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SFlashback: Michael Taylor, 1980s

BY Damion Matthews - September 29, 2008


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Michael Taylor

“A studly, Bunyanesque figure who showed too much chest and wore an expensive watch on each wrist, Taylor denied himself nothing and thought his clients should do the same.”

The New York Times “T” Magazine ran a wonderful profileof the late great Michael Taylor this weekend, and reminded us of how exciting the world of interior was in San Francisco in the 1970s and ’80s.

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“THE PARTY ROOM that was supposed to be ready for Dede and Al Wilsey’s Christmas cocktail do last year was, at least, ready for this year’s bash Tuesday. The room was designed by the late Michael Taylor.

His kind of a party room has marble floors, a retractable glass ceiling and huge windows that frame the bay view none of us get tired of. Dede had told him she wanted a room that furniture could easily be moved in and out of – which, of course, means the Wilseys now have a 17th century Italian marble coffee table that can be moved, but it takes eight people to do it.” — San Francisco Chronicle, December 11, 1986.”

Taylor died of AIDS in 1986, age 59.



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