MA photographed in abandoned train station.

We're thrilled with our latest full-page ad in the Fall issue of CALIFORNIA HOMES magazine, but the back-story is quite interesting too.  (continue reading below)

The interior of the Oakland Central Train Station.

Collaborating with San Francisco photographer Robert Whitworth, the idea was to take opulent fabric, in this case, a gorgeous coral-colored silk taffeta by legendary textiles purveyor CHRISTOPHER HYLAND of New York, and install it as a drapery in an unorthodox setting.  

After several weeks of exploring abandoned warehouses and industrial buildings, a good client, Nina Chiappa of BRAYTON & HUGHES, suggested we inquire about using the abandoned 16th Street train station in Oakland. The Beaux-Arts building was designed by architect Jarvis Hunt, a preeminent train station architect, and was opened in 1912.  We contacted the City of Oakland and arranged to scout the location.  Once we had seen the interior of the the 1930's building, we knew this would be the perfect location.

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