Sabrina Buell, Matt Cohler, Alison Pincus, Eric Cohler
I recently had the pleasure of meeting designer Eric Cohler at the signing for his first book, “Cohler on Design,” a beautiful monograph that features some of his best projects, and where he shares insights on how to collect pieces over time and integrate them into your home.
The book party was held at Hudson Grace, the new Pacific Heights boutique that carries the most perfectly curated assortment of home, tabletop and entertaining accessories. Since opening in 2012 it has quickly become one of the most popular destination for design enthusiasts in San Francisco.
Trevor Traina, Allison Speer – Priscilla Chan, Matt Cohler and Arielle Zuckerberg
Store owners Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton, with Cohler’s friends Alison Pincus, Sabrina Buell and Allison Speer, along with his brother, Matt Cohler (a general partner at Benchmark), brought together a fabulous group of people, ranging from interior design fans to fashionistas to tech entrepreneurs.
Among those who came to see Cohler was Dr. Priscilla Chan, who may be looking for design ideas after purchasing a home in San Francisco’s charming Dolores Heights last year with husband Mark Zuckerberg (a fact that kept neighbors, bloggers, realtors, designers and other gossip-bees buzzing for weeks.) I also spotted Jeremy Stoppelman and girlfriend Zoey Stafford, Nextdoor.com founder Nirav Tolia, IfOnly.com founder Trevor Traina, healthy living expert Sloan Barnett (in one of the most chic cocktail dresses ever), art expert Dorka Keehn, media consultant and investor Nina Stanford (who told me about the exciting new fashion site, Vaunte.com), filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, commercial interior designer Michael Bodziner, real estate developer Regina Callan, and a TRI triumvirate of Malin Giddings, Max Armour and Joel Goodrich.
Brothers Eric Cohler and Matt Cohler – Eric signs his book for Priscilla Chan
Though based in New York, Cohler has developed an impressive clientele in the Bay Area, largely comprised of Silicon Valley business leaders and tastemakers — names you’d undoubtedly recognize were he to disclose them (a model of discretion and professionalism, he doesn’t name names.) But I first began hearing about him in September 2011, around the time he was opening his West Coast office, and working on a project for a prominent family, one of many to follow. The great thing about his book, however, is that it provides ideas that work just as well for the general reader as for the tech elite.
Alison Pincus with Nextdoor.com Founders Sarah Leary and Nirav Tolia
Alison Pincus, co-founder of One Kings Lane, has long been a fan of his work. In fact, her site recently recommended “Cohler on Design” to its readers, noting that “the book, and Cohler’s philosophy, is less about conforming to design tenets and more about finding a process that works for you and creating a space that you are proud to call home.”
Cohler created this room in 2008 in honor of his dad, calling it “an ode to him and his strength.” Photo: Peter Margonelli
With the sort of tips and tricks that make a design book a joy read, and the lush photography that makes it indispensable, “Cohler on Design” is a volume you really should add to your library soon.
Zoey Stafford, Jeremy Stoppelman, Allison Speer, Alison Pincus
Jeremy Stoppelman, Zoey Stafford – Monelle Totah, Barbara Brown
Monelle Totah, Scot Meacham Wood, Drew Poling – Sloan Barnett, Dorka Keehn
George Revel, Rebecca Miller – Store Designer Michael Bodziner, Damion Matthews
Sabrina Buell, Katie Traina – Jocelyn Sandler, Amy Fierstein, Nina Stanford
Max Armour, Belind Getler – Susan Greenleaf, Claudia Ceniceros
Kristen Evans, Susan Greenleaf – Allison Bloom, Tiffany Shlain, Emily Mughannam
Eva Modena, Joy Rebling – Maura Lasater, Erin Grody
Monelle Totah, Lee Gregory – Sara Ledterman, Eric Cohler, Gene Ogden
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With Sloan and Roger Barnett, Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, Jean-Pierre Conte, and Alison and Mark Pincus, Gucci recently hosted a private cocktail party at the San Francisco store to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the loafer, and the new 1953 collection for men and women.
