Stuart Plunkett purchased his townhouse in San Francisco’s Noe Valley for its dramatic details and scaled-for-entertaining dimensions. But he turned to designer Antonio Martins to make it a home. “I bought the house for its structural beauty,” says Plunkett. “It would look good decorated with a card table and folding chairs, but I knew in Antonio’s hands it could be spectacular.”
Since 2004, Martins has worked on three projects for Plunkett. For this project, the main objective was to personalize the striking concrete-and-steel-clad interior designed by Zack | de Vito Architecture. Martins began creating a space that was reflective of Plunkett’s personality and lifestyle. Plunkett is a busy professional who works hard and enjoys entertaining at home, so the idea was to create a modern-day men’s club suitable for comfortable weekend days lounging with friends and debonair dinner parties at night.
When selecting a mixture of modern, vintage and industrial pieces, Martins and Plunkett didn’t discuss styles or time periods—they discussed feelings. “Stuart would tell me that he wanted this room to be moodier or that room to have a little more drama,” says Martins. “Because I know his tastes so well, I knew what pieces would evoke those feelings for him.” In the kitchen, Martins added the barstool version of the Cassina Cab chairs found in the dining room to create a relationship between the adjacent spaces and to complement the golden hues of the oak veneer cabinets.
Martins had relatively unfettered control over the design, but Plunkett still got in on the fun when possible. To add additional storage in the master bedroom, Martins had bookshelves, a cabinet and a bed frame with built-in nightstands created out of the same oak veneer laminate found in the home’s kitchen and baths.