Interior Design Case Study: A Stylish Tech Condo with a View
Our client, Andrew, is the founder of a San Francisco food tech start-up. He recently purchased a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo in Oakland’s Jack London Square. With no furnishings and no experience designing a home, he turned to us for help. He wanted his condo to feel like a serene, Japanese-inspired, tech-savvy place. So we infused smart home technology and zen sensibilities to create a space with style. And we were able to design 95% of it online.
We began by meeting Andrew to tour the condo and take measurements. From there, we designed his condo online. We discussed design needs and preferences via email, then checked on the condo during the remodel. Once all pieces were sourced and purchased, Andrew installed the design himself, with our help via email. Finally, we met in person to style the condo.
Here are the results below.
Before and After
We transformed the living room by painting the walls a lighter shade of gray (Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl). Andrew’s curved TV and surround sound system took center stage, while his piano got tucked into the corner. We kept the living room clean and simple with a monochromatic color scheme, which we livened up with wood accents, pops of black and white, and geometric shapes throughout.
As the CEO of a food tech company and a foodie himself, we framed photos from Andrew’s culinary experiences to set the tone in the office. Similar to the living room, tech takes center stage in this office, from his computer and speakers to his photography gear.
We wanted the master bedroom to feel calm and serene, so we selected a Japanese-inspired low platform bed, and we kept the color palette simple with whites, woods and blue-gray. Andrew’s flat screen TV and surround sound system is incorporated into the room as well.
We upgraded the bathroom by installing a Japanese toilet and rain showers, then painted both bathrooms a light neutral color, replaced hardware and added art and accessories.
In the kitchen, we replaced the metallic pendant lights with glass spheres that give off diffused illumination.
Andrew purchased the piano and electronics himself, so those are excluded from our budget. In total, we furnished the condo from scratch for approximately $25k, which includes furnishings, rugs, linens, artwork and accessories. Light renovations, including paint, electrical, and light plumbing, totaled approximately $5k, with another $5k for the Japanese toilet, shower systems, lighting, hardware, the NEST system and Philips hue lights. Our design fee was $5k.
Design by Dwell Candy designer, Joy. Project managed and edited by Fahm. Styled by Dwell Candy designer, Brittney, and Fahm. Photography by Vivian Johnson.