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” I Love Paris When It Sizzles” …Design Week 2014

Gregg and I were  invited to join two of our favorite showrooms in Los Angeles for special events during Paris Deco Off 2014. A big Merci Beaucoup to the folks at Kneedler Fauchere and Donghia for organizing a very special experience for designers to visit the most famous creators in international decoration at their Parisian showrooms.  We especially want to thank Lee Winterstein at Donghia and the Kneedler Fauchere Family Doug Kinzley, Rocky La Fleur, Gina  Dewitt &  Mark Hemphill for being such gracious hosts.

Eiffel Tower Paris

Charles Paris hosted a wonderful party on the Seine below the Eiffel Tower and debuted their product line based on the designs of Felix Agostini. Charles Paris is represented by Donghia in Los Angeles.

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Gregg Wilson, David Pascual from Wimberly Interiors, Lee Winterstein from Donghia and Me.

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Andrea and Sandrina Rubelli  hanging out at the DJ Booth at the Charles Paris party on the Seine.  Donghia is dear to my heart, as a young (really young) designer I worked for Mr. Donghia (as we all called him), Angelo Donghia, in his New York design firm. The Donghia legacy lives on with the Rubelli Family.

Patrick and Pierre Frey

Patrick and and his son Pierre presenting Pierre Frey. The Frey’s hosted a very entertaining showing of their new line at the home of Vincent Frey for designers invited by Kneedler Fauchere.

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Doug Kinzley and Robin Rivera engrossed in the presentation by the Director of the Frey Archives.  Truly one of the best archives in the world of 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century textiles.

Archive at Pierre Frey

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Nobilis Design Director showed off their new line with great panache.

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I was fascinated by the diverse “atelier” presentation styles of each fabric company. Loved the organization of the Dedar line in their showroom.

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 Interesting to see how Hermes translates their fashion design into decoration.

Paris Deco Off

Maienza Wilson at Studio Art

Our dear friend Patricia de Gramont with Gregg and Michele Ascione from Studio Art discussing their leather product designed and cut to look like lace, I like it … leather and lace.

Hotel de Ville, Paris

Arriving at the Hotel de Ville for the American Party in Paris.

Americans in Paris Party 2014

At the American Party in Paris with Mark Hemphill from Kneedler Fauchere, Stephan Jones, and the gorgeous Peggy and Tessa Platner. I have no idea how they ended up in exactly the same spot when I shot the pics .. not planned!

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Honestly, the best part of this coordinated event was meeting such wonderful and talented people. Hilary Hayes and Trevor Howells. They are Hayes & Howells now at the Kneedler Fauchere welcome brunch.

Marche Aux Puces

We had a ball hanging out with Rodrigo Vargas and his partner Erik. Vargas is background center, the handsome guy with arms crossed. We are at a breakfast at the Marche aux Puces with the Kneedler Fauchere clan organized by Andrew Joseph PR.


Nothin better than a “Big Bowl O’ Brioche”!  Right Mark?

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Andrew Joseph and Doug Kinzley listening to the presentation by Toma Clark Haines.

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 The Antiques Diva… Toma Clark Haines briefing designers at the Marche aux Puces.

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 Culinary merchandising perfection..

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 Fresh Oyster’s while you shop?

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 Studied merchandising is the norm at the market…

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Dejuener for vendors at the flea market.

Maienza Wilson Paris

Gregg Wilson and Mark Hempill on Rue Jacob

Inga Guzyte & Female Artists in Santa Barbara at DNA Gallery

She melted our hearts when we met her. In person Inga Guzyte is as stunning as her art.  Inga’s art is at once surprising, humorous,  unexpected, and out of the box creative! She is a skater who happens to fancy making art out of old skateboards as her primary medium. Yes! She repurposes old skateboards! Just think of the history that one board has…it fills my mind with the mythology of it all. Then, add Inga’s characters and you just want to take one home and hug it, or in the case of our friend hang it above your DJ Booth!  There is a story (the mythology) behind each one of her pieces. You must hear it from if  you’re in Santa Barbara this  First Thursday, come to Dichotomy at the DNA Gallery featuring women artists in Santa Barbara.



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Inga Guzyte for Pay Junction

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Uber Cool Vintage Mercedes

When John and I got together some years ago, we left a fantastic weekend in Napa Valley, relishing in the memories of good food and good wine on our way back to San Francisco.  On the highway we literally followed a white 1970 Mercedes 280sl into the city over the Golden Gate Bridge.  Its sleek lines set against the golden California hills and then under the looming structure of the Golden Gate, was sheer magic in motoring….

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I said to John ‘I would love to have one some day’, classic lines, cruising down the highway, just so bloody sexy and timeless.  Not more than 6 months later, we had one, parked in Chicago.  We had it delivered to LA, and within a couple of weeks, the top was stolen….I guess it was in demand!  Flip to this uber hip guy in LA who is restoring old benzes, kind of gets the bug going again to hear a new take on an old classic!

Gluckliche Autofahren!  (Happy Motoring)


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