The San Francisco Fall Show returns to San Francisco next month when it celebrates its 40th anniversary Oct. 13-16 at Fort Mason. A gala evening on October 12 will kick off the four-day event.
About fifty merchants from all over the world will be present to sell their works of art and decorative art: furniture, works of art, books, precious metals, jewellery, carpets, textiles and ceramics dating from Antiquity to the present day. Many will be in shades of red, a nod to the series’ landmark ruby jubilee.
“The San Francisco Fall Show is one of the oldest and most revered shows in the country, if not the world,” says Marin resident Suzanne Tucker, director of San Francisco interior design firm Tucker & Marks. Design, and president of the show since 2015. .
“The show is a fabulous feast for the eyes, whether you are a classicist or a modernist, a collector or a student,” she adds. “I encourage everyone to come see for themselves, explore the booths, meet the dealers, learn a lot by asking questions, and take home a fabulous find.”
Along with the stands, four room-sized installations will be on display, individually decorated by London decorators Emma Burns and Philip Hooper, of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler; Dallas designer Cathy Kincaid of Cathy Kincaid Interiors; New York designer Alex Papachristidis of Alex Papachristidis Interiors and San Francisco designer David Oldroyd of ODADA.
The show’s honorary co-chairs are Hamish Bowles (editor for World of Interiors and global editor for American Vogue) and the Duchess of Rutland, Emma Manners, of Belvoir Castle.
“Hamish Bowles and Emma Manners bring a passion for art, antiques and decorative arts to the show,” Tucker said. “They are stars in the decorating world, and designers and aficionados flock to hear them talk about architecture and interiors, trends and collecting.”
Bowles, she adds, “is one of the most respected authorities in the world of fashion and design”, and Manners “enthusiastically spearheaded the activities and restoration projects of Belvoir Castle, the one of England’s great treasures, for the past 20 years.”
There are still tickets available for the show, but if you want to attend one of the talks, you may want to purchase tickets in advance. Two – “English Castles & Country Houses” and “Building the Dream” – are already sold out.
According to Tucker, the lecture series, which requires a separate ticket, features “some of the most eminent – and promising – men and women in the worlds of art, antiquities, design, architecture and architecture. ‘story. I guarantee you will be entertained, educated and inspired.
Here is the conference program:
• Steele Marcoux of Veranda magazine will host a panel (Cathy Kincaid, Catherine Kwong, Stewart Manger, Papachristidis) on “Unforgettable Pieces: Making Luxury Liveable” at 2:30pm on October 13th. Kincaid, Manger, Papachristidis and Marcoux will sign their recent books after the conference.
• More than 20 authors will sign their recent books from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on October 13th. There is no charge for the signing, as it is included with admission to the Thursday show. Books will be available for purchase at the show. Some of the authors are Kincaid, Manger, Papachristidis, Tucker, Manners, Pietro Cicognani, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Claud Gurney, Philip Meza, Mark D. Sikes, and Stephen Sills.
• A panel discussion on “Hunting and the Joy of Living with Art, Antiques and Objects” featuring panelists Maria Hummer-Tuttle, Richard Mishaan, Noz Nozawa and Sills will take place at 11 a.m. on October 14. Alisa Carroll will be the moderator. Tuttle, Mishaan and Sills will sign their new books after the conference.
• Michael Boodro will lead Aldous Bertram, Pietro Cicognani and Suzanne Rheinstein in a talk entitled “Inside Outside – The Art of Folly in Gardens, Interiors & Architecture” at 2.30pm on October 14. Bertram and Cicognani will sign their recent books after reading.
• Mayer Rus, West Coast editor for Architectural Digest, will lead panelists Tucker, Ken Fulk, Christine Lin and Philip Meza in an exploration of California design in “California Dreaming: The Enduring Legacy” at 4:30 p.m. on October 14. Cocktails and book signings (Fulk, Mexa and Tucker) will follow the conference.
• Ron Woodson of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in Los Angeles leads panelists Jamie Drake, Sikes, Summer Thornton and Kendall Wilkinson in a talk titled “East Meets West: Curating the Perfect Mix Coast to Coast,” at 11 a.m. 00. 15. Drake, Thornton and Sikes will sign their books after the conference.
• Cathy B. Graham, Alex Hitz and Papachristidis will share their tips and sources of inspiration when they discuss “The Art of Entertaining: Kitchen, Table, Flowers and Everything Else” at noon on October 16. All three will sign their new books after the speech.
• Details: The San Francisco Fall Show takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 13 through October 15 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 16 at the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center at 2 Marina Blvd. in San Francisco. The Opening Night Gala, a benefit for the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, takes place from 5-10 p.m. on October 12. Admission is $22.85. An admission ticket is required to purchase a conference ticket at a cost of $12.24. Gala tickets start at $350. Dial 415-445-6701 or go to sffallshow.org.
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• The Novato Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 11 am on September 14 at the Margaret Todd Senior Center at 1560 Hill Road in Novato. Members and visitors are invited to bring plants to share for a post-meeting propagation show. Go to novatogardenclub.org.
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