San Francisco Bachelor Apartment

Ultra minimal, but designed by John Lum Architecture to have all the essentials, this San Francisco apartment is an ideal refuge for the busy traveler.

Simon Cowell took a cue from his cosmetic brand for his new home: bare, minimal, essential. The bachelor wanted wanted a refuge from his busy travel schedule – nothing flashy. Just simple.

He tapped John Lum Architecture who embarked on a gut renovation. They expanded the footprint and added a new roof deck to take advantage of the bucolic views. They infused a restrained color palette of black and white and kept furnishings and architectural details minimal. Everything was thought of as necessary. The superbly minimal kitchen plays with straight lines and right angles. The living area is laid back with warm white furnishings, and the master bath is slightly monastic with its oversized tub and rain-like shower head.

In a reversal of a traditional layout, the master bedroom is sited on the lower level overlooking a private courtyard. The living, kitchen and dining areas, were placed above with direct access to the roof deck. The black-trimmed staircase links the levels, tying in the color palette and the minimal design.

Design: John Lum Architecture
Photography: Paul Dyer