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Inside One Rincon Hill

BY Claudia Juestel - October 4, 2009


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North View at Sunset (Photo: Thomas Hawk Photography)

As downtown living has become more and more fashionable in cities across the country luxury high-rise apartment buildings have sprouted up all over the SoMa district, the City’s fastest growing micro-neighborhood. One Rincon Hill is one of San Francisco’s newest, and by sheer height, most recognizable landmarks.

This soaring residential tower is among the tallest buildings on San Francisco’s skyline, which is in part due to its location atop Rincon Hill, the last buildable hill in the city and the most immediate structure visitors see as they cross the Bay Bridge into the City.

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East View by Night (Photo: Thomas Hawk Photography)

The first of its kind in San Francisco, “Design Above All” is a unique designer showcase featuring condominiums in place of a stately mansion. This collaboration between Urban West Associates, the developers of One Rincon Hill, and the San Francisco Design Center allows visitors to experience luxury high-rise living seen through the eyes of four Northern California design firms, which were selected by jury to create designs for four different life styles, that of a young millionaire, a single corporate executive, a pair of empty nesters, and a down-sizing couple.

The four penthouses on the 53rd floor of the 64-story One Rincon Hill have of course absolutely breathtaking views of the City and the Bay. As I found they are stunning both during the day and by night, and seeing helicopters flying by at eye level was certainly an unfamiliar experience for me. But it is the interiors of these condominiums, as you see here, that command our attention. Each unit is available for sale and turn-key-ready with every piece of furniture and art included.

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

EXUBERANCE AT PLAY
Residence #5301
ca. 1856 sq. ft. 2 bedroom + den
Asking Price: $3.1 million including design, furnishings and art
Leslie Bamburg, founder of LABEXPERIMENT, was intrigued by the prospect of designing for an accomplished younger client, a single thirty-something Google executive, who has gotten accustomed to the finer things in life, but also still enjoys the playful indulgencies of his childhood.

Bamburg did not alter the layout of the two-bedroom condo, but added humor, splashes of color and boyish charm to a space she designed for someone who believes that graffiti art and modernist furniture are not mutually exclusive, nor are Chuck Taylors or haberdashery. She lined the narrow entry hall with large paintings on one side and a collection of vintage skateboard tops by Ryan Francis on the other.

Throughout Bamburg struck a playful balance between high-end contemporary furnishings and art set against humble found objects, in the end creating a sense of modern nostalgia. For more details please visit the Design Above All gallery of LABEXPERIMENT.

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Entry Hall
Skateboard top collection by Ryan Francis from LABEXPERIMENT,
Paintings by Patrick King from Michael Thompson Framing
(Photo by Rusty Reniers Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Living Room
Murals on columns by Ryan Francis
“Nest Sofa” and media console book table by Ted Boerner,
“Lakeside” slipper chair by De Sousa Hughes,
“Landscape” coffee table by Chista, (all from De Sousa Hughes)
(Photo by Rusty Reniers Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Living Room
Custom barstools by Godar Furniture,
“Nest Sofa” and media console book table by Ted Boerner,
“Landscape” coffee table by Chista, (all from De Sousa Hughes)
(Photo by Rusty Reniers Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Kitchen
“Zen Weave” mosaic tile on back splash by Erin Adams from Ann Sacks,
Custom barstools by Godar Furniture,
“Brio” bar table from Design Within Reach,
“Cage Lite” fixture by Tracey Kessler from JaK Home
(Photo by Rusty Reniers Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Office
“Indira” hair on hide rug by Stark Carpet,
“Moremi” desk by Jiun Ho from JaK Home,
Custom bookcase by Godar Furniture,
“Brazo” floor lamp from Design Within Reach
(Photo by Rusty Reniers Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Master Bedroom
“Nocturne” custom queen bed and “Three Way” nesting tables by Ted Boerner,
Shag chair and ottoman by Rosemary Hallgarten from De Sousa Hughes,
“Windsor Chalk Stripe Falcon Grey” fabric by Ralph Lauren from Sloan Miyasato
(Photo by Rusty Reniers Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Master Bathroom
“Zen Weave” mosaic tile on back splash by Erin Adams from Ann Sacks
(Photo by Rusty Reniers Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Guest Bedroom
“Lune” queen bed by Newell Design Studio from De Sousa Hughes,
“Kyoto” bedding by McGary & Co.,
Prima Alpaca shams by the Sandra Jordan Collection, all from Shears & Window,
“Hyde Park” lumbar pillow by Holland & Sherry and throw by Rosemary Hallgarten, all from from De Sousa Hughes,
“Han” club chair and “Taiko” end table by Jiun Ho,
“Dutton” linen parchment drapery fabric by Ralph Lauren,
“Brancusi” table lamp by Cameron Collection, all from Sloan Miyasato,
“Dalton” floor lamp from JaK Home,
Action figures from Kid Robot
(Photo by Rusty Reniers Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

