Renovation: 800 Square Feet

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February 16, 2010
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  The elder Popp bought the Le Corbusier chairs in the ’80s and the Arco Flos lamp in the ’70s; the Philippe Starck barstools were purchased recently for the apartment. The antique rugs are from Ronald Popp’s collection, and the art is by mostly Bay Area artists. To help control costs, Popp worked with much of the existing 1950s building’s elements, such as the brick fireplace, giving it a coat of white paint “to provide a better background for the art.” Just off the living room, accessed through a floor-to-ceiling glass door, is a garden for Popp’s father.
    The elder Popp bought the Le Corbusier chairs in the ’80s and the Arco Flos lamp in the ’70s; the Philippe Starck barstools were purchased recently for the apartment. The antique rugs are from Ronald Popp’s collection, and the art is by mostly Bay Area artists. To help control costs, Popp worked with much of the existing 1950s building’s elements, such as the brick fireplace, giving it a coat of white paint “to provide a better background for the art.” Just off the living room, accessed through a floor-to-ceiling glass door, is a garden for Popp’s father.
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  The original white-oak floors were continued into the kitchen and ebonized throughout the apartment.
    The original white-oak floors were continued into the kitchen and ebonized throughout the apartment.
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  The designer eschewed expensive cabinetry in favor of powder-coated stainless steel, and found the Miele cooktop and oven at a floor sale. To keep things uncluttered, Popp installed a Sub-Zero under-counter refrigerator, a small Fisher & Paykel dishwasher and a simple Hansgrohe faucet, all found at a discount.
    The designer eschewed expensive cabinetry in favor of powder-coated stainless steel, and found the Miele cooktop and oven at a floor sale. To keep things uncluttered, Popp installed a Sub-Zero under-counter refrigerator, a small Fisher & Paykel dishwasher and a simple Hansgrohe faucet, all found at a discount.
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  Popp created wood cabinetry surrounded by another powder-coated steel vanity “with a punch of blue” for the bathroom. In anticipation of the project, he took time to gather key elements, such as the bathroom’s Dornbracht faucet, at sale prices.
    Popp created wood cabinetry surrounded by another powder-coated steel vanity “with a punch of blue” for the bathroom. In anticipation of the project, he took time to gather key elements, such as the bathroom’s Dornbracht faucet, at sale prices.
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  Popp removed the old bath/shower combo and remodeled the configuration of the shower, which now has one-level access for safety and ease of use, and installed a remote operating device. “The tile is all Heath seconds,” says Popp, who found enough pieces to cover the entire 250-square-foot bathroom.
    Popp removed the old bath/shower combo and remodeled the configuration of the shower, which now has one-level access for safety and ease of use, and installed a remote operating device. “The tile is all Heath seconds,” says Popp, who found enough pieces to cover the entire 250-square-foot bathroom.
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  Ronald Popp, with a self-portrait in the dining zone off the kitchen. The Harry Bertoia chairs are from his existing collection; their orange pads served as the design springboard for the kitchen cabinetry. Popp acquired the Eero Saarinen table for the space.
    Ronald Popp, with a self-portrait in the dining zone off the kitchen. The Harry Bertoia chairs are from his existing collection; their orange pads served as the design springboard for the kitchen cabinetry. Popp acquired the Eero Saarinen table for the space.
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