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Making Modern Golden Moments

Making Modern Golden Moments

Early in 2014 when Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder of INSTUDIO suggested the use of a simple large golden colored polished brass hoop as a piece of sculpture on a fireplace mantle in a contemporary living room their client questioned the choice. Her first comment was she thought she shouldn’t use gold with the […]


San Carlos Casual & Contemporary

San Carlos Casual & Contemporary

A European family of 4 interviewed INSTUDIO Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder while still living in a small Eichler rental house weeks before they closed on their own spacious hilltop townhouse of their dreams in San Carlos. They made their rental home work for how they lived but wanted a personalized design […]


Samuel Fleming Lewis ART

Samuel Fleming Lewis ART

Samuel Fleming Lewis is a multi-talented creative who works equally as an exhibiting artist, interior designer, manual draftsman, craftsman, interior architect and furniture designer all while being partner of the San Francisco art based design firm INSTUDIO. Samuel’s new website http://www.samuelfleminglewisart.com is entirely devoted to his art work including his contemporary geometric drawings, prints, collages, […]


A Majalis for a 50th Wedding Anniversary

A Majalis for a 50th Wedding Anniversary

An interior designer’s creative talents are seldom limited to just interior design. Like an artist of any medium designers bring their life experience combined with their design education to the table to develop a design project. Joey Sequeira (a longtime friend of INSTUDIO interior design director Samuel Fleming Lewis) was in the process of re-designing […]


Interior Design Budgets

Interior Design Budgets

Small or large design project, most are reluctant to talk about their design budget with interior designers. INSTUDIO interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder often find that clients are vague on the actual budget to furnish a room. Any design budget provides clarity allowing the designer to match services and furnishings with […]


The Fundamental Furniture Plan

The Fundamental Furniture Plan

First only seen in design or decoration magazines and books, interior design has become a celebrity in itself. Interior design is now featured on television as “do it yourself” programs, reality shows and competitions. Global interior design is accessible at our fingertips whenever we want to see it through mobile devices or computers. On websites […]


African Prince arrives at the Bayview Underground Food Scene on July 17

African Prince arrives at the Bayview Underground Food Scene on July 17

Now that we’ve got your attention it’s really African Inspired PRINTS making their debut at Pier 70 as part of Bayview Underground Food Scene. Artist and Bayview resident Samuel Fleming Lewis was first introduced to the Thursday night happenings at Pier 70 through his association with the African American artists of San Francisco’s 3.9 Art […]


Modern Mix for a San Francisco Master Bedroom

Modern Mix for a San Francisco Master Bedroom

INSTUDIO makes life’s transitions a specialty. When a former client decided to trade her suburban silicon valley, California bungalow for a San Francisco flat she called Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder for design direction. She knew that the designers could translate her existing contemporary furnishings and art that they selected for her years before […]


TOM-BOY reveals a TOM-BOY

TOM-BOY reveals a TOM-BOY

Artist Nancy Cato is a Black Woman who bravely revealed the happiness and heartache of growing up as a Tom-boy. For her first Solo exhibit she went deep into her past to capture the emotions that came along with just being a kid who was just being herself but was called a Tom-boy. Nancy didn’t […]


5 Years of INSTUDIO Creativity

5 Years of INSTUDIO Creativity

Five years ago after talking to like-minded interior designers who are equally fine artist Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder were inspired to create a new concept for interior design. The two designers’ have decades of experience in high-end residential design yet they know as artists that any room can be composed visually like a […]


WARHOL for a Girl’s New Bedroom

WARHOL for a Girl’s New Bedroom

To get a jump start on design and furnishing their first home a young family contacted INSTUDIO for Design Direction several weeks before moving in. During a complementary interview the couple said that they needed all new furniture for their 10 year old daughter’s bedroom prior to the move in date. The designers quickly found […]


JCPenny Styled by INSTUDIO

JCPenny Styled by INSTUDIO

Furniture is easy to find from a multitude of sources. The difficult part of purchasing furniture is cultivating a cohesive look to match a design plan. INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder have designed homes/rooms in a wide spectrum of styles unique to its clients. The designers looked at previous design […]


