Some suggestions on how to find one.
Best Interior Designers in San Francisco search. Just Google it right? That won’t do much if you reach the wrong match for you. To start if you skip “Residential”, it would include Contract Design firms, and there Gensler is not in the first page, nor is Foster and associates; each, one the largest “Design” firms in the world. So make sure to include “Residential” in your search.
Gensler Architects was founded and is headquartered in San Francisco; they are the Architectural designers for the just completed Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world. They are also perhaps the worlds largest and very good indeed Contract Interior Designers.
Foster and associates, designed both Apple’s new headquarters in Silicon Valley and Apple’s Flagship store in Union Square San Francisco, as well as the new Airport for Mexico City, to name a few projects in progress.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Norman Foster was asked what his hardest ever project had been. After doing many Airports and high-rises. He answered “Simple, a residence. In the morning the husband calls and tells you the wood floor will look terrific in the new house you are designing for them; in the afternoon the wife calls and says, Norman I think the limestone floor will look fantastic…”
Some of the merits of Residential design are patience and phycology…. As well as love for smaller things and projects.
William Gaylord. Architectural Digest. Russell MacMasters photography. Very clean and contemporary lines, timeless (designed before 1986). Use of Black and mirror.
As a past President of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers San Francisco and North Bay Chapter), I had the opportunity to look at the Interior Designer community in the Bay as a leader pointing in some direction. I learned from many in the community something different, they are all good interior designers and some are the best, each has something different too. Perhaps they can improve on some qualities and improve to become the best.
Interior Design is not like my favorite sports, Tennis or the Formula One Grand Prix, where points are gained. In both you determine who is best, those with the most points. Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton, each today the World number one. Numero Uno!
Recently a friend told me I was nominated for the 15 Best Interior Designers in San Francisco, and that she was going to vote for me. I felt honored someone had thought of me. I thanked my friend, and confessed I had no idea I was being voted on. Weeks later I checked, voting had been concluded and I was at the bottom of the list #15. Am I the worst of the 15? Maybe, as they were all very good designers, and I’m a terrible campaigner. I wouldn’t mind being at the bottom of the 100 list.
Almost all other lists and deserved awards certainly make you the best interior designers. You appear regularly in print, lists or awards. You are the best if you provide the Best Service, your clients are pleased and you achieve your goals and your work looks great. So from time to time you earn some points. Are you the best?
John Dickinson. Galvanized steel console. Tin table 201. Photo courtesy of David Sutherland Inc. at Shears and Window, San Francisco.
There are so many well-recognized and best Interior Designers in San Francisco, so rather than be another directory and name some and miss others, or create a debate on who is who, we focus on providing a list of qualities to help rate who could be the best for YOU! These are qualities we as Interior Designers and Architects strive daily to accomplish.
Then we list who in our opinion deserves recognition for contributing to San Francisco’s Interior Design Mecca status.
The same qualities that make a designer the best interior Designer, will help you a customer find them as well. You will know they have the qualities when you meet them. Perhaps the next Interior Designer you meet is the best, we certainly hope so.
Here are what in our opinion makes a designer one of the best in their class.
Charlie Pfister. Primavera Triple Chest-on-Chest by Baker. At 1stdibs.
Schiaparelli Sofa, by Michael Taylor. At Michael Taylor Designs, San Francisco. After designs by Syrie Maugham
We give you the 20 qualities and check list above we believe make a Best Interior Designer out of a good one. We strive to achieve them as Residential Architects and Interior Designers in San Francisco. In most arts, including design, you usually achieve your best after much time and practice. See Picasso and Philippe Johnson, you keep trying and only get better as you age, they did in their 80’s.
Designers, who score well in 8 or more qualities, are on your way and will get there. Good luck! We do recognize starters and younger generations, as talented and creative. Look at what William Gaylord achieve before he passed away at 40; or Maya Lin, her first project hit the jackpot.
Other qualities are very important too: ethics, knowing how to listen and reading a client well, kindness, are qualities that apply to all professions.
Historically speaking some of the Best Interior Designers from the San Francisco Bay Area, and the best example of how one can have a critical perspective, are listed below. We choose to include some of their furniture designs too, as they are still produced and used (timeless), and their images are better in the Digital era. Some of these great San Francisco Interior Designers have created schools of followers that worked with them and some inherited their Master’s businesses. We do use their furniture designs in our projects as often as we can.
Bathroom in Pacific Heights San Francisco, by Jerry Jacobs Design. The 1991 winner of House Beautiful’s “America’s ten Best Showhouse room award” at the San Francisco Decorators Showcase. John Vaughan† photography.
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