A converted sugar factory building made into lofts in SF. Reclaimed wood, brick walls and open space made this the ideal bachelor pad. Large seating groups were used for entertaining and more intimate areas created for down time.
"We have worked with Claudia Mahecha Design over a period of three years...her brief was to transform this empty, neglected house into a warm, cosy, uncluttered space. Using existing furniture and artwork brought with us from England, finding, planning, ordering and arranging furniture we had seen in Switzerland and Germany, she has created for us a living space we could not have imagined for ourselves.
Claudia's practical training was with furniture- this enables her to attach an engineer's knowledge of materials to an artist's sensibility. This very unusual combination has made her a gifted designer.
Listening is her instinct: imagining spaces is her gift: enabling clients to find an aesthetic they did not know they possessed is her special talent.
Claudia is a relentless researcher. Somehow she found objects for us that we loved so much it was as if we had chosen them ourselves...she wove the strands of our former life so this house we sit in is still ours, not hers. Wherever we look we see the life we had before blended with the life we have now.
Nothing was imposed, nothing wasted."
Fashion couple moves from the city to suburbia to raise a family. This was about making a home work for family, entertaining, and integrating past treasures with new design. Luxury, comfort and a bit of fairy tale glamour.
Victorians parlor style rooms with separated spaces can be easliy cluttered with small pieces. This clients edgy playfulness, casual lifestyle and strong to the point personality was applied with a Victorian twist by using minimal and over scaled pieces in each room mixed with classic and vintage finds.
Living in a small space allows us to use everything that we have and have only what we really want. This home makes use of high ceilings with tall walnut storage units, textiles with luster and warmth in golds and greens, leather, wood and reflective surfaces.
Taking a few objects and looking at their elements - shape, purpose, meaning, memory, texture, mood- to find the relationship: it is a puzzle with many outcomes.
In honor of The Steins Collect opening at SFMOMA, we were invited to create a poetry lounge for readings and gatherings. The Steins were American expatriates in Bohemian Paris in the early 20th century that became collectors of the most modern art of their time. The lounge was a place to bring people together, to share ideas and to be inspired to create.
Exhibit design for early project: Supernatural.