Paul Wiseman

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Paul WisemanPaul Vincent Wiseman, the founder and President of The Wiseman Group, is a native Californian. He has lived and worked in San Francisco for the past thirty five years. Growing up on a farm near San Francisco, Paul has always loved nature and was raised with a deep awareness of and respect for the environment. He is deeply committed to environmental issues and sustainability, and recommends to his clients that they use only environmentally managed materials in order to help preserve our planet.

As a young man studying Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Paul was introduced to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the architects of the Bauhaus School.  His interest in politics changed to what has become a life long passion for art, architecture and antiques. Seeking to expand his creative talents, Paul continued his education in Australia, and traveled extensively, including six months in Asia, where he intensified his appreciation for purity of form, integrity of materials, and the relationship of both to the land. Paul extended his travels to include time in Paris to study Classical French design.

Early in his career, Paul went to work for a well-known, San Francisco antique dealer in Jackson Square. Subsequently, Paul opened his own interior design studio, which has become The Wiseman Group. During the past 30 years, Paul has become one of the most successful and respected interior designers in America. Architectural Digest’s special edition, “100 years of Design,” mentions Paul as one of the top designers. He has been widely published and has been on the A.D. 100 Best Designers list for the past 15 years. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awarded him their much coveted “Designer of Distinction” award for the year 2000. The Robb Report’s 11th Annual “Best of the Best” issue, lists Paul as one of the five best interior designers worldwide. In 2002 Paul accepted an invitation from the University of California Berkeley Extension to join its advisory board for the Interior Design and Interior Architecture program. In 2003 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and currently serves on the advisory board for its Interior Design Department. Paul was also an Interior Design Award Nominee in February 2005 for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Paul has a great knowledge of the history of furniture and furnishings. In his design, he likes to combine fine period furniture with the work of exceptional contemporary artists and craftsmen.  He acts as a mentor to his own design staff, and encourages the myriad of craftspeople he works with to achieve the highest standards possible.  He is constantly open to upcoming talent, and travels the world seeking new resources.

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