Making an Entrance – Interview with Riccardo Benavides

We all know you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So one of the crucial ingredients in the recipe for a memorable evening is the way it starts: with a showstopping entrance. Thankfully, the San Francisco show is thrilled to be working again with Riccardo Benavides, founder and creative director of Ideas Event Styling, to pull off what is no small feat.
This year, we are doubly blessed in having the entrance generously underwritten by Kohler – a match made in heaven – or at the very least “under the stars”. Betsy Froehlich, marketing manager of Kohler, states: “Kohler has a long and rich history tied to design, art and innovation that remains at the core of everything we do. From product design to technological innovations, from experiential offerings to luxury hospitality, we pride ourselves on gracious, artist approaches and solutions. Having the opportunity to work closely with the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is truly an honor, as well as an extension of our respect and dedication to history, culture and art.”

Curious as to how he will exceed last’s years still-talked about display (photo below by Drew Altizer), we asked Riccardo a few questions:

What is your involvement with the show and the opening night gala?
J. Riccardo Benavides and the Ideas Event Styling team has been honored to be the selected décor company for the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show opening night preview gala by Suzanne Tucker for the second year in a row.

How will you incorporate this year’s theme (The Sun, The Moon and The Stars) into the show entrance?
The entrance will have a vintage quality – landscaped in blue hues and mirrored accents with antique, celestial map icons. Large 4 to 12 foot stars will envelop the midnight sky overhead.

As a designer and creative director, what sets the opening night gala of the San Francisco fall show apart from so many other events in town?
San Francisco is fortunate to have patrons that welcome extravagant yet elegant events. The Fall Art & Antiques Show stands out as an event that is synonymous with luxury while maintaining a touch of whimsy and ethereal appeal.

On a personal note: will you have time to shop the show yourself (I hope so)? If yes, what would you be looking for? Are you a collector?
As a designer, I look for inspiration in architecture, furnishings, fashion, textiles and accessories. I look for pieces that withstand the test of time – pieces that transcend all generations and can be appreciated by all ages. My personal collection consists of traditional French and English antiques, such as vintage clocks, opulent jewelry, and over-the-top conversation pieces.

Thank you Riccardo, and see you at the show!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 25 – Atmosphere at The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Opening Night Preview Gala on October 25th 2017 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer)