Posts Tagged: Tony Buccola

FLOWER POWER: THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 25 – Cathy Austin, Danielle Rollins, Billy Ceglia, Amanda Reynal and Jenny Brown attend The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Opening Night Preview Gala on October 25th 2017 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography)

There is nothing I love more than an antiques show. Gone are the days of booth after booth of brown furniture. Today’s shows provide the catalyst for vendors and designers to showcase their creative brilliance and highlight the very best they have to offer including everything one can imagine. I was delighted to attend the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Opening Gala last week. In honor of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, the theme was FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. Interior designer Suzanne Tucker chaired the brilliant show and Paris fashion designer Andrew Gn joined as honorary chair for the prestigious event that benefits Enterprise for Youth, a nonprofit organization supporting underprivileged students through educational programs.

LCDQ LEGENDS 2015: WHERE MUSES DWELL

Come and be inspired to discover your own muse…VIP PASSES ON SALE NOW!

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Mark your calendar for the most highly anticipated design event this spring….La Cienega Design Quarter’s LEGENDS, a 3-day extravaganza of keynote speakers, cocktail parties, open houses, exhibitions and networking with the top design editors, writers and bloggers from throughout the country. After experiencing LEGENDS for the first time last spring, I knew I had to make it an annual creative pilgrimage! I am thrilled to an ambassador for this year’s event and look forward to sharing coverage of all of the events in just a few short weeks.

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the event has attracted over 60,000 guests and all funds raised go towards Habitat for Humanity and the La Cienega Design Quarter Beautification Fund. The LCDQ was established in 2008 to promote the flourishing antiques and design community in one of Los Angeles’ oldest thoroughfares. Since the 1950s, it has been a shopping hot spot for designers such as William Haines, Else de Wolfe, Tony Duquette and Frances Elkins.

Don’t miss the video below which captures the essence of LEGENDS in sunny Los Angeles…

Sixty-seven talented designers from around the country will transform the windows of the LCDQ member shops, showrooms and galleries on the theme of Where Muses Dwell. The designers have been asked to present to the design aficionados who throng the LCDQ during LEGENDS where their muse dwells. The designers have been asked to bring their muses to life and show guests WHO, WHAT, WHEN or WHERE inspires them most.

MUSE

1) A spirit or source that inspires an artist
2) Greek Mythology. any of the Muses
a) the spirit that is thought to inspire a poet or other artist; source of genius or inspiration
b) Now Rare, a poet

I asked some of my favorite design muses what made the LEGENDS event so special….enjoy!

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NATHAN TURNER (Los Angeles, CA) / Interior Designer & Shop Owner

“LCDQ is a unique event that unifies the design community. It seems all facets of our industry participate, from shop owners, to decorators,magazine editors and bloggers.  It makes it all the more fun!”

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LESLIE NEWSOM RASCOE (Atlanta, GA)/ Interiors Editor, MILIEU

“I love LCDQ because it’s an event that it brings together the design community like no other. There is a sense of inclusiveness unique to LCDQ. Interior designers, showroom owners, magazine editors and design enthusiasts mingle, learn and share in the joy of design. To quote Patrick Dragonette, it’s like spring break for the design community! It’s positive,fun with a “design for all” ethos.”

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TONY BUCCOLA (Los Angeles, CA)/ Shop Owner- Antonio’s Bella Casa

“I am always excited for this time of year, spring and the LCDQ Legends event! The opportunity to meet so many talented people associated with the design industry. Our lives are so busy day to day, it is a delight to share ideas, see old friends, and make new ones. I am looking forward to another year of incredible windows, great talks, and happy gatherings!”

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JASON OLIVER NIXON OF MADCAP COTTAGE (High Point, NC) Interior Designer & Shop Owner, Window Designer for Baker Furniture

“LCDQ is engaging, experientail,intimate and exceptional. We love to meet and greet with new friends and old, hear terrific speakers, and persue la Cinega’s wonderful design outposts.  All of this in LA’s heavenly weather.”

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JULIA BUCKINGHAM (Chicago, IL)/ Interior Designer, Shop Owner and Window Designer for The Rug Company

“Legends of La Cienega has become one of the premier design events in the country. As a designer, it is absolutely THE place to be! Los Angeles has become a major destination for designers. Its vibrant culture and growing design community makes it an amazing place to draw inspiration from. Legends of La Cienega gives designers the opportunity to interact with one another and to realize how different, yet similar, the design industry is across the US. I am so looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet new friends, and see what’s fresh and exciting in the design world!

LEGENDS AT A GLANCE

  • 3 days, 40 activities
  • 8 keynote panels led by esteemed magazine editors from New York, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Texas, Iowa, Atlanta, and Florida
  • 2 personal appearances, including the new editor of House Beautiful, Sophie Donelson, and English design icon Nicky Haslam from London
  • Gala Party sponsored by 1stdibs and Coldwell Banker Previews International
  • Blogger Breakfast sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design
  • Power Lunch hosted by Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief, Elle Decor
  • Cocktail Party hosted by House Beautiful
  • Tribute Party
  • After Party
  • Fresco Friday
  • Cocktail Party hosted by Hearst Design Group
  • Finale Party with California Home + Design

LCDQ 2015 WINDOW DESIGNERS/ Designer – Showroom – Muse

Alexandra Loew – Jamal’s

Amanda Richards – JD Staron – Edith Piaf

Amy Meier – Marc Phillips  – My Mother’s Workroom

Annette English – Downtown – A Guiding Genius

Barondes Morris – Egg & Dart – Gustav Eiffel

Betsy Burnham – Mecox – Wild Animals

Cami Wright – Sherle Wagner – The South/ Texas

Christina Rottman – Mansour

Christopher Kennedy – Marc Phillips

Cliff Fong – Dragonette

Commune Design – Remains – Viennese Secession

Curated – Downtown

Elizabeth Dinkel – Nicky Rising – Julia Morgan

Gary Gibson – Lee Stanton –Sculptor Martin Puryear

Geoffrey de Sousa – Tufenkian

Hallworth Design – Lee Stanton – Mother Nature

Hammer & Spear – Woven Accents

Jason Oliver Nixon/Madcap Cottage – Baker

Jeff Andrews – Fuller & Roberts – Movement

Jeneration Interiors (Jennifer Dyer) – Ralph’s Antiques

John Wooden – Mansour

Julia Buckingham – The Rug Company – Slim Aarons

Kate Lester Interiors – Hollywood Sierra Kitchens – Father Time

Katie & Jason Maine – Jean de Merry

Ken Fulk – Therien – The Movie Inside My Mind

Kendall Wilkinson – George Smith – Blondie

Kerry Joyce – McKinnon & Harris

KM Nelson – Egg & Dart – Pauline de Rothschild

Konstantin Kakanias – Jasper

Kylee Shintaffer – Hollyhock

Larry Rizkowsky – The Rug Affair  – Bank Vault

Laura Kirar – Baker

L’Esperance Design – Dragonette – The World of Cartier

Mark Sikes  – Hollywood at Home

Matt O’Dorisio – Cote Jardin – Yves Saint Laurent

Maxime Jacquet – George Smith – Andy Warhol

Maya Williams – Marc Phillips – Women of Rock

Michelle Workman – Mehraban – Starlettes & Set Decorators of the 1940’s

Natasha Baradaran – Claremont – La Dolce Vita

Nathan Turner – Serena & Lily

Patrick Ediger – Gina Berschneider – Marie Antoinette & Thalia

Philip Gorrivan – Harbinger

Platner & Company – Stark – Rose Cumming

Ryan Saghian – Janet Yonaty – Iran

Sam Allen – Hollyhock

Scot Meacham Wood – Mehraban

Scott Mitchell – Jonas

Stephen Shutts Design – Sherle Wagner – Eden

Studio Tim Campbell – Elizabeth Eakins

Susan Cohen – JD Staron – Coco Chanel

Tag Front – Renaissance – Maria Felix

Thomas Allardyce – Janet Yonaty – Euterpe (Greek Goddess of Music)

Tim Barber – Waterworks

Timothy Corrigan – Compas – Jean Charles Moreux

Todd Nickey & Amy Kehoe – Hollywood at Home – Wes Anderson

Vance Burke – Reborn Antiques – Albert Hadley

Windsor Smith – Arteriors – Renee Perle

Young Huh – Harbinger

Be sure to get your VIP passes before the sell out by clicking here!

For coverage of last year’s LCDQ LEGENDS event, click here.

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LA LOVE: DAY 4

Million Dollar Decorators
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LCDQ Legends has been perfectly described as “Spring Break” for interior designers. The scenery was beautiful, the Los Angeles design community was beyond welcoming, and every event just kept getting better and better. The logistics of pulling off such a large event were incredible and the organizers did an AMAZING job!  Our morning kicked off with a hilarious panel entitled “Don’t Hate, Collaborate” by the cast of the Million Dollar Decorators featuring Martyn Lawrence BullardJeffrey Alan Marks, Kathryn Ireland, and Nathan Turner. The chemistry between these designers was extraordinary as they entertained the crowd with anecdotes about working abroad, filming debacles, and teasing each other about their endearing personality traits.
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The panel was held at the Dragonette Ltd. showroom. Patrick Dragonette opened his showroom in Los Angeles in 1997 nd it quickly became one of the country’s top resources for high-end mid 20th century design. Dragonette, Ltd. specializes in the work of legendary designer Billy Haines. This impeccably curated showroom was definitely a highlight of LCDQ.

