SPACES - January 2017

Circling Back

Globes, cool curves and familiar bent forms to counter sharp edges and shiny polished steel.

Shadow Play

This San Francisco sculptor has found a way to make something positive from the remains of the city’s construction boom.

A Real Transformation

With a few elegant moves, Sausalito designer Martin Kobus gave a tired Belvedere kitchen and living space a much-needed face-lift.

Unsung Oracles

An exhibition celebrating the Summer of Love links hippies to DIY architecture and tech innovation in the Bay Area.

Prophet of Plaster

A Bay Area craftsman’s low-relief impasto techniques elevate gypsum, clay, slaked lime and marble aggregate to the level of art.

The Ultimate Guest Experience

When Airbnb executives wanted someone to provide a better and more consistent experience for users of the service, they naturally turned to Chip Conley.

Outside the Box

A San Francisco hideout, whose spare, art-filled interior opens to spectacular views, a tiered garden and decks, is designed for living inside and out.

Point of View

A creative couple's Sausalito house has one overriding design feature: the natural canvas of the Marin landscape.

A Painter's Place

Figurative artist Christopher Brown sketched himself a dream home and then built it.

Architectural Alchemy

With smoked mirrors, architect William Duff transformed a modest barn in Napa into a luminous sculpture.

Epoch Collection

A painter's prized collection of Baroque relics offers grand gestures at every turn inside this light-filled San Rafael home.

Playing to the Gallery

Fun infuses this garden of pathways, ramps and mounds that doubles as land art and exhibition space for sculpture.

A Rising Tide

Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, home to whale sharks, dolphins and sea turtles, the town of La Paz, Mexico, has a distinctive outpost that lifts the architectural bar.