Monday, May 21, 2018

Design News: The 2018 Julia Morgan Awards

Great design, decorative arts and grand cultural patronage are celebrated Monday May 21 in San Francisco when The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Northern California chapter, honors awardees at the Julia Morgan Awards celebration. It will take place in the elegant newly restored Green Room at the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.

I’m looking forward to applauding the honorees, architect Gil Schafer with Chambers + Chambers Architects, as well as designer James Marzo, craftsman Tony Smith, restoration specialists QuarryHouse, student Calla Chang, Lindsay and Peter Joost for patronage, and Fine Ats Museums of San Francisco curator, Martin Chapman for his stewardship.

Come with me to meet the honorees, to see their award-winning projects, and to learn more about the wonderful Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and perhaps become a member.

Gil Schafer — G.P. Schafer Architect, and Barbara Chambers —Chambers + Chambers

Architects: G. P. Schafer, Architect, and Chambers + Chambers
Interior Designer: Rita Konig
Photographer: Eric Piasecki

Architect Gil Schafer, admired for this classically-inflected architecture, and the elegant updated classicism of his interior architecture. Barbara Chambers is also honored for her work on the project.

Gil Schafer

Barbara Chambers

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James Marzo Design, Interior Design and Decoration

James Marzo was recognized for his bold yet timeless approach to Classicism.

James Marzo

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Tony Smith Fine Furniture

Tony Smith was honored for his pier table tops in the style of Thomas Chippendale Jnr.

Tony Smith

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QuarryHouse was honored for its historic restoration of the classical Hibernia Bank building in San Francisco.

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Calla Chang

Calla Chang was honored for her design drawings and presentations, the International Institute for Social Concerns.

Calla Chang

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Lindsay and Peter Joost

Peter and Lindsay Joost

The Joosts, San Francisco residents, are honored for their patronage for the arts, culture, education, and museums. The Joosts have sponsored and lead fund-raising for the Legion of Honor museum of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. They are also generous sponsors for the annual San Francisco Fall Antique and Arts Show, and the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase, both of which raise funds for student education, job training, and financial aid. They also support cultural groups throughout Northern California.

"Lindsay and Peter Joost have been dedicated patrons of the arts and exemplary philanthropists in San Francisco for years. They have a shared passion for antiquities, architecture, education and the decorative arts and have been ardent supporters of our ICAA Chapter for the past decade. Their largesse is particularly manifested in their dedication to the Fine Arts Museum’s European Decorative Arts Council with the preservation and restoration of the Salon Doré and now with their sights turned to the Rouen Room. We are so fortunate to have their generosity bouying our ICAA Chapter here in Northern California and proud to honor them with the Julia Morgan Award in Patronage. Bravo Lindsay and Peter!"— Suzanne Tucker, Tucker & Marks

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Martin Chapman

Martin Chapman

Martin Chapman is the curator, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which includes the Legion of Honor museum.

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ICAA Northern California Chapter

Founded in 2004, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Northern California Chapter offers a wide array of programs that include lectures, continuing education classes, art, literary and historic symposiums, along with architectural and travel tours throughout the Bay Area. The biennial Julia Morgan Awards were established in 2014 to acknowledge the outstanding work in the Northern California in architecture, design, craftsmanship, patronage, stewardship, preservation and restoration.

In 2018, the Chapter launched the New Heights education enrichment program for 7th-grade students. We are proud to have established a scholarship fund for a student or professional member to attend the New York Winterim (winter session) or Summerim (summer session) programs and ongoing courses at the Institute.

Fundraising efforts have enabled the group to support the Institute’s special programs such as the prestigious Arthur Ross Awards, digital documentation of San Francisco’s Mission Dolores through The California Missions Foundation, and the interior architectural restoration of The Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor Museum.

Suzanne Tucker

"The ICAA has built an incredible legacy of prestigious awards programs across the country, and the bi-annual Julia Morgan Morgan Awards is no exception. Born from a desire to acknowledge and celebrate our own Northern California architects, designers, artisans, students and patrons who have taken the practice, study and support of the classical traditions to a high level of excellence.

I am so proud of the 2018 winners. In just six years, the JMA has grown into a nationally recognized honor and a grand celebration of the enduring legacy of the great Julia Morgan. With education the primary mission of the ICAA, I am especially delighted the jury chose to honor our first student awardee, Calla Chang, whose portfolio work was dazzling. The practice, study, and learning of the classical vernacular are alive and thriving in Northern California, and I very much look forward to celebrating our honorees at the 2018 Julia Morgan Awards." — Suzanne Tucker, Tucker & Marks

Biography of Julia Morgan
Architect Julia Morgan's trailblazing career helped open the field of architecture to women in the United States. Perhaps best known for the design and construction of publisher W.R. Hearst's legendary California coastal estate, San Simeon, she built a remarkably diverse practice, designing at least 700 buildings that are prized by owners and revered by architectural historians. Morgan was also an influential member of the Arts and Crafts movement in the Bay Area, one of the few born in California. Biographer Sara Holmes Boutelle wrote: "Her preoccupation with light, with the relationship of a structure to its site, with flexibility of plan … and with the use of color and decoration make her work relevant to contemporary designers."

Green Room at the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center

About the ICAA Northern California chapter

Founders of ICAA Northern California chapter

Lisa Boudiette

Morgan Conolly, Architect

Aaron Cook, Architect

Andrew Skurman, Andrew Skurman Architects

Suzanne Tucker, Tucker & Marks

Benefactors of the 
ICAA Northern California chapter
Among Platinum benefactors are the Carolands Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty, Julia B. Handmade Linens and Tableware, and Tucker & Marks. Other benfactors incude Diane B Wilsey, The Wiseman Group, Stancil Studios, Charlotte Moss, Francoise and Andrew Skurman, de Gournay, Nion McEvoy, Patricia Hearst Shaw, Clive Christian San Francisco, Charles Krug, Phyllis Washington, Allison Caccoma, Inc, Decoration, and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects.

