Name: Peter Reis
Location: SOMA - SF
Size: 1024 sq. ft
Years lived in: 4
The moment we walked into Peter's apartment we were struck by the wall of light emanating from the space's gigantic windows. Well, actually it might have first been the homemade "Mr. T" duct tape portrait that struck us... then the horizontally mounted Ikea mirrors in the front hallway. As it turned out, though the layout and design of the place were top-notch, we couldn't help but be sidetracked by all the thoughtful details that had been worked in to the space...
From big projects to small space-saving solutions, there are clever, creative ideas all over. Notice the kitchen island, which on closer inspection is actually two shopping carts on end, fronts cut off and welded together. Or the jigsaw tables in the living area, a DIY project that can be easily reconfigured to form anywhere from four tables to one. On a smaller scale, the magnetic spice jars attached to the microwave save space and add a few little pops of color. Also, Peter's DVD player is housed in a drawer below the TV, effectively cutting out any clutter, and his "gym" is easily stored in a nearby bookshelf. These things add up and contribute greatly to the open, balanced feeling of the home.
Judging by these creative solutions, it may come as no surprise that Reis is from a family of artists (sister Klari's artwork can be seen throughout the house), and though Peter began his career in tech sales, he's now starting a consumer products company to put his creativity and design interest to further use. We just hope there's a home decor line in the works!
"Pity" (Mr. T) - duct tape on formica, Peter Reis