Event description

A design seminar and reception. Images, ideas and conversation with Catherine Kwong, Jay Jeffers, and Kendall Wilkinson. Prosecco and bits at 5:30 pm, presentations at 7 pm.

This evening is planned and directed by Diane Dorrans Saeks, a leading design book author of 22 design and style books.

Follow and find out more about DIANE: @dianedorranssaeks and her influential blog, The Style Saloniste and in her books published by Rizzoli, most recently’Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors’.


Designing for the vivid present and the future, three leading San Francisco designers show vivid images of their newest work. Each designer discusses new ways of working, and presents ideas from their recent portfolios, including new work on the boards.

Each designer vibrantly reveals their creative process and details strategic thinking. Innovation, their use of tech, and vivid insights and inspiration are examined and illustrated.

We discuss and examine the importance of fearless creativity, connecting with clients, and focusing on content rather than style, being daring, the courageous use of tech, and the power of aesthetics in interior design

Catherine Kwong
Catherine Kwong started her career in New York, designing interiors for Studio Sofield and flagship stores for Ralph Lauren. She opened Catherine Kwong Design in 2011 and has worked on interior design projects all over the world; She has worked with Paul Vincent Wiseman. Catherine holds degrees from Brown University and Parsons School of Design. She has contributed important room designs to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase and is an outstanding role model for young designers.

Jay Jeffers
Jay Jeffers, originally from Texas, is the author of Collected Cool (now in its second printing by Rizzoli). Since establishing his San Francisco-based interior design firm, JayJeffers in 1999, Jay has designed residences, resorts and hotels in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Wine Country, Los Angeles, New York and beyond. He creates signature collections of furniture, accessories, and lighting for Arteriors. His second design book will be published in the fall.

Kendall Wilkinson
Interior designer Kendall Wilkinson is known for her versatility and meticulous attention to detail. The key to each design is her deep understanding of the requirements for modern living. Recent projects include a penthouse in a San Francisco high-rise with a super-chic white-on-white decor. Collaborating with top California architects and contractors, Wilkinson takes astute steps to preserve the history and integrity of classical interiors or to add a sense of architecture to new construction. She designs textiles for Fabricut.

After each designer has presented their new work with images and words, we will gather for a reception to discuss design and meet the designers and ask questions, make contacts and appointments.

About the Venue
DZINE is a leader in curating the best of contemporary Italian design for over 14 years. DZINE inhabits a 16,000 square foot showroom in San Francisco’s Design District and represents over 30 leading furniture, kitchen, bath and wardrobe manufacturers. Top design brands featured at DZINE include Living Divani, Paola Lenti, Baxter, Boffi, Porro, Poltrona Frau and DePadova. DZINE also represents local makers, artists and a broad range of accessory and lighting manufacturers.

DZINE Gallery extends DZINE’s spacious showroom beyond its floors and on to its walls. Incorporating art in to the showroom’s furniture vignettes contextualizes the work while elevating both the art and the furnishings. The gallery works with both established and emerging artists and presents a new exhibition every six months. Each exhibition focuses on Bay Area based artists, a local maker and a performing arts company. DZINE Gallery is proud to represent some of the most exciting artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Proceeds go to benefit San Francisco Design Week programming for interior design.


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