The design and construction of 43 Stockdale is original and innovative. The furnishing, décor and service provided by ‘one of a kind apartments’ is likewise creative and personalised so it is only natural that we celebrate similar enterprises. And similar cities. So each of our seven apartments celebrate one of the world’s creative centres.
Each apartment is accented by a colour of the rainbow so it is fitting that the first colour I introduce, yellow, celebrates San Francisco the home of the rainbow flag and gender tolerance and diversity. However, San Francisco is more than this. It has long been an innovative and cultural hub. It was the home of the Sierra Club, which promoted environmental conservation and nearby to Yosemite National Park, the first of the world’s great national parks. And before this it was the home of Levi jeans, the uniform of the 21st century.
It is a city of culturally rich neighbourhoods and streetscapes and, like Canberra, is regarded as one of the world’s most walkable cities. But I know it more for being the home of the ‘beat’ writers and artists of the 50’s and the hippies and counter-culture of the 60’s. It is where Bill Graham and Fillmore West launched the musical careers of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. And while it is difficult to capture those heady days we are working on an installation wall in the San Francisco apartment composed of the psychedelic posters from those times that became synonymous with the city.
Today, of course, San Francisco is the enterprising home of high technology and social media, tools that we at ‘one of a kind apartments’ try not to take for granted.