San Francisco-based boutique design firm, VIF Studio, breathed new life into the penthouse suite of a recently industrial-to-residential converted Vladimir Ossipof office building located in the burgeoning Kaka’ako arts district neighborhood of Honolulu. Paying homage to the renowned “Hawaiian Modern” architect, VIF Studio incorporated an open-floor plan and harmoniously mixed cool modern, industrial elements with warm, exotic natural materials.
Outfitted with expansive industrial-sized windows and board formed concrete walls, VIF Studio infused an Asian-inspired, tropical modern design scheme to transform the gritty, urban luxury loft into a space of magic and mystery.
“Stylistically, the project became an exercise in balancing drama with restrained sumptuousness,” said VIF Studio Principal and Designer Lian Eoyang. “Like Ossipoff, we elegantly orchestrated the circulation, maximized the views, and creatively integrated a mix of modern and natural materials.”
Darkly polished, wide-planked Ipe (Brazilian walnut) floors and Benji Reyes hand-sculpted wooden furniture set the tone, and make the off-white sofa and area rug, pop. The contrast is softened with accents of golden amber hues and echoed by brightly lit cove up-lighting. A second seating area, in a black and white palette, adds a masculine touch while still exuding a sense of warmth, style and sophistication. True to modernism, the distinct seating areas can be enclosed with the use of the sliding curtain panels for a more private setting.
In addition, the master suite provides unparalleled drama: the master bedroom features exposed concrete walls and ceilings, and dark wood furnishings; the master bath boasts a Japanese hinoki cedar furo (soaking tub) and a Dornbracht rain shower surrounded by backlit honey onyx that was book-matched to create a striking composition.
Other features include an open gourmet kitchen with Thermador appliances, stainless steel cabinetry and a full-slab Turkish Carrera backsplash; an impressive wine room accessible only through the fully functional antique bank vault door; a cozy dining room; and an expansive roof deck overlooking the downtown Honolulu skyline and the extinct volcanic Punchbowl Crater.
Designed for an overseas client with international sensibility, VIF Studio took a nuanced approach towards Filipino opulence, European modernism, and Japanese order, and designed a space that doubles as a relaxing vacation home and a pied-a-terre used to entertain high-profile clients.Location: Kaka’ako arts district, Honolulu, USA Interior Design: VIF Studio Photos: Mariko Reed