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featuring Brian Wilson’s painting “The Black Bear”
“Pedra”Agate Lamps from Dragonette Private Label
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Enchanting Sterling Silver Elephant Box at Dragonette
Some Favorite Southern Ladies
Holly Phillips, Leslie Rascoe Newsom and Lisa Newsom
The One and Only Tony Bucola at Veranda Lunch
Owner of Antonio’s Bella Casa

Another favorite was Antonio’s Bella Casa, owned by the charming Tony Bucola. Tony’s stunning shop features period European antiques from Italy and France paired mixed with blue chip modern and contemporary art. I literally had to pinch myself walking through his collection of amazing finds from abroad. His goal with his shop was to create a space where “the unique meets the necessary…where all the elements of European living could be brought together with the elegant flair of the Italians.”

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Antonio’s Bella Casa
 Fab Faience and Rose Quartz Foo Dog
Antonio’s Bella Casa
Frank Stella
Antonio’s Bella Casa

Next, it was off to another enlightening lecture on Elsie de Wolfe by Hutton Wilkinson. Hutton began his career in the architectural offices of his father and grandfather.  At the age of eighteen, he went to apprentice for the great American design icon,Tony Duquette. Hutton is the Owner, Creative Director, and President of Tony Duquette, Inc. as well as President of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation.

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Elsie de Wolfe(center) with Tony Duquette
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Wilkinson’s upcoming book, The Walk to Elsie’s, relays the rip-roaring tale of the last ten years of the great designer’s life, as told to him and his co-author Flynn Kuhnert by Tony Duquette. In his lecture, he elaborated on this international icon:
Elsie de Wolfe’s long and rich life spanned for eighty five years from her birth in 1865. She was a true American original…from her rise in turn of the century New York society, her stint on Broadway and her many firsts including being the first woman to fly with Wilbur Wright, the first woman to sue the IRS, and the first woman to charge for taste, thereby inventing the multi billion dollar business of professional interior decorator. 
Prominent in New York society and later in Europe, Elsie de Wolfe married Sir Charles Mendl and designed her storied home the Villa Trianon at Versailles, where she hosted her coterie of international society friends. Among her many friends and business associates were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Stanford White, Cole Porter, the dress designer Mainbocher, Elsa Maxwell, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Elizabeth Arden. 
After her World War II escape by Rolls Royce, Elsie de Wolfe ended up in Hollywood with the likes of Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford and Tony Duquette, creating an entire new world for herself on the west coast towards the end of her long life.”
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Katie Ridder wallpaper, Coleen and Co. Lantern.

Our day could not have been any more incredible until we entered Harbinger, which now tops my resource list for all things fabulous!  Holly Phillips had raved about her friends Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas who own the showroom. They have assembled an amazing array of artists, fabric, accessory and furniture lines that include Katie Ridder, Ferrick Mason, Coleen and CompanyHolland and Sherry, Bunny Williams Home, and Hillary Thomas just to name a few.

Peonies at Harbinger
Beautifully Dressed Bed at Harbinger
in Front of a Favorite Wallpaper
Another Colorful Vignette at Harbinger
Colleen and Co. Lighting, Art by Alex Mason
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Holland & Sherry Appliques

In addition to being super talented interior designers, Parrish and Joe also know how to throw a party! They converted their back parking lot into a chic outdoor fete with a quintessential west coast vibe. Moore & Giles also sponsored the event bringing their restored Airstream with them filled with their luxury leathers and small batch bourbon bar. The company was founded in 1933 in Lynchburg, Virginia to create innovative leathers for the high end interiors market.  In 2007, they introduced their line of luxury bags and accessories.

Harbinger Party
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Bourbon Bar courtesy of Moore & Giles
Moore & Giles Airstream

The Veranda finale party was held at the gorgeous new showroom of McKinnon and Harris. Understated elegance and exquisite craftsmanship define this brand. Based in Richmond, Virginia, this family owned company is committed to crafting furniture of exacting standards and timeless design. The white and green palette for the evening was translated into all the details, from the floral decor to the food. The whole evening was a work of art.

Fantastical Floral Headdresses
White and Green Vignette
Our last night in Los Angeles was spent back at The Sunset Tower Hotel.  A lively cocktail party with our Design Trust group evolved into a festive last supper before we all went our parting ways.

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Supper at The Sunset Terrace
It is so sad to say goodbye, but we always have the next design adventure on the horizon!