“I suppose I had no option but
to become an interior designer,”
Ian Stallings says from his new apartment in San Francisco’s
tony Bently Nob Hill, a1920s Spanish revival high-rise by
architect William E. Schirmer.
“When I was in second grade in Wabash, Indiana, my
mother, whose parents were antiques dealers, gave me a
subscription to Architectural Digest magazine because she
thought I just might be interested,” he says.
Barely a decade later, Stallings left for San Francisco to
study painting, filmmaking and design, and in 1999 he set
off for New York, where, among other things, he was hired
as a film production and set assistant to produce commercials
for House Beautiful magazine.
“One day as we arrived on location, I immediately recognized Mario Buatta’s home from an AD article I had read,”
Stallings says. Excited by the prospect of meeting the rock-star interior designer personally, Stallings, a self-described
“expat from the Midwest,” had an epiphany. He wanted to
be an interior designer too.
With coveted downtown
views accented with
the city’s embelematic
Stallings’ San Francisco
home is the scene
of parties — like his
parents’ home was —
that flow easily from
the living room into the