INSTUDIO for CHAIRISH

INSTUDIO for CHAIRISH

INSTUDIO creates artistic personalized high style small business design. The interior Design Directors have spent years planning and designing business spaces for large corporations. In business design creativity is always balanced with common sense programming. The Design Directors like to design small business spaces because the business owner’s vision can be captured as part of […]


INSTUDIO 2014 UNOFFICIAL OPEN STUDIOS

INSTUDIO 2014 UNOFFICIAL OPEN STUDIOS

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder are exhibiting artists as well as interior designers. Primary to both professions are artistic foundations of proportion, balance, rhythm and relevance. Lewis and Kladder are active in artistic communities and encourage their interior design clients to meet artists and use locally produced original art as […]


Samuel Fleming Lewis MAGAZINE SERIES

Samuel Fleming Lewis MAGAZINE SERIES

Artists approach creative projects with a vision that is brought to life through their skills with chosen media. When a work of art matches what they see in their minds eye the artist is fulfilled. Sometimes in the creative process an artist stumbles upon new techniques or unexpected results by mistake. When the new and […]


A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

Never missing an opportunity to find unique home furnishings INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is constantly searching for overlooked gems. He goes wherever there may be unique home furnishings for clients, INSTUDIO inventory or his own decor. All sources offer an equal opportunity to find a special treasure for interior design and decoration […]


Spring Inspired Color Palettes

Spring Inspired Color Palettes

Yearly color forecasts can give you an interior design color palette that is on trend but not individualized. Each spring nature provides fresh color combinations outdoors that can be translated into fresh new personal color stories for interior design and décor. Wherever you are take time to notice how spring effects urban, suburban and natural […]


Palm Springs Lanai in Orange or Lime

Palm Springs Lanai in Orange or Lime

For decades Palm Springs, California has been a desert hot spot get away. INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder have annual design meetings with Palm Springs clients who escape cold Midwestern winters seeking the warmth of the deserts sun. The clients decided that it was time to design, furnish and really […]


SHO-CON

SHO-CON

Creative people with truly contemporary ideas often face an uphill battle while the rest of us catch up to their innovations. By the time their ideas become integrated as the new normal the creative person is developing fresh ideas that challenge the norm. This describes the thoughts behind Karen McMullen’s new furniture showroom SHO-CON. The […]


Contemplating Contemporary

Contemplating Contemporary

Contemporary furniture and interior design aligns forms, trends, color palettes and technologies which are created in our time. Almost everyone equates contemporary furniture with clean lined simplicity. Often contemporary furniture designs are so artistic and of the moment that they almost seem out of place in today’s home because of their futuristic look. INSTUDIO interior […]


A Bowl of Art?

A Bowl of Art?

INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is always on the lookout for new artistic accessories to put the finishing touches on his client’s home décor.  As an artist he was on his way to buy paint from an art supply store when he decided to take a shortcut through Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco. A […]


Welcoming the Next Chapter

Welcoming the Next Chapter

Sixty is the new forty. Stylish youthful active seniors are celebrating their freedom from raising families by trying new things. Seniors are changing their personal style while developing renewed interests in continuing education, sports, food, travel, fashion, the arts and volunteer work. Some seniors start pre- retirement planning for the sale of their too large […]


Artist William Rhodes Reflects on Water

Artist William Rhodes Reflects on Water

There are deep currents reflecting African and African American history and culture seen in the art created by William Rhodes. Libraries have media with the qualities that can take you back in time to any place in the world and the trans-formative information that can propel your thoughts into the future. The choice is yours […]


New African Inspired Paintings by Samuel Fleming Lewis

New African Inspired Paintings by Samuel Fleming Lewis

The creativity of African cultures influenced both modern and contemporary artists for generations. Artist and INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis continuously found timeless appeal in the patterns, details and motifs seen on African artifacts. Expanding from developing drawings, collages, mixed media works and linoleum block prints Lewis has recently completed the first of […]