The Style Files: Jeffry Weisman

{Photography by Meg Messina}

Jeffry Weisman is a very talented interior and product designer. He earned a degree in design as well as a MBA at Stanford. His design career began by designing corporate interiors at large firms, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Gentler. After several years, Jeffry established his own practice to develop and license product designs with great Charles Pfister. As his business grew, Jeffry expanded his focus to include residential fit, which was a seamless addition. Today, Jeffry is one half of Fisher Wiesman, the company he founded along with his partner in business and life, Andrew Fisher in 2000. Today, the firm designs residential interiors, along with collections of lighting, furniture, and accessories under the Fisher Weisman label, as well as licensed collections for Boyd Lighting, Michael Taylor Designs, and The Wicker Works. Jeffry and Andrew primarily live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, but also spend a lot of time in San Francisco. Enjoy!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Jeffry Weisman: What you first see in our work are the luxurious materials, rich palettes, finely gauged scale, and a sense of comfort – even in our formal rooms. As you look deeper you notice how layered the interiors are, the careful editing, the custom pieces that fit so well, and the bits of whimsy and fantasy that Andrew inevitably creates.

PC: How has living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico influenced your design aesthetic?

JW: Having been trained to design every detail of a project in our heads before the first hammer is lifted, it has been a revelation to work in Mexico where the design process begins only in the broadest strokes prior to the start of construction. Design is an iterative process there, more akin to painting. You are encouraged to imagine as a building is built, adding new ideas and even trying some out in bricks and mortar. And anything we can imagine can be made by very talented hands – which really encourages the imagination.

PC: What does your home say about you?

JW: The multi-faceted quality of the interiors speaks to the breadth of places we’ve traveled and the colors, textures, and materials we love; the surprising aspects of the house and garden design speak to our quirky approach to classical design; and the mood that all of it creates speaks to our love of creating a space that constantly evolves, of living there, and of entertaining constantly.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

JW: Travel, Museums, our Imaginations

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

JW: Albert Hadley and Charles Pfister for their exquisitely disciplined interiors; Renzo Mongiardino and Tony Duquette for their exquisitely imaginative work

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

JW: Authenticity, which speaks to being real and interesting.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

JW: Espresso

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

JW: Working with Charles Pfister, who had exquisitely refined taste and mastered the art of living well.

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

JW: Making the time to take care of yourself and enjoy life; developing deep friendships and nurturing them; traveling widely and comfortably; eating outrageously delicious food; and sleeping well.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

JW: We are expanding the Fisher Weisman Collection with a range of amazing new chandeliers and are expanding our offerings of one-of-a-kind fantasy pieces by Andrew Fisher this summer.

Go-To Outfit: Rag and Bone jeans with an Isaia shirt, a Cucinelli blazer and Gravati loafers. What else do you need?

Style Mantra: How would Cary Grant have looked in that?

Scent: Insensé Ultramarine by Givenchy, an obscure scent I’ve worn since le Grand Hubert gave me a bottle in the early 80’s

Piece of Jewelry: my hammered 24 karat wedding band from Menichini Gioiellieri in Rome

Color I Never Tire Of: Blue, especially paired with white

Flower: Garden roses

Indispensable Design Element: the AE table by Cedric Hartman

Era for Design: France in the 1930s and 40s, when extraordinary designers and craftspeople brilliantly explored new design idioms with the finest materials

Dream Project: designing the sets for a remake of (the original) Auntie Mame

Fabric/Textile: almost anything from Gretchen Bellinger but specifically her deluxe silk velvet, pasha linen velvet, and wool sheer

Hostess Gift: Bitter Orange bath salts from Agraria

Meal: Kumamoto oysters, Caesar salad, roast chicken for two and Gateau Victoire with Andrew Fisher at Zuni Café in San Francisco

Drink: a Hendricks martini, very dry, up with two lemon twists

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: a long walk to a lovely meal

3 Things I Love About My City: For San Francisco: the views, the architecture, and the food. For San Miguel: the scale and palette of the 16th century colonial architecture, the weather, and the rhythm of life there

Weekend Destination: Mexico City

Hotel: Las Alcobas

City: Mexico City

Museum: Musée Rodin, Paris

Artist: Andrew Fisher, who I’ve reluctantly watched shift his focus from interiors to his studio over the past five years and who is now creating extraordinary work

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: It’s Raining Men, by The Weather Girls. LOUD.

Actor/Actress: Katharine Hepburn

Prized Possession: my health

Greatest Extravagance: using acres of Fortuny in a room (rather than just a pillow)

Go-To Color Palette: Dark floors

Rule to Break: Always line and interline drapery

Movie Set Design: The original Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell

I can never have too many…rides on friends’ jets

For more on Jeffry Weisman, visit Fisher and Weisman and follow along on Instagram @fisherweismancollection.

{Photography Courtesy of Fisher Weisman | AD Photography by Simon Watson}

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