Friday, September 24, 2010

Chinoiserie, Designers and Table Settings....

Gump's Table

......was the recipe for a perfect party at Gump's last Tuesday night! The event, in support of the 2010 San Francisco Fall Antique Show was hosted by Marta Benson, CEO of Gump's and Suzanne Tucker, Chair of the SFFAS Designer's Circle.

Top San Francisco designers were invited to design Chinoiserie inspired dining tables, and the creativity was flowing! Ann Getty, Douglas Durkin, Andrew Fisher and Jeffrey Weisman, Jay Jeffers, Barbara Scavullo, Suzanne Tucker and Gump's all contributed stunning table displays. I could have spent much more time savoring every detail.

Gump's Table

Gump's table captured the flavor of the Orient with their twin pagodas which flanked a gorgeous floral display of roses and artichokes. The lush color palette was gold, black and hot coral pink. I loved the back painted glass table top with silhouettes of the East in pink

Gump's Table

The gold tea pots and pretty pink and gold place settings were perfect for a chic afternoon tea party.

Such a gorgeous display....the flowers, the glass decanters in amethyst and teal, the black lacquer trays and bronze hurricane candle holders....I was enchanted.

Gump's Table

The creative forces at Ann Getty and Associates put together a beautiful table set under a black pagoda pavilion. Acrylic bamboo chairs, and the fresh color palette of jade and tangerine was perfectly appetizing.

Ann Getty and Associates

Details like gilt fortune cookies, and hand made taffeta ginkgo leaves added that personal touch, and the floral display of citron green orchids was luscious.

Ann Getty and Associates

One of my favorite things about this display as the lantern light fixture above the table...what a fun crowning jewel.

Ann Getty and Associates

The next table is by Jay Jeffers, and as expected, was full of fun,fresh ideas.

Jay Jeffers

Jay created a "room" for his table with rice paper panels painted with flowering branches and birds (painted by Shirley Robinson) which he hung from the ceiling with the most beautiful chains I have ever seen.....(Jay, if you are reading, where did you get those chains?!)

Jay Jeffers Table

Jay used a really interesting modern table and beautiful lantern both from Therien Antiques. The rug is from Tai Ping. Jay brought in the custom designed chairs using C. Mariani Antiques.

Jay Jeffers Table

The place settings were beautiful in combinations of greens, browns and golds. Jay proved once again that he is the Master of "Sophisticated Fun".

Jay Jeffers Table

Douglas Durkin created a table that really evoked the feeling of Fall for me. Since Fall happens to be my favorite season, it is small wonder I was so drawn it it. Warm and luxurious, moody and intimate, this space invites one to linger over brandy late into the night.

Douglas Durkin's Table

The table was surrounded by dark wood louvered screens and draped with a pumpkin and misty slate grey silk taffeta table cloth. The terrariums were filled with exotic of which I think was a Venus Flytrap.

Douglas Durkin's Table

The crystal was a translucent black and there was a persimmon crystal dragon stopper in the decanter. Could you imagine a savory meal here on All Hallows Eve?

Douglas Durkin's Table

Andrew Fisher and Jeffrey Weisman have long been a design duo I have greatly admired. (I especially am enamoured with their home in Napa!) Their take on the them was so much fun, it would make one want to party all night!

Fisher Weisman Table

Titled "Lunch at Brighton Pavilion" Andrew and Jeffrey pulled out all of the stops. Inspired by their travels to the Orient, the Brighton Pavilion, Doris Duke's Shangri-La in Honolulu, and films like the King and I and Auntie Mame....they kicked up their heels and used a sequined table cloth. Andrew and Jeffrey are known for their fabulous lighting creations, they channeled Tony Duquette when making this fixture. They described the process to me saying that they sculpted each piece of the mini pagodas and cast them in resin, then painted them gold adding little jewels and ivy a la Duquette.

Fisher Weisman Table

The colors they used were just as eye catching...Red, Fuchsia, Tangerine and Gold combine in happy profusion, and the gold butterflies seemed to have just arrived to join the party.

Jeffrey and Andrew with their table

The red dining chairs are from the Fisher Weisman Bamboo Collection for Michael Taylor Designs. Just another example of all there is to love about Fisher Weisman

Designer, Barbara Scavullo took her cue from the wonderful horses pictured on the Hermes plates in her place settings.

Barbara Scavullo's Table

You can just imagine a military campaign where the officers would reinforce themselves with hearty meals in their exotic tents.

Barbara Scavullo's Table

The lantern, world map, and Ming Horse punctuate the theme, as does the bridle buckle flatware.

