new perspectives - THE 2021 DESIGNERS
Applegate Tran Interiors
Vernon Applegate & Gioi Tran
Applegate Tran Interiors was established in 1999 by its principal designers Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran. In addition to many years of creating bold, inviting, and dynamic spaces all over the world, they have extensive experience in the fine, culinary, visual, and performing arts. All this not only places them on the cutting edge of design trends, but it also grounds them with an understanding of timeless and beautiful design.
“We specialize in architectural finishes, space planning, art curation, and custom furniture. Our clients appreciate the design process which is uniquely catered to them and their personalities and creates an elevated, more enjoyable, way for them to live or work in their space. We inspire our clients to reach outside the box and go further than they imagined by introducing creative and unique concepts.”
Design Space: Cosmopolitan Fashionista with Downtown Flair
Robbie McMillan & Marcus Keller
AubreyMaxwell is a Design and Art Advisory partnership between Robbie McMillan and Marcus Keller. Robbie’s fine arts education evolved into luxury furniture design and product development before starting AubreyMaxwell. Marcus has decades of experience in construction and business development while serving as board member for several Bay Area arts organizations.
“Design at it’s best should be both intimate and awe-inspiring. We work towards achieving this by balancing focus on space planning, craftsmanship, and well-curated furnishings while never sacrificing a central focus on art. We pride ourselves on providing a catered and boutique approach to every facet of the design experience.”
Design Spaces: This Very Hour
Catherine Kwong Design | Catherine Kwong
After years of designing luxury interiors for Studio Sofield, Ralph Lauren, and The Wiseman Group, Catherine Kwong started her eponymous firm in 2011. Her projects have since won awards and accolades in publications nationwide. Named a “Designer to Watch” by Architectural Digest, she has also appeared on the cover of California Home & Design and Henry.
“Catherine Kwong Design specializes in high-end residential interiors, with a focus on modern architecture and custom detailing. We believe that, when thoughtfully selected, furnishings create the heart and soul of a home. Our favorite projects exude elegance, but with a bit of an edge. Catherine has been called “a modernist with romantic tendencies,” and that pretty much sums up our style.”
Design Space: Primary Bedroom & Bath
Chroma | Leann Conquer & Alexis Tompkins
“Chroma” refers to the purity and intensity of a color. Focusing on homes, the Chroma design studio seeks to create atmospheric spaces for meaningful lives. An open-minded listener with degrees in art and art history, Alexis Tompkins is the creative partner. She has an aptitude for rejuvenating historical styles and bringing texture and warmth to contemporary ones. Leann Conquer, the managing partner, enjoys developing systems that start with intelligent forecasting and end with impeccable execution. Conquer studied interior design and serves as an important sounding board for Tompkins’ ideas, making sure that Chroma’s work aims high and achieves the extraordinary.
Design Spaces: The Time Being Bedroom, The Libertine Bathroom
DLC-ID | Jonathan de la Cruz
Combining an expert designer’s ability to draw up custom cabinetry and furnishings with an impeccable eye for vintage furniture and accessories, Jon de la Cruz creates interiors that are truly unique to each project and each client. Over the past 20 years, Jon has worked with the Bay Area’s top design firms, successfully leading projects including The Battery SF, The Cavalier, Marlowe, Carbone in Las Vegas, Sadelle’s in New York and private residences around the country. Jon launched his eponymous studio in the Fall of 2015. Since then his projects include Protege in Palo Alto, Che Fico and Che Fico Alimentari in San Francisco, James Beard Award semifinalist Leo’s Oyster Bar, the luxury townhouse at 1598 Bay Street, and House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year in 2017.
Design Space: Castle in the Sky
Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design | Geoffrey De Sousa
Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design brings our relationships with the finest global artisans to each residence we design, creating interiors that are singular and bespoke. Our urbane sensibility helps to create interiors that are modern, beautifully crafted and that speak of the owner.
GDID always approaches each project as a team effort, working seamlessly with client, architect and contractor to achieve beautiful results. We are a small boutique design firm that prides itself in providing the individual attention each project deserves.
Design Space: Views Beyond
Kobus Interiors | Martin Kobus
A lifetime of immersion in the design world has shaped the way Martin approaches every aspect of a project. Dynamic and expressive are words that describe his design aesthetic which has resulted in many exciting and successful accolades. From cover stories in the press that have traveled around the world to awards in many design categories. A Dutch native, he studied design in the Netherlands and Italy giving his work a distinctively European lineage. With projects all over California to New York City, Martin is designing for discerning clients who appreciate his point of view and sensibilities.
Design Space: Social Salon
Peruri Design Company | Sindhu Peruri
Growing up in India, Sindhu recalls her grandfather, a textile merchant, unfurling exquisite hand-loomed saris blended from silk, cotton, and metallic threads. The vivid colors, bold prints, and ornate gold embroidery inspired her love for design and craftsmanship. She often designs and commissions local artisans to create unique pieces for her projects.
As founder of Peruri Design Company, a full-service design firm specializing in mid-size to large residential projects, Sindhu approaches design holistically where a home’s architecture is cohesive with its interiors. Known for creating modern spaces that are full of warmth, casual elegance and color, she layers beautiful basics with thoughtfully curated finishes and furnishings with an emphasis on organic and sustainable materials. She aims to accomplish clients’ intent and use of space by simply creating lasting rooms within which it is a joy to spend time.
Design Spaces: Library
Studio Collins Weir | Susan Collins Weir and Christopher Weir
Led by the husband/wife team of Susan Collins Weir and Chris Weir, STUDIO COLLINS WEIR creates quietly sophisticated designs with timeless appeal. Marrying client and context, with a process based on deep collaboration, the studio’s projects are underpinned by a clear design language rendered through rich materiality and detail. The intimacy of their approach allows for flexibility in style while delivering homes that are finely curated and easily livable.
Design Space: Central Atrium, Kitchen, Dining Room and Terrace
studioHEIMAT | Alicia Cheung Lichtenstein & Eva Bradley
Guided by the goal of evoking soulful spaces through clean lines, elevating the status quo, and imbuing an edginess to every project, studioHEIMAT has carved their own lane — transforming spaces tailored to their clients. 100% female-owned and operated, they execute projects globally, while deepening roots locally through design and philanthropy.
“Our goal is to effortlessly reflect our clients’ personalities in their homes, achieved by a true collaboration between designer and client. Starting with the architecture activating the space, we work to balance the use of color, texture and form, to curate perfectly imperfect spaces in which our clients can thrive.”
Design Spaces: Shoshin – A Beginner’s Mind