Meet Dan Menchions of II BY IV DESIGN
Internationally renowned, II BY IV DESIGN was founded in 1990 by partners Dan Menchions and Keith Rushbrook. Both Dan and Keith dreamed of a creative firm that was deeply rooted in design and guided by a passion for constant innovation. Credited with countless awards and esteemed publications, II BY IV DESIGN delivers the highest level of design excellence to its impressive list of global clients.
Founder Dan Menchions was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to share some insight and inspiration behind the design of ONE Mission Bay.
In what ways has travel influenced your design aesthetic?
Travel has always been and continues to be a source of inspiration in our design work; we, my business partner Keith Rushbrook and I, have found that great design transcends borders or cultures and is in fact timeless. It could be a unique pattern, a thoughtfully executed millwork detail or ingenious new material that we discovered on our travels that prompts taking a creative concept in a fresh direction. I think too that this is something that todays demographic expects ~ the ease of access and explosion of information available on the internet is creating a global awareness of style and design.
What trend, innovation, or new ideas are you excited to integrate into One Mission Bay?
We, II BY IV DESIGN, don’t design to a trend or follow trends; each project we work on has its own personality and character and we strive to create designs that will be as relevant tomorrow as they are today. One Mission Bay has modern approach though is entirely classic in its appeal.
One of the most exciting aspects of the project is the integration of public art throughout, we are working with local artists and artisans to create installations that reflect the community’s spirit and locale. The expansive amenities at One Mission Bay really are an extension of each purchasers home and have an approachable, inviting feel…it’s about a lifestyle.
What’s your most treasured item or feature in your own home?
Truthfully, when I come home the one thing I treasure most, well two actually, are my Scottish Fold cats – Milo and Brook.
Favorite color combination for 2016?
I appreciate a neutral color palette that is more about visual texture, weaves and natural woods; it allows you to distinguish a space with art and found objects showcasing your personality and experiences.
What do you think buyers will enjoy most about the design of One Mission Bay?
I think buyers will enjoy the connection with the waterfront and nature most at One Mission Bay, we have designed the spaces to bring the outdoors in; San Francisco’s climate is unlike most North American cities and you can enjoy the fabulous amenities year round. It comes back to lifestyle and this access to nature in an urban environment creates a sense of calm.
Will there be any sustainable or green features/finishes incorporated into your design work at One Mission Bay?
The concepts of sustainable or green features are a given in today’s interior design and not something we specifically set out to accomplish, rather a natural part of the process; through the selection of energy efficient appliances, LED lighting and the use of natural stone and wood finishes. Architecturally of course, the most compelling feature are the green roofs which enhance the views, moderate heat and improve air quality.
If you could collaborate on a project with anyone, who would it be and why?
We always look to collaborate with forward thinking developers and Architects, like Strada Investment Group, CIM and Arquitectonica; organizations and individuals that understand the value of good design and are inspired to push the envelope. In the future I would love to collaborate with premiere contemporary artists Jeff Koons, Richard Serra or Dale Chihuly.
Describe One Mission Bay in 3 words:
Timeless, sophisticated and unexpected…in the heart of the city you have a rejuvenating personal retreat steps from the excitement of a vibrant downtown centre.
Nature is your neighbor. Nurture is your reward. Escape from the concrete and surround yourself with color as everything converges at ONE Mission Bay. The comfortable blend of urban pulse, modern design, resort-like amenities and the great outdoors. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for construction updates, neighborhood news, events, and much more