1.28.2008

"feng shui" to the hilt

last year the design firm i work for completed a project for an apartment atop a prominent san francisco hotel. any associates who wanted a tour before the clients moved in were given permission. so we decided to make it a group thing and all went over together, just as some of the finishing touches were being completed by the contractors. the principle designer on the project and the project lead came along to give us the tour. it is the type of place you wouldn't want to see without a tour guide. and it's the kind of place only few people ever get to experience. now there is no doubt of the over-the-topness here, but i still think it's interesting to see what detailed design acumen & excellent craftmanship can come up with when the client is demanding a plush, psychadelic, disneyland, feng-shui dream house. for the sake of brevity i'm only posting a few photos here, so please feel free to jump to my flickr album for the full tour.

{the kitchen in lime green painted wood paneling with many reflective surfaces. custom island with clear glass top and custom range with built in wok, grill & steamer}

{the love-vibe purple entertainment room with a custom heart-shaped chaise for two, custom carpet to match, and a 5-screen built-in entertainment center with a small stage just in front for those wild karaoke party nights}


{the master bathroom is all emerald and sparkle ~ the mosaic silver floor tiles were installed in a custom pattern designed to match the facade of the building in the view; a chakra shower bar, tons of body jets, and a body blow dryer in the massive shower room; and the biggest custom tub i've ever seen with my own eyes includes an infinity edge that overlooks the city}

{four celestial ceilings ~ in the double high living room, in the sunny laundry room, in the ultra-futuristic breakfast nook, and in the powder room made to look like a back porch }

10 comments:

Calie Anderson, C.I.D. said...

Wow, what a trip. That purple room is so over the top! Love it!

studio wellspring said...

seriously, calie. seeing it in person was really over-whelming but definitely worth it. this is so far from our normal design work that we're not even going to get it published. thank goodness i had my camera with me. ;o)

vineeta said...

yes, sometimes its great to see the way things have been pushed to an an extent we wouldn't- its a great experience and even probably opens up our mind just a little more :)

Anonymous said...

more money than good taste imho

susan said...

Well, I'll say it's interesting! Studio 54 days, maybe that was the inspiration? It's wild, but fun to see, thanks for the tour!

studio wellspring said...

yes anonymous, i do agree. it was a difficult project to work on for this reason. this is a situation that most designers face at some point ~ having clients who are stubborn & demanding but welathy & gernerous, who don't have very good taste but don't care and just want things how they want things. at some point a designer must take a step back and appease the client's wishes ~ that's ultimately a big part of what we're there for. it's not everything, but that chunk of psychology does play a big role.

paris parfait said...

Oh, my! Thanks for the tour! Quite an interesting place, with lots of over-the-top bits.

design dna said...

gasp! the stove!

Patricia Gray said...

What a posh space!

studio wellspring said...

hi paris parfait, deisgn dna & patricia ~ "posh, gasp, over-the-top" ~ y'all summed it up perfectly! :o)