Jingle & Mingle 2010

Detail of Wreath by Tish Key Interior Design (Photo: Michael Bello)

Children of Shelters, founded in 1995 to help children living in transition and in shelters, assists an estimated 4,000 homeless children. Their two annual holiday events, Jingle & Mingle and Santa Fest are their major benefits to finance programs such as back-to-school clothing, one-on-one tutoring, college and secondary school tuition assistance and more.

This year the Board of Directors, Lois Pavlow, Serena Fairchild Sheldon, Summer Tompkins Walker, Sarah R. Moore, Heidi Castelein, Alison Kiley, and Kate Sheridan Chung, along with their board members, organized their tenth Jingle & Mingle event. It brought together San Francisco’s society and design community to cheer the holidays and to raise money in them most creative of spirits.

Held at the historic Presidio Officers’ Club guests got to bid on some of the most creative and stunning holiday wreaths while enjoying wines and cocktails and tasting hors d’oeuvres from various San Francisco restaurants.

Summer Tompkins-Walker and Vanessa Getty

The venue was designed by Ken Fulk Design and provided comfortable lounge areas throughout the Officers’ Club, a much-appreciated option to rest one’s heels for a moment. But most of the activity of course was around the stunning wreaths, as guests wondered what the designers were inspired by and where some of the more unique materials came from.

Over 50 of the top Bay Area designers and artists conjured up exquisite one-of-a-kind creations to be auctioned off. Shapes and materials pushed the boundaries of what we generally expect from a holiday wreath. From squares to deer heads, and from magazine pages to electrical wires and old light bulbs, nothing was off limit, and the results were the reflection of the impressive creativity San Francisco has to offer.

Ken Fulk, Jo Labagh, Nelson Bloncourt

Raising a toast to artistry and to support of Children of Shelters were Vanessa Getty, board members Lana Adair, Melissa Barber, Summer Tompkins-Walker, Jenna Lidell-Hunt and Bryan Hunt, Karen Caldwell, Angelique Griepp, Helen Hilton Raiser and Jennifer Raiser, Joy Bianchi, Jessica and Jason Moment, Kate Harbin, Sobia Shaikh, Elizabeth Touw, Holly Baxter and Lindsay Bolton.

Sobia Shaikh, Susan Dunlevy

In friendly competition designers came to appraise their colleagues’ creations and to view their own, hung from old doors and lit to highlight their allure. Amidst them were landscape architect Stephen Suzman and Katharine Webster, architects Ken Linsteadt and Aleck Wilson, interior designers Douglas Durkin, Ken Fulk, Steven Volpe, Gil Mendez, Nicole Hollis, Vernon Applegate, Gioi Tran, Barbara Scavullo, Tish Key, Will Wick, Michael Burg, Beryn Hammil, Barbara Ashfield, David Hansen, Cecilia Sagrera Hill, George Brazil, sculptor Adam P. Gale, artists Daniel Tousignant and Shirley Robinson, Jennifer Perlmutter, floral designers Mandy Scott, Paul Robertson, lighting artist Michael Donnely of Dogfork Lamp Arts, seamstress Madina Aryeh, and retailers Marta Benson of Gump’s and Sue Fisher King.

“I love supporting Children of Shelters’ programs by purchasing a wreath every year at Jingle & Mingle. I started buying wreaths for my own home six years ago and now I try to buy at least one wreath annually as a gift for friends. These wreaths are one of a kind and my purchase makes a difference in the lives of many- that is a recipe for a great gift!” Anonymous

And now let me introduce you to:

THE TRADITIONALISTS

Beryn Hammil took red silk roses and dusted the edges of the petals in red glitter for a most elegant holiday wreath.

Beryn Hammil

Elizabeth Touw, Sobia Shaikh, Susan Dunlevy

Cecilia Sagrera and George Brazil created a wreath was influenced by the incomparable jewelry of Tony Duquette. To represent the iconic designer’s penchant for unusual materials the gilded leaves illustrated his use of handcrafted metal, and the organically shaped berries represented the colorful gems. Contrasted by a teal ribbon the arrangement looked worthy of a Roman emperor.


Sagrera Brazil Design (Photo: Michael Bello)

Sue Fisher King paired classic evergreen with touches of teal and turquoise in the form of pinecones dusted in teal glitter, sparkling birds and a turquoise satin ribbon.

