Show and Tell Since 1977, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has invited emerging and established designers to create exciting, inventive interiors, and this year proved no different as the preview gala welcomed hundreds to its Presidio Heights location. Guests including Lindsay Joost, Kate Kelly Smith, Thayer Hopkins and Jane Scott Hodges were eager to explore the historic house (built for playwright Alfred Sutro in 1908), newly transformed by 27 leading Bay Area firms. Caterer McCalls served Champagne and caviar, along with its signature baby lamb chops and other small bites. This year’s event fantastically raised nearly $650,000 for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program. Now that’s design smarts. –Maile Pingel Block party Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Art Auction, in conjunction with Christie’s, is one the most anticipated auctions on San Diego’s art scene. And this year’s soiree did not disappoint, as guests raised specially designed paddles by local artist Kelsey Brookes, bringing in $900,000 by night’s end. The auction block included more than 70 works by artists like David Adey, Eleanor Antin and John Baldessari. Top items included “Waiting for the Sibyl” by William Kentridge, which sold for $130,000, and “Red Ready” by Ed Ruscha, which fetched $85,000. New this year, MCASD hosted an auction pre-party, Collecting 101, with curator Kathryn Kanjo. Clearly, it inspired. –Gillian Flynn Finders keepers A beautiful Newport Beach night set the mood for the grand opening of 503 Found, the new art, accessories and furniture shop from co-owners and event hosts Kim Rodosky, Kim Johnson and Deborah Allen. More than 250 guests enjoyed sparkling libations, live music by Danny Maika and appetizers (including a fabulous crostini bar) from Huntington Beach-based caterer The Prince and The Pantry, and each went home with a custom-made 503 Found soy candle. And the best part of the evening? Ten percent of all purchases made during the event raised funds for The Academy: A Campus of Orangewood Children’s Foundation. A good reason to shop, indeed. –MP Best-seller The La Cienega Design Quarter kicked off its sixth annual LEGENDS event with a gala attended by design industry leaders. Held at Therien, and cosponsored by 1stdibs and Coldwell Banker Previews International, the party flowed through the art- and antiques-filled galleries and out into the courtyards. Guests included 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno, veteran interior designers Donna Livingston, Kathryn Ireland, Timothy Corrigan and Erika Brunson, and design bloggers Marisa Marcantonio and Paloma Contreras. This year’s theme, Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design, inspired caterer La Petite Soirée to serve small bites on shadow-box trays enclosing books and orchid blossoms—a clever twist on a classic presentation. –MP Warm welcome To ring in the opening of her eponymous new San Francisco flagship, home-goods designer Jessie Black invited a flock of tastemakers to an elegant in-store soiree. Partygoers, including interior designers Courtney Lake and Caitlin Flemming, walked a black carpet in honor of the designer, whose namesake bedding collection is crafted in Italy by Frette’s great-grandson. Twinkling lights strewn overhead and musicians playing Parisianstyle jazz music set the glamorous garden scene for guests to sip Champagne and nibble on passed hors d’oeuvres of smoked salmon and quail eggs. The real treat, however, came when Black unveiled her latest cashmere collection, Lan Jaenicke X Jessie Black. It was one indulgence that no one could resist. –Kelsi Maree Borland Prints charming San Diego’s design elite came out to Scout @ Quarters for the two-year anniversary of this chic store and showroom in Point Loma. And, talk about a bonus: Guests got to explore the new David Hicks exhibit, set up in one of the charming rooms of this historic house at the old Naval Training Center. Owner Paul Scott Silvera got the S.D. exclusive on Hicks, the late British designer known for his bold graphic prints—perfect for mixing with classic and modern decor. (The show runs through Sept. 30). Over a Manhattan, we asked Silvera about his latest obsession: “Wallpaper is the new cupcake, and wallpaper on the ceiling is the frosting.” Sweet! –GF WORLDLY GOODS Celebrated eco-design shop Environment Furniture, which recently joined the roster of top-notch showrooms at Costa Mesa’s SoCo, hosted a special event to fete its exclusive launch of new prints by Ecuador-born artist Wolfgang Bloch, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Environment CEO Davide Berruto, the evening’s host, welcomed the artist and many guests, including Surfrider Foundation COO Michelle Kremer and Director of Chapters Edward Mazzarella. The evening, catered by 24 Carrots, included a silent auction that raised more than $3,000 for the nearly 30-yearold nonprofit, the activist network of which helps protect oceans, lakes and beaches in the United States and beyond. Great design and a worthy cause always make a winning combination. –MP Mod Squad The Agency teamed up with Angeleno, Modern Luxury Interiors California and BMW to co-host the Architecture + Design Museum’s Modern Homes: A Design Series event, which gives design aficionados exclusive access to private architectural gems. For this showing, The Agency unlocked the doors to one of its top listings, the Orlando House, a contemporary San Marino home designed by architects Richard Keating and Bonnie Khang-Keating. Guests glided across the home’s travertine floors, mingled in the lush garden and lingered by the pool while enjoying bites from Tender Greens and sips from Peroni Italy. Surrounded by redwoods and koi ponds, the home was a perfect setting for the summer salon. –KMB
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