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Prestigious Publications

Affinity Studio, Bac Hoang and Peta Sandersen have earned a reputation for professional excellence and artistic talent, attracting a discriminating clientele who expect and indeed demand a high standard. They are a rock solid team that delivers. They have been in the Faux Finishing and Mural Industry for over 30 years and are trusted by people of international acclaim (including famous sports figures and actors).

Clients of Affinity Studio are highly exclusive Individuals, they are discerning about what they want and how they want it done.

Following are some samples of magazine, book and newspaper articles that demonstrate the caliber and scale of projects on which Peta and Bac have worked. For more examples and details of their work or to schedule a free consultation, call or email Bac or Peta to discuss your unique situation, needs and desires...


Faux pedestal for Medusa sculpture - Legion of Honor Museum, SF

Bernini's Medusa - San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum

Pedestal for Bernini's Medusa: Legion of Honor Museum
First time in the US: Bernini's Medusa sculpture comes to SF. On view at the Legion of Honor until Feb. 19th, 2012 is the remarkable Baroque masterpiece The Medusa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Part of the rarely traveled "Dream of Rome" project.

A New angle: Medusa's early career as punished by by Minerva for making love with Neptune in her temple and her hair turns into hissing snakes. Instead of the angry expression we know from other artists, in this we see her anguish over the transformation.

This remarkable marble sculpture is carved out of one block of marble chosen for its particular bronze-tinted color that creates close rendition of human flesh.

Bac and Peta created the Pedestal on which the sculpture is displayed.

Being contracted by the De Young to produce this finish was a great honour. It's exactly the kind of project most Faux Finishers dream about and to be part of it's creation was wonderful. Mr Bill White of The De Young worked with us as we developed a series of samples for the project. The Venetian Rose and Blanco were ultimately chosen.

Bac began the painstaking process of preparation, creating a surface so smooth that only a hand's touch could detect a difference. We layered texture and drift, sinking all under many coats of varnish. The Venetian Rose was the more complex of the two and the palette Peta finally used was a diverse and rich one. The Blanco, even though seemingly Black, grey and white, surprised both of us in it's range of hue and Bac's rendering of it is luxurious and true.

Click for KTVU TV station news article and video about the exhibition.


Gentry Design Magazine article

Oakland Cathedthral of Christ the Light

New Cathedral Open for Worship
"Hundreds of parishioners joined four cardinals and priests from throughout the state for the dedication ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland... the $190 million structure, which will be the principal church of the Oakland Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church...

The most revolutionary thing about the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland may be that it looks so subdued.

Two soft curves of densely patterned glass rest on a concrete base, tilted toward each other so that at their crest they nearly meet. The interior doesn't suggest a religious structure so much as an abstract vase that just happens to be 12 stories tall.

But inside, the story is different. From the warm layers of Douglas fir that drape the sanctuary like a tent, to the chapels notched into the concrete like snug caves, the cathedral stands as a house of worship attuned to the 21st century - one that seeks to offer a sense of refuge rather than an aura of majesty..."

-- 2008 SF Chronicle Newspaper Article.

Peta and Bac were among several talented Bay Area artists contracted with to provide finishing touches to the cathedral's interior. Peta and Bac created the art and textures on the ceilings of the Meditation Chapel Sanctuaries on each side of the main gallery. They also painted the ceiling of the exterior entry hall of this amazing cathedral.

The results are an excellent example of their color and texture matching skills. They performed their faux magic by matching the polished plaster walls beneath them in these meditation sanctuaries.


Orlando-Diaz Azcuy coffee table size designs book front cover

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy

A Design and Architecture Giant
"San Francisco-based Orlando Diaz-Azcuy's mastery of the interior has made him one of America's most renowned designers. One of the West Coast's most well-respected interior architects, his elegantly composed rooms speak volumes of his spare, intelligent, and disciplined touch... Orlando Diaz-Azcuy has been an epic if under-recognized influence to interior architecture and design professionals and enthusiasts..."

-- From the beautifully done book of
photography by Diane Dorrins Sacks.

See Peta and Bac's work featured in the "Sonoma County Country Retreat" (page 69), "A Dash of Color in Atherton" (page 110) and "In the California Wine Country" (page 139) articles.



Architectural Digest Magazine article - Peta's Porto Fino mural.

Architectural Digest

Pacific Heights Redux
The Spirit of San Francisco
Reincarnated in a 1904 Italianate Mansion
Architectural Digest - February 1993 issue (pages 132 and 133)

Mural of Porto Fino

A restoration of a refurbished San Francisco house, it was built before 1906 in a style some refer to as "Robber Baroni". The designers wanted to restore its older, more San Franciscan flavor. It was a large-scale project including an architect, interior designers and a host of craftsmen and artisans.

When the owner bought the house, it came with an ashram and an ascetic religious community. Formerly a decorators' showcase, the sparse furniture and religious paintings of the residents were arranged against a hodgepodge of wall treatments and colors. Elaborately carved paneling in the first-floor rooms had been stained different shades, including a grim black.

"I had the mural in the kitchen painted because it's the wall I look at when I'm cooking," says the owner. "Now in one direction I can see the San Francisco Bay, and in the other I can see Portofino."


Gentry Design Magazine article

Gentry Design Magazine

An Umbrian Farmhouse in Northern California
"A storybook-beautiful Umbrian farmhouse becomes a home away from Rome for a couple ties to the warm traditions of Italy.

A slice of the central Italian countryside perched in the foothills of the santa cruz Mountains, the retreat that Frank and Marilyn Dorsa called La Rusticana conjures Old World romance. No wonder the couple claimed the site, just 15 minutes away from their home in Campbell, as their weekend hideaway. The frequent travelers to Italy wanted a place that could mimic the muted and mountainous Umbrian landscape. ...

For the Italian-American Dorsas, taming the 42-acre paradise that now houses a delicately distressed Mediterranean villa and wine-producing vineyards, was clearly a labor of love..."

-- Gentry Design - March April 1995
"Paradiso Found" (pages 88-95)

The article contains further descriptions of the property with photos of the rooms in the house, featuring the stucco and faux work performed by Bac and Peta. Be sure to see the amazing powder room photo on page 92.


Gentry Design Magazine article

Opera Give and take:

Donor's Lounge, San Francisco Opera House
22 Carat, Gilded mirror frames. a Vermillion ceiling above and beautifully marbleized pedestals below, all working in harmony to create the perfect backdrop for donor conversation.


Orlando-Diaz Azcuy coffee table size designs book front cover

Frank Lloyd Wright House Orinda

Home & Garden
A Gilded ceiling by Bac expresses the perfect lines of of this gracious space.



Architectural Digest Magazine article - Peta's Porto Fino mural.

SF Designers Showcase 2010

Pacific Heights Redux
Presidio Heights kitchen with colour impregnated, Venetian plaster walls and ceiling. An inlayed fern motif emphasizes the rustic beauty of the stove hood.



Feel free to contact us to view additional publication mentions and references!

Contact the artists to view their portfolio book of hundreds of photos and clippings from various publications. These magazines, books and newspapers feature articles and photos of properties for which Peta and Bac have performed their artistic genius. The portfolio includes samples of work on the high-end properties of famous athletes and internationally recognized celebrities and prominent people in exclusive San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa and other Bay Area neighborhoods.

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