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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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    Photo by Ian Allen.
    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.
    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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