Referencing the surrounding landscape, this Silicon Valley home was a labor of love for the owner, a consummate collector. Nestled in a lush setting, the colors used in the design echo the terrain while natural stone lends a rough hewn quality to the project. Contrasting with the organic materials, the exquisitely crafted furniture and art creates a vibrant focus and reflects the owners’ passion.
After a six-year hiatus, Interior Designer Kristin Rowell has re-joined Kendall Wilkinson Design, as Principal. Kristin excels at creating highly personalized and beautiful living environments for her clientele. Her wide knowledge base, understanding of scale and proportions, and innate sense of color and texture allow her to create spaces of enduring quality and understated grace.
Kristin’s keen interest in the effect of one’s surroundings was piqued by the ever-evolving interiors of the Victorian home on the Peninsula, where she was born and raised. Travels to Europe with her family sparked her interest in fine arts, architecture, and fashion at a young age. The cobblestone streets and ancient church spires juxtaposed with the modern architecture and chic fashion scene gave Kristin a lasting impression of the possibilities of design.
After obtaining a BFA in Art History from the University of Colorado Boulder, Kristin spent several years working for various Bay Area residential design firms and showrooms, including founding an eponymous firm, prior to joining Kendall Wilkinson Design.
Collaboration is important to Kristin. She has achieved noteworthy results by working closely with her clients, her team, and her established network of trusted resources, with projects that have been featured in multiple design and lifestyle magazines. Kristin’s ability to successfully collaborate with architects, contractors, and other key players makes implementing design and interior architecture a seamless process. Clients soon learn they can depend on Kristin for sure guidance and attention to detail and that she will make well-considered decisions on their behalf.
Kristin currently resides in Palo Alto with her husband Deke, a landscape architect, and their three children. She loves spending time in the outdoors and can frequently be found running, hiking, paddle boarding, or skiing.
California Home + Design featured the latest Kendall Wilkinson Design project in their Summer 2015 issue. Our client wanted a home that felt modern and edgy, using natural materials that were family friendly. We teamed up with William Duff Architects and Upscale Construction to deliver a home that melds traditional and contemporary elements.
Inspired by local restaurants, this 1920’s Pacific Heights dwelling is designed for entertaining large groups. While the design palette was kept neutral, orange accents are used playfully throughout the home.
This 1920’s Pacific Heights dwelling focuses on modern elements and showcases impressive views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts. While the design palette was kept neutral, orange accents are used playfully throughout the home. The stunning space feels quintessentially California, exemplifying indoor/outdoor living and indulging the family’s love of entertaining and sports.
For nearly a decade, LEGENDS has brought together key interior designers, artists, editors, and architects together for a 3-day celebration of design at the La Cienega Design Quarter. Each year, a different theme is selected and top interior designers are invited to partner with the various showrooms to showcase their talents. This year’s chosen theme is “Where Muses Dwell”, and the Legends team requested that each designer choose a particular muse that inspired them. One muse stood out to Kendall Wilkinson in particular: Debbie Harry of Blondie.
How did we pick Blondie as our muse? Debbie Harry is the ultimate iconic female: a punk goddess who transcends genre and time. Kendall Wilkinson has a personal background in music, so Blondie has always served as an influential force in her life. In many ways interior designing is similar to performing music, using various elements to create a finished project aimed to inspire all.
How does Kendall Wilkinson Design relate to Blondie? Kendall Wilkinson and Blondie have two very big traits in common; longevity and versatility. Over the last 25 years, Kendall Wilkinson has become an industry leader in interior design and projects range from residential to commercial, and modern to traditional. Similarly, Blondie has consistently produced hits in the last 40 years, and each of the group’s four no. 1 singles in the U.S. represented a different genre of music. Debbie Harry’s music has remained current, speaking to a wide audience and appealing to all types of people.
Explain a little about the process. The process of concepting and designing the window has been a fluid process. Instead of working on a design that is inspired by a client, it has been exciting to work on a design that is entirely concept driven. Some of the most stimulating moments have been the fiascoes – not being able to execute elements of the original idea. Having to improvise has actually resulted in better design in the end – similar to how a live performance can be more exhilarating than the studio recording.
What should people look forward to at the window reveal? Incorporating media, musical elements, and audience participation are all elements that makes this window stand out. We wanted to evoke the spirit of Blondie throughout the decades by mixing old and new elements. The vignettes at our design studio in San Francisco have been concept driven projects, and the window at Legends is taking that to another level.
