The 44th Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase will remain in the virtual realm this year, and a digital tour of the chosen Russian Hill penthouse, transformed by 10 designers, is well worth the click.
Opening Saturday, May 22nd, the show features 11 reimagined spaces in the penthouse of 1080 Chestnut Street. The residence has soaring ceilings, oversized windows, and prominent views. But of course, we're here to talk about the interiors.
Thanks to renderings created by Steelblue, you can walk through each of the rooms from your sofa. A webinar series will also be available on Tuesday May 25th and June 1st, with talks about design inspiration and real estate. Viewing is free of charge, but options donations will help support SF University High School's financial aid program.
Get a peek below at our five favorite rooms at this year's SF Decorator Showcase.
The Library, by Peruri Design Company
Since so many of us have transitioned into working from home, the need for multipurpose spaces presents a new challenge for designers. Sindhu Peruri turned the home's library into a modern, functional retreat that's as suitable for relaxation and as it is for productivity. Her intention: to create a space that feels "inviting, impactful, and intimate...where one can work, read, lounge and entertain." An abundance of built-in storage and a custom window seat make the room useful as an office. Curved accents instill a sense of calm while dark walls contrast against light cabinetry for visual drama.
"Castle in the Sky" Guest Bedroom and Bath, by DLC-ID
Does the name Jon de la Cruz ring a bell? That's because his roster of local projects includes the likes of the Battery, Che Fico, and Leo's Oyster Bar. For his celestially themed guest room, de la Cruz considered the elements of a well-appointed hotel room, but with thoughtful measures that allow for intimacy and inspire creativity in a home environment. There are artful accents throughout: the plush Bolotas sofa by Estudio Campana; the sculptural 1960s Paracarro floor lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega; and a sculpted banana fiber pendant light by Pinch Design.
The Dining Room, by Studio Collins Weir
The idea of home being a safe haven and sanctuary was solidly reinforced this past year, but now as we emerge from solitude and welcome community into our homes again, we're wanting for spaces that feel celebratory and inspire conversation. Susan Collins Weir and Chris Weir kept this at heart in their designs for three spaces at the showcase house: the central atrium, the kitchen, and the dining room and terrace. The dining room, pictured here, is framed by an eastward view and is anchored by a bespoke white oak table surrounded by S2 Murena chairs upholstered in Kneedler Fauchère's Yves Klein blue boucle. The sculptural Les Cordes chandelier is made of glass bands by Mathieu Lehanneur. Upholstered wall panels and draperies open to reveal 11-foot sliding glass doors onto the a terrace.
"The Time Being" Guest Bedroom, by Chroma
A retro meets futuristic existence sets the tone for a temporary living space in this guest bedroom that seems to channel teenage rebellion and impermanence in 1960s high-rise style. Tonal mint hues meet shocks of neon, juxtaposed against walnut accents, terrazzo, and concrete. With a multitude of shapes, textures, and tones, Leann Conquer and Alexis Tompkins have created a space that transcends time.
"Shoshin, A Beginner's Mind," by StudioHeimat
Home wellness spaces are all the rage these days and we all know why. For their yoga/pilates/meditation room, StudioHeimat, led by Eva Bradley and Alicia Cheung Lichtenstein, took inspiration from the Zen Buddhist concept of shoshin, meaning "beginner's mind," an approach to life that is always open to new ideas and perspectives. White walls calm the mind and open the spirit, while the oak floors are a grounding force. The ceiling overhead is draped in Coraggio fabric—the showstopper of the room, the ethereal piece of hanging art is intended to mimic the seven hills of San Francisco. An adjacent sun room lush with plants and playful swinging chairs by Dedon is designed with renewal in mind, a bright space to greet the morning.
// San Francisco Decorator Showcase is open online May 22 through the summer. There is no cost to view the virtual tour, but donations help support the San Francisco University High School's financial aid program; decoratorshowcase.org.