“We played with tradition for a more modern expression,” Ulinskas says.
Salierno’s equally bold, gridded ceiling, which is about 9 feet high, also
conceals soffited lights and visually ties all the open-plan areas together;
in the office, a shelving grid brings a sense of order.
“It all looks simple, but the ceiling geometry and windows have to
be carefully aligned to work well together,” says the project architect,
who also designed a complicated bathroom at the 2017 San Francisco
Perhaps the flat’s most important improvement Salierno worked on is a
central hallway widened to serve as a gallery where the owners can rotate
eclectic local art found during their travels. Wider than typical hallways,
Furniture also got the Wadatz once-over: while the wife picked pieces from
the Chicago Merchandise Mart, Los Angeles showrooms, boutiques such
as Coup D’Etat and San Francisco stores like Dzine, H.D. Buttercup and
Restoration Hardware, the designer chose the custom fabrics and finishes.
That part of the effort took nearly two years. “With other clients, who
want instant design, you go shopping for a few hours and select,” Wadatz
says; these clients, perhaps eager to start enjoying their new space, also
eventually moved to speed things up a bit, quickly picking the family room
pendant lamp at Future Perfect. Meanwhile, the quickened pace helped
keep costs under $700 a square foot.
Practicality may have likewise fueled their decision to have a dining
room too small for large dinner parties. “My husband would rather have
drinks with small groups of friends at home and then venture out for
dinner in the city,” the wife says. He quickly agrees. “I first saw San Francisco in 1974,” he says. And, now that he is finally a resident, he knows
definitively that “I have always wanted to experience it like this.” n
“BECAUSE THE PROJECT
HAD TO ACCOMMODATE
MANY DIVERGENT POINTS
OF VIEW, THE INTERIOR