Event description

In partnership with the American Institute of Architects/San Francisco (AIASF), Flexform San Francisco will host a lively panel discussion, “The New Luxury” followed by a cocktail reception.

Luxury is no longer about how rare your handbag is, how big your yacht is or how hand-made your watch is. Esteemed design innovators will explore what luxury means to creative individuals. The panel is moderated by best-selling design author Diane Dorrans Saeks, editor, C Magazine; contributing editor, Hearst Design Group; and founder of The Style Saloniste @dianedorranssaeks.


Gary Hutton, Interior designer & Principal, Gary Hutton Design
Mead Quin, Designer and Founder of Mead Quin Design
Alexis Tompkins, Designer & Creative Director, Chroma
Takashi Yanai, FAIA, Architect & Partner, Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney

Gary Hutton
Principal, Gary Hutton Design

Gary Hutton is a son of California, formally trained in studio arts and interior design. His small, artful practice creates relevant, trend-setting interiors coveted by tastemakers in many fields and by clients in search of curated living.

Hutton’s talents, engagement with process, and 40-year career have always been admired by industry insiders. Recently, broader audiences are celebrating his creativity, innovation, problem solving and resolved interior design work. Client projects vary from small city apartments to multi-year new construction. Hutton’s practice has rare experience in evolving shelter challenges like advanced technology, entertainment and security systems. Concurrently, his studio has high-level expertise in sustainability standards and design for off-the-grid living. Follow @ garyhuttondesign.

Mead Quin
Founder, Mead Quin Design

Prior to founding Mead Quin Design, Mead was a successful fine artist focused on portraits. Through this experience, she spent time bringing out the spirit and identity of her subjects onto a 2D canvas. At Mead Quin Design, she does the same inside 3D space, reflecting her clients’ personalities in homes designed to encourage their own essence.

Mead seeks to bring inspiration and motivation balanced with contemplation and relaxation. This is driven by a desire to enrich everyday lives through both beauty and functionality. Therefore, every design is backed by thoughtful planning coupled with careful selection of high-quality items that are meaningful and adored rather than just pretty. While every detail is thoughtfully considered, her keep-it-simple, lighthearted approach results in enjoyable experiences and lasting relationships. @meadquindesign

Alexis Tompkins, Creative Director, Chroma

Alexis Tompkins is the creative director at CHROMA, a San Francisco based residential interior design studio. CHROMA places itself within the broader contemporary design culture, encompassing bold interior design highly informed by art, fashion, architecture, and history.

Alexis sets the tone for CHROMA’s vibrantly artistic spirit. Raised in a family of artists and curators, she studied Art History and Studio Art before working as an art consultant, curator and designer. Alexis holds space for team members and clients alike to hone their sense of style while pushing the boundaries of what is possible in residential design; saying yes to “out there” while keeping timeless sophistication front of mind.

CHROMA is currently working on imaginative Bay Area residences, mixing influences spanning eras and materials with an approach to design that creates fresh expressions. @chromasf

Takashi Yanai
Architect & Partner, Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney

Takashi Yanai, FAIA has been the Residential Studio Director since 2004 where he leads the firm’s efforts in the design and execution of award-winning single family residences. Takashi’s projects have been published extensively in the national and international press. Takashi brings a keen sensitivity and interest in site and context coupled with a strong appreciation for the craft of building and materiality born of his dual Californian and Japanese heritage. His houses are a lasting and profound articulation of the relationship between man and nature that underscores architecture’s power to enhance our environments. Prior to practicing architecture, Takashi was an editor at GA Houses in Tokyo where he had the privilege of engaging with the world’s finest residential architects. Takashi is very active in the AIA Committee on Design, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the A+D Museum, Los Angeles. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the USC School of Architecture, and lectures throughout the world. Alongside architecture, Takashi has a strong interest in photography and social media. His professional activities, travels and personal interests are well-documented and widely followed (60,000 followers) on his Instagram account @t_yanai.

Register for Opening Night Party June 20th.