ISSUE 5  |  Out of South Africa

Designer Visit: Antonio Martins in Sonoma

January 31, 2011 11:12 AM

BY Julie Carlson

First spotted in California Home + Design magazine: a renovated 1937 cottage in Sonoma, with interiors designed by Brazilian-born, Swiss-schooled, San Francisco-based Antonio Martins. Martins has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Argentina, and Bangkok, and his international approach is evident throughout the interiors. "I had worked with the clients before, on their residence in the city," he says. "We started fresh on this project and kept to a budget; most of the interior furnishings are from vintage stores, flea markets (I got up at 6 am to go to the Alameda market), and pieces from Brazil, Portugal, and Asia that I've collected over the years." To see more of the designer's work, go to Antonio Martins.

Photos by Drew Kelly.

Above: Drought-resistant foliage lines the entrance path.

Above: Scott Adkins of Redwood City’s Profab Metal Design created the custom gate.

Above: Martins stripped the oak floors and stained them ebony; he commissioned the hand-forged steel fireplace surround (which is bolted to the wall and conceals the original brick fireplace) from Scott Adkins of Redwood City’s Profab Metal Design. Sliding barn doors in the hallway reference the region's agriculture history.

Above: Martins sourced the Breuer cantilevered steel tube and wicker dining chairs from 1st Dibs. The Roost Halo Chandelier is available from Velocity Art & Design.

Above: In the kitchen, Martins created an accent wall by attaching sheets of raw steel to the wall with screws.

Above: Vintage wooden silk bobbins found in a Petaluma vintage shop function as supports for the reclaimed-wood shelving in the kitchen.

Above: A vintage carpenter's work bench work table functions as bar; Martins sourced a vintage propeller for the table lamp, which was made by SF shop Dogfork Lamp Arts in San Francisco.

Above: In the bedroom, Martins sourced a pendant light fixture made from an old bullet cap from Artefact Design & Salvage in Sonoma; the hair-on-hide rug is from Brazil.

Above: A vintage metal cabinet from Big Daddy serves as linen closet; Martins found the wooden shoe molds on a trip to Lisbon.

Above: A salvaged piece of machinery with a thick marble top functions as sink base. The round Grundtal mirror is from Ikea.