T W G : Design Journal


Front entry area with large pivoting door

The Wiseman Group was recently invited for cocktails at the Hillsborough residence of clients of the firm. The occasion: the completion of the design project's furniture installation. The hosts wanted to share their lovely home with the staff and show their appreciation for a job well done. Design Principal James Hunter lead the creative team with assistance from Designer Luis Alves, both of whom were on hand to answer questions and show everyone around.

Library furniture installed, with finishing accessories soon to come

Seating near the living room fireplace with additional decorative elements yet to be installed

Seating by the fireplace accented with pillows in Fortuny's Shanti pattern

Panel above fire place raised to reveal a flat screen television

Small patio outside of the master bedroom suite, featuring a black oval soaking tub

Master bathroom vanity

Guest bathroom shower

The clients have a preference for modern design, evident in the home's architecture and in their choice of furniture and fixtures. The house was completely remodeled (by Charlie Barnett Associates) to increase a feeling of interior spaciousness. In spite of the large size of the great room, which combines the kitchen, dining area, and seating near the fireplace, the house feels warm and comfortable -- much to the credit of the design staff.

Design Principal James Hunter flanked by the client and her neighbor, also a client of TWG

The client with CEO Kevin Peters

President Paul Wiseman and Design Principal Brenda Mickel

Designer Luis Alves and Kevin Peters

Designers Kelsey Mazzotta and Victoria Reynolds with attorney Richard Snyder

Designers Jessica Barnard, Anna Sweeney, and Victoria Reynolds

Accounting Manager Eloisa Saquilayan, Designer Marilyn Autry, and PVW Assistant Chase Roberson

Kevin Peters with (from left) Designers Anna Sweeney, Lauren Daley, Marilyn Autry, Sadie Darsie, and Kelsey Mazzotta

The staff enjoyed seeing the project firsthand and appreciated the gracious manner in which the clients showed TWG their thanks!



Finished wreath, looking beautiful!

The Jingle & Mingle Designer Wreath Auction, a benefit of Children of Shelters, is an annual event featuring donated wreaths from some of the West Coast's top designers. The Wiseman Group has stepped up to the plate with a stunning entry. The process involved in making the wreath was classic TWG: many of the firm's creative minds were involved in the wreath's conception, and fine local artisans were used to fabricate the final product.

Concept drawing for Jingle & Mingle wreath
Artwork - Victoria Kennedy

James Hunter came up with the initial idea for the wreath while visiting Tuell and Reynolds, a TWG vendor in Cloverdale, California.  He spotted a bronze ring "drop," or casting remnant, from a table top they had cut down to make smaller. The circular shape suggested a wreath by the nature of its form. Paul Wiseman liked the idea and suggested the addition of a T and R casting of kelp, a remnant from a TWG custom project. The organic shape of the kelp is suggestive of mistletoe, holly, or perhaps a bow. A candle was added, and a way to mount the wreath was designed. Assistant Architectural Designer, Victoria Kennedy, did the concept drawing for T and R and spearheaded the rest of the production. Designer, Anna Sweeney, provided guidance and mentorship along the way.

Wreath profile

For the auction, the wreath has been hung on a painted door. Paul suggested painting the door a deep purple color he had seen on the home of Evans & Brown, another TWG vendor. Jafe Custom Finishing  painted the door with a rich, glossy finish. As one can see, this is a tremendous pro bono effort on the part of many talented people, all for a very worthy cause.

Back side of wreath

Jingle & Mingle Designer Wreath Auction

Thursday, December 5, 2013
6:30 PM till Late
Golden Gate Club, The Presidio
135 Fisher Loop 
San Francisco, California


Brenda Mickel, Design Prinicpal at The Wiseman Group,
arriving at the SFFAS preview gala
Photo - Drew Altizer Photography

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show opened its doors last week, and TWG staff were in attendance. SFFAS provides a quality shopping venue for The Wiseman Group, always in search of fine, one-of-a-kind items for clients' homes. The staff attended the preview opening, fanning out to canvass dealer displays. It was a "target-rich" environment with many lovely items to consider for client approval. 

Paul Wiseman at the NY show with vendor Daniel Harrison of H. M. Luther Antiques

Due to unusual circumstances, both SFFAS and the International Fine Art and Antiques Show in New York were held the same week this year. It was the first time in SFFAS history that Paul Wiseman was unable to attend. Paul usually leads The Wiseman Group design staff through the SFFAS to talk about key vendors and particular items of interest. A flurry of emails and iPhone photos allowed Paul to communicate with the staff in SF while he attended the NYC show, killing two birds with one stone. While at the NYC show, Paul found an important Art Deco verre églomisé screen for a client in California.

French Deco screen made of twenty-five reverse-painted glass panels (Paule Ingrand c 1942) found by Paul Wiseman at Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art and Antiques Show in New York

Victoria Kennedy, Assistant Architectural Designer, stands in front of an unusual patchwork zebra skin rug
from Galen Lowe Art & Antiques

After contacting clients with suggestions for purchases, several items from the SFFAS sold quickly. An unusual patchwork rug of zebra skin squares went to a TWG project in Tahoe. The rug will be hung on the wall as a tapestry. Two Italian Gio Ponti horn-shaped candelabras were found at Rachel Prater's booth. They were originally designed for Christofle, Paris, in 1927. Each one is on a circular foot with the conical stem capped by a dolphin finial. The candelabras went to a Hillsborough home recently installed by TWG. These pieces will become accents for the clients' new dining room.

Rachel Prater of Gallery 925 holds a rare Gio Ponti "Dauphin" candelabra, sold to a TWG client

More items that caught the tasteful eye of the staff:

A 1950s Belgian tapestry designed by Richard Lucas
for sale through 
The Lotus Collection 
TWG designer, Anna Sweeney, with Andre Arbus sconces (France c 1940)

A set of Japanese boxwood hair combs (20th c.)

A contemporary woodblock entitled "elmigration"
by British artist, Julian Meredith

An important bronze lamp by Agostini (1957)

A set of Meiji Period (1868-1912) lacquered trays

Late 19th c. Pakistani silk shawls
at The Lotus Collection

For over thirty years the SFFAS has been benefiting Enterprise for High School Students, a non-profit career development agency serving San Francisco youth. According to their website, it is the "oldest and most prestigious continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast, and recognized as one of the top five in the world. The Show features approximately sixty dealers from across the United States and Europe, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs."