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66 FIRST PERSON

Stephanie Stokes’ new book is an ode to collected tabletop treasures from near and far.

68 INSPIRATION

Luxe traverses the globe to nd modern makers putting their spin on traditional craft.

76 LEGACY

At a bustling French mill, the centuries-old method of weaving horsehair still produces some of the nest textiles.

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90 MATERIAL

Four companies tapping talents around the world—from Ireland and Colombia to India and Massachusetts—to fashion exceptional rugs.

100 TREND

Meet three oral designers creating beautiful arrangements in unconventional ways.

108 SPOTLIGHT

The newly reimagined Hispanic Society Museum & Library opens its doors to talented Latin American furniture and lighting makers.

Living

130 KITCHEN + BATH

Elevated European in uences are the impetus for these charming kitchens, baths and debut tiles.

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Rough Touch

When artist Kristin Kelly Colombano makes her beautifully textured felt textiles, it calls for a heavy hand.

Calming Nature

Keeping things simple in this Hillsborough Mediterranean required a lot of effort, but the results are serene.

ON THE COVER: Designer Holly Hollenbeck updated the dining room in an 1892 Victorian home using Farrow & Ball’s Pelt to set a moody vibe. A vintage table from Big Daddy’s Antiques and chairs from 1stdibs strike history-appropriate notes. The light fixture is from Coup D’Etat and the artwork is by Georgina Reskala. Page 150 150
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Culture of Design

Analyze the most enduring and interesting spaces, and you’ll discover that they are often composed of a layering of cultural influences and ideas...design that preserves heritage while also pushing it to be experimental and fresh. In this issue, we report on, and praise, the people, objects and spaces that revere craft and cultural artisanship as something to be respected and lived with; rooms that offer a conversation about what came before and where things are headed. May they have everlasting appeal.

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OFFICE HOURS CANOPY

Design-driven coworking company Canopy—founded by Yves Béhar, Steve Mohebi and Amir Mortazavi—has opened its first location outside the San Francisco city limits, in Menlo Park’s emerging Springline mixed-use development. Mortazavi, whose eponymous studio handled the design, chatted with Luxe about what members can expect. canopy.space

What brought Canopy to Menlo Park?

Silicon Valley's high caliber of talent deserves an office to match with thoughtful design, in-demand amenities and the entrepreneurial ecosystem of a shared workspace. Being a part of Springline, our members can reap the benefits of the wider neighborhood, including a golf simulator, an entertainment lounge, a community dog park and nearly two acres of public outdoor space.

MEET THE MAKER JERED NELSON

Over the past two decades, Jered Nelson has transformed his pottery business from a side gig into a global operation. After honing his skills at Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, and landing a number of private hospitality commissions, Nelson turned his attention to Jered’s Pottery full time in 2010. Today, his team produces up to 600 pieces per week, namely commissions for hotels and restaurants both near and far.

The South Dakota native encourages visits to his Emeryville studio, where an opening night menu may be the jumping-off point for a new piece. Nelson works closely with clients to understand their vision and the dining experience they seek to create, asking such questions as, “How do you plate? What are the colors in the restaurant?”

Nelson’s ceramics are available in his gallery and online shop. “The retail we get is usually people who go to one of the restaurants, turn over the pieces and see my name,” he says. “I love to hear that people have had a good experience with my work.” jeredspottery.com

How did the locale inform the interiors? The design takes inspiration from the historical architecture on Stanford’s campus and the immediate natural surroundings of the San Francisco Peninsula.

Can you share some specifics?

Taking cues from these dramatic natural environments, the material palette utilizes sisal carpets, sustainable hemp upholstery on the Herman Miller chairs and reeds of furry pampas grass within earthen ceramics that pay homage to the fields surrounding the commute up I-280. The various green- and chocolate-colored fabrics and natural wood materials of the flooring and desks serve as a nod to the redwood forest, while custom-made resin tables by local craftsmen incorporate dried leaves and flowers in various hues found along the coastline.

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DESIGNED TO DINE AKIKOS

Since opening in 1987, Akikos has been a Financial District mainstay attracting Bay Area locals and visitors alike. Now, with the debut of an expansive new flagship in the city’s East Cut neighborhood, more guests can relish chef-owner Ray Lee’s Japanese cuisine—and enjoy its pièce de résistance: a 24-seat chef’s stage. “Not only do we have the ability to seat more customers at the sushi counter for an unforgettable omakase experience,” he says, “but design-wise, there are so many thoughtful, custom elements.”

The dining experience is further enhanced by AvroKO’s design. According to Andrew Lieberman, the firm’s design director, Frank Lloyd Wright, who he calls “a master of using angularity as a cornerstone of design and architecture,” was a source of inspiration for “an oddly shaped, split-level room with a defining apex at one side.” There is synergy between AvroKO’s concept and Lee’s fare. “The adaptive and responsive nature of an omakase menu is very much like a performance, and at Akikos, chefs take center stage within a uniquely angular sushi bar,” explains Lieberman. “As the evening’s omakase ‘show’ unfolds, each guest can see the care taken in all aspects of preparation, service and product. While most sushi bars are designed in a linear fashion, Akikos features seating on all sides, making guests themselves an important element of the production.” akikosrestaurant.com

READING ROOM

JOHN IKE: 9 HOUSES/9 STORIES

In his latest book, architect John Ike explores “the intricacies of how each project came to be and the myriad relationships between individuals necessary to execute them,” he says. “Each of the nine houses focuses on a particular relationship and includes a wide range of homes, both new works and alterations.” The residences featured speak to the breath of Ike’s work—from a shingled abode in suburban New York to a glass-and-brick structure in the San Francisco hills. Out in May, John Ike: 9 Houses, 9 Stories, includes a chapter devoted to the working relationship between Carl Baker and Tyler Velten, Ike’s partners at the newly established Oakland-based practice Ike Baker Velten. Another chapter is devoted to photography, styling and the way published homes are perceived by readers. Design and architecture enthusiasts, Ike notes, “will learn more about how architecture is produced and the multitude of participants it takes to make a home.” vendomepress.com

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TALKING SHOP PRINCIPAL’S

Julianne Casper fondly recalls staying in her grandmother’s Victorian farmhouse as a child, where the beds were adorned with cozy wool blankets. In her 20s, she would buy exquisite fabrics and make her own bedspreads. Later, during travels to Italy, the country’s reputation for quality and craftsmanship left a lasting impression. These experiences culminated in the recent launch of Principal’s Daughter, for which Casper designs quilts and blankets made in San Francisco, where she resides. (The moniker nods to her father, a high school principal for 35 years.) Here, Casper chats about the company’s quest to create “heirloom-quality bedding, inspired by European living.” principalsdaughter.com

Let’s talk about your inspiration and focus on “top of the bed” products. I’ve always loved the European aesthetic of a very fl at bed. I think it is elegant in its simplicity and strong, all at the same time. There are a lot of companies that give beautiful options for duvet covers and sheets, but there is not a lot in the luxury market for top of the bed.

What materials can we expect to see in your collection? I use only natural fabrics sourced from Italy. All of my blankets and specialty bedding are made from cashmere, wool, mohair, bouclé and silk.

Do you envision pieces—much like your grandmother’s blankets that are now in your mother’s home—will be handed down from generation to generation? I want the blankets to be in your home for 50 years. This is not fast fashion. It is something that will get better with time—softer and more loved.

