Brian Dittmar’s confident and crisply delineated suite — a highly original tailored bedroom and its chic adjoining bathroom — are a highlight of this month’s very popular San Francisco Decorator Showcase. See below for all details of location and dates.
|A custom metal bed (hot-rolled steel, brushed brass and polished aluminum) by Paul Benson, is flanked by nightstands by Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture with lamps by Avrett Lighting. Oil paintings on aluminum above nightstands are by Tyrell Collins. Antique Danish Neoclassic commode (left) is from Therien & Co. with art above by Paule Dubois Dupuis. Wool herringbone carpet from Mark Nelson Designs and chenille wallpaper by Belgian wall covering company Omexco, available through Romo.|
Many discerning followers of showcase — it is now in its 35th year — say it is one of the best showcases ever.
Top designers — and new names — bring bright energy and vibrant professionalism. That is wonderful. As a longtime Design Advisory Board member, I am thrilled with the talent, new ideas, chic style, and freshness of this year's showcase.
|The bed features accent pillows that recall the patterns and pops of color from ties and pocket squares, including a citron-colored silk paisley, a plum-colored quilted silk with fuchsia contrast piping, and chartreuse velvet with a silk multi-colored stripe flange cut on the bias. Pillow fabrics by Kravet and Lee Jofa.|
As my wonderful loyal readers know, Brian Dittmar is the art director of THE STYLE SALONISTE, which I launched almost three years ago.
Brian’s classic approach to design keeps these pages and images looking fresh but never too ‘designed’ and always classic.
Brian is, in his other life, a San Francisco interior designer with a devoted following.
Once more, he was selected to design a room for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. I’m really impressed with his 2012 ‘bespoke’ concept, his sharp color choices, the originality of the decor, the dashing custom-made bed, and his flash of wit in this suite.
Brian Dittmar, photo by Robin H. Reynolds for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase
Concept: Bespoke, the Dandy
Savile Row brings to mind English sartorial refinement — the well-dressed London gentleman dressed in a superbly tailored suit made expressly for this tastes and desires.
Inspired by his appreciation of bespoke suits and in homage to the craft of tailoring, Brian created The Tailor Made Suit(e) for the Twenty-first Century Dandy. It’s a surprise, with the shimmering bed, luxe walls covered in striped chenille wallpaper (visitors love to stroke it), and a tongue-in-cheek neo-classical antiques collection from Therien & Co., with swaggering eagles, gilded adornments, and gleaming exotic woods.
|19th Century French marble portico clock (right) from Candace Barnes with table lamp by Avrett Lighting. Oil painting on aluminum is White Sulfur Spring Road #2 by Tyrell Collins. Pillow fabrics by Kravet and Lee Jofa.|
|Danish Neoclassical commode from Therien & Co. with artwork by Paule Dubois Dupuis titled "Les lignes en effervescence". Lamp from Baker Furniture. Sterling silver Georg Jensen bowl from Gallery 925.|
|Accessories from Anthem-San Francisco. Photo by Brian Dittmar|
“This modern interpretation of a bedroom and bathroom suite employs the basic principles of custom-made clothing — fine fabrics, fitted silhouettes, thoughtful details, unexpected adornments and expert hand-sewing.” – Brian Dittmar
|Austrian Biedermeier work table from Therien & Co. On the wall, artwork by Elisabeth Lecourt is a vintage map of London folded into the shape of a men's dress shirt. Window treatments fabricated by Ewing & Ball Custom Fine Sewing. All fabrics by Kravet and Lee Jofa. Hair-on-hide Klismos chair, private collection. Chandelier by Avrett Lighting.|
|Accent table is the "Quarry table" by Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture. Candy dish is a Dutch Arts and Crafts silver piece from Gallery 925. Photo by Brian Dittmar|
The statement piece is a Paul Benson bed, designed and hand-crafted from hot-rolled steel panels with brushed brass and polished aluminum accents. The bedding — from a quilted linen coverlet and hand-embroidered blanket to decorative velvet and silk pillows in chartreuse, plum and citron — which give a nod to pocket squares and ties.
