August 23, 2012

Benjamin Dhong: San Francisco Row House

What do you get when you have a 40 year conservative British investment banker client who says he wants  über über modern decor, yet drives an Aston Martin and wears bespoke suits? Well, in the client's case, be glad he hired the perfect designer! 

The ever amazing Benjamin Dhong once again creates a masterpiece for this San Francisco row house perfectly blending elements to create a cosmopolitan, collected, European feel with strong doses of modern to keep it fresh for his client! I love Dhong's great use of color, wall coverings, textures, and metallic touches. We are taken on a historical journey of worldly inspirations from Greek architectural accents, Italian lighting, Moroccan tables, French Faux Bois, Chinese Chinoiserie, and Indian landscape wallpaper. Hope you enjoy!

Dhong designed this foyer channeling the grandeur of English country houses. The convex mirror features entwined dolphins which during the 18th century became a symbol for England's hegemony over the seas.

50's Italian candelabra paired with more modern style striped rug that was pieced together from carpet remnants provides vibrancy and fun energy since the client passes through this room daily.

This room does not get a lot of light, so Dhong chose a gilded wallpaper, Margot by Sandberg, to reflect light. Notice the ceiling color and trim.

Gray walls covered in Kneedler Fauchère’s Fine Hemp, a color and fabric choice perfect for the gentleman who loves suits, not to mention the coffee table book paying an homage to one of the greatest iconic fashion designers.

Tiled boat painting and walnut commode with gilt feet  in the upstairs hall.

Nobellis Faux Bois wallpaper, the sink's branch pedestal and fresh flowers bring in natural elements to this powder room.

Perfectly balanced living room

Two banquettes line the wall in this cheery family room making it easy to go from dining to lounging.

Wooden urn adds a classical counterpoint against the modern Jeff Koons Balloon Dog plate

Dhong's travels to Marrakech inspired this room with wall of antiqued mirrors, velvet banquette, and inlaid pearl Moroccan tables. 

A neutral palette was the base for this bedroom with color being added with accessories. The straight angles of the bold poster bed is offset with the curves of the porthole mirror and the glass murano circles on the lamps.

Another view of the master bedroom and to contrast the tan and beige palette, Dhong added this floating white sculptured Eames La Chaise.

Space Age office with antique chair paired with Aviator Wing desk which is inspired after a WWII fighter plane. The Philip Jeffries rivets wallpaper inspired from vintage metal fighter planes.

Orange duvet and blanket adds pop of color against the neutral palette.

Beautiful table styling complete with vintage lighter, delicate bowl and great pop of color from flower bloom.

Chinoiserie daybed coined the "opium den" with the Indian wallpaper complete with a more modern Jonathan Adler Hans barbell brass table.

Images from House Beautiful

Want some more goodies from Dhong? Check out my previous post on Benjamin Dhong


  1. Oh my word! this is all so beautiful! I don't usually love super modern but these pictures are fabulous and I could live with any of them! Thanks for sharing this great article!

  2. Grab your bag, we're going shopping for an entwined Dolphin convex mirror and a 1950's Italian candelabra.

  3. Absolutely loved this spread in HB and had to pin that beautiful magnolia. Benjamin has a magical touch, doesn't he? Happy weekend.
    C + C

  4. What a high contrast, unique space that I'm sure cost a small fortune. :) Thanks for sharing it!

  5. When you look at the furniture one by one, they're actually simple. But when you put them all together, they really look elegant and comfortable. More interesting.

  6. Love those mirrors and pops of orange. Now I have to run out and get a copy of HB!

  7. I love, love, love the mirror in that first picture!

  8. These take my breath away - he is SO talented. Thanks for sharing!!


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