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Press kit - Press release - Kentfield Residence - Studio VARA

Kentfield Residence

Kentfield, United States

Studio VARA

A Modern Ranch Escape


San Francisco, United States, 2018-04-11 - When the owners purchased this 1970’s ranch home in Kentfield, Marin County, it was dark, dank, and in danger of sliding down a hill. The interior was dated and needed to be updated to modern standards.
 
The existing plan had the main stair located in the kitchen, disrupting the flow to the dining area and making the kitchen feel cut-off, small and cramped. The stair was creatively relocated to the front of the home, enlarging the kitchen without increasing the footprint and creating an open passage to the dining area with views to the living room. Light was brought in by removing deep eaves and decks all around the house, and wood ceilings were painted white to reflect light and focus attention on the interior elements.
 
The interior design was driven by the owner’s extensive art collection, which challenged the designers to consider sightlines and art placement throughout the process. The furniture selections also respond to the art, as the firm collaborated with the owners on various custom pieces throughout the home. An oversized bespoke sectional anchors the living room while a custom rug adds a woven graphic texture. A machined aluminum dining table in jet black lends drama to the small dining room, and the custom breakfast nook table in the kitchen is topped with 1960’s vintage French tiles by the artist Roger Capron and flanked by a custom charcoal blue linen banquette. The master bed is made from solid walnut in a modern design that highlights the sapwood of the slab, sitting on another custom rug.

Data Sheet
Architect & Interiors: Studio VARA
Structural Engineer: GFDS Engineers
Civil Engineer: Tarnoff Engineering Corp.
Landscape: Humanature Landscape Design Inc.
General Contractor: Summit Professional Builders
Photography: Bruce Damonte Photography
 
About Studio VARA
Studio VARA is a San Francisco-based design practice driven by a deep commitment to architecture as a material craft and a discipline grounded in ideas. With the city as reference point and inspiration, they create holistic, well-considered design solutions and human-centered experiences at many scales.
 
They have developed a process-oriented approach that allows design solutions to arise organically from the unique ecology of each project. Clients are engaged throughout the design and construction process in a working environment attuned to their aspirations and infused with ease and clarity. Together, they work side-by-side with contractors and consultants to foster a truly team-oriented process. From the exterior form to the interior furnishings, this flexible, collaborative design approach builds trust and yields spaces that profoundly shapes clients’ lives.
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Press kit | 1733-04 - Press release | Kentfield Residence - Studio VARA - Residential Architecture - The interior design was driven by the client’s extensive art collection, which challenged us to consider sightlines and art placement throughout the process. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
The interior design was driven by the client’s extensive art collection, which challenged us to consider sightlines and art placement throughout the process.
Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
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Press kit | 1733-04 - Press release | Kentfield Residence - Studio VARA - Residential Architecture - This kitchen is small, but efficient and highly functional. It has the feel and utility of a much larger kitchen, owing to judicious design and careful appliance and materials selection. The design elements are simple and understated, allowing the breathtaking views of Mt. Tamalpais and the appliances themselves to take center stage. This kitchen embodies the ethos, “everything you need, and nothing you don’t” - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
This kitchen is small, but efficient and highly functional. It has the feel and utility of a much larger kitchen, owing to judicious design and careful appliance and materials selection. The design elements are simple and understated, allowing the breathtaking views of Mt. Tamalpais and the appliances themselves to take center stage. This kitchen embodies the ethos, “everything you need, and nothing you don’t”
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Press kit | 1733-04 - Press release | Kentfield Residence - Studio VARA - Residential Architecture - A machined aluminum dining table in jet black lends drama to the small dining room, and the custom breakfast nook table in the kitchen is topped with 1960’s vintage French tiles by the artist Roger Capron and flanked by a custom charcoal blue linen banquette. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
A machined aluminum dining table in jet black lends drama to the small dining room, and the custom breakfast nook table in the kitchen is topped with 1960’s vintage French tiles by the artist Roger Capron and flanked by a custom charcoal blue linen banquette.
Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
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Press kit | 1733-04 - Press release | Kentfield Residence - Studio VARA - Residential Architecture - An oversized bespoke sectional anchors the living room while a custom rug adds a woven graphic texture.  - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
An oversized bespoke sectional anchors the living room while a custom rug adds a woven graphic texture. 
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Press kit | 1733-04 - Press release | Kentfield Residence - Studio VARA - Residential Architecture - The master bed is made from solid walnut in a modern design that highlights the sapwood of the slab, sitting on another custom rug. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
The master bed is made from solid walnut in a modern design that highlights the sapwood of the slab, sitting on another custom rug.
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Press kit | 1733-04 - Press release | Kentfield Residence - Studio VARA - Residential Architecture - Light was brought in by removing deep eaves and decks all around the house, and wood ceilings were painted white to reflect light and focus attention on the interior elements. - Photo credit: Bruce Damonte
Light was brought in by removing deep eaves and decks all around the house, and wood ceilings were painted white to reflect light and focus attention on the interior elements.
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