Icons of Design at Millennium Tower

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Millennium Tower at Mission and Fremont, San Francisco

For decades the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has reigned supreme. But this year San Franciscans have had a few additional opportunities to see Bay Area designers flex their creative muscles and also illusroberttrate a more modern side of interior design.

During the Summer we all enjoyed the “Modern by Design” showcase sponsored by Metropolitan Home at 2201 Baker Street and “Design Above All” at One Rincon Hill, which we covered here. And in the Fall, Millennium Tower’s “Icons of Design” showcased four condominiums which exemplified high-rise living at its most elegant.

Designer Claudia Juestel toured the showcase, and came back with her ever-insightful perspective on what was presented.

Master Bedroom in Residence 52C by De Sousa Hughes
( Photo by Matthew Millman )

An “Alien” Shagreen desk by Sylvan SF, “Wainscot” wing chair and “Morgan” chair by Victoria Hagan, “Axel” bench by Jean De Merry, “Mayan Stem” floor lamp by Orestes Suarez, “Yves” floor lamp by Mattaliano, custom coverlet designed by De Sousa Hughes, fabricated by Susan Chastain, all available at De Sousa Hughes, turn-of-the-century Gueridon tables from Candace Barnes Antiques, “Sparkle n Shine”, 2008 painting by Deborah Orapallo, available at Baxter & Cook Art Advisors, accessories from Lost Art Salon, bedding and faux chinchilla throw from Sue Fisher King

The Millennium Tower is considered one of San Francisco’s most luxurious high-rise apartment buildings. The project garnered a lot of attention recently when Tom Perkins purchased the Grand Penthouse A on the 60th floor, paying a reported $9.35 million for a mere shell. Mr. Perkins’ real estate agent said that her client, after a long search for the perfect pied de terre, eventually chose the Millennium penthouse because the building was superior to anything else available: the unit had a 600+ square foot deck, and it was completely customizable, as it was delivered as a shell.

This project would have certainly been a coup for any local interior designer, but the coveted job went to Ken Freivokh Design in the UK who had previously designed the legendary venture capitalist’s sailing yacht the Maltese Falcon.

I had the pleasure of a private tour given by Mr. Perkins one evening with a friend, and he showed us how it will be all laid out. I learned that the 4,750 square foot penthouse will receive unique details such as an interior jungle and orchid garden, with massive statues on the expansive deck. I am certain it will be one of the most amazing pied de terres in San Francisco.

Living Room by Scheiber Design Group in Residence 52A

“Fritz” chair by Scheiber Design Group, Ceramic “Pentagon” stool by Kim Yik Yung, available at Tansu Design, Indonesian “Cone” woven baskets from A. Rudin

Both penthouses on the 60th floor may be taken, but the 52nd floor has four grand residences available, affording almost equally stunning views and having been elegantly transformed by some of San Francisco’s most talented interior designers and architects. Unlike the “Design Above All” showcase, where four designers decorated an apartment each, more twenty nine designers participated the “Icons of Design” showcase. Styles are mostly modern with occasional traditional detailing sprinkled in.

Immediately upon exiting the elevator one realizes that this is not your average floor of any apartment building. Public areas outside condos are more often than not very bare spaces without personality; not here.

Decorative artist and showcase veteran Katherine Jacobus collaborated with interior designer Chantal Lamberto to soften the feeling of the elevator lobby and to remove its sterility. Katherine created four mural-like paintings inspired by 19th century French wallpapers that were intended to take visitors into another place, which perfectly compliments the vignette by Chantal and making it feel more like a private entry.

Parson’s Console by West Elm, antique gilded mirror from the collection of Chantal Lamberto, painting by Katherine Jacobus (Photo courtesy of Katherine Jacobus)

Annette Schutz and James Bacchi of ArtHaus made a bold statement by creating an urban-inspired gallery throughout the halls for their stable of contemporary artists. Work ranges from colorful music-inspired canvases by Serena Bocchino, over tonalist cityscapes with heavy palette work by Carolyn Meyer, to minimalist bronzes by John Christensen.

Installation by Arthaus in Foyer

“Even the Rocks Will Cry Out” oil & poured enamel on canvas, “Fourteen Words” bronze sculpture by John Christensen, all available through Arthaus, “Irish George” console in hand-carved pine with graphite finish and chartreuse lacquer top by William Switzer

Residence 52A
2,706 square feet
Asking price: $3,695.00 unfurnished