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Studio VARA

A DESIGN PRACTICE WITH A DEEP COMMITMENT TO ARCHITECTURE AS A MATERIAL CRAFT AND A DISCIPLINE GROUNDED IN IDEAS

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s beautiful as some homes are, they can often feel like one of the galleries in a contemporary art museum–cold, impersonal, intimidating. But not if Maura Fernández Abernethy and Christopher Roach, principals of Studio VARA, have anything to do with it. The San Francisco-based architecture firm has built its considerable reputation on creating residences that are sophisticated and striking while still being welcoming and familiar. “Most people who come to us want to work with us to create a home that is customized to them and their family, both in terms of their day to day life, but also to their dreams and aspirations for who they want to be,” said Abernethy, adding that working with a client is, for the company, “a deeply personal experience that we are invited to participate in.” No matter the home, however, the Studio VARA signature remains an enduring one. “It’s thoughtful design that shows a very high level of craft that is consistent throughout a project,” said Roach. “We consider every aspect of a design. The result is work that is both contemporary and timeless, simple, quiet, even minimalist, yet layered with rich texture and detail.”

Studio VARA, 3130 20th Street, Suite 190, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415.826.1367, studiovara.com

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