What’s New In Art, Architecture, And Design
From art and jewelry, to wellness spaces, to bold colors, here’s what’s in vogue.
Constructed in 1914, a beautiful building at the top of Nob Hill pays homage to the iconic Haussmann architecture of mid-19th-century Paris with its tall windows, balconies, ornate wrought iron, and Beaux Arts flourishes. Renowned architect Andrew Skurman and esteemed interior designer Suzanne Tucker have masterminded the interiors of this rarefied 3,474-square-foot residence, incorporating Louis XV and Louis XVI influences to create a home that pays stylistic tribute to those time-honored traditions while also providing every modern comfort and convenience.
San Francisco, California | Gregg Lynn, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
Distinguished by graceful curves and fluid lines, the uniquely inspiring spaces flow effortlessly from one room to the next. A circular marble-clad foyer introduces the grandeur with its gold-trimmed cerulean blue walls, handsome paneling and moldings, and artful floor inlays. The opulence continues in the living room, which boasts white oak parquet de Versailles floors, a stately French marble fireplace with a carved stone hearth, a discreet mirrored wet bar, a 16th-century Coromandel screen, floor-to-ceiling windows, and French doors opening to balconies overlooking the architecture of Nob Hill. Parquetry floors are a highlight of the circular dining room, which is ringed with windows and chocolate-brown lacquered walls that conceal a convenient silver closet. The combination of a crowning gold ceiling, antique sconces, 18th-century mirrors, and a candle-illuminated chandelier creates a dazzling ambiance for dinner parties. Nearby are an oak-paneled library and a powder room with striking surfaces of hand-painted star-patterned tortoise and gilded mirrors.
Designed with chefs in mind, the kitchen offers an abundance of richly hued oak cabinetry, premier appliances—including crisper drawers, a warming oven, and a wine refrigerator—and a single-slab black-granite island set beneath a one-of-a-kind hood that recalls the Eiffel Tower. A wall of windows provides a verdant view of Huntington Park’s lush greenery.
Private quarters are linked by an elegant curvilinear gallery hall, with the owner’s suite at one end and a guest suite secluded at the other for consummate privacy. A lovely gentle glow fills the owner’s suite, which is both regal and restful and whose walls catch the eye with their distinctive strié finish. Also en suite are two spacious dressing rooms and a bath with marble-inlaid floors, a centerpiece racetrack-shaped soaking tub, a bay window admitting wonderful light, and vintage-inspired mirrored surfaces. Adjoining the peaceful guest suite is a warm, welcoming library with built-ins that can conceal media components.
Modern amenities include superior-caliber lighting and shades, a security system, and a climate-control system that includes air conditioning. The location, of course, is paramount—steps from Grace Cathedral; Huntington Park; the Fairmont Hotel; the James C. Flood Mansion, home to the exclusive Pacific Union Club; and the city’s financial district. The building is widely renowned for its management, which affords 24-hour staffing and security.