Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pla(y)ce mats

Of course, we'd never play with our food, but we'd certainly play with these Modern-Twist place mats while we waited for it.

Re-colorable •  Non-porous, germ-free silicone • Free of harsh chemicals •  Clean with damp cloth •  $20 each 
Set of six on-toxic dry erase markers • $9  

Summer House • 21 Throckmorton Ave.  • Mill Valley, CA,  94941 • 415-383-6695

Friday, October 1, 2010

Imagining China with Gump's

Last week, San Francisco's luxurious Gump's was the setting for seven sumptuous dining vignettes, fashioned by some of the City's leading designers for "Imagining China", a supporting event in anticipation of the upcoming San Francisco Fall Antique Show.

Our question is, how do you imagine China?

In shades of celadon like Jeffers Design Group...

Jay Jeffers

with an artful equine motif like Barbara Scavullo Designs...

Design team • Marysia Rybock and Evalani Washington

Anitque Han horse •  Gump's
Table •  Studio Workshops • "Parnassus"
Flatware • Hermes "Attelage"• Gump's 
Stemware •  Gump's
Antique lantern • Antique and Art Exchange

China • Hermes "Cheval d'Orient" • Gump's
 Dinner plate and Charger • Hermes  • Gump's

Or with sparkly pizazz like Fisher Weisman?

Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman

Sequined tableskirt  •  Gretchen Bellinger textile fabricated by Architrave Studio
Chairs •  "Bamboo Collection" by Fisher Weisman for Michael Taylor Designs 
in Gretchen Bellinger fabric

Pagoda salt and paper shakers and napkin rings • Objets Plus, Inc.

Perhaps you imagine China with a modern twist as Ann Getty and Associates does...

Acrylic Ballroom Chairs • Ruby Beets
Porcelain Foo dogs and blue and white porcelain 
salt and pepper jars • personal collection of Ann Getty
Overhead lantern (not shown) •  Forgotten Shanghai

Floral arrangements • Stanlee R. Gatti Designs
Stemware • Baccarat * Gump's

Or with an air of opulence like Tucker and Marks...

Tucker and Marks: Marco Zamora, Suzanne Tucker,
Christopher Roy, John V. Buckley III, Dino Vannoni

18th century Venetian settee and chairs • Carlton Hobbs, LLC
Vintage Chinese Gilt Iron Pagoda • Therien & Co.
Top fabric on table skirt • Suzanne Tucker Home • “ Pagoda” in citrine
Underskirt • Scalamandre • “Tigre” • velvet
Cushions • Suzanne Tucker Home • “Dolce” in chili

18th century Coromandel screen • private collection
French gilt bronze-and-coral chandelier, c. 1920 • Objets Plus, Inc.

China • Meissen
Chargers: Bernardaud
Crystal • William Yeoward
Highball glasses • Impulse
Sterling Silver Flatware: Ricci
Antique Mother of Pearl and silver dessert knives
and forks and salt cellars and  antique 
sterling silver and ivory fisheaters • JG Collection • Gump's

Maybe it's with a moody exoticism like Douglas Durkin Design's table...

Douglas Durkin and Gump's CEO Marta Benson

Custom terrariums •  Paxton Gate
Dragon • Lalique •  Gump's 

 China • Meissen • "Rich Court Dragon"
Flatware • Alain St. Joanis •  "Berlin" 

Or, the lavish exuberance of Gump's own design team...

Jon Leafstedt of Gump's

China • Albert Pinto • Gump's

Custom Baccarat mirrored table

Tell us, how would you imagine China?

Designers tables on display at Gump's through October 31 • 
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • 
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. • 
135 Post St.San Francisco •  800-766-7628 •