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Skyline Revisited

In San Francisco, a fog-gray palette adds unlikely impact to an aerie with a stunning view.

In this sky-high Russian Hill home, floor-to-ceiling windows blur the boundary between interior and exterior. They frame a quintessential San Francisco skyline view that begins with Grace Cathedral, encompasses the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, and ends with the Transamerica Pyramid. The apartment was originally designed by the brilliant Michael Taylor, but the pink chenille wallpaper, carpeted baths, and mirrored walls—though the height of style in their time—had run their course.

The new owners wanted a clean, modern canvas that would showcase their art collection. To coax the city’s ethereal atmosphere inside, we chose a palette of grays, taupes, and white to make it look as though the fog had rolled in and taken shape. Bold, sculptural forms, from the strong silhouettes of the wing chairs to the angular lines of the floating console, also give the space wow factor.

A look this minimalist leaves no room for error. We were fortunate to collaborate with Sutro Architects, whose rigor helped ensure impeccable lines. We took the space back to the studs and opened it up by taking down all of the interior walls.

And though the look is streamlined, it’s never flat or cold. We chose finishes in a range of textures from chalky whitewash to striated limestone to flamed granite.

We like to think that whether looking out of the windows or in, the view is equally stunning.

By Jay Jeffers.
Photographed by Matthew Millman.
Images and text excerpted from © Jay Jeffers: Collected Cool by Jay Jeffers with Alisa Carroll; Rizzoli New York, 2014.

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