Ken Fulk Inc
Between Rustic and Sublime
“It’s the ‘Fulkian’ expression of monastic” is how San Francisco–based designer Ken Fulk somewhat cheekily describes this tranquil guest room within a Provençal vacation home that was once a Benedictine monastery. Fulk hired local artisans to produce both the sculptural plasterwork bed, which organically extends to include nightstands, and the rush-fronted storage cabinets, which take their stylistic cue from classic French country seating. The spare whitewashed backdrop gives the room’s minimal furnishings — including a gilded 18th-century Austrian mirror, a 1950s French brass standing lamp and a 1940s Italian occasional table — some breathing space, which is an apt description of the room’s effect on lucky guests.