Kenneth "Ken" & Cherie Fehrman
This design team is like the Energizer bunny - they just keep going and going - designers, color consultants, antique dealers, writers, educators - oh, and did we mention animal rescuers? Ken has a Master of Arts in Textiles and a Doctorate in Color & Light. He is a Professor of Interior Design at San Francisco State University and also lends his expertise to the Fashion and Visual Merchandising program at Canada College. The Fehrmans are partners in the design firm of Fehrman & Fehrman working in commercial and residential design, color consulting and antiques. Both are avid collectors of textiles, Asian antiques, jewelry, fine art and “anything that has an inherent beauty and rarity” whether antique, vintage or contemporary. They have co-authored several books including Color: The Secret Influence and Interior Design Innovators 1910-1960 as well as hundreds of articles on design and the decorative arts. They were featured in the video documentary series Cracking the Colour Code (Electric Pictures, Australia). Cherie’s love for textiles finds expression in a line of Fortuny and antique textile pillows that she offers to Forgotten Luxury shoppers at very competitive prices. She grew up in the antiques business, as a child trailing after her grandfather at his London antiques shop where he had a guard rooster (nothing as common as a guard dog for the eccentric British). She is also gaga for glitter and feeds her rockhound passion in providing tempting vintage and antique jewels - and the occasional contemporary piece - to Forgotten Luxury shoppers at great values. Another passion - animals - found expression when Cherie became the Founding President of STOLA, the national Saluki hound rescue charity. A portion of proceeds from items sold through Forgotten Luxury will be donated to animal welfare.
Erica Harris is a very talented jewelry designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She grew up in the jewelry business working alongside her mother who was a wholesale jeweler. Erica soon developed a love of Asian antiques and struck out on her own. She brilliantly combines Asian and Western antique and contemporary jewels to form her uniquely beautiful designs. Always with an eye for quality, Erica’s antique and vintage treasures blend with her contemporary sensibilities to make high end, high style statement pieces that are one-of-a-kind.
Style guru, staunch Anglophile and general purveyor of good taste, Karlyle is a Southern gentleman with impeccable manners, a devilish quick wit, and a penchant for collecting rare, unusual and sometimes eccentric object d’art. Born and bred in Alabama, he migrated to Dallas and then to San Francisco where he shared his expertise in various retail and design forums and refined his eye for the finer things in life. He has an uncanny eye for uncovering forgotten treasures, both antique and vintage, which he is delighted to share with Forgotten Luxury shoppers. No matter what Karlyle presents you can be sure it “reeks of good taste” (one of his favorite expressions, always said with a twinkle in his eye). His extensive travels across Europe always net a trove of marvelous finds but his real dream is to one day have tea with England’s Queen Elizabeth...and knowing Karlyle, it just might happen.
Growing up in Ohio, I was surrounded by art. My father is a sculptor and taught art at Ohio Wesleyan University for 30 years. After earning a BFA degree, I taught elementary school art in the Ohio public schools for several years before moving to San Francisco.
Once in California, my focus went into our family, but after our youngest child flew the nest, I dipped my toe back into the waters of self expression. My favorite medium is figurative sculpture. I love the beauty, the movement and the emotion of the human body. I keep discovering something new from my work; I see new connections within the anatomy, new connections between the figure and emotion, and somehow this translates into new connections within my life.
Unique, quirky and stylistic are just a few words that can be used to describe Los Angeles-based designer Brian Millard. Before moving to Los Angeles five years ago, Brian studied at San Francisco State University where he received a Master of Arts in Interior Design. It was during this period that Brian evolved and refined his tastes for the exquisite and rare. Growing up, Brian always had an affinity for the arts and collecting where he excelled in the fine arts of oil painting, sculpture and figure sketching. His collecting sensibility encompasses everything from art to rare toys. Brian also has a strong background and knowledge in high-end luxury furniture, antiques and accessories where he has worked professionally over the last decade. It is this “Renaissance man” take on the arts that makes Brian an intriguing addition to Forgotten Luxury.
A native of Moscow, Russia, Anastasia Moshkina studied Architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute and
the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture. Her passion for the arts and obsession for travel translates to amazing finds and attractive deals on art and antiquities for Forgotten Luxury's loyal customers.
Part designer, part collector of eccentric objects, Susan can really find bargains! She has an almost magnetic ability to draw hidden treasures to her at remarkable prices that she is happy to pass on to Forgotten Luxury shoppers. No matter if you’re looking for a strange mask, a French bread rack/crib, or a collection of fabulous vintage studio glass, Susan is the one to see. Many of Forgotten Luxury’s curiosities have Susan’s stamp of approval on them. Susan lived for many years in Brazil where she became intrigued with unusual native art. On her return to the U.S. she settled in San Francisco and began her successful interior design business but she still finds time for her endless pursuit of ferreting out unusual objects to save and to share.
Carol Reed has been a jeweler/designer for the past 27 years, based in San Francisco. She studied at Drake University in Iowa, but her expertise was honed during her studies in Florence, Italy where she gained a profound appreciation of gold working techniques. Forgotten Luxury is fortunate to present a part of her extensive collection of fine quality estate and vintage gold jewelry.
Earl Speas is both an avid collector and a very talented artist. He holds a a degree in Diversified Arts. His artistic leanings have always been toward realism and Dada and he has continued to expand his horizons by continuing his studies in a variety of artistic styles. It was his travel to Asia that opened his eyes to the 1,000 year old unbroken tradition of brush painting. Subsequent Chinese brush painting classes taught by noted Asian artist Lampo Leong won his passion and Earl studied with him for 15 years, learning the elegance of expression using wet and dry brush to form paintings both subtle and delicate. Xie yi, or the spontaneous style developed during the Ming dynasty, was the concentration of his efforts during this period although the style of painting he now practices is Gongbi developed in the Sung Dynasty. It is a meticulous brush technique requiring a relaxed state of mind and a Zen-like meditation. His most recent painting in this elaborate style took over a year to complete. A life lesson learned by this practice is that great things are accomplished in small segments and that patience is golden. Earl has recently begun studying with the third generation Ling Nan (19th century) painter Kwok Fan Kan in the spontaneous, impressionist style. In addition to his passion for brush painting, Earl is an avid collector of vintage and antique Persian inlaid boxes, frames,and miniature Persian paintings - and his early preference for Dada still finds expression in the rare and unusual items he will share with Forgotten Luxury shoppers.