Jamie Drake, as inspired by Grace Kelly
Well, it was the best of plans. This week - during the "Design San Francisco" events - my plan was to post jaunty updates each day of the lectures and presentations I was attending during the week. And, if you are a regular reader - well, you'll know that THAT just never quite came to pass.
So here - on a late Friday evening - I'm going to attempt to re-cap the highlights of this week's activities.
I thought I'd start working in reverse order . . .
Friday morning started fast and bright - right out of the gates (without nearly enough sleep and/or coffee in my system) with the glamorous Jamie Drake. Stylish. Witty. And a devilish sense of humour. The perfect beginning to my day. (and the perfect antidote to my slow moving morning!)
He had collected a series of images of his new book (with great stories of his own home and several show house projects) and each image was highlighted with memories of the specific projects - as well as some insights into his design process.
An shot from Drake's own home.
image from - drakedesignassociates.com
He admitted that he was not a huge fan of this bright yellow, but it gave the
space an amazing presence.
"Surprise and movement - that's what I like. Colors both ground and animate the space."
- Jamie Drake
Kip's Bay Showhouse, 2007.
Photographer Nick Johnson.
"I premiered my fabric line with Shumaker at the 2007 Kip's Bay Showhouse. Literally wrapped in the collection, I upholstered the walls in silk moire, covered the bed in cut-silk velvets, and draped the windows in snappy silk stripe."
- Jamie Drake
One of Thursday's highlight was a mid-day talk by Bunny Williams. She, as well, brought a collection of images - and delighted everyone her stories of design - and even better, her perspective on life and living in beautiful spaces.
Bunny Williams, from Elle Decor
"In her Manhattan apartment, designer Bunny Williams heightens the drama of a 1930s mirrored bed by embellishing it with an extraordinary embroidered Indian silk panel. The bed is dressed with a simple coverlet and linens by Léron."
After Bunny finished speaking - I sprinted upstairs to Shears & Window to hear Suzanne Tucker preview her new fabric collection. Yay. Beautiful.
Wednesday started out strong with the keynote speech brought by Margaret Russell, editor of Elle Decor, highlighting the images chosen from her new book "Style and Substance."
Followed by the great pleasure of hearing Eric Cohler speak at Lee Jofa - and I'm getting a post together from that lecture.
And here's Margaret - charming as ever -
with Marta Benson (l) and Gene Ogden (r) of Gumps.
It's been a great week. And I'm practically packed with inspiration. And I'm practically pooped beyond exhaustion. The next few days I'll be curled up in bed - with Margaret's, Bunny's, and Jamie's books. freshly autographed. and packed with great ideas.