I was very honored to have been chosen to design the living room of the 2016 San Francisco showcase house….a superb residence located on Telegraph Hill with dazzling views of our two famous bridges, Alcatraz and the San Francisco bay.
For the living room, I wanted a departure from the traditional design in 2013 and the more eclectic approach in 2014. For 2016, I wanted to create a very contemporary setting with cutting edge art.
The point of departure for the living room was the renovation and expansion of SFMOMA, a symbol of the new energy and creativity of San Francisco. For the 2016 showcase, I thought it appropriate to celebrate both this exciting and anticipated event and the twenty-first century vitality of our city.
Following this theme, white lacquered walls, hot rolled steel floors and white draperies were used to create a gallery-like setting in the living room. Each piece of contemporary furniture and museum quality art was selected for its intrinsic artistic worth and forward-looking quality, but with a view to creating a harmonious whole.
The furniture selection started as homage to Vladimir Kagan (who died this April). A pair of his iconic 176SC floating curved sofas is used to anchor the room. As a counterpoint, we found a pair of 19th century stools at C. Mariani Antiques, now reupholstered in royal red.
Selection of the art for the room was central to our concept. We did not want a “theme room” but wanted to assemble our own modern art collection. Pieces that would talk to us while walking through art galleries and exhibitions. Pieces by Bay Area leading artists were selected to the space creating a contemporary space overlooking the bay.