In a family home overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, The Wiseman Group carefully restored the rich, architectural detailing original to the space — the house was built in 1915 — and incorporated luxurious, modern touches to bring the style into the present. Light materials and colors combine with one-of-a-kind artworks to create an environment that’s deftly elegant, without feeling too precious for a family. Read on to tour the well-curated home.
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In the foyer, the style of the house is immediately apparent — a lush, elegant environment merging mid-century influences with the practicality of family life. Upon entering the home, guests encounter a grand piano in the midst of the foyer’s rich, detailed wood paneling. The piano had originally occupied the living room, but the design team wanted to bring a sense of granduer to the entryway, where the lacquered piano now creates a dynamic visual tension with the natural wood paneling. Near the piano, a custom upholstered ottoman with a unique Holland & Sherry appliqué adds detail to the space, while a gilded umbrella stand from Armani/Casa holds court in the corner.
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On either side of the stairs, brushed nickel sconces from Phoenix Day soften the walls with a hint of metal and cream — the custom shades are crafted from Rogers & Goffigon linen. Beneath a 16-karat gold gilt framed mirror from Cadre stands an ottoman from Rose Tarlow, upholstered in a performance Perennials fabric. A wool and silk area rug from Stark breaks up the wood of the room.
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A brightly-lit, neutral-hued sitting area is visible from the foyer, creating a sense of lightness. The round rosewood table was designed by Italian master artisan Vito Latis in the 1950s, and the surrounding stained mahogany Klismos chairs — originally sold by Widdicomb Furniture Company in the 1940s — were discovered at 1stdibs and reupholstered by C. Mariani Antiques, Restoration & Custom on Harrison Street in San Francisco. The sheer linen drapery is custom, in fabric from Rogers & Goffigon.
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In the rest of the living room, cool tones combine with artistic accents to achieve a contemporary style. A pair of Gregorius Pineo skirted sofas sourced from Kneedler|Fauchère, along with soft gray Roman Thomas side chairs, offer ample, plush seating space; the matching ivory shagreen coffee tables with carved, fluted wood bases are custom. Above the fireplace, a Mark Albrecht Studio mirror from De Sousa Hughes expands the room, while just outside the fireplace, bird-shaped andirons capture attention — the designers believe that they were crafted by artist Leon Calderi in the 1960s. Flanking the sofa, Phoenix Day reading lamps from Sloan Miyasoto provide comforting light. The ornate cabinet was inspired by the Alessi Palace in Genoa; the design was lithographically printed onto lacquered wood. Atelier Fornasetti crafted the cabinet in 1992, modeling it after an original that resulted from a collaboration between Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti earlier in the 20th century.
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From this angle, a dappled blue artwork called Eighth Light Blue Sweater Painting by Carol Bove ushers in color and texture, without distorting the cozy minimalism of the design. A wool and silk area rug from Mark Nelson Designs furthers the textural elements of the space, as cast bronze side tables from Tuell & Reynolds, through De Sousa Hughes, bring in a simple metallic touch.
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During the day, the dining room functions as a library. To create a flawlessly curated book collection, The Wiseman Group consulted with Juniper Books to fill out the clients’ shelves with beautiful books that matched their interests, which included art, architecture, fashion, photography, and music. Beyond the table, Bruno Romeda’s Perspective Cubique, 1975, has a unique, contemporary shape that fills the blank back wall without detracting from the dining room’s clean aesthetic. Italian wing-backed armchairs with black laquered legs are perfect for reading, while vintage mahogany table lamps from the 1960s on the dining table contribute more light.
For dining in the evening, the Coraggio walnut table with sloped edges and a pedestal leave is paired with high-back side chairs from Bright, purchased at De Sousa Hughes, and custom-designed benches at either end that double as ottomans to pair with the adjacent lounge chairs.
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A modern breakfast nook features an oval Saarinen table from Knoll and refinished walnut dining chairs, with a leather upholstered banquette from Holly Hunt, purchased at Kneedler|Fauchère. Overhead, a Phoenix Day pendant innovates on a drum-fixture style.
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An artistic bar design brings luxury and convenience to at-home entertaining. Shown here, the custom nickel and glass mounted bar shelf was designed by The Wiseman Group and fabricated by Phoenix Day.
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Comfort reigns supreme in the transitional family room. To the front of the image, the custom coffee table features leather upholstered cushions. Behind the table, the custom-designed window cushion is covered in Perennials outdoor fabric and includes light pull stich on both sides for reversability. Natural woven Roman shades from Conrad Shades help regulate light.
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The bedroom here proves that a canopy bed works in spaces that balance contemporary and traditional influences. The walnut frame bed with brushed nickel tester and leather upholstered bench are both from Holly Hunt. Linen drapery in Rogers & Goffigon fabric complements the cool, neutral color palette, while Ochre slipper chairs from Coup D’Etat in chenille fabric enhance the comfort of the space. Walnut Roman Thomas bedside tables stand on either side of the bed, with hand-blown murano glass table lamps from Jean-Marc Fray Antiques that feature flecks of 23-karat gold, a detail called polvo d’oro; the pale-hued, walnut and vellum cabinet is also from Roman Thomas. Throw pillows in a Hermès fabric add in a further layer of pattern to the overall design.
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The framed lithographs above the cabinet by Agnes Martin, a renowned Canadian-American abstract painter, are based on the artist’s paintings from her 1991 retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The floor lamp is from Phoenix Day, while the area rug covering the floor is from Mark Nelson Designs.
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In the sleek, bright kitchen, the Altura bar stools with a brushed aluminum toe rail are from De Sousa Hughes.
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For the walls of the bathroom, The Wiseman Group selected a pattern inspired by Sol LeWitt and created by artist James Stancil of Stancil Studios. A set of rounded pendants by Ochre are reflected in the custom, 12-karat white gold gilt framed mirror.
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The media room offers a wide view of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the center of the space, the limited-edition coffee table with a white-dyed resin surface was designed by Wolfgang Bregentzer, and the four swivel lounge chairs were designed by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa and purchased from B&B Italia.
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A selection of works on paper by Ivan Moscovich are a creative touch in the media room. The gray tufted sofa was designed by Patricia Urquiola and sourced from B&B Italia.