Mick and Bianca Rule at the San Francisco Decorator's Showcase by

Issue 72 · The Gold Coast · May 15, 2013

Mick and Bianca Rule at the San Francisco Decorator's Showcase

Issue 72 · The Gold Coast · May 15, 2013

There's never any shortage of glamor at San Francisco's annual Decorator's Showcase, but this year we were particularly taken with designer Catherine Kwong's rock-and-roll-meets-the-jet-set theme in the living room of an 1899 Pacific Height's Georgian mansion. Kwong was inspired by Mick and Bianca (Jagger, that is), specifically from their early Saint Tropez cruising days, with Bianca in a white pants suit and Mick swathed in silk scarves. For more on Catherine Kwong, see our Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory.

Photography by David Duncan Livingston except where noted.

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Above: Kwong kept the original ceilings with gilded detail, a counterpoint to the white and midnight blue hand-painted floor.

Catherine Kwong Living Room

Above: Installed on either side of the mantlepiece are circa 1970s Mario Yagi/Sirrah, Garbo lighting with long fringe shades. The silk taffeta drapes are custom made with unfinished edge detail and braided trim fabricated by Georgina Rice & Co. The Milo chair frames with polished brass finish are from Lawson-Fenning, reupholstered in white quilted Rubelli fabric. The two basalt stone side tables with polished tops are from Michael Taylor. Photograph by Bess Friday.

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Above: The large vintage wood desk from Coup d’Etat is painted black with white pinstriping. The oak bench with brass caps is covered with Mongolian sheepskin, while the oversized barn door panels in ebonized wood finish are punctuated with bronze pyramid studs that echo the vintage brass hourglass sconces.

Catherine Kwong table

Above L: A drinks cart. Above A: a detail of the floor. Photograph by Bess Friday.

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Above: The floor was painted in layers of midnight blue by SF-based Stancil Studios. Oversized brushes (the size of brooms) were used to create the dramatic Cy Twombly-inspired white strokes of paint across the floor.

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Above: The curved-back sofa is upholstered in a silk wool fabric with a large black and white photograph by Henry Leutwyler above.

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