A Global Collaboration Above San FranciscoAuthor:Philip Ferrato
An extraordinary collaboration is taking place in a penthouse high above San Francisco, atop Related’s new Fifteen Fifty luxury rental tower, designed by SOM with interiors by Marmol Radziner. It presents an opportunity to view both new art and newly-rediscovered Modernist furniture masters.
The high-ceilinged 3-bedroom unit has been taken over by the by design agency FrenchCALIFORNIA and traveling gallery Gabriel&Guillaume, helmed by Nancy Gabriel and Guillaume Excoffier. Specialists in Mid-Century Brazilian decorative arts as well as contemporary and emerging designers, they’re joined by San Francisco gallerist Jessica Silverman, who brings a compelling selection of emerging artists. Emphasizing the global nature of their practice, Gabriel&Guillaume is based in The Emirates and Bordeaux, France, and are well-known for their temporary exhibits in historic venues in Beirut and Paris. Equally global in viewpoint, Silverman has brought her artists to audiences globally with a strong presence at art fairs. The penthouse is available to tour by appointment– and everything is for sale.
n the living area, Amikam Toren’s 2006 Pidgin Painting (Voosertach) hangs over Parisian designer Martin Szekely’s sofa from the 1980s, across from a rosewood sideboard by the great Portuguese-Brazilian pioneer Modernist under an Ian Wallace’s diptych The Studio I & II.
The c.1950’s Shell armchairs in sheepskin were by Brazilian designers Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler; the bench along the window is a contemporary collaboration between Nikos Koronis and Rayna Sarakbi. Much of the lighting throughout is by Angelo Lelli, the innovative Italian designer and founder of Arredoluce.
The jacaranda bookcase/cabinet by Jorge Zalszupin is from the 1950s; dining chairs by Martin Szekely.