Sue Fisher King

Jennifer Fick, John Bradfield, Joy Bianchi

THE PURISTS

Gil Mendez’s 35 pound ring of humble everyday childhood memories was tailored beauty reminiscent of simpler times, created from red crayons tied with the perfect large red satin ribbon.

Gil Mendez Design

Jennifer Weiss arranged perfect bands of felt for their wintery piece that had the soft appearance of a winter-white cashmere coat.

J. Weiss Design

Barbara Ashfield’s and David Hansen’s classic star made from pale bird’s eye maple with black edges, held by an elegant black & white vintage ribbon from Ribbonerie, was evocative of the styling and palette of Biedermeier furniture.

Ashfield Hansen Design

“Children of Shelters is a charity very close to my heart, and I love Biedermeier. So I am very happy to have won this beautiful star wreath to hang in my study all year round.” — Jenna Liddell Hunt

Jenna and Bryan Hunt

THE MINIMALISTS

Steven Volpe must have been inspired by the long nights of Winter with his irregularly shaped piece of blackened metal braces and black tulle.

Steven Volpe Design (Photo: Michael Bello)

Melissa Barber and Erin Lowenberg

Gloria Marth is known for tailored their interiors fabricated a square wreath from steel reminiscent of an industrial window.

Gloria Marth Interiors

Jacqueline Sacks and Angelique Griepp

THE SENSUALISTS

Monica Duque’s organic creation was influenced by studio visits to various Bay Area artists. Visiting John Lewis Glass in Oakland they stumbled across recycled glass disks that were waste from drilling holes in the fabrication of sinks for Kohler. Combined with curly driftwood branches, surrounded by a ring wrapped in rope, the designers composed a wreath representing the chilly and dry air of Winter.

Duque Design Group

Michael Burg collaborated with c1901 in devising a simple large upholstered ring made from lipstick-red cowhide studded with nailheads.

Michael Burg Design & c1901

Katherine North returned to her roots with her firm’s design. Her family owns Kelly Miller Circus, and in the 1940s her great uncle John Ringling North of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey popularized what is called a web rope. Web ropes are generally suspended from the top of the circus tent via metal cable rigging and are used to support areal ballets. Katherine has always been very fond of those areal ballets, and to pay tribute to her family’s circus legacy she composed a wreath from web ropes tied together with metal cable rigging.

Northbrook Design

Helen Hilton Raiser and Jennifer Raiser

THE NATURALISTS

Douglas Durkin used traditional materials in an untraditional shape with a variety of natural elements, such as branches, different color mosses, pinecones and berries.

Douglas Durkin Design

Heidi Castelan, Douglas Durkin, Serena Fairchild

Decorum, an intellectual consortium comprised of four interior design firms, namely Ashfield Hansen Design, Brian Dittmar Design, Sagrera Brazil and my own firm Adeeni Design Group, got together to create a wreath inspired by the four seasons. Each firm created a lacquer square adorned with materials and objects reminiscent of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Decorum (Photo: Michael Bello)

Baylor Chapman, owner of Lila B Design, a certified green floral and garden design firm, likes to use long-lasting flowers, repurposed and sustainable materials. They juxtaposed life and inanimacy by encapsulating nature in glass globe terrariums, forming a circle on a polished copper square.

Lila B Design

George Brazil, David Hansen, Michael Burg, Larry Martin

THE PROVOCATEURS

Ken Fulk, often pushing the boundaries of what may seem appropriate, literally went below the belt with his traditionally shaped wreath fashioned from pages of a porn magazine complete with a condom and hung from a black leather harness strap. Let’s just say, there was a lot of talk about it throughout the evening. In the end it served as an example of audacity paying off, judging by the amount of bids it had received.

Ken Fulk Design

Barbara Scavullo’s witty Wheel of Fortune actually spun, and it was filled with New Year’s resolutions where the winning numbers included messages like ” I will pay my bills on time”, I will have more sex”, “I will give pedestrians the right of way” and “I will send a handwritten letter instead of an email”.

Barbara Scavullo Design

Una Malan and Waldo Gibson

THE STORYTELLERS

Gump’s recalled Christmas traditions with a framed vintage photo of their legendary store surrounded by beautiful quotes from Charles Dickens, Charles N. Barnard and others written in the most gorgeous red calligraphy.

Gump’s (Photo: Michael Bello)

Nicole Hollis’ creation could be considered minimal in display, but it was full of movement and made you linger to watch a creature running around a wreath and the spinning head of a snowman, all simply projected in white light onto the door.

