A California native with a timeless sensibility, Kendall Wilkinson has emerged as one of the nation’s most celebrated interior designers. Over the past two decades spent at her eponymous San Francisco firm, established in 1992, Kendall has completed bespoke residences with an emphasis on livable luxury. Her work spans across the nation and beyond, from historic Pacific Heights estates to coastal Mexican vacation homes.
Rooted in classical design, Kendall continues to adapt her style, bringing luxury living to a very select clientele. “As designers, we are informed by artistic, technological and cultural shifts,” explains Kendall of her ever-evolving aesthetic. “Ultimately, it’s about bringing the vision of the client to life.” This philosophy is demonstrated throughout the designer’s portfolio, which includes both commercial and residential spaces.
Kendall’s initial introduction to the world of design was through her mother, an interior designer and art connoisseur who was instrumental in honing her daughter’s artistic eye. “I learned from my mother to appreciate the value of color, scale, and texture. She was also something of a ‘fashionista’ and I continue to find inspiration from the fashion industry.”
After a career in film and a stint in a rock band, Kendall re-discovered her passion for design while in Paris. There, she developed a formal education in traditional aesthetics while studying architecture and antiques. After a year of travel, Kendall returned to home to the Bay Area where she received a degree in Interior Design from the Academy of Art.
Today, Kendall creates delightfully unexpected spaces that effortlessly meld old and new. From elegant startup offices to artful private residences built from the ground up, the designer brings a thorough understanding of space planning and the latest innovations in technology to each project she completes. In Spring of 2016, she expanded her offerings to include a collection of indoor/outdoor fabrics for Fabricut, bringing her time-honored aesthetic to an international audience.
Her work has graced the pages of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She has participated in numerous showcases over the years including the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, Elle Decor Showhouse, and LUXE Magazine’s Maison de Luxe Showhouse. Kendall has also served on the Board for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.