Back in early May I shot this two-floor high-rise condominium in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood. Designers Cindy Bayon and Heather Menegat created an Italian Villa in this 1980s building. With construction by Muratore Corp., this place had incredible craftsmanship and awesome lighting (Artistic Lighting Group). Muratore wanted to feature the custom millwork as much as possible, and Artistic Lighting was keen to show the backlit valances they did as part of the whole villa theme.
As usual, Heather Menegat killed it with the styling. Enjoy! Oh, and check the little BTS video below, too!
It’s hard to complain when your view of the Transamerica Pyramid is so close you can’t fit the entire tower in the window. We photographed this traditional high rise condo atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill a few weeks ago, and the images are already up on Muratore’s shiny new website. I love the way Heather prefaces each project with a black-and-white image; I often find myself converting images to B&W while shooting as it helps me focus on the composition and lines, rather than getting distracted by details.
I’m also proud that Muratore’s website is essentially a portfolio of my work; 14 of the 15 projects listed were shot by me!
Here’s a few more from this shoot — enjoy!
Venetian plaster in a delicate cool gray-green tone, with rococo fixtures. My goal with venetian plaster is always to make sure the pattern shows up clearly.
Capturing floor details is harder than it looks! Lots of lens movement shenanigans, here.
Muratore does it’s own custom millwork, so these photos are designed to show off craftsmanship.
Another floor detail. We wanted the texture and flowing lines to show clearly, and relate to the pattern in the marble tub enclosure.
Units in this building have a “fire door” in the living room that leads to an outdoor stairwell. Concealing that door is a major design feature.
This was fun to shoot — creating layers with light so the monochromatic marble slabs don’t just blend together.
Another feature of older buildings are the radiators. Dealing with them from a design standpoint is difficult; Muratore always finds a solution that stays true to the building’s origins but works with the new interior, as well. And photographing them is unbelievably fun!
We wanted to relate the gorgeous art-deco grill covers to the (gorgeous) art-deco Golden Gate Bridge….but the fog did not cooperate! We watched all day and shot this when things were best, but still no bridge… Still: how do you not plant a human being in that chair?! Had to do it! The biggest lighting challenge with this shot was making sure the chrome features of the grill “popped” appropriately, which meant giving them something bright to reflect.
We’ve shot several projects with Muratore this summer, so here’s another; this art-deco inspired condo atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill.
I loved the way the aggressively patterned floor carried through to the grid of the San Francisco streets far below.
Maple burlwood veneer coupled with black granite countertops (and black acrylic cabinets) make for a dramatic yet inviting kitchen.
We couldn’t resist this hallway shot, featuring the astonishing Egyptian-motif doors! The “Indiana Jones” fedora was a last-minute addition…
Client: Muratore Corp.
Interior Design: Tammi Bates
Styling: Heather Menegat
Photo Assist: Alan Vance
More Muratore goodness today, with a project I first scouted last year but only shot last month — high atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill.
Venetian plaster, white oak floors, handsome laminated wood columns, marble floor inlays, and some striking vertical stripes in the kitchen woodwork made this space exciting to shoot — lots to work with! Full write-up, LOTS of photos, and Behind-the-Scenes, click here.
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! Many more photos, write-up, and some behind-the-scenes pics, click here!
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Tagged architecture, badassery incarnate, brick, industrial, interior design, loft, muratore, san francisco, soma, south of market, timber
I found myself back in the SF Millenium Tower at the end of October, shooting a very nice residence by my friends at Muratore Corp. We shot the spaces “straight” and then did a round of lifestyle images. Lots of photos, write-up, and behind-the-scenes images, after the jump!
One from the archives… About six months ago I spent two days with Muratore Corp, photographing one of their projects in San Francisco’s trendy North Beach neighborhood. This was one of the best projects I’ve ever shot with Muratore, and there have been a few good ones!!
One of the great aspects of this remodel was the variety and quality of the materials. Rich wood cabinetry (Walnut and Maple), stainless steel, Carerra Marble, granite, and even Ostrich Skin all make appearances.
One thing that made this a really interesting shoot was the fact that there were two strong elements in the place that were holdovers from the previous incarnation of the condo. In 1999, this place was “done” by Barry Brukoff, a Sausalito-based interior designer, and photographed for Architectural Digest by none other than Mary E. Nichols.
When the unit was sold around 2010, the coffee table and a set of large glass sculptural pieces (visible at the far left of the kitchen photo, above) were deemed too heavy to move, and so they stayed behind and were incorporated into the new owners’ plans. Cindy Bayon, of Muratore, did a radical renovation that included moving the fireplace, no small feat in a high-rise….
Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots, including one of me, comparing my living room photo, with the view of Coit Tower, to Mary Nichols’.
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Tagged barry brukoff, coit tower, condo, high rise, interior design, mary e nichols, muratore, photography, residential, san francisco, sex appeal
On location in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, with Muratore Corp.
Photo by Alan Vance
Above: composing the shot by the reflected view of the Live View screen, in the bathroom mirror. Camera is about 2 inches from the surface of the mirror. Operating the shift and rotation ring backwards was….tricky.
Photo by Alan Vance
Leveling the camera. With the center post tilted back, the usual pan/tilt/rise knobs on the tripod head no longer work as usual. Any camera move required a combination of two or more axes of motion.
Lower leg of the tripod is in a Bogen superclamp mounted on top of the short lightstand. Pendant lamps are flagged off with cinefoil so they don’t reflect in the glass of the shower stall, visible behind me. Couldn’t just turn them off because they were on the same circuit with other lights that we needed on.
Yet another fun afternoon with Cindy Bayon, this time in a high-rise atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill, documenting more past work from Muratore. This traditional condo has a to-die-for view of the Golden Gate, Pacific Heights, and The Marina. It also has one of the best collections of original Julius Shulman prints I’ve ever seen. Can you say “pressure”? 🙂 More Photos After the Jump!
I first became acquainted with Muratore when I was shooting last fall for MB Jessee, capturing Matt’s outstanding venetian plaster work in a newly finished residence. I was impressed with their work, and when I got a call from designer Cindy Bayon to shoot two more units in the same building (San Francisco’s Millenium Tower), I jumped.
We shot through two days and got some killer stuff. The Millenium Tower is a premium address, and the typical resident likes a “certain style”, so there’s no lack of great material to work with! Cindy was awesome to work with, and it took no small amount of coordination to make everything happen. In addition to working with 2 homeowners for access, I was making images for not only Muratore, but also MB Jessee, and Vantage/BTicino, as well. Not everyone’s needs overlapped, but everyone got what they were looking for, and I’m thinking that one or two of these will find their way into my portfolio…..so I’m calling this one a win. See the rest of the photos – Click Here!