Bespoke Design Evolution: “Le Rois” Night Stands

Detail of the finished night stand

I love designing custom furniture, rugs and fabrics, and I truly enjoy the process of creation as much as the glamorous finished product.  In that spirit I wanted to start a new series that shows how we go from a mere vision to an actual finished piece.  Let’s start with the fabulous nightstands we designed for a very sexy bedroom. Continue reading

Talking to future interior designers at Mavelous

Students from the San  Francisco State Interior Design program at Mavelous

I very strongly believe in mentoring, and do so with high school students from MetWest High School and interns from various local design schools.  On occasion teachers ask me to speak to their students about the real world of an interior designer.  Since it would love to teach one day I always happily oblige. Continue reading

Unique Talent: Paul Benson

Paul Benson in his workshop (Photo: Meg Messina)

Welcome to my second installment of “Unique Talent”.  I have been an admirer of Paul Benson’s work for quite some time, long before he so graciously agreed to create a bar cabinet for my  “The Art of the Table” installation at Gump’s, which was stunning and an important part of the overall design.  Paul is a genuine artist, and while insanely talented he is most humble and charming and gets you wrapped up in his passion for great design. Expertly using old-world tools and techniques he is able to create something entirely new and exceptional. Every piece, big or small, is one-of-a-kind, made by Paul’s own hands with vintage machinery, honoring a legacy of real craftsmanship.  From his amazingly detailed one-of-a-kind mirrors, sold at Gump’s, to his limited editions of furniture and unique commissions, Paul expresses a very unique viewpoint amongst his peers.  A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and an expert with painstaking attention to detail (Jay Jeffers told me how Paul spent a tremendous amount of time in perfecting the casters on the bar cart he made for Jay’s bedroom at the Elle Decor Showhouse) he pairs various metals in different textures and finishes with brilliant colors, creating spectacular showpieces that become a focal point in every room they inhabit. Continue reading