A Modernist San Diego Home Becomes An Airy Abode


modern exterior entry pivoting door...

For a striking modernist residence on San Diego's Mission Bay, a design team brings light, air and warmth.

modern entry curved sculptural staircase

Architect Mark A Silva worked with Skyhook Stairs & Rails on the staircase in the entry of a San Diego home. Bronze tread brackets were custom-made because "each has a different relation to the stair's curve," says Silva. Beyond, a walnut wall frames an aquarium executed by Aquatic Perfection and, beyond that, a giclee diptych from Horchow. The sculpture on the landing wall is by Cast Glass Images.

modern living room white sectional...

Interior designer Lynn VanDerWerf incorporated a Kreiss sectional and a carpet and coffee table, both from RH, in the living room. The existing fireplace was newly faced in honed travertine sourced at Unique Stone Imports, as was the Portuguese limestone covering the floor. Fleetwood windows frame views of the nearby bay.

modern kitchen oak cabinetry

The previously tiny kitchen abutted a massive laundry room, so the team borrowed from the latter to double the size of the former. Oak cabinetry by Evanko Cabinetry contrasts with the island's Eramosa vein-cut quartzite and Silestone counters. Above the Blanco sink with a Waterstone faucet, both from Expressions Home Gallery, are Arteriors pendants from YLighting.

modern dining room neutral metallic...

Marso Collection fabricated the dining room chairs, which are covered in a channel-quilted Kravet linen that VanDerWerf describes as "a bit more formal." Above, a Terzani 12-pendant fixture from YLighting and a metallic resin Phillips Collection wall sculpture add a glamorous shimmer.

modern outdoor pool area lounging...

Around a pool by Pacific Sun Aquatech in the home's bay-facing backyard are Sunbrella-upholstered teak furnishings from Teak Warehouse and Tuuci umbrellas from RH. The spa provides "backyard bling," says Silva, with its iridescent mosaic tiles. Green Gardens designed and installed the landscaping.

modern neutral bedroom white bed

Elite Upholstery dressed the custom headboard in Kravet linen; the bed frame is from RH. A custom Marso Collection chaise rests on a pure white silk-and-viscose shag rug from Bradford's Fine Floors in Scottsdale, Arizona. Topping the custom bedside tables are silk-shaded glass lamps by Uttermost. On the terrace are woven swivel chairs from Teak Warehouse.

After searching for a home in San Diego to call their own, a couple soon realized that no other house compared to the one they had rented 19 years ago on Mission Bay. Because the concrete structure was very closed off, the couple compiled a team to begin the renovation. “I wanted to humanize it,” says architect Mark Silva. Everyone agreed that the umbrella columns had to stay, but, as Silva explains, “We took advantage of every opportunity to open the house up.”

Sandblasting the concrete walls revealed their mottled character and texture, making them feel more organic. The architect also deployed other woods (mahogany on a spectacularly sculptural stairway and walnut on a wall housing an aquarium in the entry hall), creating a softer play of man-made and natural materials.

Designer Lynn VanDerWerf selected different stones to sheath four fireplaces and injected some glam elements like a silver cast-resin root base for the living coffee table, reflective metal lighting and wall art in the living room, and a generous spa that glistens with iridescent glass mosaic tile outside. Finally, to fulfill her clients’ wish for a retreat-like space, she opted for a combination of blues, whites and shell colors.

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