Tuesday, July 14, 2009

When Skaters Grow Up

Jay Shapiro, a skateboarder and musician, and Claire Bigbie, an interior designer, turned a Victorian in San Francisco's Noe Valley into a skater’s dream house. The couple met 10 years ago at a skate park in Rhode Island; they bought their house for $1 million in 2005.

A dressing room has wallpaper by Tom Dixon, a plastic chandelier from Urban Outfitters and a taxidermy deer named Harry. Ms. Bigbie — who had been collecting furniture since she was 14 — has filled the house with vintage and contemporary pieces.

A bathroom designed to look like a pool, with depth marks and pool coping, reminds its owners of the skateboarder’s nirvana: an empty pool. A black laboratory sink Ms. Bigbie found at a salvage yard was fitted with customized faucets; that red is Million Dollar Red by Benjamin Moore.

The ground-floor studio has a rolling garage door that opens to a garden designed by Flora Grubb, with “a Palm Springs desert vibe,” Ms. Bigbie said, and succulents in big pots.

Artwork by Ms. Bigbie and Mr. Shapiro’s friends hangs in the kitchen; the paper on the wall at right is Angles, by Erica Wakerly. Ms. Bigbie painted the mantel in the bedroom Benjamin Moore’s Pool Party Blue; the bottles on it are by Sara Paloma. The Hella Jongerius vase on the floor is from Ikea.

Photos by Peter DaSilva for The New York Times