“The loft was a blank canvas, so I seized the opportunity to experiment. I wanted to juxtapose raw walls with highly detailed and refined antiques.” ~ Steven Volpe
While researching Steven Volpe’s 1916 San Francisco loft, I discovered some older photos from the gorgeous book San Francisco Style: Design, Decor, and Architecture by Diane Dorrans Saeks. It’s a rare privilege to see a home develop over time, consequently I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the artful evolution of this remarkable loft. Filled with 20th century furniture, one of a kind antiques, and of course incredible art, it speaks to the designers love of the “unconventional juxtaposition.” His mastery of scale, color and composition, allow you to truly appreciate his personal collection of furniture, art and design. Thoughtful, respectful, beautiful…
above, The dining room as photographed for the book San Francisco Style ~ here you see his strong passion for 1930s and 1940s furniture influenced by his classical studies while in Paris.
below, The dining room as photographed for C Magazine ~ the interior features the same bookcase (designed by Volpe after a Georgian model) but the rest of the furniture and lighting speaks to his evolving sense of style. A 1950s pendant lamp in glass and brass, by Danish designer Alf Johannsen, hangs above a walnut and steel Hedge Editions dining table surrounded by a set of eight 1930s Russian constructivist chairs.
above, The living room as photographed for the book San Francisco Style ~ a Steven Volpe designed sofa covered with Gretchen Bellinger chocolate velvet, a pair of Maison Jansen forties bergeres covered in Rose Tarlow leather, and gilt bronze forties tables found in Paris.
below, The living room as photographed for C Magazine ~ the interior features Hedge Editions sofa and club chairs, designed by Steven Volpe, an unusual 1950s French concrete and steel cocktail table acquired while in Paris, and a rare brass-trimmed galvanized metal skirted table designed in 1976 by John Dickinson.
below, photo from Steven Volpe ~ I believe this is the most up to date photo of his living room, notice the Forrest Myers designed cube seated next to the blonde leather armchair…also, the floors have been sanded to expose their unfinished beauty.
above and below, I believe this is the same wall, notice the mirror is the only piece that remains the same.
above and below, A trio of contemporary masks by Robert Courtwright from the Jean-Jacques Dutko Gallery in Paris, the pair of forties side chairs in gilded iron were designed by Gilbert Poillerat.
below, A large scale photographic print by Richard Misrach hangs above a modernist oak bench designed by Steven Volpe, the leather upholstered Regence chair is one of the designers favorite pieces.
below, photo from Steven Volpe ~ I believe this might be the same wall as photographed above, notice the Baktrian stone idols dating from circa 2,000 BC, acquired from Axel Vervoordt, are the same but the bench, art and floors have evolved.
above and below, Ron Arad’s Oh Void chair, signed and numbered 6 from a limited edition of only 20, it is crafted in carbon fiber.
below, A white plaster sculpture by Dutch artist Jan Schoonhoven hangs above a 19th century wood block table, both from March.
below, An opaline glass and gilt bronze console table by Marc du Plantier, the brass table lamp is by Maison Jansen.
photos and resources from Steven Volpe, C Magazine and The Style Saloniste
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