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Nob Hill Apartment

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, from beginning to end. Stone Interiors’ process is calm, thorough, collaborative — and fun. I learned so much. Stacy is great at setting expectations, and she’s also great at restraint. This apartment relaxes me. — the Client

Many city dwellers dream of getting away to the country on the weekend to relax and recharge. This client was the reverse. His primary residence is in Silicon Valley, where he spends most of the week. He loved the idea of having a pied à terre in the city, where he could unwind and entertain friends. The dramatic views from this apartment sold him in a heartbeat: the towers and buttresses of Grace Cathedral on one side and San Francisco Bay (including Coit Tower) on another. Out the north window, the Golden Gate Bridge is visible to the west.


Stone Interiors always considers what you see out your windows as part of your interior. In this apartment, we wanted to embrace the cathedral, to echo its architectural spirit in a modern way. The client loves the look and feel of mid-century. We sourced vintage pieces whose silhouettes evoke the mood of the Gothic cathedral. The Dunbar daybed is upholstered in russet mohair; a pair of Brutalist metal lamps provides an understated counterpoint to the laciness of the cathedral’s spires.


The deep, rich tones of the furnishings are balanced by the extraordinary natural light and the cityscape at night. The apartment is compact, and we didn’t want to do anything to close it in or make it feel “cozy.” The minimal window treatments are designed to disappear. The dining table designed by Stone Interiors has a glass top back-painted in eggplant, resting on two black Saarinen bases. The table has a reflective quality, such that it appears to float in the space.


The client was enthusiastic, even zealous, about presenting our team with pieces he’d found that he loved. In the course of the project, he came to appreciate that pieces have relationships in a room, and that ultimately, the feel of a space depends more on the relationships than on the individual pieces themselves.

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