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A Portuguese Bilros bed that has been in my family since the 18th century inspired me to create this room. I wanted to blend my heritage with modern touches, so I started with the bed and added Portuguese azulejos (blue and white tiles) with contemporary pieces and art.

What other element could be more Portuguese than the blue and white tiles decorating the walls? Instead of following traditional patterns and size, I expanded the tiles from 4-by-4-inch to 24-by-24-inch squares and shuffled the images to create a modern collage.

“Land Ahoy,” a 250-pound Italian cord sculpture created by my team, was the final piece linking the room to the Old World. Its inspiration comes from renowned Portuguese navigators and15th-century Manuelino architecture. I used a pair of African tables from San Francisco design icon John Dickinson at the bedside, which gives the room a taste of the city. Other key elements are a spider-web console by Scala Luxury, Tokyo pop chaise lounge by Driade and cold-rolled steel details throughout.

About the room, Newell Turner, editorial director of the Hearst Design Group wrote: “This room is spectacular. Antonio has clearly tapped into the extraordinary interior design legacy of San Francisco. But this room is no copy of anything. It’s fresh, original and I’m hoping a sign that designers in SF are putting this city’s wonderful sensibility back on the world’s interior design map!’

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