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Time to go where Stanlee Gatti tells you to

By Franklin Melendez | June 17, 2011 | Story Best of the Bay

This fall, if you don’t have tickets to something Stanlee Gatti is involved in, count yourself in-the-know-challenged. The Symphony’s 100th-anniversary gala comes first and promises to be one of the biggest, most high-design bashes he’s ever thrown. Days later, he’ll be back with SF20/21, the design fair that area art collectors and cognoscenti consider the season’s pièce de résistance. The fair took San Francisco by storm when Gatti helped launch it three years ago, and the 2011 installment promises to be the best yet, thanks in large part to the man himself. Look for: an unprecedented mix of museum-quality Modernist furniture, from Mies van der Rohe chairs to J. B. Blunk coffee tables; Gatti’s pet project, a crafts installation called 21Pop; and fine arts–gallery star wattage, including photography powerhouse Fraenkel Gallery and blue-chip heavy hitters Silverman Gallery and Anthony Meier Fine Arts. Once all that excitement dies down, look for Gatti’s next act in an arena less posh but dear to his heart: the Tenderloin. He’s renovating a building on Post Street near the location of his first city apartment, and since we all know that Gatti never thinks small, we can only assume that he has big plans for the ailing neighborhood. Sf symphony opening gala: September 7, 201 Van Ness Ave., SF20/21 Opening Gala: September 15, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason,


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