COLLABORATION

NEST STUDIO & KATIE GONG

Bay Area-based artist, designer, maker and entrepreneur Katie Gong has become well known for her bent wood sculptures. Now, thanks to a collaboration with designer Jessica Davis’ Atlantabased Nest Studio, Gong is expressing herself in a di erent medium: A recently launched fourpiece Knot hardware collection available in various metal finishes. neststudiocollection.com

How did this collaboration come about?Katie Gong: Jess and I had created larger scale pieces for her Atlanta home and we played around with the idea of the same shapes but as hardware. We wanted to make pieces that were elegant but tough and capable of withstanding heavy use.

Why do the knots translate well into hardware? Jessica Davis: The knots themselves have a shape that fits well in the hand and Katie works in so many

di erent scales that the smaller sizes really just made sense as knobs and pulls.

What does the design process look like?KG: I steam the wood for a few hours—depending on the diameter and piece I am making— and once they are at a high enough temperature, I pull them out of the steamer and bend them into shape. Once Jess had the wood prototypes, she then developed wax pattern molds and the casting process.

JD: Knots and bends are inherently challenging to produce in brass, so a multistep casting process was utilized. This old-world method complements Katie’s hand-bending of her sculptures and enables the brass to come alive

of her and enables the come with movement.

Most hardware, including own, is either very or ornately decorative. that this has a decorative quality but in a much more natural, organic way.

Most our own, is either very hard-lined or decorative. I love a but in a much

TALKING SHOP PHOTO: COURTESY PRINCIPAL’S DAUGHTER. COLLABORATION PHOTO: INTERIOR, BRETT WALKER; HARDWARE, COURTESY NEST STUDIO AND KATIE GONG.
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IN HER SUMPTUOUS NEW BOOK, DECORATOR AND PHOTOJOURNALIST STEPHANIE STOKES MAKES THE CASE FOR SOUVENIRS.

I am a self-confessed tabletop junkie and consummate hostess. On my travels through 86 countries, I have assembled a collection of things that have caught my eye so long as they’re useful for entertaining. These “toys for my table” are for special occasions, special friends or simply because it’s Saturday, and why not have a party.

In the words of Carl Jung, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” And I love each of my treasures. My parties usually start with a verbal table tour instead of grace. I describe how the dishes are from Bali, the wine coasters are from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, the tagine salt cellars are from Marrakesh, and so on.

Many of my favorite pieces come from Japan: contemporary sake cups, sonorous Bizen bowls and Oribe kitchenware, all of which are versatile. In France, I fell for Aptware pottery, simple cotton tablecloths from Provence’s outdoor markets and gray porcelain partridges from Nîmes. While exploring Budapest’s antiques district, I couldn’t resist traditional bright-red flowered plates and cross-stitched tablecloths. When I use them at home in New York City, they evoke the folk art quality of Hungarian craft in the same way the pink Fortuny tablecloth I bought in Venice recalls light reflecting off the city’s brick walls, turning its canals the soft-edged pink of Paolo Veronese’s murals.

My book, The World at Your Table, is a call to action. When something inspires you, whether across the globe or at a local consignment store, buy it. Then, set the table with your finds to transport guests into a magical atmosphere. rizzoliusa.com

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Klove Studio

Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth, co-founders of New Delhi’s Klove Studio, are upending the way modern lighting is produced in India with their larger than life pieces. While the dynamic duo are experimenting with size, scale and materials, their designs continue to pay homage to the artistic customs and practices that surround them at home.

What was the vision for your latest collection? Our Totems Over Time series celebrates an older way of living and, specifically, how civilizations have left their mark on society with references to ancient symbols and motifs. We wanted to achieve a harmonious balance between geometry and symmetry with bright totems devoted to abundance, vision, beauty and protection. Talk to us about the materials. These nearly 10-foot-tall pieces incorporate metal and handblown glass, a centuries-old technique that supports local artisans in India. We believe in slow design, conscious craftsmanship and dreaming up fantastical ideas that take shape by working with dedicated makers. Where do you find inspiration? From different cultures around the world, but especially in New Delhi where there is such a rich craft legacy. Good design makes life better on every level. klovestudio.com

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Hamza Kadiri

Casablanca-based master woodworker Hamza Kadiri hails from a long line of makers who share a deep reverence for their materials, and he is no exception. Each piece of wood sourced for his new sculptural furniture collection was chosen for its singularity, essence and inherent beauty. Kadiri’s expertise of rare, precious varietals of wood honors natural grains and unique patterns for a one-of-a-kind result.

When did you begin working with wood? I’ll never forget the moment I entered my uncle’s workshop at the age of seven. He was one of the most respected woodworkers in the Medina of Fez. I still remember the smell, the dry air and watching each artisans’ slow movements. It was love at fir st sight. Tell us about your latest collection. As an artist, I listen to the wood—sometimes for months at a stretch. The unique forms of a plank and veins in the wood give o a particular emotion. These inspire me with original ideas, although some may be a little crazy. My six new pieces—side tables, credenzas, a bench and an armoire— are a testament to this, including the Royal Ebony credenza (shown). What’s next? Adding exciting new lighting designs to my collection with Les Ateliers Courbet. ateliercourbet.com

LagunaB

The iconic Venetian glassware company founded by the late Marie Brandolini is heralding in a second chapter under the leadership of her son, Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda. As ceo and creative director, his vision includes investing in projects that support a range of initiatives, like the design community at large, the environment and the city of Venice.

community at large, the environment and the city of Venice.

How are you di at from Paris to was a way of her

Today, we are releasing more limited-edition pieces but still honoring her vision. is also top of mind for us with a new production that allows for more energy e cient in addition to a longstanding with Green Future to o set our emissions.

with the Pilchuck Glass School in to establish Autonoma, an international artist program in Murano. Face-to-face interaction is also important to me, so we have a multifunctional brick and mortar space in the works. recently introduced Vital, which aims to enhance the natural capital of the Venetian Without this our company and

How are you thinking di erently at LagunaB? When my mother moved from Paris to Venice, glassmaking was a way of expressing her creativity. Today, we are releasing more limited-edition pieces but still honoring her vision. Sustainability is also top of mind for us with a new high-energy production facility that allows for more energy e cient manufacturing, in addition to a longstanding partnership w ith Green Future Project to o set our CO2 emissions. What about the next generation? We have teamed up with the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington to establish Autonoma, an international glass artist exchange program in Murano. Face-to-face interaction is also important to me, so we have a multifunctional brick and mortar space in the works. Anything else? Alongside We Are Venice, we recently introduced Vital, which aims to enhance the natural capital of the Venetian Lagoon. Without this important waterway, our company and city would not exist. lagunab.com

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Toast

Established in a Wales farmhouse more than 25 years ago, the clothing company Toast has grown its o ering to include exquisite homewares produced by artisans, weavers and mills around the world. Despite its evolution, the brand’s values remain steadfast: champion a slower pace and more thoughtful way of life. CEO Suzie de Rohan Willner elaborates on the brand’s mission.

