At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.


Boardroom as Commune

Joanne Furio | April 9, 2013 | Story Architecture

Not every 21st-century exec wants an office littered with Ping-Pong tables, bocce courts, and napping nooks. In this city of startups, there's something tantalizingly grown-up about a workplace like One Kearny Club, where pony-hair pelts replace color-block carpet squares and Eames loungers trump beanbag chairs. Perched atop a historic 1902 Renaissance revival building, this rentable office space caters to a revolving clientele of local and visiting aesthetes: Herman Miller furniture designers, San Francisco Symphony donors, Comcast executives, and Asian venture capitalists, to name but a few.

Originally intended as attic space, the 11th-floor overlook served as offices for the family-run corporation of the owners until 2007, when they realized that the airy setting and 270-degree views could be put to better use. Retrofitted by Page & Turnbull architects and Briggs MacDonald designers, the 4,000 square foot interior puts the building's blackened steel trusses on display, a striking contrast to the gallery-white walls and calligraphy-inspired Chinese artwork. Though the effect is one of old-world luxury, slits in the ceiling deftly hide modern lighting and audiovisual equipment.

Originally published in the April 2013 issue of San Francisco.

Have feedback? Email us at
Follow us on Twitter @sanfranmag


Photography by: