Designers of Distinction Awards!

February 12, 2015

Last week was a flurry of activity and recognition at Kendall Wilkinson Design, beginning with the Designers of Distinction Awards. The firm was honored with its third nomination in the last 5 years, but this year was recognized in the Contemporary category. In prior years, KWD fell into the traditional category and this shift reflects the firms focus on increasingly more modern projects.


The three projects that were nominated from KWD ranged from a penthouse, a one-bedroom, and a beach retreat; which showed a range of skill sets and styles from various KWD designers. The Padallian high-rise project was once a hard-edged Modernist penthouse, the home is now an airy retreat. Kendall Wilkinson gave the abode’s light-filled rooms and meticulous craftsmanship a jolt with clean, modern furniture and graphic designs. The palette was simple: black, white, anthracite, and charcoal. A checkered marble floor sets the stage for a sofa in dark green velvet and chrome-plate Italian chairs. Views of San Francisco abound through curtain-less windows. Custom crystal chandeliers and sconces add shimmer and elegance throughout.


Nestled within one of San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods resides this Zen-like home. Wrap around windows reveal a panoramic view of the Bay. A palette of misty grays and cool tones was selected to mimic the fog rolling in across the evening sky. The understated elegance of this décor sets the stage for the client’s exquisite art collection. Modern style is found throughout the home, such as a plush mohair on the club chairs and the Piero Lissoni gloss on the dining table.


Like John Steinbeck and Jack London, this family found its muse in Carmel, California. What was once a drab and dreary home was transformed into a light, airy abode with colors reflecting the sea and surrounding landscapes. Rich, bright fabrics are mixed with unusual crystal fixtures. The library is awash in glossy aqua lacquer with a midcentury sunbather as inspiration.


Ultimately, the award did not go home with our KWD team- but we had a lovely time at the luncheon and it was an honor to be nominated for the third time! Stay tuned for next year, fingers crossed that 4th time’s the charm.