Tuesday, July 7, 2009

California College of the Arts: Behind the Scenes in Design

A special private study program created and led by DIANE DORRANS SAEKS

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Jackson Square, San Francisco

A one-day insider's tour and lecture this popular program (now in its 10th year) provides a rare opportunity for participants to visit private design studios that are otherwise mostly inaccessible to the public. Often we read about the newest work by leading designers and admire their polish and perfection. We frequent galleries and appreciate the finesse of fine art and fine furniture design. Now you can meet real-world designers, view their studios, and learn what goes on behind the scenes.

The interior of Foster-Gwin Antiques, one of the exciting
stops on the tour. Courtesy of Foster-Gwin Antiques.

I am looking forward to welcoming design enthusiasts for this exciting day. I have planned an exciting ‘insider’ day, visiting trend-setting antiques galleries, and meeting visionary dealers who will discuss latest directions in design, textiles, art, books, retail, and antiques. These leading galleries are all in Jackson Square in San Francisco.

We will start the day with refreshments at the gallery of Kathleen Taylor/The Lotus Collection—a favorite of top designers for her rare and antique textiles and her knowledge of the history, lore, and design of beautiful fabrics for interiors.

I am looking forward to welcoming you all to these treasure troves of antiques and art.

My goals for the day are to inspire designers and aspiring designers to see with fresh eyes, and to enable participants to gain knowledge essential to a creative and rewarding design practice.

Please note: All locations are on Jackson Street and on Hotaling Place between Sansome and Montgomery, and on Montomery Street, near Jackson Street. Please park in indicated lots, for the day. This is a walking tour, with very easy strolls from one location to the next.
  • Pre-Registration is required. To Register: Call CCA's Office of Special Programs at 510-594-3710.

  • Registrants receive a schedule and map prior to class.

  • Space is limited, so please register early to ensure your place in class. Cost: $130, plus $20 registration fee. Lunch is included. Payment: MasterCard or VISA.

  • Refund requests must be made in writing and received by July 14. On or after July 14 there are no refunds but you could send a friend or colleague to attend in your place.


Internationally admired experts in fine antiques, art, rare historic European and ethnic textiles, contemporary design, Japanese sculpture and art, and a world of prized prints introduce us to this often mysterious and hidden world. They offer their insights on design trends, evaluating antiques, and new ways of working with and collecting antique fabrics, antiques, and art.

10am. Kathleen Taylor/The Lotus Collection
Kathleen Taylor has exhibited at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show for many years, and is a favorite source for top designers such as Suzanne Tucker, Dorit Egli, Grant Gibson, and Paul Wiseman. As the leading source for museum-quality, decorative antique textiles in the United States, she offers the highest quality antique European, Asian, and ethnic textiles including tapestries and other wall hangings, pillows, table covers and general textiles. Taylor is also the United States representative for CB Parsua fine contemporary rugs, and we will learn more about this important collection.
445 Jackson St. Phone 398-8115

10.45am. Chappell & McCullar
This international gallery offers a fine and carefully curated selection of English antiques and Continental European antiques, as well as the contrast of Mid-Century Modern, and Contemporary furniture, along with antique mirrors, lighting, and ceramics. The company also produces its own English country house-inspired furniture.
441 Jackson Street. Phone 693-0882

11.30am. W. Graham Arader
This international print and rare map dealer (a favorite an antiques shows around the country) offers the world’s largest selection of the works of John James Audubon, Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, as well as historically important maps, natural history engravings and watercolors, lithographs of the American West, Californiana, Hawaiiana and Western Americana.
434 and 432 Jackson St. Phone 986-0750

Lunch. Information to follow.

2.15pm. Foster-Gwin Antiques
Specializing in fine quality sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth-century Continental furniture and tapestries, and contemporary works of art. Foster-Gwin, a founding exhibitor at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, offers a collection carefully edited with an eye to outstanding design, originality, proportion, and color. The gallery is housed in its own historic mid-nineteenth century former stables located in Jackson Square, San Francisco's oldest neighborhood and premier antiques destination. Foster-Gwin is a member of the Art and Antique Dealers League of America and The National Art and Antique Dealers Association.
38 Hotaling Place. Phone 397-4986

3pm. Daniel Stein Antiques
Founded in 1982 and located in the historic Jackson Square district of San Francisco, Daniel Stein Antiques specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth-century English and Continental furniture, accessories and works of art.

Stein exhibits annually at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show and the Los Angeles
 Antiques Show.

 Daniel Stein Antiques is a member of the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America,
 Inc.; the Confederation Internationale Des Negociants en Oeuvres D'Art (CINOA);
and the Antique Dealers Association of California (ADAC). Mr. Stein is currently
President of ADAC.
458 Jackson Street. Phone 956-5620

3.45pm. Japonesque
More than two decades ago, Koichi Hara opened the first Japonesque gallery, selling exclusive collections of Japanese sculptures, paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, and astonishing works of the imagination in wood and stone. Today, the gallery is an international destination for art lovers and connoisseurs who appreciate the subtle grace and elegance of Mr. Hara’s superb collections. His eye is considered one of the most discerning in the art world.
824 Montgomery. Phone 391-8860

4.30pm. Carrots
Interior design by Will Wick and Gabriella Sarlo. D├ęcor and design review followed by an informal reception. This chic, trend-setting boutique, opened recently by sisters Melissa and Catie Grimm, offers a chic and highly individual collection of men’s and women’s fashions, with labels like Kaufman Franco, Vanessa Bruno, Acne, Proenza Schouler, PHI and Rick Owens Lilies. The sisters, knowledgeable about fashion, books, design, and travel, also offer books, and a superbly edited group of accessories for all seasons. (Carrots…it’s an insider wink-wink that acknowledges the family’s business. Grimmway Farms is the world’s largest grower, producer and shipper of carrots. Yum!)
Refreshments and relaxed wrap-up of the day. (Not sure if I can promise carrot juice.)
824 Montgomery St. Phone 834-9040

I look forward to seeing you!


  1. I wish I could be in San Francisco and take part in this amazing tour. First of all meeting you would be "The" experience. As you know I offer the same "behind the scenes" in Milan and who knows maybe we can eventually meet there! Looking forward to read about your Designers' Day.

  2. Hi Brillante-

    I hope you are having a wonderful summer up north.

    Yes, this day at Jackson Square will be rich in detail and inspiration.

    Keep me posted on your travels--always a pleasure to hear about 'insider' trips.