interior design | AKDO tile | ELLE DECOR showhouse

on november 10th, AKDO tile hosted an exclusive cocktail reception at the the 2010 ELLE DECOR showhouse, 
located in st. francis wood, a historic san francisco neighborhood.

many thanks to AKDO for the invitation!
the 2010 ELLE DECOR showhouse
300 st. francis boulevard | san francisco, CA 94127 | 6-21 november
sketch by ELLE DECOR

AKDO, a preferred partner of the showhouse, manufacturers some of the most beautiful quality stone mosaics and tile, often in unusual sizes, shapes, or patterns.  with so many ensuite bathrooms, the showhouse is a perfect showcase for AKDO.  even the laundry room backsplash showcases AKDO mosaic tile!

AKDO | polished thassos and ming green marble | imperial mosaic tile
click here to see the laundry room backsplash
photo by AKDO

eleven bay area interior designers, selected by ELLE DECOR, let the materials speak, creating a visual dialog between rooms.  in the library bathroom, designed by will wick, a wall of onyx and marble tile, in a black, white, and honey harlequin pattern, makes a bold statement.

library bathroom designed by will wick   
shower wall
AKDO | polished onyx and marble | 12"x12" field tiles | fabricated into a harlequin pattern
photo by katiedid

on the walls and floor, understated calacatta marble mosaic tiles modulate the exaggerated harlequin pattern.

library bathroom designed by will wick     
walls | floor
AKDO | polished calacatta marble | .375"x.375" mosaic tile
photo by AKDO

the dialogue between black and white design elements continues in the library.  the ebony enameled bookshelves, black enameled ceiling, and dark hardwood floor make a unified statement without enclosing the space.  the ivory walls, ivory window coverings, and blond sisal carpeting balance the ebony envelope.  the silhouettes of the off white furnishings and accessories, plus the patterns of the black and white works of art and the zebra skin rug punctuate the space. 

library designed by will wick

but, the marbleized fromenthal wallpaper covering the wet bar sliding doors completes the conversation between materials.

library designed by will wick
fromenthal wallpaper covering the wet bar sliding doors
photo by katiedid

fromenthal wallpaper | gypsum | marlin
photo by fromenthal

in the master bedroom suite, designed by jay jeffers, nothing is lost in translation.  instead of tile from AKDO, the bathroom features tile from ann sacks, another showhouse sponsor.  a wall of pietra dura tile, in a gothic tracery pattern of grey, taupe, and white marble, determines the design vocabulary for the master bathroom.

master bathroom designed by jay jeffers
ann sacks | honed marble | custom pietra dura tile

stacked mosaic tiles in athens grey marble cover the shower, tub face, and floor.

master bathroom designed by jay jeffers
shower | tub face | floor
ann sacks | athens grey marble | .5"x3.0" stacked mosaic tile
photo by ann sacks

willem racke studio reiterated the linear mocha ribbons of the athens grey marble on the plastered and hand painted walls and ceiling.  a masterful interpretation!

master bathroom designed by jay jeffers
walls | ceiling
plastered and hand painted by willem racke studio
 photo by simplified bee

in the master bedroom, a parchment secretaire cabinet, designed by samuel marx, repeats the strie pattern.

master bedroom designed by jay jeffers
parchment secretaire cabinet designed by samuel marx from modern one | los angeles
photo by modern one

as does the grey marble fireplace.  the ottoman in front of the fireplace is upholstered in custom appliqued and embroidered fabric by holland & sherry, a direct translation of the tracery pattern.  even the silhouettes of the handles on the swedish biedermeier stools at the foot of the bed recall the gothic design.

master bedroom designed by jay jeffers
custom appliqued and embroidered fabric by holland & sherry on ottoman 
swedish biedermeier stools from sevnska mobler | los angeles

but, the story isn't over yet!  willem racke studio hand painted the ceiling of the bedroom in a tonal neoclassical design, inspired by 18th century scottish architect robert adam.  but, you need to read between the lines to understand the poetry!  the central medallion of the octagonal grid pattern mirrors the shadows cast by the eight-arm chandelier.  and, the running chain pattern on the octagonal banding alludes to decorative molding.  

master bedroom designed by jay jeffers
hand painted ceiling in a neoclassical design by willem racke studio
photo by casasugar

on the sheer window coverings, the octagonal burn out pattern references both the ceiling and the tile patterns.

master bedroom designed by jay jeffers 
sheer window coverings by jim thompson
photo by sfwire

who could ask for closer connections between design elements
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