Stop by the La Cienega Design Quarter to see our window reveal from May 6-8th at the George Smith Showroom. It’s our small way of paying homage to this pioneering band that continues to rock!
At times we are able to find the perfect off the shelf item for a particular room. More often, we custom design furnishings. This could be a simple fabric selection to use on stock frame, or a more elaborate design.
The fabric library within the office provides our designers with thousands of textile options to create individualized projects reflecting the personalities and preferences of our clients. Color palettes may start with a concept derived from nature or inspired by artwork or moments in our clients’ lives. Various palettes are developed in order to evoke a certain feeling within the environment.
Kendall Wilkinson Design looked radically different to pedestrians on Sacramento Street this week, shifting from an edgy vignette to a softer look. With spring right around the corner, the walls were stripped of their dark black and reemerged as a youthful green.
Designer Lauren Mendenhall derived inspiration from the changing seasons and the emergence of blossoms in California this month. Handmade flowers hang down from the ceiling, in addition to wooden swings. Each swing holds various design books by some of our favorites and spirited flowers from the local flower mart. “When I think of spring, I think of fresh flowers and swinging in a park. I fell in love with the idea of mixing real flowers with ornate, handmade blooms,” noted Lauren.
The design is also a reflection of the clean, rustic, minimalist look that several of our clients are loving right now. The manila rope was hand tied to custom wood seats and hung down from a support structure designed to hang the swings from the ceiling. The seats are so secure in fact, that designers could actually test drive the swings which provided quite the fun afternoon at KWD.
The gorgeous botanical shots that adorn the walls are from local artist and KWD client, Kimberley Harmon. For more information, please check out her website, and each piece that is featured at KWD is on sale.
Last week was a flurry of activity and recognition at Kendall Wilkinson Design, beginning with the Designers of Distinction Awards. The firm was honored with its third nomination in the last 5 years, but this year was recognized in the Contemporary category. In prior years, KWD fell into the traditional category and this shift reflects the firms focus on increasingly more modern projects.
The three projects that were nominated from KWD ranged from a penthouse, a one-bedroom, and a beach retreat; which showed a range of skill sets and styles from various KWD designers. The Padallian high-rise project was once a hard-edged Modernist penthouse, the home is now an airy retreat. Kendall Wilkinson gave the abode’s light-filled rooms and meticulous craftsmanship a jolt with clean, modern furniture and graphic designs. The palette was simple: black, white, anthracite, and charcoal. A checkered marble floor sets the stage for a sofa in dark green velvet and chrome-plate Italian chairs. Views of San Francisco abound through curtain-less windows. Custom crystal chandeliers and sconces add shimmer and elegance throughout.
Nestled within one of San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods resides this Zen-like home. Wrap around windows reveal a panoramic view of the Bay. A palette of misty grays and cool tones was selected to mimic the fog rolling in across the evening sky. The understated elegance of this décor sets the stage for the client’s exquisite art collection. Modern style is found throughout the home, such as a plush mohair on the club chairs and the Piero Lissoni gloss on the dining table.
Like John Steinbeck and Jack London, this family found its muse in Carmel, California. What was once a drab and dreary home was transformed into a light, airy abode with colors reflecting the sea and surrounding landscapes. Rich, bright fabrics are mixed with unusual crystal fixtures. The library is awash in glossy aqua lacquer with a midcentury sunbather as inspiration.
Ultimately, the award did not go home with our KWD team- but we had a lovely time at the luncheon and it was an honor to be nominated for the third time! Stay tuned for next year, fingers crossed that 4th time’s the charm.
This weekend, the art and design community in San Francisco ventures out to the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason for the 2015 FOG Art+Design Fair. Patrons can experience the work of prominent 20th century and contemporary design dealers; as well as showcases by the leading modern and contemporary art galleries.
Employees at Kendall Wilkinson Design had the opportunity to attend the Designer’s Forum Preview Breakfast and the Preview Gala on Wednesday, January 14th. These two exclusive events allowed designers to source artwork for specific clients and provided inspiration for future projects. This year’s FOG featured artwork in particular more prominently than in years past. While artwork dominated the scene, the variety in materials and textures use to create the pieces varied greatly.
The Preview Gala attracted over 1,000 art and design lovers and the people watching was nearly as engaging as the pieces themselves. The creative community dined, drank, and mingled until late Wednesday night and many items were sold by the end of the night.
