Behind the Scenes in Interior Design
Diane Dorrans Saeks has planned another superb ‘insider’ private visit — now in its twelfth year — for a small group (no more than twenty participants) at the top antiques and design galleries. This seminar will take place in the design district of San Francisco. One day only.
Saturday, February 6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In this seminar, visiting all the top trend-setting and inspiring antique and design experts, participants meet the creators, designers and most inspired dealers, and learn the secrets of design, antiques, textiles and art, and what goes on behind the scenes.
This is a one-day insider's tour with a series of private on-location lectures that provide a rare opportunity for participants to visit handpicked antiques galleries and private design studios that are otherwise inaccessible to the public.
"The world of antiques is very dynamic now," said Bob Garcia, a founder of Therien & Co. "Tastes are evolving, styles are in flux. It's essential to be informed and aware of trends and current news."
For this unique day, participants visit locations in the San Francisco design district and Potrero Hill to gain insight into their originality, professionalism, and inspirations.
Lively conversation continues during lunch at a local restaurant (included in course fee). At the end of the day, we are invited to a special tour and celebration of a very ‘insider’ antique dealer.
Six locations are planned. Registrants receive a schedule and map prior to class. All sites are within walking distance.
Therien & Co.; then on to the design studio of Candra Scott & Anderson (specialists in historic restoration and interior design). Candra Scott will give us a tour and insight into her design process.
Then we walk around the corner to the exciting and pioneering new Michael Donaldson Antiques, specializing in rare and beautiful South-East Asian colonial furniture and décor (note: among his clients is Michael S. Smith, the decorator for the White House residence.) Donaldson is the only dealer in Colonial Southeast Asian antiques on the West Coast. This is a new region and style to explore.
"Southeast Asian Colonial antiques have a purity of line and elegance that give them a special resonance in a range of interiors today," said Mike Donaldson, who opened his antiques gallery in San Francisco recently. "I admire the craftsmanship--and the rare woods these artisans used."
After lunch at nearby new café HORATIUS (and lively conversation) we head to more antiques galleries and design showcases, including meeting Gabriella Sarlo, and then on to exciting Epoca and inventive Coup d’Etat.
Tod Donobedian at Paris Flea has invited us for a tour and celebration at his magical antiques penthouse overlooking the design district and the city.
To register go to www.cca.edu
Course fee: $130
Download, print, and complete the registration form (PDF) to register for courses:
Remember to include the following when calculating your registration costs:
* Course tuition, $130 (includes lunch)
* $20 nonrefundable registration fee—all noncredit classes
Phone 510.594.3710 to register by phone. Justin Hunter will assist you.
Photography: Therien & Co., Michael Donaldson Antiques, Epoca and Gabriella Sarlo.