ANDREW FISHER & JEFFRY WEISMAN

The hallmark of Fisher Weisman, as described in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, is “drop dead, big city chic.” Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman blend unbridled imagination and a unique artistic sensibility with a highly-restrained design approach and attention to detail. The interiors and furnishings they conceive are individual, enduring and memorable.

Andrew Fisher earned degrees in metal arts, drawing and sculpture at the California College of the Arts and went on to design interiors with John Hallock, create fantasy installations with Tony Duquette, and establish himself as a fine artist with a loyal following. (See Andrew’s gilded tapestries and sculpture at andrewfisherart.com). Jeffry Weisman earned a design degree and an MBA at Stanford. After designing corporate interiors at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Gensler, he established his own practice to develop and license product designs with Charles Pfister, later expanding into residential interiors. Andrew and Jeffry joined forces in 2000, founding their eponymous design firm, Fisher Weisman, where they continue to create a wide range of memorable interiors, furniture and lighting.

After buying and renovating an 18thcentury home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Fisher and Weisman were inspired to create a line of handcrafted furniture, lighting and accessories, working with the extraordinary craftspeople they discovered in the process. Originally named Casa Acanto, after their home in San Miguel, the Fisher Weisman Collection is offered in fine showrooms in the United States and Mexico.

Fisher Weisman also creates and licenses product designs to top-tier manufacturers including Michael Taylor Designs, the Wicker Works and Boyd Lighting.

Fisher Weisman projects have been extensively published in magazines, books and newspapers internationally. Elle Décor includes the firm in its coveted annual “A-List” of the world’s top designers. The Monacelli Press published Artful Decoration, a monograph on interiors by Fisher Weisman, in 2013. The firm is based in San Francisco and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Portraits by Jim Krantz

Preface to Artful Decoration

Interior designers have been making our world a more beautiful place for centuries. But decorators who create magic–whose work transports us to another realm–are rare indeed. Among those geniuses today are Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman of Fisher Weisman.

In their work, sleight of hand and trompe l’oeil abound: A chandelier isn’t merely a light fixture; it is an apparition that appears to be made of gilded branches. Kitchen cabinets are inset with smoked-mirror panels that cast glimmering reflections. At the flick of a switch, a bathroom’s lyrical, shell-encrusted ceiling fixture becomes an unimaginably glamorous tub-filler; while a dramatic, wall-size collage turns out to be an assemblage of paper coffee filters-stretched flat, subtly dyed, and finely stitched into a vast grid. Even the design duo’s most simplistic spaces offer transporting experiences through exquisite accents and the melding of elements both humble and luxe–raw plaster, wool flannel, graphic African mud cloth, and rustic stone mixed with intricately painted faux bois, supple glove leather, sparkling quartz crystals, and sensuous silk velvet.

Over the years, I’ve published several magazine features on Fisher Weisman’s projects, but it’s Jeffry and Andrew’s own homes that have been the most memorable for me; they are the places that are truly emblematic of their firm’s signature style. The swank, sophisticated Nob Hill flat where the two live in San Francisco and the extraordinary estate they built in the Sonoma Valley share an essential quality, a unique balance between practicality and poetry. We all want to live in homes that are comfortable and inviting–but a bit of fantasy never hurts. After all, who doesn’t want to live happily ever after?

MARGARET RUSSELL
Former Editor in Chief, Architectural Digest