de Gournay officially opened the doors of its new San Francisco showroom on Wednesday 1st March. Situated on Sacramento St, the go-to haven of architecture and interior design in the charming Pacific Heights neighbourhood, the exterior of the showroom was adorned with flowers beautifully arranged by San Francisco designer Jonathan Rachman. Showcasing many of their latest designs and innovative techniques as well as exciting new colourways for some of thier existing motifs to a varied assembly of the Bay’s top interior designers and press.
Claud Cecil Gurney, founder of de Gournay, with his daughters Hannah and Rachel Gurney, both company directors, were there to welcome guests alongside showroom manager Gwendolyn Rayner.
On his decision to open in San Francisco, Claud, a great fan of the city, said ‘San Francisco is on the edge of the world in every sense. It is not only a wonderful place to live full of welcoming and friendly people but it has some of the greatest design talent in the world and is a bridge to the Pacific and Asia. We cannot afford not to be here.’
The Japanese & Korean ‘Wisteria’ design, hand embroidered on Silver gilded silk covers the entrance walls alongside the showstopping new ‘Amazonia’ design, a verdant tropical scene inspired by the Amazon rainforest. Filled with palms, monkeys, toucans and parrots, hand painted onto a distressed rice paper of bold Turquoise, the vivid design elements complimented Rachman’s beautiful arrangement of peonies, orchids, renunculus and hydrangeas.
Created especially for the occasion, de Gournay’s artists painted a custom scenic wallcovering celebrating America’s historical journey. ‘Foundation of North America' depicts a range of the country’s scenery, beginning with the arrival of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1621 and the farming traditions of East Hampton in 1648, to buffalo hunts on horseback in Wyoming and covered wagon trails through Yosemite. Past the Rocky Mountains and the vast plains of Yellowstone, the scene concludes on the West Coast with the colossal Redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest. A San Francisco cityscape is now in the pipeline.
Their celebrated St Laurent design, inspired by a wallcovering from the Paris apartment of Yves Saint Laurent, was re-interpreted in a new colorway. Pairs of peacocks and white doves perched amongst fruit trees on an Apple Green background brought the outside in, illustrative of de Gournay’s proud use of vibrant colours that infuse people’s homes and lives with happiness and colour.
The powder room, a gilded Art Deco enclave discreetly set off from the main showroom was much envied by all. The walls are embellished with their Rateau design inspired by Armand Rateau’s whimsical woodland glade scenes. Clive Christian’s bespoke black walnut and oak cabinet doors beautifully tone with the wallcovering.
Claud Cecil Gurney continued ‘Our job is to paint so, whatever is required; we will endeavour to bring beauty and art into the lives of our clients and the interiors of San Francisco’.
Original article published by de Gournay