Modernity Meets Antiquity: The San Francisco Bay Area Interiors of Frances Elkins
Scott Powell, author of the celebrated and newly released book, Frances Elkins: Visionary American Designer, discusses the timeless elegance and the wide-ranging influence of interior designer Frances Elkins (1887-1953). Powell’s focus of Elkins’ work is in the San Francisco Bay Area and presents many, never-seen images. Called “the most creative designer we have ever had” by Billy Baldwin, Elkins brought an international perspective and architectural sensibility to her work, melding the best American, English, French, Asian and Mexican traditions. In addition to her brother, the famous architect, David Adler, with whom she collaborated on many projects, Elkins’ social circle included design luminaries from all over the world. Join us and hear about the life and work of this legendary designer who was considered the only rival to Elsie de Wolfe.
Institution or Organization name - American Decorative Arts Forum