Author: Photographs by Drew Altizer

The de Young kicked off the highly anticipated exhibition, "Ed Ruscha and the American West," with a donor opening reception on July 14.

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase kicked off with a fabulous event to meet the designers at Design Within Reach.

The Bay Area's leading brokers gathered at Arkitektura to share their expertise and outlook on the market for 2016.

Viyet, the leading online marketplace for designer consignment furniture, celebrated the launch of its service in San Francisco at Jay Jeffers-the Store.

The San Francisco Design Center and SFC&G Celebrated Design San Francisco 2016 with fabulous events and standing-room-only talks.

SFC&G and the Luxury Marketing Council revealed the results of their first annual Real Estate Survey at Resource Furniture.

San Francisco's beloved Haas-Lilienthal House hosted a gathering to kick off the first comprehensive capital campaign in its history.

The 500 Capp Street Foundation debuted the restored residence of San Francisco conceptual artist David Ireland.

Bianchi’s personal collection encompasses six decades, and includes stunning pieces by designers including Balenciaga, Courrèges, Dior, Tom Ford, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen.

On September 17, the Legion of Honor held a donor opening reception to fête, Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking. The new exhibition features more than 80 objects and was co-curated by Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture for the Fine Arts Museums and Emmanuel Breguet. Guests included Richard Benefield, Robert Atkinson, Megan and Bruce Bourne, Ingrid Swenson and Zoey Armstrong.

Designers, patrons, friends and family of the Ronald McDonald House Stanford gathered on August 6 to celebrate the topping off of the new expansion. The evening also celebrated Where Hope has a Home, a major philanthropic campaign created by the San Francisco Design Center featuring more than 50 Bay Area designers creating spaces for the new house pro-bono. SFC&G is proud to be the media partner for this extraordinary undertaking. For more information on how you can help, please visit

Aficionados gathered at the new Opera Ball Pavilion on September 11 to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Opera’s 93rd season. The evening, titled Moonlight & Music, featured a performance of Luisa Miller and a glamorous gala designed by J. Riccardo Benavides. Co-chairs Karin Kubin and Jane Mudge welcomed many guests including Diane B. Wilsey, Maria Manetti Shrem, Yuan Yuan Tan, Charlot Malin, George and Charlotte Schulz and David Oldroyd.

On September 16th, Room & Board San Francisco unveiled a room designed by Alisa Carroll, the first in their new Designer Series. Carroll created a Minimalist’s Lounge showcasing furnishings from the Room & Board collection and pieces from Hewn / The Rug Company, Coup d’Etat and Battersea. VIP guests included designers Gary Hutton, Geoff De Sousa, James Hunter, Beth Martin, Heather Hilliard and many others.

On July 19, style took center stage at a luncheon co-hosted by Neiman Marcus and Hall Wines at the Rutherford estate of Ambassador Kathryn Hall and husband Craig Hall. The chic al fresco lunch, prepared by Meadowood and paired with Hall wines, was hosted in honor of Ann Getty and featured a presentation of the Fall 2015 Brunello Cucinelli collection.

The VIP preview for “Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft” brought together design cognoscenti from both sides of the Atlantic for a first look at writer and curator Zahid Sardar’s exhibition of innovative work from the Netherlands. Many of the 20 designers featured in the show flew in for the opening, including Marcel Wanders, Tiddo Bakker, Eric Klarenbeek and Borre Akkersdijk. Guests included Yves Behar, Agnes Bourne, Jennifer Morla and Olle Lundberg.

From April 14 to April 19 the Fine Arts Museums presented its 31st annual Bouquets to Art with SFC&G as a media partner. More than 125 Bay Area floral designers created a spectacular array of arrangements for the event, which celebrated the museums’ permanent collections. The week launched on April 13 with an opening night gala and preview at the de Young hosted by grand patron Dede Wilsey, honorary gala chair Lorna Meyer Calas and exhibit and Flora Fashions partner Lonna Wais.

On May 7, more than 200 friends and patrons of the Conservatory of Flowers celebrated at the “Gala Under Glass,” a benefit for the organization that also launched its new special exhibit, “Stranded! Tropical Island Survival.” Dede Wilsey served as honorary chair of the event, and Martha Woollomes chaired the gala’s planning committee.

The Garden Club of San Francisco held its 89th anniversary annual luncheon on March 3 at the Westin St. Francis. The elegant event featured a lecture by Suzanne Tucker and design vignettes by Greg McIntyre of Shears & Window.

For San Francisco–based fashion designer Lan Jaenicke, shooting the short film Shadows and Light near Beijing’s Summer Palace yielded a work that not only garnered praise, but also an experience that influenced her eponymous women’s wear collection.

Iconic San Francisco interior designer Paul Wiseman celebrated the launch of his first book, Inner Spaces, with a fabulous soirée at C. Mariani Antiques. Friends and family mingled in the gorgeous, glowing space and toasted the celebrated designer on his latest milestone. VIP guests included Wiseman Group principals Brenda Mickel, James Hunter and Mauricio Munoz; Claudio Mariani and Buzz Kaplan of C. Mariani; Richard Snyder, Kay Evans and Joy Bianchi.

On January 14 the annual Fog Design + Art Fair kicked off with a preview gala benefiting SFMOMA. The artful evening at Fort Mason treated guests to a sneak peek of the event’s 36 exhibitors and 21POP: COTTON, an installation by celebrated event designer Stanlee Gatti. Guests included honorary co-chairs Roselyne Chroman Swig and Susan Swig, honorary committee members Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund and Randi and Bob Fisher, and designers Steven Volpe, Matthew Leverone, Will Wick and Kendall Wilkinson