Catherine Kwong’s living room, inspired by Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger, is one of the highlights of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, taking place at 2800 Pacific Avenue.
Michael S. Smith was recently honored at Hedge Gallery in San Francisco at a party hosted by Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty and Allison Speer. His design work for a Palladian Villa in Malibu is being put up for auction at Christie’s in New York. Nicolas Berggruen, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, Dede Wilsey, and Sabrina Buell were among the guests.
Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton recently hosted a reception for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in anticipation of its upcoming Gala on April 20, 2013, which pays tribute to legendary opera baritone and Conservatory Advisory Board member Thomas Hampson.
Conservatory mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook directs and stars in a program featuring special performances by Hampson with Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists. Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski co-chair the event, with catering by McCall’s Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios.
Tickets for this very special occasion can be purchased at www.sfcm.edu
UCSF Partners in Care recently held its 2013 kick-off membership event at Reed & Greenough. Membership co-Chairs Schuyler Hudak and Libby Leffler hosted the launch party and kicked off the well-attended evening with brief remarks, followed by UCSF Partners in Care President Katie Budge, who spoke about the services that the auxiliary organization provides to the hospital.
UCSF Partners in Care works with UCSF hospital staff to fund programs that provide comfort and well-being to patients and their families while visiting the UCSF medical center.
Guests enjoyed spirited greyhounds nicknamed “Doctor’s Orders,” and a “Members Only” wine special while noshing on sweet treats from Kara’s Cupakes, and savory sliders and arancini from Cedar Hill Kitchen and Smokehouse.
Please visit www.ucsfpartnersincare.org for more information about this important organization.
Renowned European designer Ms. Madeline Pauw recently made an appearance at a delightful luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco, where her Spring 2013 collection was presented.
The Pauw collection is designed by Madeleine Pauw, daughter of the original founders. Pauw is known for its luxurious fabrics and soft touches of femininity while integrating just a splash of masculine undertones, but always keeping the fit and style in mind for the female physique. The company has been in business for over 50 years, and originally was created in the Netherlands where it currently has 29 stores.
You can purchase pieces from Pauw at Saks Fifth Avenue at 384 Post Street, San Francisco, or online at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Mid Winter Gala for 2013 honored the exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” with a chic winter wonderland that raised over $400k. Marissa Mayer, Jonathan Ive, Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty, Dick Costolo, Stephan Jenkins, Connie Nielsen, Lori Levine, Evgenia Peretz, Jeremy Stoppelman, Trevor Traina, Allison Speer and Kathryn Lasater were among the 380 who attended.
Stephanie Phair, the managing director of Outnet.com, recently visited from London to host a luncheon previewing Oscar de la Renta’s new limited edition collection designed exclusively for The Outnet.
The Italian artist, Paolo Troilo, recently debuted his first U.S. exhibit at Coup d’Etat, the most exceptional designer space in San Francisco.
Sponsored by Testa Vineyards, the event brought together San Francisco tastemakers such as Jack Calhoun, Stephen Brady, Gary Friedman, Joy Bianchi, Anna Weinberg, Ken Fulk, and Jamie Finegold, among others.
The exhibit will run at Coup d’Etat until May 2013.
Visit Coup d’Etat at 111 Rhode Island, or online at coupdetatsf.com
The International Museum of Women (IMOW) hosted its annual Celebrating Change Benefit on March 6th, 2013, and the associated Vanguard Group hosted its Art Live Lounge benefit.
This year’s benefit featured IMOW’s second annual Innovator Award for Women in Technology, presented to Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems.
The International Museum of Women is an innovative online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate, inspire and advance the lives of women around the world. With the support of over 500 guests, IMOW raised over $200,000 to benefit its mission and exhibitions. Guests enjoyed a night of art and inspiration from the museum’s virtual collection, music, networking and dancing, while watching notable female artists create original artwork.
Learn more about the International Museum of Women at www.imow.org
Jay Jeffers recently designed three of the 23 penthouses of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe. The homes range from $1,250,000 to $4,500,000 in price.