What makers do you work with? We search around the world for artisans who demonstrate specialist skills and techniques. Our hope is to provide a platform for their work to be celebrated and their story to be told in an authentic way. We want to help preserve traditional techniques that otherwise may be in danger of dying out, like this glazed terra-cotta waterpot handmade in Bristol (shown) that is based on a 16th century design. Why does craft have an enduring appeal? There is a growing audience who wants a more emotional connection to the objects in their home and to the person behind their creation. An increased awareness of our environment and a rejection of “mass” has meant we are choosing to buy less and selecting long lasting and meaningful objects. The recently launched Toast Renewed provides an iteration of this idea. It’s a unique collection of creatively repaired, one-of-a-kind pieces that have been given a new lease on life, increasing their longevity and progressing our circular approach to reducing waste. Where do you find inspiration? In stillness. It’s abou t being with people and things that bring joy and make you slow down. us.toa.st

Ecru

Founded by three childhood friends raised in Kuwait, lifestyle brand Ecru draws upon the ethos and cultures of Arab and Indian hospitality for inspiration. With a dazzling shopfront in Jaipur, Ecru collaborates with craftspeople in India, Syria, Lebanon and Sri Lanka who specialize in textiles, woodworking, glass, ceramics and metalwork. Creative Director Nur Kaouji discusses the company’s roots.

How did Ecru start? Growing up (with co-founders

Noor Al-Sabah and Hussah Al Tamimi) in Kuwait, we were surrounded by expats, particularly Arab and South Asian families. We were raised with an emphasis on the importance of hospitality and tradition, including sharing meals with loved ones. Our desire to carry on these rituals led us to launch Ecru, a br and that comprises beautiful handmade objects that elevate these interactions. Talk to us about your homewares. What excites us is the incredible legacy of craft around the world. We get to work with artists who keep traditions like block printing and metalwork alive. At Ecru, we are always looking to expand our artisan directory and I’m constantly on the hunt for inspiring people. How can design make a positive impact on our lives? Life has a way of throwing things at you, sometimes turning things upside down. One of our greatest salvages is nature and through nature, design. ecruonline.in

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Sanayi313

Brothers Enis and Amir Karavil helm the interdisciplinary design brand Sanayi313 in Istanbul, where they have their hands in a number of exciting initiatives: a retail store, design studio, canteen, bi-annual magazine, atelier for unique projects and a newly launched furniture line that promotes their mantra, “move forward to the future with respect to the past.”

Why is it important to champion craft today? I prefer working with local craftsmen because what they create is always unique, and in the era of non-stop production this is a di erentiator. That human touch is essential because it gives a soul and special language to the work. Talk to us about your new furniture pieces. The Oblong Collection consists of so lid

maple burl and burned oak wood designs defi ned by massive, bulky forms and rounded corners, which echoes our “maximalist expressions in minimalist details” approach. Comprising stools, consoles, low co ee tables, side tables, and a dining table, the collection is made by hand in Istanbul, adhering to the city’s artisanal traditions where woodworking dates back thousands of years. It must be inspiring to be surrounded by so much history. Turkey’s location is at the crossroads of East and West, the vast lands once dominated by the Ottomans and home to many di erent civilizations with a rich legacy of craft since ancient times. These age-old traditions and techniques are still being practiced and lauded in many areas, but I believe new ideas come from studying the past. The solutions are there, you just need to reinvent them to create something inspiring. sanayi313.com

Jomo Tariku

Jomo Tariku, African culture has

for and the contemporary of American craft.

For Virginia-based, Ethiopian American industrial designer Jomo Tariku, African culture has always played a role in what he creates. As an advocate for change, Tariku co-founded BADG (Black Artists and Designers Guild) and continues to help move the needle forward for global design and the contemporary interpretation of American craft. The trailblazing talent’s work has even landed in major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Where did you learn to love design? Our home in Ethiopia was fi lled with beautiful objects. My dad was an avid collector of interesting pieces from Africa and around the world. During summer break, I would sketch these objects not knowing it would eventually lead to a career in design. How do African traditions play into your work? I did my undergraduate thesis on creating a modern line of African furniture and I have never wavered from that even though it has not been easy. Design is supposed to be a global language but until recently you would be hard pressed to fi nd a contemporary African design by a Black designer. I am always referencing my heritage. Even the inspiration for my Nyala chair (shown) are the horns of shy, an elusive mountain antelope from the Bale Mountains in Ethiopia. jomofurniture.com

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The Last Craft

AT THE LE CRIN WORKSHOP IN THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE, MÉTAPHORES IS KEEPING THE SACRED ART OF HANDWEAVING HORSEHAIR ALIVE.

It seems as if a heartbeat courses through the Le Crin workshop in Challes, a village in Northwestern France. The rhythmic whooshing sound filling the space comes from the movement of looms that have been weaving horsehair into lustrous fabrics since 1814. Although this is the last outfit of its kind, the pulse isn’t slowing.

Inside, artisans sit at the looms creating textiles. Wearing earplugs to muffle the sound, their focus is total as their hands thread hairs one by one into a shuttle with seeming superhuman rapidity, turning out roughly eight feet of fabric per loom each day. After the raw material arrives from Mongolia, it undergoes a series of meticulous steps including brushing, dying and pressing. The job calls for fast-moving minds as well as dexterous fingers, since

counting and tracking the number and color of strands is essential to creating such complex patterns.

The result is a product with glossy texture and depth— qualities Le Crin executives say attracts designers worldwide. “Horsehair is as soft as silk, but extremely resistant, showing little wear after decades of use,” explains workshop manager Nicolas Pioger.

Métaphores, the fabric company producing Le Crin under Hermès’ textile division, sees new horizons for this traditional craft. “We are working with designers to create modern furniture and accessories—anything is possible,” Pioger notes. “What doesn’t change is the expertise and unique savoir faire that goes into producing the material.” metaphores.com

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LIVING HISTORY RHYME STUDIO

“The driving force was to tell a story of authentic Irish craftsmanship with an international, contemporary twist,” shares Claire McGovern of her studio. For the New Yorker by way of Dublin, the spark that led to her foray into the rug industry was hiding in plain sight: wool—a material indelibly linked with her home country—was a dying trade, accounting for just two percent of fibers sold or traded in the synthetics-dominated market. “Wool is extraordinary. It’s nature’s miracle fiber,” McGovern says. “Here is a material t hat you can bring into your home and it will literally purify the air and last you a lifetime.” With heritage and sustainability as founding principles, Rhyme Studio was born. Today, the atelier collaborates with historic Irish mills

to process native wool before it’s tufted by hand at their farmhouse workshop near Avoca in Wicklow. Ireland’s rich cultural tapestry imbues the brand in motif as well as material, with most designs offering modern riffs on tradition. Om, a collection defined by linear patterns, was inspired by a 1,600-year-old tree alphabet found on standing stones in the countryside. Works from the Báinín line feature pure Galway wool bedecked with motifs that evoke the stitching of an Aran sweater. And in M odernity, a series of minimalist geometrics in primary colors pays tribute to artist Kazimir Malevich and prolific Irish designer Eileen Gray. “I’ve always bemoaned the idea that a rug must be beige,” McGovern says. “Art should not be limited to any one media.” rhymestudio.com

