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there is usually a showstopper room at the san francisco decorator showcase.  last year, it was the master bedroom by antonio martins interior design, who paneled the bedroom in blue and white portugese tiles, called azulejos.

click here to read my previous post about the 2014 san francisco decorator showcase.

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master bedroom | antonio martins interior design | 2014 san francisco decorator showcase

24″ x 24″ azulejos wall panels | painted by linda horning and katherine jacobus

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

this year, i thought that the dining room by cecilie starin design, with a black and white mural painted by street artist ian ross, was the most innovative room.

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Ian Ross ArtSan Francisco

street soirée dining room | cecilie starin design | 2015 san francisco decorator showcase

ian ross | black and white mural | 2015 san francisco decorator showcase

ian ross | freelon mural 2 | 41 freelon street | san francisco, CA

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace, david duncan livingston, and ian ross art

the pair of spray can sculptures that flank the fireplace are also by ian ross.

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street soirée dining room | cecilie starin design | 2015 san francisco decorator showcase

ian ross | spray can sculptures

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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interior designer cecilie starin

photo credit david duncan livingston

the street soirée dining room is also an homage to orlando diaz-azcuy, and the dining room that he designed for the 1998 san francisco decorator showcase.

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dining room | orlando diaz-azquy (odada) | 1998 san francisco decorator showcase

light ring pendant lights | NIDO living | san francisco, CA

street soirée dining room | cecilie starin design | 2015 san francisco decorator showcase

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photo credits robin weiner, david duncan livingston, david duncan livingston, and lisa walsh | innerspace

do you think that the 1998 diaz-azcuy design could still be considered innovative?

2015 san francisco decorator showcase

3630 jackson street | san francisco, CA 94118

25 april-25 may 2015

there is usually a showstopper room at the san francisco decorator showcase.

last year, it was the living room by catherine kwong design, with a cy twombly like floor.

living room | catherine kwong design | 2013 san francisco decorator showcase

living room floor | painted by stancil studios | 2013 san francisco decorator showcase

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | acrylic on canvas | 2006

sotheby’s new york | contemporary art evening auction | 14 may 2014 | lot 41

 photo credits bess friday, bess friday, and sotheby’s

this year, it’s the master bedroom by antonio martins interior design,

who paneled the bedroom in blue and white portugese tiles, called azulejos.

master bedroom | antonio martins interior design | 2014 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credit drew kelly

martins, who was born in portugal, grew up in brazil, and now works in san francisco and lisbon, re-imagined the traditional tiles as contemporary art.  one of martins’ relatives loaned the 17th century portugese bilros bed to him for the showcase.  martins imported the family heirloom to san francisco and had it restored.  another relative assisted martins by taking photographs of the portugese tile collection at the museu nacional do azulejo (MNAz) in lisbon.

photographs taken by martins’ relative at the museu nacional do azulejo (MNAz) in lisbon

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

martins collaborated with decorative artists linda horning and katherine jacobus, who painted the 243 masonite wall panels for the bedroom from the museu nacional do azulejo photographs.  they took some artistic license.  to modernize the azulejos, they increased the size of the 4″x4″ tiles to 24″x24″ panels.  but, they wanted the 24″x24″ panels to appear authentic.  so, they applied a crackled finish on the panels to replicate the crackled glaze on the tiles.  and, they painted the scenic panels in sequence, so that the panels would seem historically accurate.

master bedroom azulejos wall panels | painted by linda horning and katherine jacobus | 2014 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

martins deconstructed the scenic panels, then reconfigured them, and installed them on the bedroom walls.

‘i love the use of traditional design and techniques in a whole new way.’

-antonio martins

interior designer antonio martins

photo credit drew kelly

the deconstructed panels of azulejos could be compared to contemporary art.

photo credit drew kelly

eduardo nery | vibracao I | 1987 | artist’s loan | museu nacional do azulejo | lisbon, portugal

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

and, the bedroom could be compared to a contemporary art gallery.  not only are the floors and ceiling painted white.  but, each corner also contains a sculptural composition.

antonio martins | rope sculpture

braided from 200 pounds of italian jute

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

tokujin yoshioka for driade | tokyo pop polyethelene chaise longue | 2003 | coup d’etat | san francisco, CA

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

photo credit drew kelly
the wall panels and the window coverings are so well coordinated that the fabric looks like it could have been hand painted by horning and jacobus.

the bed is framed by contemporary furniture.  vintage john dickinson african side tables at the head.  and, folding stools in the style of poul kjaerholm at the foot.

john dickinson | african series plaster side table

photo credit drew kelly

a contemporary brass sideboard, which acts as a vitrine for blue and white porcelain vessels, is the focal point of the opposing wall.

scala luxury | spider sideboard | coup d’etat | san francisco, CA

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

when i visited lisbon in 2004, i thought that some of the contemporary azulejos at the museu nacional do azulejo (MNAz) were as outstanding as some of the historic tiles.  the MNAz owns the largest portugese tile collection in the world.  so globally, it is considered one of the most important ceramics museums.

highlights of the MNAz collection include a panoramic scene of lisbon prior to the earthquake that devastated the city in 1755.

photo credit vuelaviajes.com

grande vista de lisboa | museu nacional do azulejo | lisbon, portugal

photo credits museu nacional do azulejo
which do you prefer?  historic or contemporary azulejos?

paolo ferreira (1911-1999) | lisbonne aux mille couleurs | 1937 | museu nacional do azulejo | lisbon, portugal

shown at the portugese pavillion at the 1937 paris international exhibition

photo credit jose pessos

some more information about azulejos:
the word azulejo is derived from the arabic word الزليج (az-zulayj): zellig, which means polished stone.

azulejos are square ceramic tiles, which are decorated on one side, often with tin glaze.  tin glaze is a lead glaze with tin oxide added to make it opaque.  tin glaze does not run when fired, so tin oxide is also a pigment stabilizer.

azulejos have been used as a traditional component of portugese architecture since about 1500, when king manuel I (1469-1521) imported tile from the mujedar workshops in seville, spain to decorate his palace in sintra, portugal.  seville became a tile manufacturing center under moorish rule between the 8th and the 13th centuries.  in portugal, azulejos have been used as an ornamental or functional building material on the interior or exterior of public or private buildings since then.

in addition to the influences of hispano-moorish geometric tile, other stylistic influences include italian polychrome majolica, and dutch blue and white delft ware.

geometric azulejos | sala dos arabes | circa 1503 | palacio nacional de sintra | sintra, portugal

photo credit maria julia laginha

 polychrome azulejos | circa 1670 | palacio dos marqueses de fronteira | lisbon, portugal

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

blue and white azulejos | circa 1670 | palacio dos marqueses de fronteira | lisbon, portugal

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

azulejos patterns followed historical design trends.

moorish…

gothic, renaissance, mannerism…

grotesques…

allegorical, mythological, or religious scenes…

figurative panels…

vases of flowers…

bucolic, mythological, satirical, hunting, or war scenes…

rococo, neoclassical…

ecclecticism, modernism…

abstract, contemporary.

the late 17th and early 18th centuries are considered the ‘golden age’ of azulejos.

the palacio dos marqueses de fronteira in lisbon contains one of the most important collections of azulejos from the ‘golden age’.  the michelin green guide describes the quality and the variety of the azulejos at the palacio dos marqueses de fronteira as ‘outstanding.’

i thought that the azulejos at the palacio dos marqueses de fronteira were showstoppers, too.

references:

the art of azulejo in portugal exhibition catalog | instituto camoes

museu nacional do azulejo (MNAz)

palacio dos marqueses de fronteira

the vertical garden that french botanist patrick blanc designed for pershing hall hotel in paris in 2001 seemed so unique when my husband, bob, and i first stayed there.  now, vertical gardens are becoming so popular in france that the eiffel tower might even become a vertical garden!

in 2011, blanc designed a vertical garden for drew school in san francisco.  so, it’s not surprising that vertical gardens are becoming popular on the west coast.  to update the landscaping in the entry and the portico of the 2012 san francisco decorator showcase, living green designed vertical gardens of succulents and ferns.

vertical garden of ferns | portico | designed by davis dalbok of living green | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credit mercurynews.com

in 2012, blanc designed vertical gardens for the annual orchid show at the new york botanical garden.  so, it’s not surprising that vertical gardens are also becoming popular on the east coast.  so popular that charlotte moss designed vertical gardens of perserved boxwood for a master bedroom suite at the 2012 kips bay decorator show house.  along with the vertical gardens in the sitting room and the bathroom, moss used trompe l’oeil wallpaper, garden photographs, and garden ornaments to transform the suite into a french country retreat.

vertical garden of preserved boxwood | master bedroom suite | designed by charlotte moss | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit charles eckert

does it seem unusual that the same design trends appear in decorator show houses on the west coast, and on the east coast?

