international network of artisans and suppliers – successfully realizing its aim to visualize, implement and execute interior design campaigns that reflect taste, quality and integrity.
Inspiration for Anne Getty's design
Ann Getty’s wallpaper design is inspired by the decorative, stone latticed ‘Jali screens’ of India. Historically, geometric patterns were fashioned from stone and then finely carved with delicate renderings of plant-inspired designs, such as those found at the Taj Mahal. Getty was keen for the wallpaper to offer a more neutral backdrop that would frame the antique furniture and accessories within her vignette; including many from her personal collection of pieces referencing Elephants. Painted in peach and stony grey tones then heavily sanded, the decoratively distressed and textured motifs of the wallpaper pair beautifully with the Indian artworks on display.
Preview Gala, October 26
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