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Tomás Vera grew up idolizing his father Carlos Vera Dieppa, who wore his hair long, rode a motorcycle, enjoyed recreational aerobatics and didn’t start a traditional nineto-five until the age of 42 when inspiration struck to create a Japanese tatami-style mat from fibers found in his native Colombia. In time, the designs progressed to include latex backing, a leather border and later, pigments, patterns and ribbon-thin strands of metal. “It was the first rug of its kind and a revolutionary concept at the time,” shares Vera, who moved home to launch Verdi, a new business built upon his father’s vision after his passing. Verdi now employs an in-house team of 75 in addition to 30 families who harvest their marquee material, fique: a soft yet resilient vegetable fiber from

the Andean region. “We have a huge natural fiber catalogue because of the Amazon,” Vera says. “We’re always discovering new materials and exploring how to weave them for a contemporary ambiance.” Recent experiments at the Bogotá headquarters have seen Colombian fibers like plantain, cumare and worm silk woven with copper, stainless steel and silver-plated metals to mesmeric effect. “We consider our rugs to be art in their uniqueness and in the way they reflect light,” he adds. That the fastexpanding studio’s moniker pays homage to Vera Dieppa’s nickname underscores the next generation’s commitment to celebrating cultural and familial le gacies alike. “Verdi is not a brand, it is a story,” Vera says. “And this is just the beginning.” intl.verdi.com.co

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CULTURE OF CRAFT STARK

No rug brand has its tentacles so deeply spread, linking master craftspeople all over the world with top designers and consumers alike. From artisans in Nepal trained in Tibetan knots to weavers in India working on looms, rug seekers have access to products made by mills specializing in authentic techniques unique to their region. “We have a handful of key vendors who each have their own flavor and aesthetic,” says Stephanie Muller, Stark’s vice president of product development and strategy. “They’re artists in their own right.” Not married to one look, Stark rather does it all: from their material inventory (silk, sisal, wool, and a new proprietary performance fiber, among others) to techniques both hand-crafted and mac hine-woven, to endless styles, like striking geometrics, painterly pastels, stripes, animal prints and traditional motifs.

“It’s always exciting to see their new technical developments and creativity,” Muller says. While the third-generation family-run operation recently marked 85 years in business, their commitment to artisanship remains at its core. Take the rug shown here: a recent collaboration with German company Rug Star is inspired by desert and urban landscapes and crafted in India using hand-knotted techniques. Think of them like a great connector—a connector of craftsman to consumer, a connector of inspiration to trends, and a connector of the past to the present. starkcarpet.com

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AMERICANA ETHOS MERIDA RUGS

In the mid-19 th century, Fall River, Massachusetts, was the Silicon Valley of America’s textile manufacturing industry. Fastforward through decades of shifting global economies, and few active mills remain today. But one self-described counterculture company decided to put down roots in the storied area as some of the last big mills were shuttering. “We’re not going to survive in the United States unless we’re doing something extraordinary,” admits Merida Rugs CEO Catherine Connolly. That something extraordinary, for starters, is that each of the company’s rugs is made of all-natural materials sans chemicals. Another revolutionary idea? Empower local craftsmen by creating a workplace where weavers find joy and pride in their craft. Merida R ugs HQ is part production lab and part innovation hub, where skills are honed and techniques tested. The goal is to create an environment where weavers push the bounds of their creativity in hopes it carries through to the finished product. Leading the charge is artistic director Sylvie Johnson who approaches design with the curiosity of an art student (she has been known to study out-of-print books on pigments to find fresh hues). The brand releases one new collection a year, each marking a new chapter in the Merida Rugs’ story. Their latest collection, Arte Povera, is inspired by the Postwar 1960s Italian arts movement, the story of which is as rich as the rugs themselves. “They have presence,” says Connolly. “The rugs contribute to the conversation in a sophisticated way.” meridastudio.com

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ID: Aiste Kuchta @aikufloral. Coordinates: Global nomad. Approach: Floral arranging inspired by the seasons. Something to reconsider: Dying flowers are beautiful; imperfect blooms are unique. Tip to try: Let flowers move in their natural direction. Memorable experience: Foraging for icicles and arranging them alongside flowers. Manifesting: The film industry is something I’d be happy to be a part of! In the works: Events and floral subscriptions. Remember to…Enjoy the process.

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Cosentino’s newest collaboration with designer and architect Daniel Germani decodes three timeless Italian stones: Vicenza, Travertine and Ceppo di Gré. The collection recasts them into versatile Dekton surfaces for today—indoors or out. cosentino.com

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St. Moritz-G1 is a handcrafted, select-grade finish from the European Elegance collection. This is more than just a product; it is a passion that becomes “custom-designed furniture for your floor.”

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BOKARA RUG

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Sacred Storytelling

AT THE RENOVATED HISPANIC SOCIETY MUSEUM & LIBRARY, LATIN AMERICAN MAKERS SHOWCASE WORKS HONORING THEIR HERITAGES AND INSPIRATIONS.

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HALLOWED HALLS

Founded in 1904, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library has emerged from a yearslong renovation at the hands of Selldorf Architects. The storied institution houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries. The museum aims to amplify and uplift Hispanic heritage and creativity, including Latin American artists forging their own multicultural identities.

Nestled under an ornate terra-cotta archway in the Main Court, Juliana Lima Vasconcellos’ eucalyptus wood Giraffe chairs flaunt their angular silhouettes. The Brazilian architect and designer cites her home country’s rich cultural mix— specifically African and Portuguese colonial influences—as sources of inspiration. hispanicsociety.org, theinvisiblecollection.com

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GEOLOGICAL GEMS

José Miguel Schnaider considers himself part designer and part explorer of the mineral world. As the founder of Mexico City’s Sten Studio, he leans into local lapidary traditions when conceiving his designs. “I am proud to be Mexican and Latino, but I do not necessarily need to follow a specific aesthetic,” Schnaider remarks. Rather, he offers

fresh interpretations of cultural heritage. His VSII.I and VSV.III stools—placed on a stairway adorned with 3rd-century Roman mosaics from Spain—are composed of dark lava stone and red travertine and blue calcite, respectively, acting as a visual metaphor for volcanos and a tribute to Mexico’s volcanic belt region. stenstudio.com

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STITCHED TOGETHER

Rhode Island School of Design alumna Alexis Tingey spent her childhood summers in Mexico where she learned embroidery from her grandmother. Tingey’s Don’t Remind Me hammock—showcased in front of Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla’s Vision of Spain (1912-1919) in the Sorolla Gallery—speaks to the physicality of memory. The hand-welded

patinated steel base supports a hand-pleated linen fabric collage depicting “personal items intended to be forgotten.” Tingey, whose first studio collection launches this year, is eager to see more women of Latin American origin represented in design to usher in rich storytelling, new ideas and unheard voices. alexistingeydesign.com

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ORGANIC STATE

Since founding Studio Galeón in 2017, Lula Galeano has watched the design landscape evolve to include more awareness around non-Eurocentric craft. A multidisciplinary designer who splits time between New York, London and her home country of Argentina, Galeano frequently collaborates with skilled artisans to enhance the beauty of natural materials used in her work. For Lampara 1 and Lampara 2, shown

here, Galeano joined forces with millworker Christopher Gatton to achieve the lamps’ perfectly unrefined shape. The bases are remnants of stone boulders sourced from Mexico which retain their jagged forms, save for polished edges. Each one-of-a-kind piece is outfitted with sleek brass hardware and a smooth blown glass opal bulb. studiogaleon.com

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BOTANICAL BEAUTY

Artist Lufti Janania’s childhood growing up on a rural bioreserve between the mountains and rainforests in Honduras continues to inform his eye today. Working out of a Brooklyn studio, he creates fantastical objects, sculptures and installations from botanicals and flora. His latest collection, a series of mirrors fitted on custom wood frames draped in woven

palm fiber, like the Tela, seen here, features hand-sewn, delicately pleated curled rosettes. Janania counts Latin America’s indigenous heritage and colonial history—specifically in Honduras where Mayan ruins and Baroque architecture meet—as additional sources of inspiration, taking in the visual romance and ornate decoration to inform his work. rosalila.co

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CURVY CHARACTER

“I adapt and take from wherever I go,” explains artist Giovanni Valdeavellano of where he pulls inspiration. For the New York–based talent, and founder of Studio Poa, that includes fashion street style, his childhood in Guatemala and the ways in which information is readily shared and consumed. The Santiago Chair 1 and Santiago Chair 2, shown here,

are made of solid ash, stained and then finished in hard wax oil. The design explores how a seat can make one feel transformed into a different character—like how a king feels on a throne or a defendant feels in a courtroom. This particular pair are shaped like guitars, intended to make the sitter feel like a rockstar. lovehouseny.com

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For a Georgian-style home in Maryland, Winsome Interior Design outfitted the kitchen with cabinetry from their line with Unique Kitchens & Baths and a custom cherrywood island. The pendant light is by Il Fanale.

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WINSOME INTERIOR DESIGN

The homeowners of this Churchville, Maryland, residence couldn’t resist its Georgian-style architecture, but the dated 1980s kitchen was in need of a refresh. They called on Arianna Pannoni and Kasey Bedford of Baltimore-based firm Winsome Interior Design to reimagine the space. The result is strikingly elegant and in harmony with the structure’s traditional bones.

What were the project mandates?

Our clients wanted the kitchen to feel lived in, cozy and historic. They are casual people, but they also like a bit of formality.

Tell us about the major design elements. We kept the existing brick range niche but limewashed it and added more grout to give an ol der appearance. The cabinets are a simple, elevated shaker style that has been around for hundreds of years. We designed the island to look like a piece of furniture since kitchen islands weren’t a thing back in the day, and we also incorporated hand-distressed ceiling beams. The open shelving acts as a display area for the client’s collection of vintage china.

What other details lend to the charming feel? Hanging wood and copper pots adds warmth, while a new milk-glass fixture exudes a vintage ambiance. We also used finishes that will only get more beautiful with time: the unlacquered brass will develop a patina and the marble will gain character as it stains.

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In keeping with the revamped kitchen, Pannoni and Bedford also turned their attention to the home’s mudroom and powder room, replacing dated elements to highlight the abode’s historic feel. “We wanted to have some fun in these spaces and bring out the drama,” Bedford says. They enveloped the mudroom—

including the walls, trim and ceiling—in a deep oxblood shade from Farrow & Ball and carried it through to the adjacent powder room trim. Meanwhile, a whimsical wallpaper from Osborne & Little featuring birds and lush foliage enhance the striking red tone. “The vintage-inspired console sink harkens back to

Georgian style, the classic floret penny tile is also a nod to old-world design, and the antiqued brass touches tie to the kitchen finishes,” Pannoni notes. “Our client allowed us the creativity to think outside the box,” Bedford adds. “Every space is dramatic in its own way.” winsomeinteriordesign.com

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A Rejuvenation sconce illuminates the powder room, which is swathed in Osborne & Little’s Netherfield wallpaper and accented with Farrow & Ball’s Preference Red. The Vintage Tub & Bath sink console is fitted with a House of Rohl faucet.
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Part Art Deco and part 1970s Milanese glam, the Lapidary collection from clé incorporates three di erent styles: rough-cut mosaics, smooth-cut ovals and sculpted curves (shown). Perfect for wall treatments, these concave and convex designs come in two sizes and a variety of stones, including travertine, Carrara, Calacatta and Verde marbles. cletile.com

IN BLOOM

House of Hackney teamed up with British tile manufacturer Craven Dunnill Jackfield to introduce a line of handmade ceramic tiles that evoke Victorian-era drama. The collection features 19 th -century reproductions of two Jacobeaninspired fl orals—in both monochromatic relief and vivid screen-printed versions—as well as an a rray of solid-colored square and brick tiles in addition to flat and raised dados. houseo ackney.com

GOING WITH THE GRAIN

The Helene porcelain tile collection from Ann Sacks—o ered in three oak-inspired shades and both three-inch-wide planks and 24-inch-square parquetry forms—can be used everywhere from floors and fireplace surrounds to walls and backsplashes (and even outdoors in certain climates). Better yet, this revival style synonymous with European allure is made of 40 percent recycled material. annsacks.com

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When Dallas clients tapped local firm Maestri Studio | Gallery to rework the kitchen in their Tudor-style home, the design team kept the structure’s existing architecture top of mind. “The residence was built during the 1970s to look older than it is,” notes architect Eddie Maestri. “It’s inspired by old English estates, and there were already some nice details including arches, moldings and leaded-glass windows.” In addition to relocating the space from the back of the house to the front, Maestri’s team also added a dining nook that separates the main kitchen from a pantry and storage area. “The nook serves as a statement at that end of the room,” continues Maestri, whose team designed a custom banquette with a dramatic arch that mimics the nearby doorways. “We wanted to play up the original architecture and make the space feel cohesive. It’s like it has always been there.” maestristudio.com

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TRENDS IN BUILDING, DESIGN + RENOVATION

It takes a special expertise and vision to understand the wants, needs and desires of today’s homeowners and their families, and then make them reality. Whether it’s a “from-the-ground-up” custom build, a blank-slate renovation or the simple redesign of a space or environment in an existing home, the keys to success are the talented architects, interior designers, builders, artisans, craftspeople and innovators who bring beauty, form and function to the work they do and projects they inspire. Luxe Interiors + Design is pleased to unveil Trends in Building, Design + Renovation, a unique special section that introduces the most gifted minds and creative spirits in design, construction and renewal to those looking to reinvigorate their homes, elevate their daily lives and enhance their lifestyles.

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When building a new home, the skillful completion of myriad details is the key to success. Enter Centric General Contractors. Since 2005, they have been working closely with their clients to create a wide range of noteworthy residential, commercial and hospitality projects throughout the Bay Area. “Building a home is a long-term partnership,” says Branden McDonald, director of development. “And, like any relationship—or building—you need a strong foundation. We achieve this through transparency and open communication, which helps our design and construction teams navigate hurdles and exceed expectations.” CGC’s other great strength is their collective expertise. “Our principals are locals who have been in the industry for 40 years,” McDonald adds. “Their deep knowledge of building codes and government agencies streamlines processes and gets our projects completed in a timely fashion.”

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• How do you include clients in your process? The building process is very complex, so superior communication from the planning stage to completion is our highest priority. This allows homeowners and their design teams to quantify costs and constructability and make informed decisions all along the way.

• Share some trending design priorities. Right now, our clients are asking for large window walls to capture our beautiful Bay Area light and views, and they want acoustic paneling for better sound in their homes and home theatres.

• Name a small renovation project that makes a big impact. Organization of the entry space with coat hooks, shelving and footwear storage. This can be achieved at a relatively low cost and changes the immediate functionality of the space.