CONTINENTAL INFLUENCE
Residence #5302
ca. 1971 sq. ft. 2 bedroom + family room
Asking price: $3.4 million including design, furnishings and art
Eugene Anthony, founder and principal of Eugene Anthony and Associates, and his associate Laura Galia designed the three-bedroom apartment, the largest of the four, for 50-something empty nesters seeking the conveniences of luxury high-rise living.

Anthony eliminated the third bedroom and turned it into a family room, providing additional space for entertaining, more suitable for the couple’s life style. He also created a library from the large hall closet, added moldings, atypical for most modern high-rise apartment buildings, an electric fireplace in the living room, and a variety of wall coverings throughout, to complete the initially bare spaces.

To suit the well-traveled couple’s more classical tastes Anthony opted for a mix of modern and traditional designs, which he described as “Paris-meets-Manhattan”. Contemporary art and figurative bronzes are highlighted by a soft cream, silver and gold palette. Furnishings range from old-fashioned, over transitional, to decidedly modern.

For example, in the dining area, instead of an old world Parisian chandelier a distinctively modern Italian crystal chandelier from Policelli Lighting completes the setting of a classical table and chairs. The overall result seems to reflect the designer aspiration of mixing some of the owner’s cherished treasures from their old home with modern pieces for an updated, more urban look.

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Library
Bookcases by Objet Insolite,
Desk chair from Beckman Moore Yaki Studio,
Bronze pedestal table from Sloan Miyasato,
“Dupree” desk by Eric Brand from Witford,
“Penhurst” table lamp by Aesthetic and leather square wall covering from McRae & Company,
Zebra skin rug from Southall Antiques

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Hallway
“Moon” bench by Applegate Tran from Beckman Moore Yaki Studio
(Photo by Todd Taylor)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Living Room
18th century settee from Garden Court Antiques,
“Fabian Baron” carpet by Elson & Co from Sloan Miyasato,
Essex polished ebony grand piano, made by Steinway from Sherman Clay
(Photo by Todd Taylor)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Living Room
“Tango” Sofa by Tru from Sloan Miyasato,
“Trang” console by Applegate Tran from Beckman Moore Yaki Studio,
“Bluebird” coffee table by Newman Frey Ironworks and “Penhurst” table lamp by Aesthetic, both from McRae & Company,
Club chairs by Sherrill Furniture from the Sherrill Collection
(Photo by Todd Taylor)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Living Room & Dining Area
“Tango” Sofa by Tru and “Fabian Baron” carpet by Elson & Co from Sloan Miyasato,
Macassar Ebony dining table by Interior Crafts from Beckman Moore Yaki Studio,
“Marnie” dining chairs by Jan Showers Collection from Sloan Miyasato,
Chandelier with Swarovski crystals by Policelli Lighting
(Photo by Todd Taylor)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.
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Kitchen
“Marcel” chairs by Artistic Frame,
“San Marino” acrylic pedestal table by Acryluxe, both from Gaul Searson
(Photo by Todd Taylor)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Family Room
Sofa and leather chair by Sherrill Furniture from the Sherrill Collection,
Zebra and leather ottoman by Cameron Collection,
“Bella” side table by Corbin Bronze, all from Sloan Miaysato,
“Wisteria” media console by Eric Brand from Witford,
“Babalone” nickel floor lamp by Objet Insolite
(Photo by Todd Taylor)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Master Bedroom
Bed by Eugene Anthony from Jim Attard Upholstery,
Bedding by Kearsly ,
“Balusta” Murano glass table lamps by Otium Lighting from Beckman Moore Yaki Studio,
“Right Bank” side tables by Eric Brand from Witford
(Photo by Todd Taylor)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Powder Room
“Wave” mirror tables by Carvers Guild from Witford,
“Iris” nickel sconces by Objet Insolite,
Iron benches with tufter leather seats by Bausman & Co. from McRae & Company
(Photo by Todd Taylor)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

