With the Sacramento region experiencing a boom in residence, industry and entertainment, people from many walks of life are flocking to the area. Known for a burgeoning artistic and cultural scene, both longtime and new Sacramentans are busy discovering gems within the urban landscape.
Aiming to be one of those jewels, The Bridge District in West Sacramento has completed The Park Moderns, a housing development centered around the idea of “enlightened urbanism.” This ideal combines responsible development density with a meaningful interaction with the outdoors.
Indoor-outdoor living has long been a pillar of modern California-style architecture, and these lofty spaces each include actual outdoor space in the form of a park-facing porch. The park is the center of the development, with all 32 units facing this communal outdoor “room.” The developers promise green building for this upscale-yet-relaxed community, with a focus on architecture and a sense of place.
So how about the insides? Zack Rosson, an ALA Certified Lighting Associate and interior designer in the Lumens showroom in Sacramento, landed the exciting job of transforming one of The Park Moderns residences, known as “The Bachelor Pad.” I got the inside scoop on how he took on the design as well as some of the specifics of the project’s products.
How did you get tapped to design “The Bachelor Pad?”
The client reached out to me on social media. He has been into the showroom before, and he loved his neighbor’s home, which I did two years ago. He had purchased a chandelier that was in the model when his home was new, but had no idea on his design direction. He liked the Edison-style bulbs that were trending at the time. Now we have re-selected that as well and have gone with the Tom Dixon Beat Light Grey Pendant – Stout.
What was your design inspiration for the space?
When I first met with the homeowner, he wanted a fresh start. And, based on his art collection and key pieces of furniture, I knew he wanted a warm modern look. He is not afraid of color, so my inspiration was the color palette from the Lepark Rug we sell from Gan Rugs—neutral with pops of colors, which he loved. I accented from that color palette.
How do your specific choices fit into the idea for the “design-minded single guy?”
This particular design-minded single guy wanted a modern, homey feel coming home from a long day at work. He is also on-the-go and leads an active lifestyle, so it needed to be easy and low-maintenance but ready to entertain guests at any moment.
What are your thoughts about the development in general?
The development is amazing, and each homeowner can put their own personality into it. All the neighbors really get into special events they hold in the center of the park there. It’s a central space for all neighbors to gather, and I feel a real sense of community. People want to be there and mingle and have a great time. It’s a very social community.
Speaking of personality, do you have a standout item in The Bachelor Pad?
The homeowner is originally from Argentina, and I felt the Carl Hansen dining chairs sort of reflected that Spanish influence—the curve of the chair backs reminds you of a bull’s horns, and the warm accent color is passionate.
All of The Park Moderns homes have been spoken for, but the developers are still working on another project at The Moderns on Eames Walk. You can still get the look shown here in your own space, as Zack created this warm, chic style using lighting and furnishings from Lumens. You can find him–and other talented designers–in the Lumens showroom, open Tuesday through Saturday at 2028 K Street in midtown Sacramento.