• What is your advice to homeowners living through a renovation? Move out! Because there is nothing more stressful than living in a construction zone, our advice is to budget for a rental or a long vacation during the scheduled construction time.

Above, Top & Left Luminous, organic and elegant are just a few of the words that describe this reimagined Victorian in Pacific Heights. Centric General Contractors worked hand-in-hand with Richard Beard Architects, The Wiseman Group’s interior design team and the homeowners to update this classic property with thought, care and attention to detail.

Photography Matthew Millman

“At Centric General Contractors, ‘trust builds’ is our mantra.”
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An expertly-crafted house built with quality, teamwork, innovation and care is the best blueprint for a treasured family home. Since 1985, the award-winning team at De Mattei Construction has applied their skills, knowledge and collaborative approach to building exceptional homes and commercial spaces across the Bay Area. “We know the construction process requires a high level of trust, which we gain by being honest and transparent, providing meticulous project and budget management and by building enduring relationships with our suppliers, subcontractors, vendors and, most importantly, our clients,” says CEO and president, Mark De Mattei. Specializing in luxury custom homes, De Mattei Construction is known for their artistry and their superior-quality materials and finishes. “Our work is superb,” De Mattei adds, “and we don’t complete the job until every last detail is perfect.”

THE TOP FIVE

What are the most requested design elements? Mark De Mattei shares some insider secrets

• Exterior spaces that complement our clients’ interior lives. This means state-of-the-art outdoor kitchens, inviting living spaces, misters, heaters, fire features, cutting-edge TV and stereo systems and more.

• Wine rooms that satisfy the most discerning Californians. Along with comfortable seating for tasting and enjoying, these spaces require just the right temperature, humidity and light control.

• Hidden elements like secret doors or paneling that conceal a large pantry. Besides proving ample storage, these covert spaces allow homeowners to cook and entertain in a beautiful, clutter-free kitchen.

• Color palettes and finishes that express their unique style. From bold shades to serene hues to elements like heavily-veined marbles, custom millwork and handmade tile, homeowners are on an aesthetic journey.

• Vacation properties that combine the comforts of home with a dash of adventure. Whether in the mountains or on the coast, homowners want big door systems, outdoor entertaining spaces and maintenance-free finishes.

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Designer Holly Hollenbeck thought she’d finished this Northern California Victorian a decade ago, but fate gave her an opportunity to refine the project.

Interior Design: Holly Hollenbeck, HSH Interiors Home Builder: Rich Dowd, Hennessey Construction, Inc. Landscape Architecture: Scott Lewis, Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture WRITTEN BY CHRISTINE DEORIO | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL DYER Taking cues from Victorian and Edwardian pattern books, designer Holly Hollenbeck created the front door along with Sabina Frank Stained Glass Studio. Jean de Merry’s Trigo mirror, which pairs a frame of hand-cut beveled-wood baguettes with antiqued mercury-edged glass, hangs above a 19th-century English console from 1stdibs.

wo years ago, interior designer Holly Hollenbeck received a call from a well-known tech visionary asking for her help. He and his wife had purchased a historic Victorian home in the heart of Mill Valley, and he wanted to furnish it in a way that would honor its period details and his taste for English style. He was hoping she would assist. Hollenbeck’s jaw dropped because the home he was speaking of had once been hers. Years ago, she had painstakingly remodeled the 1892 dwelling—one of just 20 original and historically protected homes left in the small town—to its original splendor. After living in it for several years with her family, she sold it, and now it had been sold again.

“I remember saying that I’d be happy to meet with him, and that I was sure he’d be talking with other designers as well,” Hollenbeck recalls. “But he said, ‘You reimagined this house; it was your vision. You’re the one to do it.’”

Upon revisiting the residence, which she had originally renovated with architect Wendy Posard, Hollenbeck was delighted to discover that the period fixtures she had meticulously sourced were largely intact: fish- and chevronpatterned shingles hand-cut to match the original siding; custom doors and windows fitted with hand-rolled and leaded glass; original brass hardware; antique English cast-iron fireplaces; and the kitchen’s encaustic floor tile, which was salvaged from a 19th-century boarding school in the Belgian countryside.

Although the new owner had no intention of altering these details, he did need help adjusting some rooms to reflect his lifestyle. Working with builder Rich Dowd, the designer got to work. “They are a small family with no use for a formal living room, so he asked me to turn that space into a media room and library,” Hollenbeck says. The primary suite’s office area became his Zoom room, and a secondary bedroom was transformed into a craft room reflecting his wife’s love of nature.

Throughout the house, Hollenbeck honored the homeowner’s Anglophilia. “We both love English history, architecture and design, which were touchstones for me when I originally renovated the house,” she says. New custom pieces like the library’s peacock-blue tufted

sectional takes style cues from Victorian-era designs. Other furnishings, like a restored English mahogany bookcase from the mid-1800s and an antique mahogany grand piano, are the real deal. “When my client initially contacted me, he said they wanted to relocate in something like four months, which in the design world is lightning-fast,” Hollenbeck recalls. “I agreed, but with the caveat that he’d have to be okay with most pieces being vintage or antique, because I could get those immediately.”

During the project’s first month, Hollenbeck sourced antique rugs for nearly every room, “which provided the jumping-off point for the color palette,” she says. “Even when I did this house in 2010, I did not want any white; I wanted it to feel more period appropriate. The colors have a complexity to them, from deep eggplant on the dining room walls to dark peacock in the butler’s pantry.”

Though Hollenbeck shied away from patterned upholstery fabrics—relying instead on mohairs, leathers and wool bouclés “to catch the light in interesting ways”—she embraced eye-catching wallpapers with enchanted forest motifs that nod to the home’s backdrop of towering redwoods: a twilit tangle of trees on the primary bedroom’s fireplace wall, a midnight woodland in another bedroom, and a flutter of butterflies in the powder room.

Such moody scenes are balanced by moments of lightness, from chandeliers seemingly held aloft by bubble-like glass orbs to multiple sets of French doors that open onto wide porches and, just beyond, a hydrangea hedge bordered by a frothy groundcover. “Our intent was to provide an appropriate setting for the house and its charming proportions and detailing,” landscape architect Scott Lewis says of the garden details. “We kept the elements simple and refined, as we felt that this approach would enhance the character of the historic house.”

Hollenbeck’s commitment to historical accuracy didn’t make this project easy—“It’s a rare contractor who can put up a compound molding or plumb an antique sink,” she notes— but it did make it authentic. “I have this sense of responsibility for historic homes,” she says. “These are beautiful places that deserve to be saved and brought forward into a new century— and it was incredibly gratifying to have a second crack at this one.”

