Albion Street

This young client was working for a well-known high-tech company in Silicon Valley and one might imagine that he would want the current contemporary look with gray/beige furniture with perhaps a reference to mid-century design. What a surprise when he asked for an interior that had a sense of history, of having evolved over time. “A bit of this, a bit of that,” he said. Nothing too “showroom” or “designed”. He asked for a house that was less “decorated” and more “lived in.” The house, designed by Kennerly Architecture and Planning is on five levels and very contemporary.

To achieve the look he desired, we searched for vintage and antique items in auctions throughout the United States…enabling us to create his vision in a short period of time. Some pieces were refinished, some reupholstered and some just touched up. Sometimes I would show him the piece and point out some nicks or dents and his answered was often “what do you think?” or “why touch it up…after all, it is an antique or vintage piece, right?” It is not every day that you find a client with such sensibility and understanding.

In the living room, a leather Chesterfield sofa is mixed with a pair of French Art Deco barrel chairs upholstered in Green Mohair. On the wall, paintings were hung gallery style, mixing vintage finds and specially commissioned art pieces by John Mayberry.

In the dining room is a large “Birds Birds Birds” chandelier by Ingo Maurer, together with a large 19th Century portrait purchased at an auction house on the East Coast. The table, a vintage piece by Milo Baughman, is set off with Marcel Breuer chairs.

We completed the project with items from our inventory or finds from local market and antique shops.