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Publication Date: 2014-09-04

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A Bright and Airy SoMa Apartment

Stepping into the foyer of what one anticipates will be a streamlined white space in a San Francisco high-rise, a violet cowhide runner is the first element that defies expectations. As it leads past a silver-leafed powder room and into a living room with a magenta Art Deco–style armchair and a lilac Donghia sofa, it becomes evident that this will not be your typical “white box.” For interior designer Eche Martinez, the mission was instead to create a suprisingly spirited residence: “I love classical architecture, but this space was a clean modern slate and needed something a little more theatrical,” he says. “The challenge was to create a home that was bold, beautiful, personal and unique.”

The designer’s client was “a young, super-energetic businesswoman with an active social life and a deep, spiritual connection to her yoga practice,” who expected him to think outside the box. Martinez complied: Along with the introduction of vivid colors, there are subtle eye-catching textures throughout. In the living room, for example, Martinez hung a sparkly faux shagreen Elitis paper around the fireplace and defined the seating area with a geometric-patterned Mansour rug in tone-on-tone silk. “Not every single thing in the house had to stand out,” Martinez explains. “Some things had to be almost invisible.”

Read the full article on SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens)


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