Using Design to Support Education: New Perspectives Offers a Virtual Vision of a Luxury Penthouse to Benefit San Francisco University High School Students

University High School and the San Francisco Decorator Showcase are delighted to announce a special offering for 2021: New Perspectives presented by Decorator Showcase and Steelblue — a stunning, conceptual, virtual tour

Ten of the West Coast’s leading interior design firms were invited to create their own exceptional, virtual visions for 1080 Chestnut St., a luxurious Russian Hill penthouse with 360-degree views of San Francisco and its iconic landmarks. The modern, urban interior will reflect the international character of San Francisco’s diverse design community. 

A benefit for the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program, New Perspectives presented by Decorator Showcase and Steelblue will virtually open to the public on Saturday, May 22, at

San Francisco University High School
Photo courtesy of Vista Estate Visuals

Due to ongoing public health concerns surrounding Covid-19, an in-person San Francisco Decorator Showcase event was not possible this season. The Showcase team, however, has been hard at work to ensure a unique, high-caliber virtual design experience that will feature an interactive, virtual 3-D experience created by Steelblue, a creative agency that works exclusively with elite developers and architects to promote premier properties. With no boundaries to hold back the designers, the best in art, furniture and lighting are at their virtual disposal, and the possibilities are limitless.

On the market for the first time in 50 years and represented by Gregg Lynn, from Sotheby’s International Realty, the 5,445-square-foot Russian Hill penthouse is distinguished by soaring ceilings and grand entertaining rooms complemented by majestic, oversized windows. The inspiring layout features elegantly proportioned entertaining rooms that showcase views spanning from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge to the Financial Center. Positioned northernmost to offer truly sensational vistas, the corner living room and family room with fireplaces are adjoined by a central wet bar. Eleven-foot glass panels slide open to the panoramic view terrace – one of six outdoor spaces surrounding the penthouse.

San Francisco University High School
Courtesy of New Perspectives

Since 1977, Showcase has raised over $17 million to benefit the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program, which helps bring a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives to the top-rated school and increases financial and cultural capacity to support every qualified student. 

“We are so grateful to these talented designers for stepping up and donating their time and artistry to create a truly world-class virtual experience for Showcase fans,” said Shaundra Bason, University High School director of development. “And to the generous sponsors and supporters in this challenging year whose contributions help raise critical funds for the UHS financial aid program, allowing us to support students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, which enriches the high-school experience for all students.”

There is no cost to view New Perspectives presented by Decorator Showcase and Steelblue, but donations to help support the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program are gratefully accepted.  For additional information, including a list of participating designers, please visit