Sleek and Serene • The Nob Hill Gazette



Sometimes a centerpiece can work subtle magic, inviting you to watch and linger – and relax.

Acrylic and powder pigments on canvas (54 x 125 inches) from the Water World series by Scott Waterman.

Watermark. The Los Angeles-based artist’s paintings and large-scale commissions Scott waterman can be found all over the world in private residences and places where the ‘Black Amex tribe’ arrive by helicopter, such as the Grand Hotel at Villa Feltrinelli in Italy overlooking Lake Garda, the Carmelo Resort & Spa in Uruguay and the restaurants Foodies such as Matsuri in the Mandarin Oriental in Santiago, Chile. The former San Francisco resident – who dates back to the late 1980s – regularly collaborates with interior designers and architects, while also producing smaller-scale pieces like this recent work in acrylic and pigment powder on canvas (54 x 125 inches) of its Water World. series. Price on request; commissions available.

Conversation vase.

Confrontation. Pieces like this Conversation Vase ($ 3,065) from Lladró unlike any you might encounter while browsing the old-fashioned porcelain figurines and other neatly arranged tchotchkes in your grandmother’s curio cabinet. Part of the Fantasy Collection by Jaime Hayon, and available through Bergdorf Goodman, this playful vessel is a mix between the classic design of the Spanish decorative arts company and something much more contemporary you’ll want to talk about.

Lounge chair MR.

Modern rock (uh). Originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929, the fluid MR Lounge Chair, inspired by 19th century iron rocking chairs, represented one of the German architect’s earliest steel furniture designs. Available as part of Knoll’s MR collection, the lounge chair comes with a new chrome frame and a range of previously unavailable fabrics and leathers. Shown here in a shiny shade of Acqua leather called “Coral Sea” ($ 5,715), this updated piece in design history will elevate the look of any room.

Eel Velvet Cushion
Eel velvet cushion.

Pillow talk. Known for their clever and often irreverent wallpapers and fabrics, Timorous Beasties are a favorite of local interior designers like Dina bandman, Deniece Duscheone and Geoffroy De Sousa. If you’re not ready to commit to an integral pattern in your space – but like unusual patterns – the Glasgow-based design studio offers little touches of whimsy suitable for any home. Dress up your favorite sofa or accent chair with any number of decorative pillows, like the Eel Velvet Cushion ($ 149) in Sage. Other scenes worthy of conversation include birds, insects, bees, botanical designs, and abstract prints.

Jiun Ho: Experience

Globetrotter. Award-winning interior designer based in San Francisco Jiun Ho reflects on a life of travel, exploration and creativity in his new book Jiun Ho: Experience ($ 80). Both an inspiring travelogue and a recording of the designer’s most prolific work, the color-illustrated tome – written with a scholar Nancy Greystone and published by Pointed Leaf Press – includes scenes from life around the world, while chronicling the luxury hotels, restaurants and residences that have made him an internationally recognized design powerhouse.


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