The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco CA
Built for guests attending the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, this grand dame of San Francisco needed art that would bring the past to life and welcome in the future of The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel.
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Design Firm: Gensler Austin
Focusing on vintage charm and classic 1920s San Francisco themes, Kevin Barry Fine Art’s team of hospitality art consultants curated a beautiful art collection across all areas of the hotel, including public spaces and guestrooms.
Several pieces of commissioned, original artwork are the jewels in the crown of this newly renovated hotel. Artist Corrie Sullivan’s layered paper sculpture entitled “Feathered Bliss” welcomes business visitors into the boardroom of The Clift, looking like a framed tapestry of speckled feathers. Another Sullivan piece, “Natural Movement”, is a woven work of natural fibers and net that references the movement of the iconic San Francisco fog. Artist Tiffany Lusteg’s woven artwork “Azure” can be found in the hotel’s elevator lobby, a piece that evokes the blue and gray of mountains swathed in marine layer.
Still more textile can be found in the art by Nick Biddle whose piece “Rough Creek” incorporates layered strips of linen and resin onto wood. In the library lounge of The Clift, textile artist Laura Stewart’s piece entitled “Ebb & Flow” is a sculpture of embroidery thread evoking the nearby bay with its light and dark grays, soft blues, and a touch of green. Sculptural artist Baldvin Ringsted’s deconstructed gold leafed mirror puts an unexpected spin on staid, ornately framed mirrors.
In the guest rooms and corridors of The Clift, giclees featuring San Francisco city life from the time of the property’s founding are the dominant decorative theme. Iconic vintage photographs of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, City Hall, and the seal of the Pacific International Exposition from 1915 serve as attractive postcards to the area’s past.
Nods to the natural beauty of the Bay Area can be found across all areas of The Clift’s new art collection. Artist Mya Kerner’s pairs of abstract wire California Redwood groves flank the entrance to the pre-function room, which also features a gallery wall of circular photographs of the nearby rocky coast. The moody grays and blues of Pacific Ocean dominate the remaining pieces in The Clift’s new art collection, ensuring that guests never lose sight of the beauty and history of the city by the bay.
“San Francisco is such an exciting, elegant and storied city. Having the opportunity to work on a property right in the heart of the city and give it a new look to carry it into its next hundred years was an exciting challenge. I think with its mixture of original artwork and lush giclees, The Clift’s art collection is truly spectacular.”
– Allison Barry, Principal, Kevin Barry Fine Art