the entry halls of both show houses feature ikat rugs.  a zigzag patterned ikat rug, paisley patterned wallpaper, and zebra patterned porter’s chairs update the great hall of the san francisco decorator showcase, a classical revival house that was built in 1902.

ikat rug | the great hall | designed by dara rosenfeld | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credit mercurynews.com
an ikat rug, designed by thom filicia for safavieh, also anchors a gallery between the entry hall, the living room, and the dining room of the kips bay decorator show house, located in adjacent duplex condominiums in a new hi-rise building.

ikat rug | gallery | designed by thom filicia | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit nicole gibbons | so haute

could this be considered trend direction?  or, product placement?

could it be coincidental that the color of the safavieh ikat rug is purple haze, and that the dining rooms in both show houses have purple and green color schemes?  to modernize the late victorian dining room of the san francisco decorator showcase, klismos chairs with green upholstery surround a cluster of tiered tables with purple resin tops.

purple and green color scheme | dining room | designed by marysia rybock of scavullo design | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credit mercurynews.com
in the dining room of the kips bay decorator show house, aubergine walls and a 42-arm venetian glass chandelier from the 1940’s alter the proportions of the too-tall space.  french empire chairs with green upholstery, and a 1960’s mirror, framed in green faceted glass, add contrast.

purple and green color scheme | dining room | designed by todd alexander romano | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit nicole gibbons | so haute
but, the faceted mirror isn’t the only diagonal pattern in either show house.  in a living room in san francisco, green couch mounted a faceted mirror with a cracked ice pattern above the fireplace, and laid a kyle bunting cowhide rug with a cracked ice pattern on the floor.  they even stacked the bolster pillows on the sofa diagonally.

cracked ice mirror | lifestyle room | designed by jeff schlarb and tray schlarb of green couch | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credit mercurynews.com
and, in a living room in new york, brian del toro hung a faceted mirror with a cracked ice pattern above a sofa.

cracked ice mirror | living room | designed by brian del toro | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit nicole gibbons | so haute
it may not seem unusual that both show houses showcase the ultimate in kitchen appliances.  the main kitchen in the san francisco decorator showcase already had a la cornue range.

la cornue range | lifestyle room | designed by jeff schlarb and tray schlarb of green couch | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credit mercurynews.com
and, at kips bay, st. charles of new york installed a la cornue island.

la cornue island | kitchen | designed by robert schwartz+karen williams for st. charles of new york | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit nicole gibbons | so haute
but, the custom bed, created for a bedroom suite in san francisco by furniture and accessory designer paul benson is unusual.  don’t the materials of the bed, which include hot rolled steel, brushed brass, and polished aluminum, remind you of la cornue?

hot rolled steel/brushed brass/polished aluminum bed by paul benson | the tailor made suit(e) | designed by brian dittmar | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credit david duncan livingston

visit the 2012 decorator showcase | san francisco CA | april 28-may 28

visit the 2012 kips bay decorator show house | new york NY | may 16-june 14

everyone seems to be asking.  does the color make the room?  or, does the room make the color?

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at the 2011 san francisco decorator showcase, it seems that there are ‘two sides to every story’.  to reflect how color affects the atmosphere of a room san francisco interior decorators and stagers, green couch, designed adjoining bedrooms with identical floor plans and furnishings, but with different color schemes.

green couch even designed a mirror-like opening between the mirror-image bedrooms by extending a wall that could not be removed!

photos credits peter medelik

one bedroom feels more animated because of the bold, contrasting color scheme.

photo credit peter medelik

elitis | tp 104 08 | rayures wallpaper |  green, red, and apricot

photo credit elitis

merida meridian | valedo recycled leather flooring | angus pattern | chocolate

photo credit merida

f. schumacher & co. | 173991 | fireworks linen & cotton fabric | mandarin

photo credit schumacher

while, the adjoining bedroom feels more serene because of the neutral, tonal color palette.

photo credit peter medelik

elitis | tp 104 01 | rayures wallpaper | white, cream, and grey

photo credit elitis

merida meridian | valedo recycled leather flooring | angus pattern | bone

photo credit merida

f. schumacher & co | 173993 | fireworks linen & cotton fabric | frosted natural

photo credit schumacher

i think that jeff schlarb and lisa bakamis, the green couch design team, probably developed their design concept by letting the furnishings determine the colors.

what do you think?