A single mirrored shelf discretely containing outlets and lighting is also a stage for objects adding to the space’s double purpose as both kitchen and rotating gallery.
The concepts of maximal minimalism, unexpected color combinations, and play are big influences in my work, so they are definitely present in my own home. Here saturated color punctuates every room. The experimental ideas of the Space Age movement and Superstudio’s take on postmodernism have always intrigued me. A few of the more psychedelic pieces in my house are from or inspired by these movements such as the custom pink acrylic pendant by Joanna Grawunder hanging over our kitchen island, the silver ‘rumpled spaceman’ drapery in the library and the vintage Raymond Loewy dresser in the primary bedroom. They are also some of the first things purchased specifically for the house so they were strong influences on the overall aesthetic direction. While in Venice, Italy I saw so much terrazzo and came home inspired to use it for every inch of the floor. Textures, forms, and colors that I’ve always loved show up throughout the interior creating a sense of cohesion and order, but also playfulness.
Our house reflects the strong relationships we’d built in the local community. Many Bay Area artists, colleagues and exceptionally talented friends contributed to the design including Tina Frey, Linda Fahey and Sean Robins of Studio Van Den Akker and so many others. We have work by artists and designers who we have long-admired and then gotten to know. Our home is a testament to our friends and to so many meaningful interconnections.
— Alison Damonte