A Collaboration of Contemporary and Antiques with Jeffry Weisman of Fisher Weisman

When the San Francisco Fall Show unveiled the newly re-established Designer Vignettes back in 2015, Fisher Weisman created a stunning display. The theme that year was “Time After Time” and their vignette, titled “Midnight Tea in the Garden of Antiquity” was a fantastical explosion of gold and deep blue, with the combination of de Gournay’s custom wallpaper echoing Andrew Fisher’s 24-karat gilded tapestry, they masterfully played with the theme of time as it relates to design.

Photo by Drew Altizer

We sat down with Jeffry Weisman to talk about Fisher Weisman‘s approach to incorporating art and antiques into their interiors and asked him to share a few examples with us. Here he describes three homes where the combination of contemporary art, architecture and design come together in different and wonderful ways.

Photograph by François Dischinger

“We decorated this living room in a grand Pacific Heights apartment with an assortment of antiques and modern designs. The lyrical mid-century bronze chair inspired by antique Chinese design, the 40’s Venetian sconces above the mantel, the bronze andirons from the 1950’s and the pair of ancient Chinese vases on the commodes add depth and richness to the scheme.” says Weisman. “The juxtaposition of the antiques and the contemporary pieces, most by Fisher Weisman, with the boldly graphic prints by Donald Sultan create the subtle tension that gives the room its punch.”

Photograph by Grey Crawford
Photograph by Grey Crawford

Weisman describes the images above: “This living room in a contemporary house in Carmel has a rich combination of antique and contemporary pieces, lush colors and textures, and modern art. As a counterpoint to the foggy climate and forest-like setting of the house, we made the room extra warm and cozy. The antiques have a similar level of detail and visual interest as the contemporary tables by Andrew Fisher. The painting by Tom Leaver adds a vista and sense of mystery in the same warm putty hues of the velvet wall upholstery.”

Photograph by Grey Crawford

“In our San Miguel de Allende living room, this large quilt of coffee filters by Andrew Fisher sets the tone and drama for the room. Unframed on the white plaster wall, the quilt hovers one the banquette adding a wonderful texture to the room. The textiles are secondary to the art; there is no matching one to the other. The pair of monumental tables lamps by James Mont frame the artwork perfectly” says Weisman.

The juxtaposition of contemporary and modern pieces has long been a topic of discussion amongst designers, and very much so at the Fall Show where our exhibitors range from antiquity to contemporary. Five years in, the Designer Vignettes have become a much anticipated annual highlight of the show, greeting guests in the Grand Entry Hall as they arrive. We were honored to have Fisher Weisman in our inaugural showcase.

by Ariane Trimuschat, Director-at-Large