Jason O’Rear/ Exterior Fifteen Fifty.
Located on the 40th floor, with unparalleled views of San Francisco, the 3-bedroom, 3-bath model penthouse is home to rare pieces of collectible design, including original mid-century modern furniture from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s from Brazil, Italy, and France.
Photos Courtesy of Douglas Friedman – Living room, Penthouse
It is an eclectic residence with an exhibition of collectible design curated by design agency frenchCALIFORNIA and Galerie Gabriel&Guillaume. The penthouse serves as the traveling gallery’s first West Coast project, and features 1,700 square feet of rare, museum-quality furnishings, bold colors, and curated art by leading gallerist Jessica Silverman that are all available for purchase.
The penthouse further brings the newly-opened building to life, complementing Fifteen Fifty’s design by world-renowned Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and artistically curated interiors by Marmol Radziner.
Office Area, Penthouse
“Fifteen Fifty’s model penthouse is a one-of-a-kind showpiece that evokes joy, warmth, and calmness,” said Joe Walsh, Vice President of Related California. We are fortunate to have had the talents of frenchCALIFORNIA, Galerie Gabriel&Guillaume and Jessica Silverman work in tandem to create this happy home within Fifteen Fifty.”
Upon entry, residents step into an inviting foyer with clay-orange walls that quickly lead into a contrasting deep blue open kitchen, featuring custom grey oak cabinetry, polished white Caesarstone countertops with Italian Calacatta Caldia marble backsplashes, and Miele stainless steel appliances with Home Connect technology and integrated paneling.
Living Room II
The kitchen overlooks the spacious, open great room that features a dining area with a Sergio Rodrigues dining table made of Jacaranda wood, along with marble and lacquered wood dining chairs by designer Martin Szekely and edited by Galerie Neotu, tied together with a 100% wool rug from Beirut Rug Emporium’s Iwan Maktabi.
This space flows into the living area, with a dramatic wall of tall windows overlooking San Francisco. Furniture highlights in this space include a 1950s wood sideboard, originally from Copacabana, Rio, by Joaquim Tenreiro, a pioneer of modernist Brazilian furniture making; a white fabric sofa by Martin Szekely from the late 1980s and edited by Galerie Neotu; and a large architectural Jacaranda bookshelf by Jorge Zalszupin from the 1950s with bold green accents. The room is tied together with a unique soft pink palette on the walls – Modern Love by Backdrop.
The master bedroom is an exercise in balance, with light almond green walls – Drive Thru Safari by Backdrop – bringing a soothing feel to the space, contrasted with dynamic designs like a Liceu de Arte bench, an ornate ceramic Georges Pelletier table lamp, a 1950s vintage chandelier, a contemporary brass stool by Mauro Mori from Italy, L’Atelier side tables, and a colorful hand-knotted wool and silk rug by Marguerite le Maire with tones of orange and blues.
City views can be seen from every corner of the rounded room. Other features of the master bedroom include a windowed walk-in closet and a 5-piece master bathroom featuring marble surround double vanities, a bathtub and a glass-enclosed walk-in shower.
The standalone office features 1980s-style graphic green wallpaper. It was designed to evoke a salon –a space for intimate conversations and enjoyable moments savoring coffee or an evening beverage the residents overlook the city. The space has ample seating, including a Brazilian mid-century Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler velvet sofa and a pair of velvet burnt orange Leon Rosen swivel armchairs with pedestal bases. Also, a 1950s Brazilian Geraldo De Barros desk, a black marble side table, and a round David & Nicolas rug from Iwan Maktabi outfit the space also.
The second bedroom brings a calming gray-blue tone on the walls – The Early Stuff by Backdrop – with unique yet functional furniture such an eye-catching vintage black camel-style sofa, terrazzo Portego side table, a bold brass Sergio Mazza Delta sconce from Italy, and a set of metal Gino Sarfatti floor lamps from Italy. The bed lies low, adding to the tranquil, cool atmosphere.
Modern features throughout the home include six-inch-wide-plank flooring, a laundry room with Bosch side-by-side washers and dryers, customizable Elfa closet shelving systems, Nest thermostats, Salto keyless entry, Lutron Caseta dimmable switches, and automatic shades.
Jessica Silverman – who curated the dynamic art collection throughout the building – selected the thought-provoking contemporary art featured in the penthouse as well, in close collaboration with frenchCALIFORNIA and Galerie Gabriel&Guillaume, which includes an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs and sculptures from renowned and emerging artists.
Highlights include Julian Hoeber’s Vector Model Anatomy Variant 02, 2018, a sculptural wall piece made of plywood, acrylic, basswood, brads, epoxy, and polyester thread; Amikam Toren’s Pidgin Painting (Voosertsach), 2006, made of pulped canvas, PVA and pencil, which is set against the pale pink of the living room and serves as an anchor; Ian Wallace’s In The Studio (Work in Progress) I & I, 1996-2013, photolaminate with acrylic on canvas, which hang opposite Pidgin Painting; pieces by Davina Semo, including Symbiosis, 2019, a unique acrylic mirror with plywood, ball bearings, hardware and stainless steel, set behind the dining table.