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ASID - The Essence of Memorable Rooms Designing with Antiques & Midcentury Modern

The Essence of Memorable Rooms Designing with Antiques & Midcentury Modern

ASID Members: Everyone who buys or uses furniture, who makes, designs, or sells it, collectors, architects, decorators and students 

We will set out to demystify the sometimes esoteric world of buying and decorating with antiques. 

The enjoyment of Furniture is best experienced 'Hands-On'. You have to look, touch and feel in order to do design. In some ways, it has hurts design that people think they can rely solely on the internet and furniture aggregators to make decisions & choieces when shopping for antiques and midcentury. jpegs are fine for previewing but it's disappointing and counterproductive that some seem to think that they don't need to feel, see, experience a piece of furniture, accessory or artwork in person. 

Antiques in Design & Decoration is a Hands-On Affair!

The experts learn by holding, looking, traveling, meeting and experiencing resources locally as well as in far-flung destinations: the Markets in Paris & England. 

So, don't be shy. Visit the myriad of dealer's shops & galleries that are available to you. See what catches your eye and be persistent; ask questions. 

Dealers love to talk about their pieces, and the more questions you ask the more you will learn, understand and develop your own eye. By expressing an interest and engaging with the various dealers and galleries you can learn a lot. San Francisco has a wealth of artisans, crafts persons, designers and design at your behest. San Francisco's Design & Decoration history is rich. 

Good dealers know their stuff. When you find ones you like and trust establish a rapport, these pros will teach you a lot.

Read books, consult internet guides, take in lectures.( i.e. ASID, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA), Art Deco Society of San Francisco, San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show ) Compare the information you read to the knowledge you glean from conversations with the various dealers. Listen to the experts and gain a little more expertise of your own.

Visiting dealers in person means when you find a chair, table, wall light or other item that resonates with you, rather than wait for that item to be shipped from--who knows where--you can have it immediately. You can place it immediately. Gratification, voila! 

Recycle, Reuse. The materials and workmanship found in antique furniture is just not found in furniture mass produced today. These pieces were crafted with care, have endured time and  they still look fabulous. These are pieces that have passed through generations. They are/were prized possessions and cared for accordingly. Your personal curation of these vintage & antique pieces means they will live on for future generations. 

We hope you'll join us Thursday, February 28. Enjoy a cocktail, appetizer and engaging conversation. Mingle with your fellow ASID members, introduce yourself to one another and circulate through some beautiful furniture and accessories. epoca has undergone a transformation by partnering with Garden Court Antiques to create something we hope you find wonderful: layering styles, periods, textures, colors its a somewhat maximalist approach that allows your eye to wander and your imagination to soar. 

We can't wait to have you visit and ... 'get educated'!

Eric Petsinger, Curator, epoca
Jim Gallagher, Curator, Garden Court Antiques.  

Thursday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m.

1700 16th Street
San Francisco

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Suzanne Tucker, Tucker & Marks and The Annual San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Chairperson: "...One should always have at least one piece with some age in a room. It does not have to be over-the-top expensive, but antiques resonate with history's silent voices. The appeal resides in a patina only achievable with time: their very imperfections speak to me of soul and character and life lived."

Timothy Whealon, Interior Designer, Author “In Pursuit Of Beauty”: "The intrinsic beauty, the 'soul' of an object captivates me. A rich past life is revealed through antiques, but historical context is secondary to their essential visual power. I use antiques in my interiors to elicit emotions from the individuals who inhabit the space."*

Bunny Williams, Interior Designer, Author : "It makes me sad when there are no antiques in a room." 

Featured Here:

  1. A Large And Refined Pair Of Italian Neoclassical Style Carved Carrera Marble Lobed Urns 1st Quarter 20th Century. Each handsome hand-carved marble urn with rolled lip above an ovoid lobed body resting on a flared base; overall even weathered surface height: 18 1/2" diameter: 13 1/2" Link
  2. A Shapely Pair Of West German Roth Keramik Art Pottery 'Fat Lava' Guitar Vases With Red Glaze, Circa 1970. Each with square mouth above a bulbous body all in a thick lava glaze with red glazed reserves; one with original label; excellent condition with no chips or cracks height: 12" width: 9.5" depth: 3" Link
  3. A Striking Pair Of West German Roth Keramik Art Pottery 'Fat Lava' Urns With Red Glaze circa 1970 height: 16" width: 9.5" depth: 3.5". Link
  4. A Striking Murano Mid-Century Lamp Of Stacked Gold Orbs, 1950's. Consisting of two large glass orbs resting on an over-scaled brushed brass cylindrical base; excellent condition with no chips or cracks height: 31" (top of shade), 20" (top of glass) diameter: 7.5" Link
  5. A Handsome And Rare American Mid-century Walnut Dressing Cabinet By John Widdicomb, Mid-Century (1956-59). A dressing cabinet/chest, flip-up top with interior mirror and fitted compartment; above a shaped front with two bi-fold doors with interior drawers; the upper section with two small drawers; excellent restored condition; stamped 'John Widdicomb, Grand Rapids. height: 40 1/2" width: 48" depth: 20" Link
  6. Speed 2010 #8 - Watercolor On Paper By William Stanisich, San Francisco; Signed And Framed Dated 2010 Speed Series – Watercolor On Paper 2006 – 2008; A series of the night in urban san francisco;  artist William Stanisich brings to life with his watercolor paintings rich in color, motion and mood, this series of moving cars through a rainy night. William Stanisich born in 1947 in Cheyenne, Wyoming and raised in San Francisco, received his BA from Yale College (1969), attended courses at the San Francisco Art Institute SFAI (1964-5 and 1970), taught painting at the Urban School of San Francisco (1972-2001) and currently is a full-time painter here in San Francisco.  His paintings have been seen in solo and group exhibitions such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery; Galerie Beckel-Odille-Boicos, Paris;  San Francisco Conservatory Of Music/Chamber Music West; and were featured in the film American Gigolo, Paramount Pictures (1979), besides being in private and public collections here and abroad. A collection of William’s paintings can also be seen at the Andra Norris Gallery In Burlingame, CA. height: 23" width: 41". Link