Soma Loft

SOMA LOFT   /   San Francisco, California

Andrew Fisher transformed a new-construction duplex loft in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco into a highly personal and sophisticated home by altering the original build-out slightly and adding plenty of vibrant accessories.

Using simple blocks of cabinetry, he created a backdrop for the dining room and an entertainment center facing the living area. Upstairs, new closets frame the view from the bedroom and provide much-needed storage. Dark oak floors anchor the volume of the space and add a dash of glamour.

Andrew’s fantasy creations fill the space and live comfortably side-by-side with antiques and objects collected on travels. A focal point of the entertaining space is a fanciful secretary he created; it features a canopy of gesso-covered linen, faux coral fretwork, and oyster shells. Four vintage side chairs continue the fantasy theme with his addition of faux coral lattice backs, more oyster shells, and drapery skirts made rigid with layers of gesso and paint. An overscaled quilt he crafted from used coffee filters—a medium adopted out of necessity in art school but one he often returns to today—hangs above the living room sofa.

Moments of complete whimsy punctuate the loft. The chandelier over the dining table, crafted with elements of a vintage Philippine plant hanger, tart tins, wooden dowels, copper toilet tank floats, and countless seashells sets an exuberant tone just inside the front door. The richly eccentric pieces, both collected and created for the space, create a dramatic effect against the quiet backdrop of an otherwise simple, modern box.

Photos by Tim Street-Porter

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