SFLuxe: Kyle Bunting at Gump’s

"Jan Chair"

One of a kind “Jan” art chair designed by Jan Showers in the Gump’s window (Photo: Drew Altizer)

There has been a fresh new spirit ever since Marta Benson took over as the CEO for Gump’s. Although still steeped in tradition in many ways, where longtime customers who collect Christmas ornaments or add to their place settings and jewelry boxes can keep coming back to have their desires fulfilled, the store also continues to move with the times. In their commitment to showcase fresh talent here in the Bay Area and across the country Marta and her team have collaborated with a number of artists and designers to create special pieces and collections for Gump’s. Continue reading

SFLuxe: A Halestorm Hits SOMA

"Denise Hale, Ken Fulk, Ann Getty"Denise Hale, Ken Fulk and Ann Getty (Photo: Drew Altizer)

When Ken Fulk throws a party you know it is bound to be great from the moment you get a “a save the date” notice, which this time came in form of an email with a black mask and a link to a teaser where Truman Capote spoke of his legendary 1966 masked ball, Duffy recited “Mercy” while “CELEBRATE AN ICON” and a photo of Denise Hale appeared. Continue reading

Tea With Claudia: Bunny Williams

"Bunny Williams & Claudia Juestel"With Bunny Williams at Roots Restaurant (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)

I was truly looking forward to my interview with Bunny Williams, one of our country’s most enduring designers and the doyenne of gracious living. I have always found her interiors inviting and timeless, while still offering fresh ideas. Bunny learned from the best! When somebody asked her why she put the red egg chair into the living room she designed for this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse she replied, “because I just felt like it”, something her mentor Sister Parish might have said. Continue reading