Mark English Architects, AIA
Architects & Building Designers
Fontana contemporary-family-room


photos: Matthew Millman

This 1100 SF space is a reinvention of an early 1960s unit in one of two semi-circular apartment towers near San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. The existing design ignored the sweeping views and featured the same humdrum features one might have found in a mid-range suburban development from 40 years ago. The clients who bought the unit wanted to transform the apartment into a pied a terre with the feel of a high-end hotel getaway: sleek, exciting, sexy. The apartment would serve as a theater, revealing the spectacular sights of the San Francisco Bay.

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July 13, 2014
central339 wrote:
What's the paint color if Venetian plaster
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Mark English Architects, AIA
It's custom.
    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 2:33PM
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May 24, 2013
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it's venetian plaster- google it or check youtube.
    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 3:06PM
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Love glass
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December 24, 2012
danilledrake wrote:
where can I locate the table?
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Shirlene Brown
Where did you get the pillows from (particularly the ones with the flowers)?
    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 9:17AM
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All custom made.
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April 18, 2012
derrickgagne wrote:
what type of flooring is that in the middle?
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    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 3:42PM
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it's venetian plaster- google it or check youtube.
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Becky Harris added this to Houzz Tour: Sleek San Francisco Getaway
Now armed with the glossy white floor and this greenish-blue stone wall, his next choice was to "go to the other side of the color wheel," where he found the deep orange hue of the ultrasuede sofas. The ultrasuede upholstery on the sofa as well as the plush oval rug introduce soft elements to the glossy space, and the stripes of varying hues on the rug add a few straight lines to the room's major curves. The finish on the curved wall is an integrally colored Venetian plaster, very finely applied, with a wax finish that enhances the gloss.
Shawn Gauthier added this to Hunker Down With a Built-In Couch
Here’s where the built-in couch can come in especially handy: a room with an unusual shape. Here, a curved built-in couch complements perfectly the oval shape of the space.See the rest of this home

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Venitian plaster color
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Radial balance. This room is a circular living space as an example of radial balance. It brings the eye around the room.
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Gorgeous venetian plaster
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Style of couch lends room for more people.
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Venitian plaster!
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- colored Venetian plaster - I like the finish because the silver color brightens up the room and I also like the texture. - you would want to hire someone to do the job - it's easy to maintain but might not be very durable
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Venitian plaster wall- rug looks like wood floor
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