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London's Selfridge's and the New York Bloomingdale's carry Castro resident Kenneth Wingard's home furnishing designs. Steve Wynn hired him to design penthouse suites in his new Las Vegas casino and resort in Macau.
Target, Barney's, and Restoration Hardware have all hired Wingard to design merchandise for their stores. Wingard himself opened his own small boutique on Union Street three years ago to begin selling his wares directly to consumers.
Now he has taken the concept to the next level, opening a larger, flagship store in the Castro, a neighborhood Wingard has called home for 18 years. He overhauled Nancy Boy's former space at 2319 Market Street and opened Kenneth Wingard San Francisco Tuesday, March 2. On Saturday, April 1 he threw an official opening party.
"The party was purposefully on April Fools' because I didn't know if I was a fool or not for opening the store," said Wingard. "It is touching how people in this neighborhood want the businesses that come in here to survive."
Wingard's company has been in existence for nine years. His design studio is in South Park but is not open to the public. Beyond selling directly to customers, Wingard had another reason for opening the larger space.
"Nobody was putting the collection all together. I found a tiny boutique space on Union but I wanted to see the entire collection together and displayed as I wanted it," said Wingard, who lives two blocks away near Duboce Park.
His collection features a British mod style with bright colors, patterns, and textures. His inspiration derives from African and Eastern European architecture â€“ Moscow's train stations and Prague's historic buildings are favorites â€“ to the colors of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly orange, avocado, and gold. Half of the store's items are his designs while the rest are from other designers he has selected.
For his latest collection, Wingard said he drew upon "anyone's forgotten rumpus room in the basement with the sculpted orange and avocado carpet." He said somehow "the funnel got lost in interior design" in the 1980s and 1990s and that it "is nice to bring that back."
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