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Right: The pantry’s deep-tealpainted cabinetry was crafted by Keith Bruns Woodworking and the antique mirror backsplash is by Paige Glass Co. A Waterworks brass sink is inset into a countertop of flamed black granite. Opposite: The dining room’s walls are lacquered in Farrow & Ball’s Pelt. A light fixture from Coup D’Etat hangs above a table from Big Daddy’s Antiques. The sepia tones of an artwork by Georgina Reskala complement the French chairs from 1stdibs. Above: Blue hues are found in the kitchen’s reclaimed encaustic floor tile sourced through L’Antiquario as well as in the cabinetry made by Keith Bruns Woodworking. A pendant from Bourgeois Bohème Atelier hangs over a marble-topped dining table. Opposite: The gray color of the ceiling by American Tin Ceilings ties to the ceramic backsplash tile by Waterworks, perimeter countertops of flamed black granite and island surface of reclaimed wood. The antique chairs are reupholstered in fabric from De Sousa Hughes.
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Right: Hollenbeck opted to outfit the upstairs hall bathroom with an uncommon, circa-1930 barber’s sink. A wall clad with Waterworks tile holds a pair of Robern medicine cabinets and an antique light fixture from Obsolete. Opposite: The designer transformed a bedroom into a craft room, which is furnished with a 1930s wallpaper hanger’s folding table, and a patinated stool and chair from 1stdibs. Walls are painted Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue and the rug is from Nido Living. Above: Rebel Walls’ The Swedish Forest wallpaper sets a peaceful tone in a bedroom. The antique English cast-iron bed found on 1stdibs is dressed with Serena & Lily linens. A vintage wood lamp from Hollenbeck’s personal collection rests atop a nightstand from Pottery Barn Teen. Right: In the primary bedroom, House of Hackney’s Plantasia wallpaper surrounds an antique English cast-iron fireplace that’s retrofitted with a gas insert. The antique shield mirror is from 1stdibs and the antique sconces are from Obsolete. The armchairs are from SummerHouse.
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BREATHING ROOM

In this reimagined Stinson Beach retreat, time moves with nature’s rhythm.

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Architecture: John Kleman, Light Space Architecture Office Interior Design: Lindsay Brier, Anyon Interior Design Home Builder: George T. Flynn, George T. Flynn Construction Landscape Architecture: Michael Bernsohn, Michael Bernsohn Landscapes A flagstone pathway flanked with native greenery and flowering plants leads to a remodeled Stinson Beach vacation home. Architect John Kleman aligned the new glass front door with the back door and clad the home with red cedar planks.

n Stinson Beach, where the hills of West Marin merge into the waters of Bolinas Lagoon, time becomes elastic. Hours seem to stretch, ambling alongside the ebb and flow of sunshine and fog. One close-knit San Francisco family longed for these kinds of days. The parents “knew they had their children living with them for only a certain number of years,” notes Lindsay Brier, the designer hired to realize the couple’s vision. “They wanted to make the most of their time together.”

The couple found a waterside property nestled in the heart of the area’s tidal estuary, with waves of migrating birds gliding across the sky. But the abode itself—a generic dwelling—felt disengaged from its environs. To remedy that, “we knew we needed to dissolve the boundaries between inside and outside,” explains architect John Kleman, who worked on the project with associate Stephen Seldin. Together with general contractor George T. Flynn, the design team focused on reconnecting the house to the landscape.

Although the building’s original footprint remained the same, they opened the interiors by broadening the doors and windows. Perfectly aligned, the new openings transform how a person enters the home, “turning an opaque experience into a friendly arrival,” Kleman notes. “You’re now able to see all the way through the house to the lagoon beyond.”

Inside, sunlight pours through new skylights, casting luminous pools that move throughout the day. Underscoring this newfound warmth, Brier enveloped the interior with fresh cream walls and naturally finished cedar for the floor, ceiling panels and beams. Choosing a semitransparent wood stain ensures that “things are not too refined,” the designer says. “There’s an integrity to the variations and knots in the wood.” Many materials imbue a similar tactile imperfection, like the crackled hand-glazed brick tile on the fireplace surrounds.

The same sensibility seeps into the furnishings. “We embraced lighter teaks, some rift white oak and a little bit of rattan and wicker, which plays nicely with the floor and ceilings,” Brier adds. She complemented the warm woods with textiles featuring subtle, yet expressive detailing. There’s the family room sectional “that has an unfinished

flange detail, instead of a super polished welt,” Brier explains, which creates a ripple-edged silhouette. Throw pillows with hand-blocked prints add bold patterns to the sun-bleached hues. Drapery, when it’s used, leans to the light and sheer “so they can float around in the windows,” the designer adds. Together these layers, soft corners and gauzy textures create a relaxed ease.

Rooms were reconfigured to slow down the innate rhythms of daily life. Removing partition walls turned the family room, kitchen and dining area into one seamless space, intuitively drawing the clan together. Instead of a media room, the owners prefer a refuge for reading, together or alone. So, the formal living room became a serene study with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace. In turn, the family’s bedrooms capture the enchantment of holidays away. Brier gave the children’s custom-built bunk room hues of ocean blue, creating a dreamy backdrop for games and conversations (some that may last well into the night). Kleman also situated the parents’ bedroom over the lagoon. Encased with sliding glass doors, the space “feels like you’re on a floating platform,” he notes. “From the bed, you’re able to see the water surrounding you.”

Landscape designer Michael Bernsohn further deepens the interior’s relationship to nature with his approach to the outdoor areas. “I engaged the views of the lagoon and mountain ridge from inside the house by visually connecting the gardens with the native landscape,” he explains. The flagstone pathway leading to the entrance weaves through meandering beds of endemic artemisias and poppies, alongside a flush of nonnative blooms “mimicking the colors and textures of seasonal wildflowers,” he notes. These naturalistic plantings continue along the rear stepped terrace. Each descending level becomes like an outdoor room, as integrated planters shelter the distinct gathering areas with lush greenery. The plant selection also “encourages wildlife, especially birds and butterflies, thus providing another level of life and movement,” Bernsohn says.

All together, the home now feels embedded among this seasonal cycle of nature. Here, the family marks time not by the minute, but by the moments shared together among the changing landscape.

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Delicate textures and soft edges imbue a calm ease in the family room with a custom sectional slip-covered in Perennials fabric, a Serena & Lily Georgica lounge chair and an RH Balmain teak coffee table. Hand-glazed Fireclay Klamath tiles line the fireplace.

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Above: The study provides a serene reading space with many cozy seating areas to enjoy. One is a sofa covered in a charcoal gray Perennials fabric, and another is the teak-and-rattan chair from Anyon Atelier. The plush Belmond rug is by Serena & Lily. Opposite: Imagined for casual meals, the relaxed dining area features a Teak Warehouse Sherman dining table, a set of Stowed Home Bette chairs and twin Serena & Lily Headlands bell pendants. Above the piano hangs a photograph by Elisabeth Sunday.
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Right: The primary bath features an oak vanity with a Caesarstone Clamshell quartz countertop. The shower is lined with Waterworks Cottage Field tiles and the floor is Acero limestone from Da Vinci Marble. The Newbury Metro tub completes the space. Opposite: Accessories with rich textures ground the guest bedroom, including the handmade wall baskets, shell-encrusted lamp and Anyon Atelier pillows. The Octavia bed is by Serena & Lily and the nightstand is CB2. The rear terrace is designed to immerse the outdoor living areas in nature. The gathering spaces are surrounded by integrated planted beds, including a cutting garden for the family. The sunbathing deck is outfitted with West Elm lounge chairs.
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Rough Touch

Through sheer force, artist Kristin Kelly Colombano shapes natural fibers into soft, supple home accessories.

