New York Times, July 2012
The Puller of Strings: It’s a Calling

SAN FRANCISCO: A LONG table had been set for an impromptu dinner party in the top-floor loft of Ken Fulk’s design studio in the South of Market neighborhood here, candlelight illuminating discs of silver-rimmed china and glass vases filled with magenta peonies. Mr. Fulk had culled an impressive gathering of 18, including Jeremy Stoppelman, a founder of Yelp, and Malin Giddings, the city’s most prominent real estate agent. At one end of the table, Susie Tompkins Buell, who founded the clothing maker Esprit and is a good friend of Hillary Rodham Clinton, was discussing the presidential campaign with Catherine Wagner, an artist. After the halibut and berry cobbler were cleared, Mr. Fulk floated among guests, making sure their glasses remained full, his hand sometimes lingering gently on someone’s shoulder. Most stayed until 11 p.m., late by local standards. “It was a really fun, eclectic crowd,” Ms. Wagner said later. “When I thought about it, I wondered, who else but Ken could bring all these different people together?”

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