ART ABOVE ALL
Residence #5303
ca. 1928 sq. ft. 2 bedroom + sitting room
Asking price: $3.55 million including design, furnishings and art
Mary Ann Schicketanz, assisted by Carissa Duncan, both of Carver + Schicketanz chose the north west three-bedroom unit to create a chic domicile for a cosmopolitan couple who downsized from a large suburban home.

Schicketanz’ European sensibility shines through in her confident and practical approach to the small and at time awkward rooms. She removed a number of walls to open up the foyer and to enlarge the narrow halls. A subtle color scheme of grays and creams and sophisticated, understated, and perfectly scaled furnishings are alluringly contrasted by the boldness of the art, all black and white museum-quality photography, expertly curated by Holly Baxter and Jana Cook Blankenship of Baxter & Cook Art Advisors.

Schicketanz collaborated with Baxter & Cook Art Advisors from the very beginning, as the clients’ art collection provided the inspiration for the overall design. The art was no after thought here, and this flawless composition culminates in a cosmopolitan environment exuding soothing comfort in a fast-paced center of urban life.

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Entry
French Arm Chair from Garden Court Antiques,
“Torque” side table by Dennis Miller Associates from De Sousa Hughes,
Elm pedestal table from Tansu Design,
“Roulette 1” silk and wool area rug by Edward Fields/Tai Ping Carpets,
“William Burroughs” 1975 by Richard Avedon and “Pamela” Bronze standing figure by Curt Brill, both from Baxter & Cook Art Advisors
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Dining Area
“Boule” console by Christian Astuguevieille from De Sousa Hughes,
Chinese rattan seat ding chairs from Tansu Design
“Man’s Profile” from Pasiphae Suite 1944 by Henri Matisse from Baxter & Cook Art Advisors
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Dining Area
“Homme” Wenge & Bronze dining table by Berman Rosetti,
“Bolan” upholstered bench by JAB,
Mica pendant light fixture (by McEwen Lighting Studio, all from De Sousa Hughes,
Chinese rattan seat ding chairs from Tansu Design,
“Portrait of my Father” 2005 & “Ashes” 2000 archival pigment prints by Linda Foard Roberts,
“The Bohemians” 2006 (by Kota Ezawa), from the series “My Ghost” 1999 by Adam Fuss, all from Baxter & Cook Art Advisors
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Living Room
“St. Thomas” custom sofa, Mogador II, Caravan Collection by Edward Ferrell,
“Intermezzo” custom slipper chairs by Ted Boerner,
“Monterey” bronze floor lamp and “Calistoga” bronze table lamp by Tuell & Reynolds, “JV Tambour” side table by Matthews & Parker, all from De Sousa Hughes,
Custom coffee table & cabinet by Carver + Schicketanz,
Open cube table from Tansu Design,
“Mogador II” area rug by Edward Fields/Tai Ping Carpets,
“Untitled(Ocean)” pigment print 2007 by Richard Misrach from Baxter & Cook Art Advisors
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Living Room
“Intermezzo” custom slipper chairs by Ted Boerner,
“JV Tambour” side table by Matthews & Parker, all from De Sousa Hughes,
Custom coffee table & cabinet by Carver + Schicketanz,
Open cube table from Tansu Design,
“Mogador II” area rug by Edward Fields/Tai Ping Carpets
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Master Sitting Room
“Jackson” love seat by Jed Johnson Home,
“Pinky Street” cocktail table & “Sylvan” slipper chair by Edward Ferrell,
“Duke” drapery fabric by JAB, all from De Sousa Hughes,
LC32DV27U LCD TV by Sharp at Lynn Fields & Associates
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Master Bedroom
“Vista” queen bed by Altura Furniture, upholstered in “Prasanna” fabric by Stroheim,
“Reve” custom night stands by Sylvan San Francisco,
“Duke” drapery fabric by JAB,
“Torch” table lamps with silk shades by Mattaliano, all from De Sousa Hughes,
“3 Line” bedding by Pratesi from Wilkes Bashford,
“Embracing Nudes” and “Face” 2007 toned gelatin silver prints by Robert Stivers from Baxter & Cook Art Advisors
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Master Bathroom
“Eggshell” #3141 quarz counter top by Caesarstone
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