Pantone announced 2015’s “Color of the Year” this past week as marsala, the reddish-brown tone. A color is chosen by Pantone every year since 1990 by an extensive selection process and serves as a basis for color inspiration for the following year. The company issued a statement about the choice saying, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”
There have been some mixed reactions to 2015’s color of the year, including an article in New York magazine that deems the selection “yucky.” Other magazines, like the Atlantic, have claimed that it, “shares associations with wine, chicken, and mushrooms, the color also summons pfth-sounding glops of mystery meat in elementary cafeteria lunches, liver (and not necessarily of the French, pureed, pâté class) whipped into a murky abundance atop bread, pink slime gone wrong, or meatloaf (with a healthy serving of that mystery meat, perhaps?).”
However, when looking into the selection process it is clear that the Pantone Color Institute, headed up by color-guru Leatrice Eiseman, is nothing short of extensive. The committee looks at art, technology, upcoming films, fashion, and interior design to determine the color of the year. Looking at the big picture is important for the selection process, and not focusing on a particular industry.
What are your thoughts on Marsala as the 2015 color of the year?
Our Presidio Heights design studio features rotating window displays, which constantly evolve and reflect the changing landscape of the interior design world. From high glam to whimsical, these modern moments capture a different designer’s vision every few months. Stop by for a peek into the world of Kendall Wilkinson Design.
Our newest vignette is a modern approach to a traditional theme: holiday spirit! Every year, families celebrate various winter holidays by adorning their homes with sparkling lights. We wanted to play off this theme by incorporating lights into an ocean inspired compilation, putting together pieces that encourages passers-by to stop and take a look.
This season’s vignette is the collaboration between designers Elena Novik Jack and Taylor Jones. The hanging orbs that drop down from the ceiling are actually black stockings, globes, and LED lights, creating a dreamlike, magical feeling. Instead of focusing on a traditional Christmas display, the designers wanted to evoke the emotions of the joyful and unexpected.
The display includes the By the Sea a black & white print collection by local photographer, Don Dianda. Each unique image represents an open expanse that draws its energy from nature, light, grace, and the sense of vastness. The wonderful pieces are on sale at our studio and you can contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-706-5917.
This Friday and Saturday, we are excited to announce that we have unearthed design treasures in a 2 day vault sale. Located at our Sacramento street studio (3419 Sacramento Street), we will have designers at the sale to provide styling tips and tricks to help customers find the perfect use for each item of interest. The items range from French antiques to mid century modern finds and are very special to Kendall and the designers who have sourced them. Sourced from Kendall’s travels, antiques markets, and various designs, her discerning eye has discovered various pieces that are now on sale for one-time only at very reduced costs. Please stop by between 9am and 5pm on Friday and Saturday to browse our collection and catch-up with our staff!
This year’s Leap 31st Annual Sandcastle Contest was a huge success, and Kendall Wilkinson Design raised $5,668 benefiting arts education in public schools. A few thousand people attended the event and the 27 other sandcastles were incredible! To learn more about the cause, please read our previous blog post.
Kendall Wilkinson Design joined together with Strandberg Engineering, Feldman Architecture, Peninsula Custom Homes and Jefferson Elementary School as team “Sands of Thyme” in efoorts to raise funds for the cause. Together the team raised $18,104 for Leap.
It has been a wonderful journey for us throughout these last four months. Leap brought us together as a firm and as a team and pushed us to be creative to raise awareness for arts education. Together we hosted a jewelry trunk show sponsored by Chloe + Isabel, hand made bracelets from hides donated from S.H Frank and Edelman Leathers and hosting our food truck event at SOMA Street Food Park where we raised over $2,000 through ticket sales, bracelet sales, and raffle tickets.
Not only did we have a blast preparing for and attending the many events, it was rewarding to mentor the 4th and 5th graders the process of design. Going off Leap’s theme for this year’s contest, “Food, Glorious Food,” the students brainstormed concepts for the sandcastle design, they first sketched their ideas and as a group voted on their favorite design, “A Picnic at the Beach.” The four firms mentored the kids in building clay models which represented their interpretations and together we developed a strategy to build the design out of sand.
We had over 150 teammates attend the sandcastle contest on Saturday to transform what once was a clay model into a 20’x 20’ sandcastle.
We would like to thank everyone who came out to our various events and to all of our clients, vendors and friends who donated to Leap. We had a fantastic time and can’t wait for next year!
