Thayer Photography Studio Tour

Thayer Photography Studio Tour

Kim Lucian
Apr 16, 2014
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Name: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Business Name: Thayer & Co
Location: Bernal Hill, San Francisco
Size: 500 sq feet
Years in Business: 14 years

The studio that Thayer Photography calls home is a great example of form meets function. Walking in, you have no doubt that actual business is conducted here — in fact, they seem ready for anything — and the most utilitarian elements, like the sealed concrete floors and custom plywood cabinets, are also some of the best stylistic elements.

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

The industrial foundation of the space contrasts nicely with modern pieces like the the classic Saarinen table, and colorful accessories and found and collected pieces of art add a sense of playfulness

If you love Thayer's style and want to see more of it, check out her house tour here.

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Modern Industrial Beachy.

Inspiration: General Store in Venice for the cabinets, and Hotel San Jose for the concrete and clean, simple yet warm design.

Favorite Element: Our long tables made by Phil Tiffen from 522 Industries.

Biggest Challenge: Not hitting the low hanging work lights.

What People Say: That it's so simple and they LOVE the custom built cabinets by Marcus Guillard from One Hat One Hand.

Biggest Embarrassment: I did not put in recessed lighting and now we have low lights!

Proudest DIY: Collaboration with Marcus on the kitchen system.

Biggest Indulgence: Custom steel desks.

Best Advice: Dig deeper. I would have liked taller ceilings and stopped them from going deeper. Regret that!

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

Resources of Note:

  • DWR for the Saarinen conference table.
  • White conference table: made by Phil Tiffen from 522 Industries
  • Chairs: Yard sale in the Castro.
  • Trash cans: Center Hardware in San Francisco.
  • Custom-built cabinets: Marcus Guillard from One Hat One hand


  • Black corduroy dog bed: Jax and Bones
  • Ceramic Polaroid: Yellow Owl Workshop
  • Sealed concrete floors.
  • Window shades: The shade store.
  • Strawberry and hand photo: my friend Brian Stevens

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

Thanks, Thayer Photography!

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