Guest Bedroom
“Drift” queen bed by Ted Boerner,
Upholstered in “Neth Sir Tesuto” fabric by VW Home,
Custom coverlet in “Takara Parsnip” fabric by Romo,
“Bowties” side table in Ceruse walnut by Altura Furniture,
“Little David” table lamp by Lesley Anton,
“Nest” arm chair & ottoman dresser by Ted Boerner,
Upholstered in viscose fabric by Romo,
“Commune” dresser by Ted Boerner,
“Pietro Calico” drapery fabric by Romo,
All from De Sousa Hughes,
“Greek Key” bedding by Pratesi from Wilkes Bashford,
“Untitled” 2007 gelatin silver prints, charcoal, pencil & graphite by Noah Wilson from Baxter & Cook Art Advisors
(Photo by Robert Canfield Photography)

Inside One Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill, San Francisco's most prominent new condominium high rise, recently asked some of San Francisco leading design teams to furnish four penthouses. Claudia Juestel gives us a tour.

NATURE HIGH IN THE SKY
Residence #5304
ca. 1947 sq. ft. 2 bedroom + media room
Asking price: $3.6 million including design, furnishings and art
Donald Fugina and Karen Calija with Donald Joseph Inc. took a natural approach to the design the three-bedroom North-East-facing apartment composed for a single male corporate executive.

Fugina and Calija incorporated sensory elements such as a hanging succulent garden in the entry, a tranquil fountain and an aquarium filled with all white fish, white coral and clear rock crystals in the mirrored gallery. They added more organic elements in their choice of furnishings, such as cork fabric on the sofa and tables, a console and a desk made from petrified wood.

The designers aimed to create a place of respite, relaxation and rejuvenation for this busy executive. But this home is not all about calm. In contrast they turned one of the bedrooms into a creative room with an emphasis on music, complete with a desk area by the window, a dry bar, a media wall and the owner’s guitar collection taking over the walk-in closet. The result could be described as Nature meets Rock n’ Roll.

FURTHER INFORMATION

“Design Above All”
One Rincon Hill
September 19 to November 1, 2010
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11AM – 3 PM
Saturdays 11AM – 5PM
Tickets are $ 20.00 (including valet parking) and available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/70807 Proceeds benefit PAWS, At the Crossroads, and Food Runners

ABOUT CLAUDIA

Our Design Editor, Claudia Juestel, is founder of one of the leading design firms in San Francisco, Adeeni Design Group, which she started in 1999. For readers of residesf.com, she brings a worldly sense of style, an international range of references, a strong background in design history, and an eye for true quality. Claudia can be reached by email at claudia@sfluxe.net



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