20 Questions for Paul Wiseman

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Paul Wiseman

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If you weren’t a designer, you would be?  A chef with a very large kitchen and garden

What inspires you the most?  Life’s changes

Who is your ultimate style icon?  Ralph Rucci

What’s your go-to hostess gift?  Japonesque ginkgo-leaf paperweight in silver


The movie interior you’d move into if you could?  I Am Love

The album you could put on repeat for hours?  Anything by Joni Mitchell

Your regular cocktail order? Belvedere vodka on the rocks with a twist

The best hotel you’ve ever spent the night in? Amanjiwo in Java, Indonesia

The restaurant that still has you drooling?  Noma in Copenhagen

The flower you adore most?  White Japanese wisteria blossoms

When approaching a project I tune into the place, the client, and the budget so that the concept that begins to develop aligns with reality. In other words: appropriateness, appropriateness, appropriateness.

— Paul Wiseman


Which paint color are you obsessed with?  Ringwold Ground by Farrow & Ball

What pattern are you currently loving?  Any from Fortuny

What’s your favorite decorating cheap thrill?  Beautifully presented food



Who makes the best fabrics?  I’m torn between Fortuny and Rogers & Goffigon

Where do you head for furniture?  Holly Hunt and Gregorius Pineo

Who do you look to for lighting?  Phoenix Day

The best shop you’ve discovered while traveling?  Ciancimino, London

A local shop doing everything right?  Dandelion, San Francisco

Who do you trust for catering? David E. Bowers and Bruce A. Ivie

Who do you love for flowers? Bloomers, San Francisco


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