Nicole Hollis Interior Design (Photo: Michael Bello)

Kate Harbin, Douglas Durkin, Rachel Latch

Shirley Robinson created a beautiful old-fashioned round plaque with the delicate painting of a goldfinch on snow-topped branches of evergreens, recalling romantic memories of winter.

Shirley Robinson


Jason and Jessica Moment

THE LUMINAIRIES

Kimberly Ayres’ hexagon-shaped design made from brass tubing tipped with decorative bulbs would also make a beautiful light fixture.

Kimberly Ayres Interior Design

Ricky Serbin and Mitchell Benjamin

Michael Donnelly took the idea of the wreath horizontal, more reminiscent of European Advent wreaths. A ring fashioned from a cluster of lit vintage fishing floats was suspended from a heavy metal bracket with iron chains.

Dogfork Lamp Arts

The beauty of the architectural design by Aleck Wilson made from intersecting sheets of acrylic was emphasized by the light behind it, which made it glow quite mysteriously.

Moroso Construction & Aleck Wilson Architects

Gary Friedman and Claudia Castillo Ross

THE METALSMITHS

Ken Linstaedt designed an almost delicate criss cross of metal rods accented with big chunks of glass to form a spiky “ring”.

Ken Linstaedt Architects (Photo: Michael Bello)

Michael Bello, Kaylee Tierney, Robert Whitworth

Metal sculptor Adam P. Gale, the frontrunner for the highest bids, created two wreaths this year, both of course in his signature material. One was a free-standing, with riveted squares of steel fashioned into a ring, and the other one was a jewelry-like circle comprised of bronze bands in the shapes of circles and squares, attached to the door with a very serious metal bracket.

Adam P. Gale

Adam P. Gale, Megan Murr, Holly Mitchell, Josh Lambert

Kelly Keiser fashioned their wreath from rusted bells and keys strung from a willow ring, the perfect choice for a country house.

Kelly Keiser Splendid Interiors

Laticia Headings, Maya Hiersoux, Kelly Keiser

THE LUXURISTS

Daniel Tousignant bejeweled a red stag head with hundreds of red rhinestones, as its antlers formed the circle of a wreath. Hanging from one of them was a generous spherical ornament painted with one of Daniel’s meticulous landscapes.

Daniel Tousignant for JAK Home

Daniel Tousignant and James Geras

Chandler Prewitt turned an animal skull, hemp romp and crystal into an object of opulence that felt like an over-scaled mystical tribal necklace.

Chandler Prewitt Design

Katherine Jacobus and Gloria Marth

Tish Key’s tailored creation was traditional in shape but modern in execution. The swirly coral-colored felt ring was suspended from a tan leather belt, evoking the Equestrian glamour of Herm s.

Tish Key Interior Design

Laura Miller and Michelle Ojala

THE CONSERVATIONISTS

Gioi Tran and Vernon Applegate created art out of chaos and trash. Due to their recent office move they were left with a ton of wires and burnt out light bulbs ready for the dumpster. With a great sense of humor, a generous dose of creativity, and hours of twisting and tying the result was a wreath out of the ordinary.

Applegate Tran Interiors

“This piece could have sold for $100K at Art Basel Miami.” Holly Baxter, Baxter & Cook Art Advisors, who had just returned from Art Basel.

Drew Altizer

Will Wick, known for his industrial aesthetic composed an unpretentious yet beautiful wreath from a large vintage rope formed into a perfect circle and strung from an old pulley, simple and effective.

Wick Design Group

Jennifer Kelly and Will Wick

Me and my team at Adeeni Design Group wanted to reuse some leftover acrylic from a recent cafe project. Inspired by its translucent quality and childhood memories of creating holiday paper cuts we designed a bright orange snowflake ring with a smaller snowflake suspended from the bottom.

Adeeni Design Group (Photo: Michael Bello)

When I walked into the festive room the first thing that caught my eye was this beautiful orange wreath in my favorite color orange. I not only will display it happily during the holidays, but throughout the whole year. It is a beautiful piece of art! The whole event made me really feel the Holidays in all their glory, and it supports such a needed cause.” Karen Caldwell, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

Marta Benson and Karen Caldwell

Once again Jingle & Mingle raised a generous amount of money for Children of Shelters. But as always it also allowed designers to showcase their creativity on a more intimate scale, and the lucky winners to bring home true works of art, many of which they will surely enjoy long beyond the holidays.