35 years ago, the state of California dramatically reduced funding for education and nearly eliminated arts from public elementary schools. Leap was founded in direct response to this cut to the arts in California’s school. This is the foundation’s 31st Annual Sandcastle Contest, where local firms in the design and building industry team up to raise funds and design a masterpiece based on the year’s theme. Teams then partner with local classrooms and spend a day at Ocean Beach playing in the sand and executing their vision.
This is Kendall Wilkinson Design’s first year in the game, but we partnered with a team of Sandcastle veterans. Last year, Strandberg Engineering designed an impressive rendition of the pyramids (complete with a camel!) and was the top in fundraiser in the competition. We have also teamed up with Feldman Architecture and Peninsula Custom Homes and are determined to earn our keep and blow out the $20,000 team goal through fundraising- a Chloe + Isabel jewelry truck show sponsored by one of KWD’s own interns and an event at SOMA StrEatFood Park to celebrate this year’s theme “food glorious food”.
As members of the design industry, we were all inspired to be creative thinkers at an early age. The still life I painted in my 3rd grade classroom still hangs on the wall in my mother’s entry and began my love for watercolor.
Because of the exposure and encouragement I received when I was young I had the confidence to pursue a career in the design industry. Children need exposure to the arts now more than ever. We are incredibly excited to be participating in such a remarkable event that raises money to inspire the next generation of artists and designers. Please click on the link for more information on Leap and the Sand Castle Building Contest.
Kendall Wilkinson Design invites you to attend our fundraising event at SOMA StrEatFood Park on September 11th, tickets can be purchased online or at the door. If you would like donate but are unable to attend, please visit our team page.
San Francisco is a shifting landscape. As an international hub for technology and innovation, our clients’ tastes are constantly evolving to push the envelope of innovation in design. Our current vignette by KWD’s Senior Designer, Maggie Waltemath, and Design Assistant, Kaelyn Zatto, plays up this theme through the idea of evolution through the destruction and rebirth of design ideas.
Over the years of shopping for clients, shopping for the store, and shopping for pieces in showcase projects, we found ourselves with an excess of traditional pieces which are no longer in style, and which had been mishandled and damaged* from years of storage. Stroll past our window on Sacramento Street and witness our evolution “into a more complex, and a more advanced state.“
A special thank you to Fraenkel Gallery for loaning Untitled (earth), 2009 by Michael Lundgren.
* No undamaged furniture was harmed in the making of this display
By Alex Cheng
This title, a twist on an architectural principle espoused by the great Louis Sullivan, emphasizes that the “function” of interior design is vital when planning the living space of a ship.
I’ve been interested in boat interiors ever since my husband took me to my first sailboat show. I was instantly impressed with the economy of space required in designing the bedrooms (berths), kitchens (galleys), living rooms (saloons), and even the bathrooms (heads). In addition to spatial considerations, the designer must select materials that are resistant to water and corrosion, as well as to absorbing odors from fuel and the nasty stuff that is inevitably stored in tanks close to where people eat and sleep.
Above are some examples that I found to be innovative and inspiring. They are less traditional than the standard wood finish and striped fabric patterns that you might see in many boat interiors. Instead, they incorporate aesthetic techniques often seen in modern high-end residential design.
We’re delighted to announce Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home is launching a limited time only sale available on Chairish, the fabulous online consignment marketplace for design-obsessed people.
The sale starts today, March 31st – start shopping here. Shop over 50 items of Kendall’s thoughtfully curated blend of antique, vintage, and contemporary pieces showcased in themed rotating store vignettes.
Don’t forget to enter Kendall Wilkinson Design + Chairish’s Sweepstakes starting today and running until April 11th for a chance to win an Eames-style Tripod Globe, featured below.
Take a peek at some of the fabulous items included in the Chairish sale:
Table base of two etched lucite v-shaped pieces, which can be configured to fit a variety of table tops. A great “airy” table for a smaller space.
A fabulously ornate shell encrusted chandelier. This elegant piece is complete with matching canopy. This fixture is handcrafted and a true piece of art.
A Roccoco style Bergere chair upholstered in orange and silver art-deco velvet.
Located in the bustling Jackson Square neighborhood of San Francisco is this boutique venture capital firm. The firm is modern yet honors the architectural elements of the historic building through exposed brick work and beams, and original window mullions. Contemporary furnishings are set off with bright orange accents, and the main room features a grand kitchen. A large airy conference room, private offices, and a “Mad Men” room with a stocked bar surround the main area.