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Making felt by hand is not for the weak. Just ask Kristin Kelly Colombano, who employs a version of the intense, 5,000-year-old technique to press, pound and pummel wet wool into a soft, dense and evocative fabric. Unlike flat, industrial felt, Colombano’s blend of animaland plant-derived fibers thrum with pattern and texture—whether used to make pillows, cozy throws, bed-size blankets or wall hangings. The name of her San Franciscobased company, Fog & Fury, is a nod both to the local atmospheric conditions and the force required to make handcrafted felt. She discovered the material in a Mongolian shop selling felted objects. “I was charmed, and I resolved to learn how to make it,” says Colombano. Over time, she has refined the process that makes her wares so covetable and incorporated an array of natural fibers into her practice.

The labeled boxes of wool in Colombano’s studio read like a who’s who of the sheep set—Merino, Manx, Rambouillet, Polworth, Targhee, Bluefaced Leicester, Corriedale— with natural colors ranging from cream to carbon. Colombano also incorporates fibers from other animals (camel, yak, alpaca, goat) and plants (flax, pineapple and seaweed). Especially prized are silk rovings, which add sheen and color.

Colombano begins a composition by overlapping small sections of carded wool and adding embellishments. After building several layers, she sprinkles the pile with warm soapy water, which encourages the microscopic fiber scales to tangle. Next, she agitates the fibers with a textured tool, then rolls the mass over bubble wrap hundreds of times before scooping it into a ball and slamming it repeatedly onto the table. Eventually, the fabric shrinks (like a sweater in the dryer) and acquires the desired texture. Colombano eschews dyeing and seeks to evoke natural phenomena with her designs. “I love textures on trees, ripples in sand, cloud formations, animal skins, salt deposits, rock strata, and the tangles of seaweed after a storm,” Colombano says. “The world is stressful, homes should be grounding and calming—places to feel enveloped. My work embodies how I want to live, and what I want to give back.”

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Kristin Kelly Colombano's studio contains natural objects inspiring her felt-making practice (opposite). The process begins with her sprinkling hot water on natural fibers (left) and ends with beautiful textiles and home accessories (below). Tubs contain raw materials that are transformed into fabric after intensive work using a variety of techniques and tools (bottom).
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Calming Nature

A historic home in Hillsborough is readied for its next century with timely, well-considered changes.

Architecture: Eric Nyhus, Nyhus Design Group Interior Design: Emily Kates, Emily Kates Design Home Builder: Joey Toboni, The Toboni Group
The circa-1928 Hillsborough home was designed to follow the slope of the hillside, necessitating a flight of stairs that leads to the foyer. Designer Emily Kates worked with the San Francisco Stair Company to create a new oak stairway that was built onsite. The woven-leather ottomans are from Burke Decor.

ooking at this beautiful Mediterranean-style home perched high on a knoll that provides sweeping bay views, you’d never know its good looks had ever been interrupted.

“It’s beautiful again, but it took a Herculean effort,” designer Emily Kates explains. “The dwelling was built in the late 1920s, but previous renovations had stripped its original essence and left a choppy floor plan that wasn’t conducive to contemporary living.” The period woodwork that survived, including beamed ceilings and parquetry floors, felt heavy in contrast to an interior that was “covered in 1990s latte-colored paint,” she adds. “To achieve balance, it needed to be brighter and more open.”

Equilibrium was realized with a clever reconfiguring of the spaces. When this abode was constructed, homes were often compartmentalized for structural and lifestyle reasons. Kates devised a new and modern circulation plan to remedy that condition and, along with architect Eric Nyhus and general contractor Joey Toboni, made the interior nearly 25 percent larger—not through adding square footage, but by eliminating hallways separating the entry, dining room, kitchen and family room as well as reworking the layout of the primary bedroom suite upstairs. “This project was really a creative space-planning exercise,” Nyhus notes. “It was all about finding ways to tell the story of the home, while giving the homeowners more room to spend quality time together.”

Once coffee-hued walls were a thing of the past, and the new cream-colored, open-plan rooms began to glow thanks to larger windows allowing sunlight to pour in, Kates began outfitting the spaces in a way that honored her clients’ wishes. “They wanted a home that felt comfortable and accessible, clean and quiet—and not overly designed,” she says. “They sought serenity through simplicity and didn’t want to clutter the home, so we focused on a subtle palette and juxtaposed the classic Spanish aesthetic with more modern furnishings.”

For Kates, the design focused not just on elements she included, but also what she left out. The interiors, especially the living and dining areas, reflect her goal to “celebrate negative space.” Rather than installing large artworks in the rooms, “we’ve allowed natural light to dance

across bare walls throughout the day and into the evening.” The changing patterns create a calming, almost monastic feel. The clients embraced the concept to such a degree, the designer allows that she had to encourage them to add decorative elements. “We had to work to keep things from being too simple,” she says.

In the eat-in kitchen, a primary focus of the renovation, the curation of sophisticated materials (soapstone, granite, marble, textured limestones, antique brass and handcrafted concrete) adds a quiet complexity and depth. Here, the designer says stone slabs were chosen to create artistic focal points. “The stone selections are unusual,” Kates notes. “I wanted the rich finishes and the painterly quality of the surfaces to ground the space.”

In the couple’s bedroom, which was also completely reimagined to include a new closet and luxurious bathroom, Kates further explored ways of creating the soothing atmosphere her clients wanted. “The original ceilings were stained a rich brown color to envelop the space, and a new window on the bed wall allows for a greater stream of warm light. The furnishings were kept soft, too. It’s a restful retreat.”

Balancing the interior refresh was an exterior update. “We were tasked with maintaining many of the original finishes,” Toboni says. “The massive front door was removed, restored and reinstalled within the confines of a poured-plaster surround. It was quite an undertaking!” The painstaking work continued on the roof, where each original terra-cotta roof tile was cleaned.

But what truly brings this house into its second century is a guesthouse that doubles as a pool house. “It was designed to relate to the main house— even its roof tiles were sourced to match—and evoke a sophisticated cocktail lounge feel,” Kates says. “It brings a new dimension to the property and makes it feel more like an estate,” Toboni adds.

At the end of the project, the team takes pride in features both altered and retained. “A lot of care went into this house when it was first built, and now it’s a great example of a transformation that didn’t change the character while still providing a layout for the way we live today. It was a delicate balance, but we did it,” the architect notes. “It’s really important to listen to the voice of a home and to respect the clues you’re given,” Kates adds. “The result here is peaceful and appropriate.”

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Kates designed the living room’s sofa and lounge chairs, upholstering them in a Perennials linen. The metal-frame chairs are RH. Flanking the doors near the Steinway & Sons piano are Allied Maker sconces. The cast-limestone fireplace is a custom Kates design and made by Stone Mountain Castings & Design.

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Above: The kitchen’s dining area is anchored by an RH table and West Elm chairs. The new built-in cabinet with doors by EuroLite Steel Windows & Doors keeps dishes—including pieces by Year & Day and Leanne Ford—within easy reach. Opposite: The designer turned a living room alcove into a mirror-backed bar built by Deegan Woodworks and painted Benjamin Moore’s Black Jack. It features a Zip HydroTap, Top Knobs hardware and art uncovered at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.
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Right: The mudroom was painted with Benjamin Moore’s Half Moon Crest, a sage-gray hue. The floor tiles are Arto, the cabinet hardware is by Top Knobs and the stained-ash hooks were designed by Kates. Opposite: The primary bedroom features a custom bed dressed in Inup Home linens and pillows by Jenni Kayne and Linen + Cloth. Illuminating the room is a brass RH lamp and Hudson Valley Lighting sconce. The rug is from Ruby Livingdesign.

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