Stairway to Heaven

CA Homes Magazine | December 4, 2013

For an open concept living and dining room in the Los Altos Hills, San Francisco interior designer, Paul Wiseman of The Wiseman Group selected a bold, early twentieth century Japanese bi-fold screen as the focal piece of art. From the wealthy but ephemeral Taisho period, it features squares of gold and silver leaf. Originally owned by a Zaibatsu industrialist, the screen now resides in a contemporary home located in high Silicon Valley.

The dated three-story house, built in 1977, required an extensive two-year renovation. Wiseman collaborated with Aleck Wilson of Aleck Wilson Architects to accomplish his clients’ vision of a light filled home. A central floating stairway silhouetted by translucent glass harvests natural light through skylight wells and clerestory windows. To create the ethereal effect, Galaxy Glass & Stone laminated a diaphanous ivory textile between glass panels.

For the sunlight colored living room, Wiseman selected four high backed Crocus Lounge Chairs from Ironies as the main seating group in front of a sleek Ceasarstone and wood slat mantel. A custom quadrangular walnut coffee table shelters six storage drawers and a pair of bisque poly vinyl upholstered ottomans for perching. Built in banquettes covered in a tea-stained linen from Clarence House flank the mantel. Two minimalist Satori Light Sculpture pendants cast diffused light on family and friends.

A dramatic Satori chandelier hung in the adjacent dining area visually unites the open floor plan. The walnut Malevich pedestal dining table from Jasper Furniture echoes the geometric form of the Asian inspired light fixture. For dining chairs, TWG chose Holly Hunt’s Cedric Armchair designed by the late John Hutton covered in an argentine cotton blend from Rogers & Goffigon. Wiseman and senior designer, Martin Young, kept accessories to a minimum allowing views of rolling hills and verdant valleys to dominate the interior.

Ascending the floating stairway to the master floor, the quiet palette of the public spaces continues. Buff Majilite ultra suede covers bedroom wall panels and the upholstered Marco bedframe. TWG custom designed the blond demi-lune wall mounted nightstands. Tranquil bedding in the shades of flax and ecru complete the room. In the master bath, Wilson specified a white oval soaking tub from Six Eleven Architectural Bath Design. Streamlined Tara fixtures and accessories from Dornbracht sparkle in a matt platinum finish.

To form a fluid plan for indoor and outdoor living, the architectural and design teams extended and¬†integrated the exterior decks with the house. Phoenix Day’s Half Cylinder Wall Brackets in a dark antique finish illuminates exterior spaces. At the entrance of the home a massive teakwood burl sculpture from Living Green mounted on a stainless steel plinth invites visitors to leave the hectic world behind and enter a serene Zen like atmosphere.

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