Chosen as one of the years top ten design books by 1stdibs.com, Inner Spaces: Paul Vincent Wiseman and The Wiseman Group is indeed a favorite in my library as well. Inner Spaces was published this October, 2014 by Gibbs Smith, written by Brian D. Coleman, and includes forewords by the esteemed architect Frank Gehry and industry critic Paul Goldberger. Matthew Millman's fine photography brings the featured homes to life in this book.
|Paul Vincent Wiseman|
I was privileged to have a conversation with Paul recently and learned a great deal about the man himself whom I have come to admire greatly; as well as the incredible success of The Wiseman Group founded by this talented man at the young age of twenty seven in 1980. He has a wonderful sense of humor and each home in this book feels completely authentic, comfortable and curated just for the homeowner. Please enjoy!
The highly regarded and widely recognized Wiseman Group, now in business thirty five years, is not known for a "look". That is because Paul and his staff listen to their clients needs and want their homes to reflect that. Paul lost much of his hearing at a young age and he believes that not only sharpened his other senses; it causes him to listen very closely and consciously.
|Astute collectors, this couple's living room contains paintings by Alex Katz, de Kooning, and David Park. There are antique Asian ceramics as well as a contemporary sculpture by Henry Moore on the mantlepiece.|
|One of Paul's favorite rooms to decorate in a home is the library because he feels it truly reflects the client's personality and interests.|
|Details on a vanity and a stunning view.|
2) Your travels at a young age must have been so inspiring. How did that affect your design aesthetic?
In connecting the dots. I turned 18 in Athens, 21 in Tasmania, and 25 in Paris. Three weeks in Bhutan, where the architecture and the monks' dwellings first used feng shui. The Grand Canyon is perfection. My travels have been a profound experience and continue to be.
|The owners of this Spanish-Mediterranean Villa in San Francisco asked Paul to combine traditional architecture with their iconic contemporary art collection.|
|A small vintage fixture found in Paris inspired the lighting created for the entry and home. It is carried over into the kitchen, with three of these pendants hanging over the island.|
|Open galleries include art by Takashi Murakami, Anish Kapoor and others. The art collection is often rotated|
3) How does art and sculpture complete your vision in design. What does that mean to you?
We have been very fortunate to work with clients who have great art collections. Art is very personal. In a lecture I gave at Carlton Hobbs upon the release of my book the first image I show is of the Lascaux, France cave dwellings. Man's first efforts at interior design, show paintings of the hunt, altars, sacred objects, and rooms for retreat and comfort.
|The focal points of this dining room include a stunning view as well as this shimmering Gerhard Richter painting.|
|The Living Room includes many custom designed pieces by TWG with works of art by Richard Prince and Sigmar Polke|
4) Did you have mentors or others in the design world you deeply admire?
Many, including Frank Gehry of course, the late Ricardo Legorreta, Renzo Mongiardino in my early years, for his detail, and John Saladino who is a great influence and friend. I am going sailing with Frank this weekend and to a production at the Disney Concert Hall he designed.
|This sophisticated high-rise in Chicago is home to an accomplished pianist who wanted space for his beloved Steinway and his art collection.|
|Four custom rugs, all unique yet related with a cloud-like feel pull the varied art and elements together. A Noguchi twisted floor lamp mimics skyscrapers in the distance.|
|The dining room chandelier consists of custom lighting pendants with quotes from Michelangelo. They illuminate the area without blocking the panoramic views of Lake Michigan below.|
5) You give a lot of credit to your extremely talented team and the artisans who work with you.
I liken myself to the conductor of a symphony or the editor in chief of a magazine. What we provide does not happen quickly; however it is well worth the wait. I tell my clients that they are the patron energy of our time to these artists and artisans.
|Paul at his home in Marin County|
|Although Paul has designed homes for many icons of industry, many of whom entertain lavishly, his and his partner, Richard Neil Snyder's own home in Marin County is designed for relaxation.|
6) Paul, what advice do you have for the beginning designer?
Travel, travel, travel. Become knowledgeable about the history of the field of Interior Design.
7) When you have the time, what do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
Gardening, the grounds are beautiful, the house was built in 1912, and I have converted a lot of the plantings to succulents.
Cooking. Marin County is the mothership of organic food and I go every week to the Farmer's Market at the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center.
Reading. We are bibliophiles and have 10,000 books between us. My partner is a law professor and historian.
8) What are your favorite vacation spots?
I've traveled a great deal over the years and do not as much anymore except for our clients. For personal travel, I love Hawaii and the Aman Hotels are my favorites anywhere, especially Java, Bali, and Bhutan !
|As with all of his design projects, in Paul and Richard's home, as much thought has gone into the integration of the exterior architecture and gardens as the interiors.|
Your personal philosophy, aesthetic?
Gratitude, live in gratitude and it radiates out from you.
|At the front entrance of a home Paul designed on Hawaii's Big Island.|
|The Lascaux Caves in France, an image that Paul references to describe
the deep personal connection we have to our interior spaces.|
|The Wiseman Group with Paul and his talented team of designers, including principals James Hunter, Brenda Mickel, and Mauricio Munoz at their San Francisco office.|
You have seen examples from only a few of the many stellar homes around the world featured in Inner Spaces. This is a book to enjoy for many years to come and may be purchased at Amazon or your local book seller.
Be sure to visit The Wiseman Group's website at http://www.wisemangroup.com
My thanks go out to Paul Vincent Wiseman, to Gibbs Smith and to Andrew Joseph PR.
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