Monday, October 12, 2015

Lines of Precision: Above It All

For a glamorous South of Market penthouse, San Francisco interior designer David Oldroyd sculpted ultra-refined décor with a cosmopolitan air.

David, a partner in ODADA (Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates) worked closely with architect/designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy for almost thirty years. Now he and his business partner, designer, Greg Stewart, have taken over management/direction of the firm and with a team of twenty staff are creating new and provocative ways to view and enjoy modernist interiors.

Signatures in the penthouse: striking custom-made lighting, as well as voluptuous etched gold screens of verre egolomisé, and luscious custom-designed chenille and silks. Luxurious-to-the-touch materials, simplicity of line, restraint and understatement are key here.

David Oldroyd, Principal at ODADA (Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates)

From the 60th floor penthouse of the Millennium Tower, the distant Farallon Islands seem close enough to spot rare birds through precision binoculars. 

On a clear day it might be possible to zoom in on the Carneros vineyard where a favorite wine was produced and gaze many miles up the coast. But it’s the sunny and animated and more textured and gritty panorama to the east and south, with tankers gathered in the bay and planes aloft over SFO, that captured the new owners’ attention.

“When the family first entered and saw the wide-open raw space, they requested that the interiors should be very open with no walls or furnishings to distract from the endless panorama,” said David Oldroyd.

His concept was to create meticulously custom-detailed designs that look entirely effortless. The color palette hovers from cloud white to foggy pale taupe to palest sky blue and the penthouse seems to float in the air. All is tranquil here. 

At the entrance, a triangular gallery wall, sculptural and monolithic, is crafted of African mahogany with a subtle rippling gleam. Silk carpets, choreographed with abstract swirls, shimmer in the afternoon light.

In the dining room, a custom-crafted Dale Chihuly sculpture/ chandelier in moody purple and indigo and haze blue hovers above the custom carved walnut dining table. Classic 1959 dining chairs by Ole Wanscher were upholstered in a Calvin fabric. At left is the living room. The floor is Flavigny limestone.

Oldroyd selected curving dining chairs to animate the angularity of the space. He obsessed over the jigsaw puzzle shapes of the limestone floored, softly honed, and trapezoidal custom-crafted bronze door pulls that mimic the floor plan.

“It’s the ultimate pied-a-terre, where the family can enjoy the cultural riches of the city and catch up with newest restaurants,” said Oldroyd. “The ballet is ten minutes away.”

Designer David Oltroyd set all walls at an angle to animate the interior. The triangular gallery wall, bold and monolithic, is crafted of African mahogany with a subtle rippling gleam. 

In the low-key kitchen, teak barstools with rosewood footrests are by Eric Buck, 1960. In the bedroom an Italian alabaster lamp, 1950, stands on a wall-mounted lacquered side table by Oldroyd.

The custom breakfast table is teak with a polished chrome base. Pendant light is by John Pomp Studios. Chairs are by Johannes Andersen, Denmark, 1960s. 

It’s all very quiet luxury here, with an ethereal gold-painted verre eglomisé screen glimmering between a bedroom and a bathroom, lavish silk pillows, and a small efficient kitchen.

High in the Sky

On the 60th-floor terrace, with views over the bay to the east and the piers of Mission Bay down below, Oldroyd created a practical, weatherproof composition with a quartet of aluminum Brown Jordan chairs surrounding a Brown Jordan metal table. Custom-made resin sofas and a low table are weighted with integral cement against high winds and rain.

Design and planning/concept of the penthouse: 

David Oldroyd
San Francisco 
(415) 362-4500
www.odada.netDavid Oldroyd graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1986. He joined Orlando Diaz-Azcuy at ODADA in 1990 and became a Principal of the firm in 2000. He lives in San Francisco and often travels to Hawaii.

All photography of the San Francisco penthouse used with express permission of the designer and the copyright holders:

Matthew Millman 
(415) 577-3200


Terri Tiffany said...

Thank you for posting this beautiful story of a home in the clouds. The excitement is real about what this talented team will come up with to raise the bar at 181 Fremont. Clearly they are the perfect choice for what will be San Francisco's most luxurious new building. So grateful to have been on your tour of the ODADA studio on Saturday.

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...


It was a great pleasure to see you on Saturday.
ODADA are top of the top--and I can't wait to see the finished work at 181 Fremont, a truly exciting addition to San Francisco.
Talk to you soon--

very best and thanks DIANE

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