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Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco

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Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill.
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  Mechanical engineer Jan Moolsintong and industrial designer Peter Russell-Clarke get epic views of San Francisco from their 1,800-square-foot house overlooking the Mission District. On warm nights, they eat dinner perched on Eiffel side chairs by Charles and Ray Eames around a table from Room & Board. The distinctive facade has operable porthole windows and a slatted garage door custom-built by Raimundo Ferreira.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    Mechanical engineer Jan Moolsintong and industrial designer Peter Russell-Clarke get epic views of San Francisco from their 1,800-square-foot house overlooking the Mission District. On warm nights, they eat dinner perched on Eiffel side chairs by Charles and Ray Eames around a table from Room & Board. The distinctive facade has operable porthole windows and a slatted garage door custom-built by Raimundo Ferreira.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  “Peter and I’ve got shockingly similar and far-reaching design inspirations. Our conversations would move easily from brutalism to driftwood 
to kachinas and then flow right back to something applicable to architecture. I can’t tell you how many times I will do that with a less-design-literate client and just get a blank stare!” —Architect Craig Steely  Photo by: Ian Allen
    “Peter and I’ve got shockingly similar and far-reaching design inspirations. Our conversations would move easily from brutalism to driftwood to kachinas and then flow right back to something applicable to architecture. I can’t tell you how many times I will do that with a less-design-literate client and just get a blank stare!” —Architect Craig Steely

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  Russell-Clarke tends a small garden.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    Russell-Clarke tends a small garden.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  A 606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe hangs tough on the only opaque wall of the living room. Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong designed the coffee table, and Marcel Wanders gets credit for the Bottoni sofa for Moooi.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    A 606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe hangs tough on the only opaque wall of the living room. Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong designed the coffee table, and Marcel Wanders gets credit for the Bottoni sofa for Moooi.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The kitchen is beautifully textured and veined thanks to white Carrara marble countertops installed by New Marble Company and reclaimed cypress cabinets built by Wayne Berger.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    The kitchen is beautifully textured and veined thanks to white Carrara marble countertops installed by New Marble Company and reclaimed cypress cabinets built by Wayne Berger.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  At street level, the wooden garage door opens its toothed maw.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    At street level, the wooden garage door opens its toothed maw.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  Outside looking in: a look at the door's mechanism.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    Outside looking in: a look at the door's mechanism.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The trip from garage to first floor is through a wood-clad spiral staircase that resembles a giant slatted barrel.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    The trip from garage to first floor is through a wood-clad spiral staircase that resembles a giant slatted barrel.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The master bedroom is defined on the north side by a series of indoor louvers, which allow the couple to frame and manage their views.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    The master bedroom is defined on the north side by a series of indoor louvers, which allow the couple to frame and manage their views.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The LC4 lounge is by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina. Operable porthole windows on the east facade offer ventilation.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    The LC4 lounge is by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina. Operable porthole windows on the east facade offer ventilation.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The drawers and cupboards in the closet feature the same masterful joinery established in the kitchen.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    The drawers and cupboards in the closet feature the same masterful joinery established in the kitchen.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong designed their bed. Credit for the custom joinery of the closet and cabinets goes to woodworker Wayne Berger.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong designed their bed. Credit for the custom joinery of the closet and cabinets goes to woodworker Wayne Berger.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  At night, opening the entire top floor is a breeze. Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong are even planning of rigging some kind of sail over the back patio for shade. The hot tub is by Roberts Hot Tubs.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    At night, opening the entire top floor is a breeze. Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong are even planning of rigging some kind of sail over the back patio for shade. The hot tub is by Roberts Hot Tubs.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  The public staircase is directly adjacent to the house, though the louvers mitigate the view of passersby in favor of views of San Francisco.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    The public staircase is directly adjacent to the house, though the louvers mitigate the view of passersby in favor of views of San Francisco.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  Architect Craig Steely has become fast friends with Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong. He hangs out in the kitchen and lives not far from the house.  Photo by: Ian Allen
    Architect Craig Steely has become fast friends with Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong. He hangs out in the kitchen and lives not far from the house.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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