Muratore Corp. is best known for its work in San Francisco highrises, especially the Millenium, but also in the Infinity Towers and many more scattered across Nob Hill, Russian Hill, and other neighborhoods.
So this project was different: a ground-floor loft in a brick-and-timber structure in the South of Market, just a few blocks away from the rarified air of the SF Millenium Tower.
I photographed this loft in April, and knew that the images had to convey the real feeling of this place, which is at once industrial and yet also beautiful. The dark ironwork (and “built” pieces that match that patina) are offset by the amber glow of the timber and brick, and the huge windows on two sides let light pour in from the street.
Too much light, actually, and we had to get creative to control it. We used many yards of black cloth in this loft!
Designer Cindy Bayon worked with the industrial feel of the place, and the eclectic and whimsical tastes of the owner, to create the ultimate bachelor pad; complete with a custom-fabricated steel kitchen, plenty of vintage ironwork, and even a heavy bag. The one prop we were missing here was the owner’s motorcycle (a Ducati) which is normally parked just to the left of the long dining table. This is no suburban McMansion!
The kitchen is badassery incarnate. Everything you’re looking at is custom fabricated in Muratore’s shop: check out the library ladder to reach the upper storage and the liquor shelf at the top. Edison bulbs are mounted up high, and also hang as pendants over the island. That’s the sleeping loft on the left, accessed by a staircase in the far corner.
The bath door is another custom fabrication, rolling shut on hardware that looks right at home here:
We shot a lot of details in this place — there was eye candy everywhere! Below are a few more.