Barbara Scavullo's Table

The last table, and certainly far from the least, was the stunning table designed by Suzanne Tucker of Tucker Marks and her troop of talented designers. I was bowled over with how utterly beautiful and detailed the space was.

Tucker and Marks Table

Suzanne and crew had a brilliant French gilt and coral chandelier c. 1920 flown in from across the country from Objects Plus, LLC. Carlton Hobbs supplied the gorgeous painted Queen Anne chairs and settee. The dramatic 18th century Coromandel screen is from a private collector, and the 19th century Khotan rug is from Tony Kitz Oriental Carpets.

Tucker and Marks Table

Suzanne is so talented with the details. The square table is skirted in a Scalamandre green tiger stripe fabric with a topper made from one of Suzanne's own fabrics. The edge detail is made to look like a pagoda roof, the corners curving out, with a bell found at C. Mariani Antiques at each point...

Tucker and Marks Table

The coral velvet chair cushion fabric is also from Suzanne's new fabric line. The saffron hued pillow fabric is from Fortuny.

Tucker and Marks Table

This space was truly a grand end to this sumptuous affair and Suzanne was perfectly and beautifully attired to act as hostess.

Suzanne Tucker and her Table

It was such a fun evening! I got to see my friends Grant Gibson and Diane Dorrans Saeks, as well as Anh-Minh Le, the editor of the new quarterly shelter magazine Anthology (get your subscriptions's going to be a goody! AND it will be a PRINTED magazine.....I love a magazine I can hold in my hands.)

Gump's is always the most gracious of hosts for events, and this night was no exception. All of the place settings were provided by Gump's, so for more information on any of the beautiful china, silverware and crystal, please do not hesitate to contact them.

And please don't forget to attend the 2010 San Francisco Antique Fair. For more information, click HERE.


Splendid Sass said...

Absolutely gorgeous tables. Especially love Suzanne Tucker's table. I love Suzanne's design work, so it is no surprise that I found her table lovely. Many talented designers there. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice evening.

Stylebeat said...

Tablesettings are my absolute favorite. Suzanne's is a stunner-- and she managed to use Carlton Hobbs in a department store, wow! I am thrilled to get to see this as I am not there to see it in person.

Kate from Party Resources said...

I love this! I may try and recreate one of these tables for a future post.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So Yummy!!

Julio said...

What a visually inspired post! I love all the settings. Anytime I'm in the city, I always make it a point to visit Gumps before I return back to Sacramento even if its just to browse. I always leave inspired with beautiful ideas for decorating and entertaining. Thanks for sharing this event with us Katie.

quintessence said...

Looks like a fun evening. Loved them all but the last two were my favorites. LOVE the teal and orange combo by Barbara Scavullo and you had to love Suzanne Tucker's room for the detail alone - chandelier is amazing and love how her coat matches!

La Petite Gallery said...

An the winner is:::::::
Jay Jeffers

Nice post


Karena said...


I love all of the pops of red, Jay's table, the Durkin, Scavulo's dinnerware. Suzann's colors,heavenly!

Art by Karena

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Love the mix of tables and the color combinations! Looks like you had fun!!

mary said...

Each table holds its own against the others; so hard to choose a favorite. But being an antiques dealer in love with chinoiserie, I think I'll have to vote for the Tucker and Marks table with the screen and antique chinoiserie bench and chairs. Thanks for this super post.

Claudia Juestel said...

Fabulous tables! It was wonderful to see how each designer interpreted the theme of Chinoiserie in an entirely different way.

So glad you captured it for those who cannot make it down to Gump's in the next few weeks.



Cristin @ Simplified Bee™ said...

Wow, all of the tablescapes are incredible. Love the mix of texture, color and style. I couldn't make this event, but hope to meet up one day soon in SF!


Sue Murphy@ life as a house said...

Nothing I like better than seeing beautifully arranged tables....and by the top designers no less. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Style Court said...

Wow, it's all so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this Katie. I especially love the citrus hues Suzanne used. What an amazing pagoda in the Tucker-Marks vignette!

Brillante Home Decor said...

Fabulous images, so much creativity in one place. Dreaming about being there.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful post and table settings! That must have been wonderful event. Wish they could have had a table done by the fabulous Interior Designer, JOE NYE, especially since he recently published his book, FLAIR, Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers and Gorgeous Table Settings.

Duchy said...

Did you happen to notice the giant hurricanes and candelabras flanking the doorway to enter the event? We've been told that's where Gump's used our creations, but we haven't seen them yet. If you would remember or have a photo I would be so thankful! Great post! Duchy