Interior Designer San Francisco penthouses, 2 San Francisco Penthouses by San Francisco Interior Designer Jerry Jacobs, “Paris in San Francisco” in Presido Heights-Pacific Heights and “Buena Vista Deco” in Buena Vista Park’s view side.
The couple were just back from Paris when we met. They had seen my Hall of Mirrors for the San Francisco Decorators Showcase and the winner of House Beautiful’s award, and wanted me to design their two level Penthouse where they would live in San Francisco. There were 2 other levels in the Victorian Painted Lady on Sacramento Street where I myself had lived before a few blocks away, and I had to commute for the Interior Design project now from Tiburon to Pacific Heights in my convertible classic. Why not?
1481 ft2 floor plan. 2 Bedroom 2Bath Penthouse. Pacific-Presidio Heights, San Francisco.
The bathroom remodel was based on my Hall of mirrors bath, as they client had really liked it. A wall to wall vanity centered on the long mirrored wall. A Conical sculptural stand. A wall mounted faucet, which required 3 different mirror installation attempts.
Remodeling and bath and kitchen design in a Victorian is interesting. The high ceilings and the proportions are so generous to think more geometrically.
The book shelving was there somewhat falling apart and green. I thought Black was very Parisian, and I wanted to insert and conceal the TV set. Portoro Black marble surround and black floor. And then of course a Black Chandelier which was called Paris too.
Updating a lifestyle meant a TV and a fireplace could share a focal point making the room more efficient.
She wanted yellow to be the accent. Fabrics from Osborne and Little, Cowtan & Tout and a tapestry fabric over Christofer Farr rug, and Jacobs Design rotating Ottoman. See Paris book on shelve.
The House was featured by AD (architectural Digest), Objekt, Shelter Interiors and Le Taouburet other magazines in the USA, Mexico, Europe, Rusia, Indonesia, and China.
On the side sloping down towards the East Bay. A beautiful view indeed. In the plan below views are to the Left the Living room area.
This is a funny story. With all the success of Paris in San Francisco, at the photo shoot the couple asked me if I didn’t mind right after looking at another building they had bought. Again a 4 story apartment building with a the story penthouse. We visited, they bought it and they asked me to design it for them as well.
This was a 2 stage process, they leased Paris in SF, and moved in and wanted to relocate all their furniture, which we did. Not that much fun but successful. Then we went away and the couple started living there. A year or so later they called again. There was so much wrong with the space how could I fix it?
We did a few dramatic things that change to layout. First off all we did a glass floor on the upper level landing. It would bring natural light from roof skylights into the lower entry level, in addition to drama, and communications visually between the two levels. We added a powder room, a wet bar and a library in the lower level now accentuated by light.
The Glass floor. Bottom left dower to powder under step and wet bar.
The glass floor in the upper level landing. You can see the reflection of the skylights bringing natural light to the lower level where you can also see the Wet Bar outside the powder room under the staircase in the New Library. Remodeling ideas that made sense to improve the space. Interior Architecture and Engineering too.
Many people don’t realize but a glass floor requires a lot of work, engineering, building permits, production and installation and then making sure you take proper care of it.
We added an additional wet bat at corner on the upper level, where we also created a dining corner booth. Before dining and living shared the two window bay room, however I thought by creating the booth we could then provide a larger dedictaed living area.She had been inspired by a London film where the colors were Red and Black, so I obliged with the red booth. Chairs fabric by….Booth fabric by…The actual bar corner where the curtains split had a structural post that had to be removed and replaced.
By doing the dining room a fixe corner booth I had cleared the space for both bays to become a much bigger living and entertaining view area.
Now the two Bay view living room could be enjoyed without a dining table dominating one side of it. Motorizad shades. Michael Taylor Schiaparelli sofa set one on each bay. See link for fabrics below.
Why Deco? where there was an influence in the building. I went shopping for Antiques not far away in San Francisco, and came back with an Art Deco or California Regency mirror we all loved and kept. The owners then became member of the Deco society and so on.We placed the mirror over a Manuel Canovas fabric in the Piano room.
Both projects ended up with furniture and decoration, however both projects were really Interior Architecture including visualizing dramatic layout changes, kitchen and bathroom design and lighting and other details that you don’t necessarily see.
Craftsmanship like our Cabinet shops, Window treatments and Upholstery workroom as well as painters, electricians and other involved are always experts and very devoted.
The sky is the limit I like to think. When you design a penthouse your roof theoretically could be raised. The restrictions are the limit. These restrestricions vary, from build code heights and blocking neighbors views, to structure of the building.
Recently we designed an 8,000 sf condo. The building under construction at the time was 12 stories high, going down pearche on a hill, so the Penthouse was almost the complex building entry level.
The Project ceiling height was 10′ not bad, however on my first meeting with the client an old friend for this project i suggest she request increasing the ceining height to 14′, She obtained the commitment and it was built that way. We are yet to see the Interiors. Floor plan below.
See each projects Blog to see the Sources, furniture and fabrics listed.
Fabrics and Furniture.
Pacific Heights apartment Peony Rug by Veedon Fleece.
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