Images courtesy Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Northern California chapter


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Monday, May 14, 2018

Exciting Design News: The Great Luxury Style and Furnishings Company R&Y Augousti Paris Launches a Popup Shop at Gump’s in San Francisco This Week

Their beloved decorative objects and furniture, featuring exotic materials, sumptuous metals, and sinuous designs, are longtime favorites. Ria and Yiouri are dear friends of mine, and I love seeing them in Paris.

In three decades, R&Y Augousti has attracted passionate collectors and a devoted international clientele. Their thirty-year-old company combines craftsmanship, rare materials, and a timeless, classic style. Now, in a brilliant move, Gump’s launches a collection that also includes designs by Ria and Yiouri’s lovely daughter, Kifu, with her KIFU Paris designs, and her fiancé, Patrick Coard's shagreen candles and décor. You could call it ‘All in the Family’.

The artisanal collections, reflecting handmade techniques and materials like shagreen of eras past. are interwoven through the family signature of intricate patterns, yet retain the identity of each family member.

Welcome to San Francisco R&Y Augousti, and Kifu and Patrick. The designs are dramatic, fresh and timeless. The three collections are exclusively available in San Francisco at Gump’s. 

R&Y Augousti is extremely well known for making shagreen fashionable again. It had started disappearing from its heights in the 30s. The craftsmanship and expertise required for this technique had disappeared and the Augoustis brought it back. Other materials the company uses are shell inlay, semi precious stones- like wild agate, malachite , water snake, parchment and lizard. Patterns include mixes of these exotic materials and accented with bronze.

The R&Y Augousti design studio and head office are in Paris and everything is handmade in their factory in the Philippines. The company’s fine artists and artisans have been with them since the very beginning. They are now training the younger generations from their clans to take over. R&Y Augousit is very much a family ethos.

Gump’s is launching three new collections, KIFU Paris, R&Y Augousti Paris and Patrick Coard Paris, beginning mid-May 2018.

On a recent buying trip, Gump’s buyers discovered the three unique collections and worked with Kifu Augousti to select 52 pieces for the store.

This popup presentation features lighting, furniture, and decorative accessories. The artisanal pieces, reflecting handmade techniques of eras past are interwoven with one another through the family signature of intricate patterns, yet retain the identity of each family member.

Kifu Augousti designs home accessories and furniture with elaborate details and exotic materials. Kifu’s parents, Ria and Yiouri Augousti, are known for unique patterned décor with a classical Deco-tinged modern-meets thirties aesthetic. Kifu’s fiancé, Patrick Coard, is behind the sculptural candle collection focused on textures and sensuous shapes.

“The exquisite detail, handmade process, unpredictable and luscious combinations of materials, patterns and shapes are what makes it so special. The collections are chic, modern, rich and truly artisanal – all characteristics of designers and brands that are true to the Gump’s aesthetic.” – Director of Tabletop & Décor, Oakjoo Lee

A Close-Knit Family: The Parents, the Daughter and the Fiancée

The three collections - R&Y AUGOUSTI Paris, KIFU Paris and PATRICK COARD Paris, are named after all the family members.

Signatures of Ria and Yiouri Augousti collections are clearly visible within the mix of their handcrafted limited edition pieces. Their dramatic new large-scale furniture is destined for collectible status. Star mirrors use elaborate handmade techniques of metal and other textures, and the collections include abstract and geographic tables, handsome desks in luxury shagreen, and smaller occasional tables, lamps, frames. Of course their boxes on shagreen and multi-colored lacquer and shell have been stars of their collections from the first day.

KIFU Paris
Although inspired by her parents, Kifu’s collection of Home Accessories and Furniture has a bold and distinct identity of its own. She has been designing product and experimenting with a range of materials since she graduated from Brown University.

Kifu uses handmade techniques of elaborate inlay patterns of shagreen, shells, semi-precious stones, materials she experienced as a child growing up in her parent’s studio, but interpreted in a younger quirkier way and with bravado. From her jewelry inspired decorative boxes, gold bar boxes, and an extravagant inlay pattern mix of shagreen and shell inspired from the feathers of exotic birds, Kifu attracts with experimentation and daring.

Kifu's young Irish/Scandinavian fiancé, inspired by his design sense and romanticism, threw the gauntlet down with a highly original collection of candles. Whilst the market has been saturated with scented candles, he went back to basics of non-scented candles. He used his love of this aesthetic to bring out a collection of candles in a shagreen texture in beautifully hand carved patterns and sculptural shapes. His inspiration from sculptors from the 30s and 40s has created a modern collection that’s dramatic and original.

Where to Find AUGOUSTI Around the World

Under one family umbrella, the three Paris brands market a unique luxury vision for the home. Their top accounts include Barneys NY, Gump’s San Francisco, Flair Florence, Forty Five Ten Dallas and the full collection is available at the R&Y Augousti flagship store at 103 rue du Bac in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, near the Bon Marché department store.

About Gump’s

From its colorful and ambitious beginning over 150 years ago as a moldings and mirror shop, Gump’s has become a San Francisco legend, recognized as The City’s premier purveyor of luxury design, including décor, fine jewelry, tabletop, silver, decorative objects, fine crafts such as glass and wood, as well as a wedding registry, lighting, and luxury gifts.
Follow Gump's on Instagram:  @gumpssf

Images courtesy R&Y Augousti

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