Read all about it: Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, whose minimalist aesthetic graced the dining room of this year's San Francisco Decorator Showcase, joined author Diane Dorrans Saeks for a reception and book signing of her new volume on the locally-based designer. The book offers glimpses of many of Diaz-Azcuy's projects, including Francoise and Andrew Skurman's apartment (featured in the December 2008 issue of Spaces). The May 8 event, hosted by the Academy of Art University at 79 New Montgomery Gallery, drew such names as Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens, Stanley Abercrombie, David Antilla, Eric Engstrom, Gary Hutton and Stephen Weaver.
Make a beeline for home: Kendall Wilkinson certainly knows how to throw a house party. Or, more accurately, a home party - in this case, in honor of designer Bunny Williams and her BeeLine Home furnishings collection. The April 22 celebratory cocktail party, at Kendall Wilkinson Home in Pacific Heights, gave guests a chance to preview such BeeLine items as the whimsically named Bottoms-Up table and the quietly elegant Eclipse chair. On hand were Jessica Moment of Philanthropist boutique, designer Benjamin Dhong, Lisa Odinek, Pamela Baer and more.
Chamber Night at the Arts: Ballet San Jose closed out its season with the glittery gala Chamber Night at the Arts, presented by Fry's and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. The May 8, invitation-only event drew an impressive roster of luminaries who enjoyed complimentary dinner and cocktails at Michael Mina's Arcadia steakhouse. Also on tap: the official welcome of Stephanie Ziesel as the ballet's executive director. Afterward, guests enjoyed a performance of Song & Dance by BSJ at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.