Danish Neoclassic armoire (left) from Therien & Co. Artwork by Jay Kelly. Window treatments fabricated by Ewing & Ball Custom Fine Sewing. All fabrics by Kravet and Lee Jofa. Side table by McLain Wiesand and brass table lamp by Mary McDonald, both through Hinc Showroom. Art Deco sterling silver cocktail set from Gallery 925.
The floor is covered in a luxurious herringbone wool needlepoint carpet in soft gray and cream. Full-height curtains in stone-colored wool frame the windows with details that provide some of the room’s unexpected moments.
Like a pop of color lining an otherwise classic suit, a hint of chartreuse satin beneath a larger band of charcoal wool gleams from the curtains’ leading edges. Coordinating valances have inverted pleats lined in chartreuse satin and feature faux straps with tortoise shell buttons.
|All fabrics by Kravet and Lee Jofa. Cashmere throw is from Anthem-San Francisco.|
Side table by McLain Wiesand and brass table lamp by Mary McDonald, both through Hinc Showroom. Art Deco sterling silver cocktail set from Gallery 925.
This refined aesthetic continues in the bathroom with graphic travertine–inspired metallic wallpaper and apple green ceiling.
A dark walnut vanity, sabre-shaped wall sconces and a French lavatory faucet by Paris-based THG add polish.
|Bathroom: Wallpaper by Osborne & Little, lighting by Avrett Lighting, faucet from THG Paris. Artwork is by Monika Steiner and titled "Far Away". Towels by Matouk.|
|Custom bath mat through Mark Nelson Designs|
Among the art pieces curated by Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts include two which were custom-created for The Tailor Made Suit(e) to add clothing-inspired flourishes.
A series of small wire sculptures from San Francisco native Kristine Mays depicts traditional “dandy” accessories like cuff links and ties.
London-based Elisabeth Lecourt — branching out from her traditional exploration of women’s clothing — formed a men’s dress shirt from an antique map of the city, home to Savile Row.
|Artwork by Kristine Mays titled "Accessories Make The Man", photo by Brian Dittmar. |
“It’s always a thrill for me be around other creative minds, as we push our creative boundaries,” observed Dittmar.
“Working with different styles, a broad range of colors, fabrics, furnishings and antiques we all wanted to respect the architecture of a historic Pacific Heights residence, while reflecting contemporary living.”
|Custom metal bed (hot-rolled steel, brushed brass and polished aluminum) by Paul Benson, with coverlet from Ann Gish and embroidered blanket from Holland & Sherry. Wool herringbone carpet through Mark Nelson Designs.|
|Accessories from Anthem-San Francisco. Photo by Brian Dittmar|
Brian Dittmar Design
A passion for graphic arts and architecture originally led Brian Dittmar into a design career. More than 15 years later his philosophy is still influenced by the disciplines’ shared principles. Through this classic approach, Brian creates environments that are timeless and livable, yet also of-the-moment. Brian Dittmar Design is a creative studio offering services for interior and exterior spaces.
Brian Dittmar Design, Inc.
355 Buena Vista Avenue East, Suite 112
San Francisco CA 94117
A New Iniative
Brian Dittmar Design along with Adeeni Design Group, Ashfield Hansen Design and SagreraBrazil Design created Decorum, a San Francisco-based design group that aims to elevate the practice of interior design through compelling aesthetics, transparent business practices and community giving.
WHAT: Men’s tailoring inspires Brian Dittmar Design’s bedroom suite at the 2012 San Francisco Decorator Showcase
WHEN: April 28 – May 28, 2012. (Closed Mondays, except Memorial Day)
WHERE: 2020 Jackson Street (between Laguna and Octavia Streets), San Francisco, California
Now in its 35th year, the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase has benefited San Francisco University High School's financial aid program, raising nearly $12 million over the years and benefiting hundreds of students. San Francisco Decorator Showcase allows San Francisco University High School to offer financial aid to its students.
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Main photography is by David Duncan Livingston, used here with express permission. www.davidduncanlivingston.com