The San Francisco Decorator Showcase started back in 1977 as a way to raise funds for San Francisco’s University High School, and is today one of the West Coast’s leading design events. This year, the showcase was held at a Pacific Heights mansion built in 1902 by architect Julius E. Krafft. Thirty-five designers teamed up to transform the mansion into a wonderland of styles and cutting-edge ideas, from a bathtub filled with nail scissors confiscated at San Francisco International Airport to an 18th century Italian horse leg bench.
(Above and below): The second-floor bathroom, designed by Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, includes works of art by Greg Lauren, Michele Pred and Mirang Wonne. The bathtub is filled with thousands of nail scissors that were confiscated by airport security at San Francisco International Airport.
(Above): A quote by French artist Marcel Duchamp – whose work is associated with the Dadist and Surrealist movements – is painted on the wall in the bathroom.
(Above): Designer Matthew MacCaul Turner turned one of the mansion’s rooms into a music room. The bench in front of the fireplace is an Italian horse leg bench from the 18th century.
(Above): The office, designed by Catherine Kwong, features a light fixture by Blackman Cruz called the “3-Squared Chandelier.” The art behind the desk is a photograph from a 1954 Pierre Balmain fashion show.
(Above): The main bedroom’s soothing colors were chosen by designer Heather Hilliard. The installation includes an 8-foot wooden statue that blends perfectly with the overall minimalist design, yet gives the room a majestic quality.
(Above and below): The guest bedroom was designed by Matthew Murphy.
Photographs by Ulrica Wihlborg ©2013.
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