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The London home is not the first collaboration between Volpe and Daryabari, who was born in Iran and moved to the U.S. in her teens. The pair met in 2004 for a 17,000-square-foot residence in Atherton, California, and became fast friends. “Steven is a true artist and is very innovative,” she raves. “Every time you do a project with him, he surprises you.” This time her assignment was for an informal “family home”—Daryabari is married to Reza Malek, an endovascular surgeon, and has three children. “She wanted to be able to use all the rooms,” Volpe says. She also requested a Picasso. “I have one in San Francisco,” she explains, “and I wanted one in London, too!”
It is a quintessentially Parisian space, with boiserie, parquet, and a marble fireplace, and the three bedrooms are perfect for when Martin’s wife, Emily, and their two-year-old son, Harry, come to town. The place also is big enough to handle the three dogs that are occasionally in transatlantic tow.
This early-twentieth-century San Francisco loft was converted for residential usage in the 1990s. Our goal was to elevate the architectural shell and interior spaces—by reconfiguring interior walls, redoing the metal trusses, and adding skylights—in order to create a more sophisticated space that makes a suitable backdrop for a highly curated collection of contemporary art. Nevertheless, despite the refinements and atypical materials and finishes, the loft retains the airiness and muscular brio of its original industrial incarnation.
NEW YORK CITY
For a client’s pied-à-Terre in Lower Manhattan, we completely gutted and reimagined the apartment to resolve an ill-conceived floor plan and create spaces that resonate with both simplicity and sophistication. In the open living room, dining area, and kitchen, long floorboards of Douglas fir are laid on a six-degree angle, tweaking the static rectitude of a typical orthogonal installation. A custom angled sectional sofa, set atop a freeform area rug, defines the space of the living room as an intimate island within the larger expanse of the main social area. All these moves are calculated to bring energy and clarity to the newly elevated interiors.
The reinvention of a 1930s San Francisco house by architect Gardner Dailey, a leading proponent of Bay Area modernism, demonstrated our resolve to remain faithful to the spirit of Dailey’s original design vision while expanding the property and adapting the structure to accommodate modern technologies and the needs of contemporary clients. In the process of adding one-and-a-half floors to the existing house, and completely transforming the backside of the structure with new windows and pivoting glass doors that embrace panoramic views of the city, we were guided by the question of what Dailey himself would do if he were alive today.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Pop-Up, Goop
The biggest challenge was figuring out how to accommodate the various types of merchandise. Goop has cookware, clothing, cosmetics, food, books, plus all sorts of products from allied companies. You can’t just throw in racks and stock fixtures without affronting the architecture.
High above the gritty streets of Manhattan, Steven Volpe conjures a dazzling family home that rivals the toniest abodes of a bygone era.
Architect Lee Skolnick and designer Steven Volpe team up to transform a traditional New York City home into a modern oasis.
Exquisite works of art and design achieve striking equilibrium in a Bay Area residence by interior decorator Steven Volpe and architect Lewis Butler.
Steven Volpe’s Home
Steven Volpe transformed his San Francisco apartment, a duplex in a Beaux-Arts mansion in Pacific Heights, into a showcase for his art and photography collection, his one-of-a-kind furniture, and his highly specific design vision.