guest post: halcyon days.
Hello everyone! It’s Kelly from Halcyon Days. I thought perhaps you might enjoy a peek into my good friend Robert Münzer and his husband, David’s, place. I had the good fortune of meeting Robert while working at Limn furniture for a wee bit while still in school, oh so many years ago. Robert had been at Limn over ten years when I arrived. I remember my first invite to his place, he told me, “My place does not look like Limn.”
I hadn’t thought much about it before, but what could someone’s place look like with such significant access to the design world? My curiosity was piqued. Needless to say, it was one of the first windows into a space I hoped to inhabit or at least try to emulate. It is a lovely mix of design icons, antiques, perfectly combined with industrial objects and original works of art. A home where every piece has a story and is not in the least minimalist, which was huge at the time. Robert no longer works at Limn but is still very much involved in the design world via his consulting business Cornell & Münzer.
Robert‘s & David’s entrance is filled with pieces from their travels, Limn gallery, and myriad of other originals. A feast for the eyes upon your first step inside.
A gorgeous Belgian antique piece found at the now closed Grand Central Antiques on Castro Street. It was designed to hold sheet music.
Copper Penny sculpture by Oakland artist Dave Meeker; ‘Wheel Nose Head’ by Albuquerque artist Page Colman. Boy on little pillow by unknown Honolulu artist; and “Monkey Boy” by Sacramento artist Gale Hart.
Driade, ‘Empty Chair’ by Ron Arad (he designed it originally for the Tel Aviv opera house); ‘Liz’ pendant (made of over 9000 drinking straws) by Oakland artist Dave Meeker; And sweet Smoky posed for me.
Robert deejayed for many years and has one of the most fantastic record collections. He is also Swiss (if you couldn’t tell) hence the great collection of Swissair travel bags and fantastic vintage poster. The desk is vintage by Jens Risom.
I immediately thought the paintings were of NYC but apparently they are of San Francisco before the water towers were realized to be a huge hazard because of our seismic activity. They are early 1960’s paintings by San Francisco by artist Richard Roberts. The lights are Flos, Taccia lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and the Akari floor lamp by Isamu Noguchi. The chandelier is vintage 1950’s Italian.
Brazilian head grid sculptures on the wall. The blown glass ‘blossoms’ were found by David at a small flower boutique on Gough Street. Vintage 1960’s bedroom chairs, slip-covered in Italian ‘Poppy’ fabric. Solidarity painting by San Francisco artist Eva Dottore.
A simplistic kitchen with a vintage table and Verner Panton chairs. A window filled with planted sculptures by Robert’s husband, David. And ‘Shovel Face’ Art by San Francisco artist Vernon The Gardener.
And finally their bedroom with rich dark brown walls, light fixtures creatively tweaked and 1960’s paintings by Richard Roberts and Ann Levinger.