In the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, a hippie boardinghouse once run by an elderly lesbian minister is now a family home remade with a warmed-up modernism and the restrained inflections of Norwegian design. The double-height living area is spanned by a bridge made of original flooring from the attic. Furnishings include a 1954 Florence Knoll sofa and an Eames rocker.
What had been a TV den in the house's hippie days is now a dining room, with Eames Eiffel chairs, a chestnut table from Sleuth Antiques in Sausalito, Calif., and a Jasper Morrison lamp.
A glass doorway framed in Douglas fir maintains a loftlike sense of space and light in the master bedroom. Behind the bed is an exposed chimney.
The play area in Lucia's bedroom is concealed by a curtain of Ikea fabric that suggests a Scandinavian flag. The Case Study Easy Chair by Modernica is based on a Pierre Paulin design.
The bedrooms are tucked into what was once a dark attic. Now, polycarbonate panels running along the top of the walls admit light into the hallway, and a glass doorway creates a feeling of openness in the master bedroom.
Salvaged lumber was glued together to form the butcher-block treads of the parlor staircase; chips and nail holes were left exposed. The railing is made of shower-door glass and industrial hardware.
Because the house was renovated many times in its 112-year history, it has hardware from various eras; the glass doorknob and brass plate are believed to date from the 1960s.
Mr. Mork-Ulnes designed a headboard of reclaimed Douglas fir, complete with book crannies, to conceal bracing that was added during the renovation.
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