With its de­tailed pat­terns, cus­tom fur­nish­ings and con­trast­ing interiors cour­tesy of renowned Amer­i­can de­signer Kelly Wearstler, San Fran­cisco Proper Ho­tel is the epit­ome of cu­rated con­tem­po­rary eclec­ti­cism

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Ex­plore San Fran­cisco Proper Ho­tel by Kelly Wearstler and the re­fur­bished Sin­gita Pa­mushana Lodge in Zim­babwe

While de­sign­ing San Fran­cisco Proper Ho­tel,

Kelly Wearstler says that she ‘con­jured up an ex­ten­sive back­story. You’re in this cool, bohemian woman’s home, and it’s like a se­ries of liv­ing rooms. This woman lives here with a black cat called Char­maine, who hangs out on the rooftop, and you are just lin­ger­ing in her eclec­tic, art­ful salon – per­haps wait­ing for her’.

True to Wearstler’s vi­sion, the ho­tel is a bold, char­ac­ter­ful haven in­fused with deep colours, rich tex­tures and painterly wall­cov­er­ings char­ac­ter­is­tic of the de­signer’s sig­na­ture artis­tic aes­thetic. The interiors are a taste­ful blend of old and new, referencin­g the ho­tel’s his­toric lo­ca­tion in a 20th cen­tury flat­iron build­ing and merg­ing it with con­tem­po­rary ad­di­tions. Graphic light fit­tings and art­works con­trast with orig­i­nal cor­nices in the spa­cious lobby, while the 131 Modernist-in­spired bed­rooms fea­ture hi-tech ameni­ties and over­sized ’50s-style fur­nish­ings.

This jux­ta­po­si­tion con­tin­ues in La Bande, San Fran­cisco Proper’s fash­ion­able café and mar­ket, where ca­sual din­ing takes place at black com­mu­nal ta­bles off­set by glazed tiles in shades of green and black-and-white stripes. For a more so­phis­ti­cated all-day eat­ing op­tion, Vil­lon restau­rant and lounge fea­tures blue pan­elled walls, two-tone wooden floors, high-bev­elled ceil­ings and el­e­gant mar­ble and brass ac­cents, mak­ing it the ideal place in which to sam­ple an in­ven­tive menu by Chef Mikey Adams that is in­spired by San Fran­cisco’s ex­ten­sive culi­nary cul­ture.

The fin­ish­ing touch is Char­maine’s rooftop bar, a lively so­cial spot rem­i­nis­cent of a Parisian ter­race that boasts un­par­al­leled views of the city. With mod­ern-ro­man­tic decor that’s a nod to the Vi­en­nese Se­ces­sion art move­ment – com­plete with sump­tu­ous area rugs, state­ment fire pits and pat­terned seat­ing – it’s a fi­nal re­minder of Wearstler’s up­dated Euro­pean salon-style de­sign that runs through­out this breath­tak­ing ho­tel. prop­er­ho­

this page A mix­ture of art­works grace the walls of San Fran­cisco Proper Ho­tel’s lobby. op­po­site (fromtop) ‘Get­ting to work on this his­toric build­ing in this emerg­ing area was such a cool ex­pe­ri­ence for me,’ says Kelly Wearstler; the131 rooms were con­ceived as mod­ern pieds-à-terre and each in­cludes a lounge.

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