Event description

Visits to three richly detailed private studios were planned by design book author and editor Diane Dorrans Saeks.

Diane has written 22 books on international design and is a contributing design editor for the Hearst Design Group, and PaperCity. She’s an editor with C Magazine, California Style.

These top designers work in a vast array of styles, approaches, international locations, design concepts, and theories. Prepare to be inspired and surprised.

Diane leads these visits to the private design studios of three leading and influential San Francisco interiors designers who work on very exciting projects around the world including city and country residences, hotels, private clubs, restaurants, resorts, highrises, retail, company headquarters, and private retreats. Follow and find out more about DIANE: @dianedorranssaeks and her influential blog,The Style Saloniste
and in her books published by Rizzoli, most recently’Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors’.

As we meet these leading designers and tour their exciting and very different studios, we discuss new design directions, creativity, new ideas, and design inspiration.

Viewing their newest work and work in progress, we see that adaptability, tech knowledge, and a broad understanding of aesthetics are essential elements in today’s interiors and architecture.

You will meet designers and their associates. All are committed to the sustainability of the built environment, responsible use of materials, and efficient design and implementation. We will discuss the use of tech including 3D printing, VR and new ways designers work.

On the tour:

All studios are in the South of Market area. We can carpool or take Lyft among the locations.

We meet at noon at the studio of Ken Fulk Design, 310 Seventh Street (near Folsom) where we view his extraordinary and inventive multi-level headquarters, including the studio. Ken Fulk and his team design some of the most exciting restaurants, fantasy retail, private residences private clubs, and a broad array of highly original projects, each with a narrative to create an emotional response.

We then meet Geoff de Sousa at his design studio in a historic building and as well view his to-the-trade furniture showroom that emphasizes craftsmanship, artisan-crafted pieces. De Sousa works with artists to create a custom design and collaborates with top furniture designers like Christian Liagre, and lighting designers Jonathan Browning and Michael McEwan. Geoff believes in the importance of the hand and eye of the craftsperson in modern interiors.

Onward we go to BAMO, a thirty-five-year-old company that has a thriving international practice specializing in residences, hotels, restaurants. The award-winning firm has an inspiring studio in a former industrial warehouse. Full of inspiration. At BAMO, Pamela Babey and Steve Henry create fantasy scripts for international hotels (Villa Feltrinelli) and residences.

At 5 pm as we end the visit to BAMO, we will review the afternoon at a private informal and festive reception at BAMO and chat with the designers and fellow design enthusiasts. We invite you to plan to linger, ask any questions, and meet fellow participants.

See you there!


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