Interview with Ken Fulk, Chair of the Designers & Artisans Circle
2019 marks your first year as Chair of the Designer and Artisan Circle at the San Francisco Fall Show – can you tell us more about this role and what you hope to achieve?
It’s such an honor to be part of this storied tradition. The design community has always been a true partner and collaborator with the show. My hope is to continue to build upon this longstanding tradition and promote this amazing show, not only within our own SF design community but with designers across the globe. Appropriately enough this year’s theme is Wanderlust.
What are your favorite parts/events/aspects of the Show – and why?
The opening night party is always the highlight of the season. Also I love the lecture series, which are always fun and informative.
What are your top 5 tips for first-time show attendees? And for designers specifically?
1. First and foremost shop early. Things move fast. If you see something you love – buy it.
2. Do not miss the opening party.
3. Attend the lectures. This year’s list is a Who’s Who of the design world and not to be missed.
4. Definitely learn more about Enterprise for Youth. It’s an incredible organization.
5. Make sure to go more than once. It’s easy to miss things your first time through.
What does this year’s theme Wanderlust mean to you? It’s about the desire to learn and be inspired by the world around us. Great design knows no boundaries.
Favorite decorative arts era – It’s a toss-up: the Aesthetic Movement of late 19th Century and Art Deco
Favorite (fine) artist – Thomas Eakins
Dream travel destination – I never tire of Paris and it never ceases to inspire.
Words to live by – Every Moment Matters
Rule to break – The one keeping you from moving forward.
Best advice you’ve ever gotten – You only regret the things you didn’t buy!