A designer apartment with lots of colors

In the 17th century, Louis XIV began funding promising young artists to study in Rome, creating one of the first residency programs for artists. Since then, the French government has established academies for artists in places such as the Villa Medici in Rome, the Casa di Velázquez in Madrid or the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Japan, and smaller cultural outposts in a dozen others. destinations worldwide. It is part of this tradition Villa San Franciscorecently opened to support i French creatives in the city. But instead of offering a monastic retreat, this residence – open to all kinds of creators: from visual artists to writers and photographers – focuses exclusively on making connections to very colorful spaces. “The idea is to go outside the walls and meet people from different ecosystems: entrepreneurs, university researchers, artists, investors”, he explains Juliette Donadieu, cultural attaché of the French Embassy in San Francisco, who coordinates the program. She and the non-profit association French American Cultural Societywhich funds stays of four to six weeks, helps build these connections and organizes meetings with people working in each resident’s area of ​​exploration.

San Francisco artist Yvonne Mouser has a personal game that is personalized and they have a curve in the Arco del Triunfo.

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multicolored living room

In the estar’s room is the sofa by Yves Béhar, and the librería is respaldada por pictures in white and black by the artist francés JR.

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colorful kitchen

The kitchen of Villa San Francisco. Sus tonos se inspiraron en los pasteles franceses by Wayne Thiebaud.

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To help them feel at home, the designer Amir Mortazavi has devised an intercultural mix that enlivens the residence’s homes. “I wanted to create a common thread between French artists and those from San Francisco,” he explains Mortazavithere as co-founder of the coworking company Canopyhe has also collaborated on creating workspaces with Yves Behar. The 2-bedroom apartment, located inside the French Consulate residence, in the Parnassus Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, overlooks a spectacular panorama of the city – with Golden Gate Park in the distance and two giant sequoias in the foreground. The playful palette of pinks, yellows and other pastels (among the latest interior design trends) is inspired by the French Pastries (1963) painting by American painter Wayne Thiebaud, while a black and white striped visual dividing line pays homage to the artist’s conceptual Daniel Buren.

colorful doorway

A multicolored door leads to another dormitory, from which the obra de arte, the river, es del dúo Parisian Mrzyk & Moriceau.

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bedroom with striped walls

El trabajo de Nathalie du Pasquier, my founder of the movimiento de diseño de Memphis, inspired las paredes a rayas de un dormitorio.

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Here they are represented French artists inspired by San Francisco Bay: the wallpaper covering the bookcase and a wardrobe features still images of the 2018 digital mural, signed by the street artist JR, The Chronicles of San Francisco. There is also a framed print of the documentary Black Panthers from Agnes Varda from 1968. Mortazavi commissioned most of the natural wood furniture from local designers, including a pine sofa by Béhar, cedar pendants by Jay Nelson and a dining table set by Yvonne Mouser.

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The designer Amir Mortazavi delante de a photograph of Agnès Varda.

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