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sneak peek: kate lydon + anton willis

by anne


kate lydon is an architectural designer at IDEO who also works as a graphic designer and creates silkscreened goods as saturate. anton willis is an architect who also designs furniture and products. together the two run civil twilight, an award-winning design-build studio with a focus on thoughtful, sustainable design. today’s sneak peek is another great collaboration between the two – their sunny oakland, ca apartment where they’ve surrounded themselves with pieces they’ve made, collected and inherited. much of the furniture is from kate’s grandmother and i love how it comes to life in a new context. enjoy the full peek below and click here for additional images! {thanks so much, kate and anton!}anne

[above: The little teak dresser (from my grandmother) in the entry has a water-stained top—quickly remedied by a piece of frosted acrylic. We seem unable to resist bringing home sculptural branches and bits of nature from hikes around the Bay Area.]


The living room flows directly into the dining area; one end is anchored by a charcoal Danish sofa. The coffee table, made of reclaimed douglas fir, is a favorite Christmas present; Anton made it for me, and it’s the perfect merger of bench and table. The chairs, from my grandmother, are covered in Ikea fabric. The poster I found on the street in Chicago years ago.


Overflowing bookshelves are a constant source of inspiration, and provide color and texture. The pillow and lamp are two of my favorite things from Ikea.


We love utilitarian design—like the orange c-clamps that hold our bookshelves square. A box of Saturate goods sits atop the shelves, where books are mixed in with random stuff like a cool package of Greek nougat. The credenza and bullet planters are from my grandmother.


The photograph, of Kyoto, is by our good friend Christina Seely and is one in her incredible series called Lux. We inherited the dining room set; the tablecloth is fabric from Britex.

CLICK HERE for the rest of kate and anton’s sneak peek after the jump!


A framed paint-by-numbers postcard hangs above a pencil-yellow Ikea magazine rack (we spray-painted it). The rug is from West Elm.


We recently converted a Murphy-bed closet off the living room into an office, with a built in birch plywood desk and shelves. Its still in-progress, waiting for a wall of homasote for a pin-board, and some better lighting! For now, it includes a chair Anton made and a poster from my favorite museum, the Louisiana in Copenhagen.


A cluster of things we love sits on top of flat files. My mom is a book artist; she makes these incredible fortune books, with pages of interlocking, individually selected [real] fortunes. The coral reminds me of an antenna sitting on top of the speaker. The map is from the USGS.


We built shelving into a nook in the entry so we’d have a place to put shoes and mail, among other things. It’s similar to the cabinetry we created for the Curiosity Shoppe, which we designed and built for our friends a few years ago.


Anton put up birch plywood shelving for our most-used stuff (like our favorite Heath bowls, and fruit foraged from neighborhood trees) with hardware-store brackets we spray-painted blue. We found the solid oak library table at a UC Berkeley auction.


I have piles of posters collected over the years, and wanted to get them out of flat files and onto walls. We change them out from time to time, and mix in random ephemera. The current mix includes a Tail of the Yak (an incredible Berkley store) calendar, a French ‘keep off the grass’ sign, and posters from the Tate Modern.


The fridge collects objects as well as printed matter. Today it includes a couple of silkscreened Saturate prints, a Japanese fan, a postcard from our Lunar-Resonant Streetlight project, and a press sheet from my friend Stacy’s Pancake and Franks.


These shelves and the quilt are two favorites from my grandmother. The branches are buckeyes from Anton’s childhood home in Mendocino County. The photo of the Berkeley Hills is by our friend Christina Seely and echoes the view out the window.


I’ve had the huge Baselitz poster forever; its moved with me several times and is sadly worse for the wear, but I can’t bear to put it away. Bedding is from Dwell.


Anton designed and built a set of these chairs, and we’re in the process of getting them into production. I love how they are both sculptural and comfortable—the seat and back are each made of a zig-zag cut piece of wood, stretched like an accordion over a steel frame. The sculpture on the wall is a crocheted basket my grandmother made.

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