Located in the tony Sacramento Street shopping district in Presidio Heights, the retail boutique Philanthropist featured gorgeous clothes and lux accessories. Kendall Wilkinson approached the interior design project with intent to create a beautiful, lavish, yet inviting space, full of light. In order to let the collection stand out, we layered an understated palate of mauves and metallics, with highly polished wood and sumptuous velvets. The shop was a perfect stop to shop, relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Despite the chilly December weather, San Francisco’s finest turned up in droves at the 2013 Jingle & Mingle Designer Wreath Auction to support the Children of Shelters. The festive décor was reminiscent of a lively cantina with swirls of hot pink, lime green and turquoise, mini piñatas and specialty mojitos served with a delicious menu.
Guests entertained themselves with a photo booth, sitting for a custom caricature, and by bidding on the wide variety of wreaths on auction. The directive was the same – create an amazing wreath! And what’s even more amazing is how every designer took a unique artistic direction to create an innovative wreath. No two were alike!
Inspired by the latest trends in jewelry design and the geometry of nature, Kendall Wilkinson’s wreath evoked both the honeycomb and the crystalline structure of a snowflake. White lacquer edges are set off against a warm golden satin sheen interior. The effect is a luxe wall sculpture that can stay up long after the holiday season without seeming out of place. (Top)
One of the most distinctive designs of the evening came from Alfredo Gregory. He translated the word “red” in various languages and used that as the basis for his design. How many languages can you spot? (Middle)
We also loved the tailored looked by the Wiseman Group with Tuell and Reynolds. Similar to our wreath, this design could stay up long past the holiday season bringing the spirit of the holidays into any home all year long. (Bottom)
At this time of year, the design studio and store turn into ‘Santa’s Workshop’ as we ready for the holidays. The vignette above, featured in California Home Magazine, features Ango Lighting’s Branching of silkworm cocoons hand-soldered onto a wire matrix. This is a perfect way to add sparkle to your mantel for the holidays. Read more. Press Page
Here are a few additional tips from Kendall to create a festive home environment:
Consider rearranging your space – When preparing for your holiday party, moving a couple of pieces of furniture around to create intimate seating groups can provide an entirely new look.
While we are fond of traditional holiday colors of greens, reds, blues and metallics, we also love to bring in less expected hues – try eggplant with bronze, chartreuse and smoky blue, or yellow mixed with metallics for a new take on the holidays.
While people often make use of greenery to decorate, there are many options for bringing the outside in: try adding apples and berries to your wreath or let colorful gourds dress up your table.
Dress up your tree – One of our favorite ornaments is a white feather dove perched on a branch. So soft! These are sold in our store and we can never keep them in stock.
If you can’t find it – make it! – We love making custom stockings that coordinate with our clients’ homes. It’s an easy way to have something personal and meaningful that the whole family can enjoy many holidays over.
This November, Kendall Wilkinson Home kicks off the Holiday Season in style with a balanced blend of traditional and modern.
The store window features swirling Art Nouveau Lotus wallpaper by Farrow & Ball, contrasted with a stunning rustic-chic live edge dining table of reclaimed American Elm.
A handmade vintage birdhouse from 1936 provides the centerpiece, surrounded by a mix of votive holders and handmade ceramic dishware. We also upholstered a pair of our favorite vintage 1930’s French Moderne chairs in sumptuous sapphire silk velvet. If you’re searching for a great holiday gift, or looking for the perfect accent piece to show off in your home, stop by the shop!
The Perfect Penthouse
C Magazine recently went behind-the-scenes with Kendall Wilkinson Design to discover how to transform a client’s dream into the perfect penthouse.
Our client, a business executive of a global consumer products company, had acquired a very dramatic flat in the tallest residential tower in San Francisco. His dream was a private and rather old world residence with classic grace.
The approach was linear and crisp. The palette was simple: black, white, anthracite, espresso, and charcoal.
Thank you to our friends at C Magazine and to author, Diane Dorrans Saeks.
Visit our Press Page to read more.
Kendall Wilkinson Design Featured in an Array of Design Magazines in October
One of my favorite things to do is to luxuriate in exquisitely written and curated design magazines. I love seeing the double-wide spreads and feeling the coated paper. This month I was humbled to see my work featured in an array of my favorite magazines. Hats off to all the design magazines in the world. Thank you for informing my work over the years. Starting from top to bottom on the above image, here is what is featured:
House Beautiful asked that I photograph what inspired me while on holiday in Europe. My favorite find is featured in the “The Eye Has To Travel.”
Coastal Living highlights how to use color and texture on the California Coast and reveals my Top Five Picks on a host of topics.
C Magazine beautifully captures our client’s penthouse in the article “Designer Kendall Wilkinson Dreams Up a Glossy San Francisco Flat that is Classic with an Edge.”
Finally, “How to Use Antiques in the Modern Home” in California Home shows how I love to mix classic elements with a modern twist.
Visit our Press Page for more details.
Interior designer Kendall Wilkinson of San Francisco talks color, texture, and art with Coastal Living.
What should homeowners bring to a first meeting?
KW: Whether it’s swatches of fabric, images, or a Pinterest page, they need to come with whatever tools will help them communicate what they want out of every room.
Rule of thumb when using bold color?
KW: Be fearless! Just be sure to layer your shades with a mix of textures, patterns, and a cast of complementary hues for a grounded look.
For timeless style, take a page from…
KW: Albert Hadley, Sister Parish, Dorothy Draper, and Michael Taylor.
Favorite finishing touch?
KW: Art can elevate the overall look of a room. When starting your own collection, strive for a mix of mediums— photography, paintings, and sculpture.
Best materials for beachfront living?
KW: I stick to cottons, linens, and sisals. They’re light and casual.
Share your proudest design moment.
KW: I was working on a bedroom with a lovely hand-painted mural. Rather than risk blocking it, I created a custom Lucite headboard that didn’t hide a thing!
—Brielle M. Ferreira, Coastal Living, October, 2013
Kendall Wilkinson’s homage to America’s cup continues in the second phase of our summer vignette. The look is cool, crisp and serene featuring two chrome and white chairs in the style of Milo Baughman, a vintage etched Lucite coffee table, and various accents in chrome and polished nickel.
This month we’re featuring the stunning work of Louise LeBourgeois. Her photo-realistic waterscape Water: Tempest #506 showcases masterful brushwork in an oil on panel piece that is both peaceful and moody, the perfect addition to a vignette inspired by San Francisco summer and the greatest sailing race in the world!
Though a Summer in San Francisco may inspire something more along the lines of a Hot Toddy, here’s a cocktail for those days that feel a little more fun in the sun and a little less blustery.
Adopted from a recipe at local favorite Locanda in San Francisco’s Mission district, this version substitutes vodka for gin.
2 1/4 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. Aperol
cucumber (preferably lemon cucumber if available)
Muddle a few slices of cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka and Aperol. Shake vigorously and double-strain into a cocktail glass. Spritz with lemon oil from a lemon peel, and garnish with a sliced cucumber.
And what better way to enjoy this cool-as-a-cucumber concoction than with one of our sets of vintage barware, now available at Kendall Wilkinson Home?
Savoring precious moments with family and friends on holiday along the shores
of Lake Como in Italy.
This very narrow lake, with its pastel villages and Romanesque architecture, is breathtaking. The still waters, the angle of the sails, and the cloud-enshrouded mountains are magical.
It shouldn’t surprise me, yet it does, that seeing a sunrise over a vast body of water,
in a far away place, reminds me of home. I adore the Bay Area and the many sunrises
and sunsets that have informed my designs throughout the years.
Can’t wait to dive back in. Ciao belli amici!
Kendall Wilkinson welcomes the America’s Cup this month with a new seaworthy home store vignette. Taking inspiration from the cup itself, the vignette pairs old world luxury with modern aerodynamic/streamlined touches.
The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport. It is a test of not only sailing skill but a contest of design as well.
Here are three (simplified) steps we used to create the new display.
Step 1 – Paint the Background
Paint the walls a velvety-grey. We love ‘Strong White’ from Farrow & Ball. It complements the sterling and polished nickel treasures found throughout the store.
Step 2 – Curate Vibrant Art
Curate vibrant, large-scale art that mimics the sea. A wind and water composition with shades of Blue by Barbara Vaugh was the perfect find thanks to Dolby Chadwick. The yellow and browns in Tom Lieber’s painting adds a strong focal point to the room.
Step 3 – Source Luxurious Chairs and Rugs
Pair luxurious, (and comfortable) chairs from Jiun Ho with a Morrocan rug from Tony Kitz Gallery. Dust off the vintage barware and silver trophies.
The stage is all set. Fleur’t even brought us flowers with pops of yellow to celebrate. We’re super excited to welcome sailors, visitors and explorers of all kinds this summer.