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This Dark and Moody Workspace Is the Ideal Home Office

An executive refuge.

The office designed by Chris Eskra is a highlight of this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase house, located in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood.

We had a chat with Eskra to hear about three key features: the desk, the chairs, and the decorative walls.

The desk, crafted by sculptor Harry Siter, served as inspiration for the room. "It takes the live-edge table that everybody seems to be doing these days and amps it up," Eskra says. "It's a solid chunk of California walnut. The base is three stainless steel legs that all come down to a single point."

A pair of 1950s wing-back chairs were designed by Mexican architect Arturo Pani and newly reupholstered in grey mohair.

The painstaking craftsmanship of the room is apparent in the walls. "When I first started pulling this together, I thought: grasscloth," Eskra says. "I wanted a room that was monochromatic, to really be a play on textures." Then he consulted with decorative painter Linda Horning who devised a meticulous cross-hatch treatment inspired by the idea of a linen suit on the wall. "She set up scaffolding and lasers," he explains. Five layers of paint were used, two of which are metallic, then glazed.