Interior designer Suzanne Tucker of
Tucker & Marks creates an elegant backdrop for a client's well-curated art collection in a new five-story contemporary home in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood. 48
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Antique Swedish chairs flank a 1920s Louis
XVI-style console in the entry hall, which is bathed in yellow light from the reflection of a curved marigold installation by Sol Lewitt that hangs on the opposite wall (not pictured). Interior Design
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In the living room, David Smith’s
Untitled (nude) provides a focal point above an antique 18th century French mantel and the homeowners’ collection of bronze vessels. A pair of rare nineteenth-century Italian commodes flank the fireplace and sit beneath custom-designed mirrors. The mirrors, mantel and custom coffee table subtly repeat the architectural setbacks of the space. The antique Sultanabad rug was the springboard for the room’s color palette.
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On the other side of the living room, works by Ed Ruscha (left) and Julie Meheretu (right) animate the wall above the L-shaped banquette. Balancing contemporary elements are pieces from earlier eras, including a 19th century Sultanabad rug that grounds the seating area and complements the raisin-lacquered coffee table, which is inset with a 19th century Coromandel panel.
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The efficient and cozy family kitchen on the second floor takes full advantage of the generous San Francisco light.
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The dining room hosts an early 19th century French mahogany table and eight antique horsehair-upholstered Russian chairs. The waxed Venetian plaster walls were matched to the homeowner’s favorite lipstick shade. William Kentridge’s Shadow Quartet of bronzes dances on the table opposite Terry Winters’ bold
Graphic Primitive 9.
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A collection of blue and white porcelain pieces complement a colorful John Chamberlain sculpture on the dining room console.
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The hemlock-paneled study contains a play on textures and time. Deborah Butterfield’s bronze driftwood horse nestles by vintage leather chairs, while Sean Scully’s
Wall of Light Pink White hangs near Chinese pottery from the Han and Tang dyanasties.
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Light trails through the windowed stairwell that threads sinuously through the house with a bronze railing, Venetian plaster walls and vanilla stone floors. On the landing, Manuel Neri’s
Untitled Standing Figure #5 keeps watch.
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Against the stunning backdrop of the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island, the master bedroom is a calm oasis, with subdued textures and patterns, and pale coral-colored Venetian plaster walls.
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The homeowners’ collection of glass memorabilia adorns the antique French mantel in the master bedroom. Above hangs Manuel Neri’s evocative
Maha #18, which is flanked by crystal sconces.
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The playful Chinoiserie theme in one of the guest bedrooms is achieved using Pierre Frey’s Petit Gonesse hand-drawn toile for the walls, curtains, bedskirts and headboards of the bamboo twin beds.
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