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At the St. Regis, bespoke metalwork reaches new heights

At the St. Regis, bespoke metalwork reaches new heights

We were privileged to work with noted designer Jay Jeffers on what he termed “The Enchanted Forest” at the St. Regis in San Francisco. We contracted with both Jeffers Design Group and repeat client Black Mountain Construction and Development to make four bespoke entry screens, a kitchen hood, a curved glass and blackened steel curio cabinet, several mirror frames, and a tapered brass vanity leg for an expansive penthouse renovation. “We combined 2 units at the St. Regis Residences into one apartment that is at once sexy, sophisticated and bohemian,” Jeffers said.

The Project

We provided design support and fabrication services for several key pieces in an extensive project that merged two St. Regis penthouse suites into a single unit. The assortment of technically challenging, finely crafted fabrications featured a set of decorative entry screen panels produced in collaboration with a local glass artist. Four nine-foot tall panels of laminated photographic glass were framed by CNC-milled and hand patinated solid brass bar. In addition to the screens, we fabricated an elliptical, blackened steel curio cabinet, based off of the inspiration image shown here; a “floating” steel and brass kitchen hood; a Gio Ponti-inspired cantilevering vanity leg; and a collection of brass mirrors in a wide array of finishes.

The Challenges

In general, keeping the hand-applied finishes uniform across different items, and working with an array of unique forms (Ponti leg tapered in two directions, curved glass cabinet, curved corner frames, jagged, acute angled mirror frame) were challenges that we had to rigorously work through to achieve the level of fit and finish that both we and our client demanded.

The entry screens presented particularly difficult challenges in regards to the hand-applied finishing — again, keeping it consistent across all four panels was an issue, but in addition, the work took place over the course of a couple of weeks of volatile weather which ultimately required us to build a finishing booth specifically for this project. We needed a controlled environment to achieve the exact finish we were looking for.

Meanwhile, provided with the inspiration photo shown here, we were asked to recreate a sleek elliptical curio cabinet from curved glass with blackened steel aprons, mullions, and solid, tapered legs for the penthouse kitchen. We had to reject several rounds of glass, including the curved pieces, due to both the finish level requirements and the tight tolerances required to make the assembly work.


“SF Metalworks offers thoughtful insight early in the design process… As designers, we appreciate their input and depend on their knowledge. They are so critical about their own work that we as a design firm don’t have to bear that burden. Lastly, the quality of the finished product usually exceeds our expectations.”

— Andy Reid, Project Manager at Jay Jeffers Design Group, San Francisco