Prodigal Son: Michael Taylor Returns to the Galleria
Palm Springs Residence by Michael Taylor, photo by Russell MacMasters
The late San Francisco designer Michael Taylor's iconic furnishings return to the SFDC Galleria after a nearly twenty-five-year absence from the building. In the early 1980's the creator of the "California Look" selected twenty-five pieces from his extensive collection of antiques, antiquities, and modern designs to reproduce for the interior design trade. An elegant white folio held the grayscale tear sheets of faux stone and travertine tables, seating, floor and table lamps, sconces, planters, columns, and an 18th-century style mantle with trumeau.
Michael Taylor, travertine Modernist bench, 1985
Shears & Window first showcased the product line in its 2nd-floor Galleria showroom and later Randolph & Hein on the first floor. Taylor passed away in 1986, and Michael Taylor Designs continued under the leadership of Paul Weaver. Weaver reproduced additional antiques and furniture designs from Taylor's estate, establishing an independent showroom in Showplace East during the mid-1990s. Selling the company to Lee Pierce of LCP Investments, Inc in 2009, the business grew to be a multi-line showroom.
Riviera Lounge Chair designed by Suzanne Tucker for Michael Taylor Designs