Since its inception, in 1977, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has been a beacon of haute design on the West Coast. This year’s edition, whose proceeds will benefit the San Francisco University High School financial-aid program, invites the region’s leading designers to transform the interiors of Le Petit Trianon.
Modeled, as its name suggests, after Marie Antoinette’s opulent villa beside the Palace of Versailles, the San Francisco landmark’s exterior evokes the 18th century. Inside, however, the spaces created by the showcase’s participants are decidedly contemporary.
More than 40 designers put their individual stamps on their assigned rooms. Nevertheless, we identified eight standout trends in their various treatments that are sure to take over the design community in the decade ahead.
Anyon Atelier and Interior Design outfitted this sitting room, meant for the doyenne of the house, in a curated assortment of colorful geometric furniture that lend the otherwise neutral space an avant-garde air. The circa 1935 olive Utrecht armchair, B Serota daybed and Slash Objects cocktail table define the decor as a celebration of form and function.
Jonathan Rachman decided to base his room on Houghton Hall, in Norfolk, England, inspired by a dinner he attended there hosted by wallpaper brand de Gournay. He imagined what a contemporary version of the 18th-century mansion would look like and let that vision guide his design. Rachman used de Gournay’s artful creations wherever he could, from the hand-painted Chinoiserie floral wallpaper to the embroidered window treatments to the fine porcelain. Photo by Jeffrey Fulgencio
ECHE enlivened its mostly white decor with emerald green accents, provided by Richard Wrightman dining chairs and grand palms, placed in the corner in a nod to the Palm Courts associated with palace hotels around the world. Flooded with sunlight streaming through the tall windows, the warm and inviting space serves as both breakfast and garden room. Photo by Suzanna Scott
Like the showroom’s mansion venue, Julie Rootes’s bathroom drew inspiration from France, in her case, such French hotels as the Ritz Paris and Le Meurice. Striving for timeless elegance in the small space, Rootes kept the decor minimal, putting the focus on architectural elements like the Da Vinci Marble walls. For added glamour, she placed seashell sconces by Soane Britain on the walls and a fringed pouf on the floor. Photo by Christopher Stark
Martin Kobus honored Le Petit Trianon’s architecture, playing up the main hall’s symmetry by covering its arched ceiling with a moody hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. For his overall scheme, the designer looked to Picasso’s Cubist period, installing a custom-created sculptural chandelier and juxtaposing feminine and masculine elements, such as the velvet daybed and the charcoal notes throughout. Photo by Christopher Stark
Conjuring the travels of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, the Wiseman Group filled its haute bohemian hideaway with treasures from around the world. A warm, welcoming atmosphere is instilled by the many wood elements, whose brown tones are offset by an Oushak rug from Mansour on the floor and colored glass in the windows. For this design firm, maximalist eclecticism is certainly the name of the game. Photos by Douglas Friedman
Assigned the en suite espresso and cocktail bar, Lauren Berry managed to pack a big punch into the small space. Berry channeled Europe’s intimate cafés with contrasting hues and convenient open shelving, fastening custom planks from the Netherlands to the wall to maximize the storage. Photo by Kathleen Harrison
ABH Interiors’ master spa is a tribute to Le Petit Trianon’s original owner, Cora Koshland. The hand-painted de Gournay Paradise Lost wallpaper summons Koshland’s extensive and exquisite gardens with its mystical landscape of elegant ruins, lush foliage and wandering peacocks. Despite its evocation of the past, the room, equipped with an emerald stone slab vanity, deep soaking tub and whimsical oval mirrors, is contemporary perfection. Photo by Suzanna Scott