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Other People’s Homes: Vidal Sassoon’s Neutra House

9 Nov

From the site Wowhaus, a look at the Richard Neutra house that belonged to Vidal Sassoon.  I really do have a jones to live in California if only for these magnificent homes with magnificent pools.  Sigh.  Is it really unrealistic to have a pool in the Pacific Northwest???

Credit to Rachael Gibson for spotting a stunner, this 1950s Richard Neutra-designed Singleton House in Los Angeles, California, USA, which was the last home of hairdressing guru Vidal Sassoon.

It’s a stunning example of midcentury modern, with Neutra designing this iconic house in 1959. It’s described as ‘one of the most significant Modern homes in America’ by the agent and we certainly aren’t going to disagree. It also gets you a prestigious Mulholland Drive postal address too, which adds to the appeal, no doubt.

The house has been restored with ‘integrity, taste, and sophistication’ by Sassoon according to that same agent, although you can perhaps make your own mind up on that. We certainly don’t have any complaints about its minimalist interior, while the exterior is right out of a movie set. Vidal Sassoon loved architecture and this house is testament to it.

In terms of the space here, that’s down as being four bedrooms and five bathrooms (the master bedroom being described as ‘incredible’), along with kitchen, dining room, ‘bonus’ room, guest and maid’s quarters, living room, media and music room and laundry as far as we can make out, but that’s obviously only a fraction of the tale of this single-storey house. The images tell it better.

Outside, there’s a private pool, open courtyards, garage, carport and long drive behind the gate. It also sits in an impressive 5+ acre plot with tasteful gardens. It’s a house for entertaining – and if you owned it, you’d be a fool not to show this place off.

Of course, owning this Bel Air home is just a dream for most of us. The price has gone down since it was last marketed, but is still at $17,995,000. There’s a huge Euromillions draw tonight – you might need a ticket if you have aspirations for this place.

Find out more at the Redfin website


Bohemian Apartment

14 Sep

Okay, I have to say, I love this.  But you should read the comments on the Contemporist regarding this post.  Yikes.  People either loved it or hated it.  It does bring my split-color-personality to the forefront.  Do I want a color frenzy like this or the cool neutrals of contemporary design?  As much as I gravitate to the neutrals in my preferences, I can’t seem to go there in our home.  Obviously.  Green.  Orange.  Teal.  I’m a colorful girl, what can I say?  (And no, I don’t just mean my language, Mom.)  Do you think I may still not be over Orla?

Incorporated Architecture & Design have designed the “Bohemian Apartment” in New York.



Interiors: Incorporated Architecture & Design

Photography: Annie Schlechter

Other People’s Homes: Honeycut Mid-Century, Salt Lake City

11 Sep

I love this house.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  (Thanks Jacque for sharing it!)  The price tag makes me cringe, but I think there is some good inspiration here.  What do you think?

List Price: $1,800,000

Neighborhood: Millcreek

Architect: Donald H Panushka | Built 1959

Property Profile: 3,650 sq. ft. | 5 bed, 5 bath

Our Opinion: There’s a tiny bit of drool in the corner of our mouths; any mid-mod aficionado’s heart would melt at the sight of this stunner. It’s not just a rare find for Utah; this home is, literally, one of the most amazing we’ve seen worldwide [we’ve been looking]. Built in 1959 and sitting on an ample 2.21 acres, her skin still looks great. Ideally, we’d clap-clap-clap to see the space plucked and renovated by someone that appreciates these unbelievable bones. Shame of shames to see it plowed over and replaced with an unimaginative, cookie-cutter drag. Do your part to foster individuality and aesthetic perfection; see below to get started.

Contact theCOLLECTIVE for details or to schedule a private showing. 801.718.5555 | Email

Listing courtesy of: Holly Parkin | 801.808.0615


Other People’s Homes: Bay Area Town House

31 Jul
What I love about this house in particular is the the cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms.  I think it’s difficult to find new cabinets that echo the style of the true wooden mid-century ones.  These do the trick for me.  Enjoy!
(Via Modernica)

Living room featuring two vintage Hans Wegner’s Papa Bear chairs.

A beautiful replica of a 1950’s armoire was built for the entryway.

Dining room featuring Rody Graumans’ 85 Lamps chandeliers.

Kitchen was designed by architecture firm Zack | de Vito.

Bedroom was designed with storage in mind.

Bathroom was designed by architecture firm Zack | de Vito.

All photography by Ethan Kaplan. Interior Design: Antonio Martins. To read this complete story and see more photographs of this beautiful Bay area home, pick up a copy of CA Home+Design on the newsstands now.

Emergency Edition of Other People’s Homes: Gladys and David Wright House

23 Jul

I am sorry the cranky rant to come, but what is wrong with the world?  Why would anyone want to tear down an architecturally significant house to build new homes?  I can only think of one reason:  Money.  It sure isn’t because the world really needs are a few more McMansions.

(Thanks to Hooked On Houses for the head’s up.  Article via Today’s THV)

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AZCentral) — The owners of the Gladys and David Wright House in the Arcadia area of Phoenix have postponed plans to develop the property in order to find a buyer willing to preserve the much-lauded home.
Photo Gallery: Frank Lloyd Wright designed homeThe house, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is owned by 8081 Meridian LLC, which is incorporated in Nevada.

Company officials say they have been working with design and real-estate professionals, the city and conservators. They are in the middle of a 60-day waiting period, which ends Aug. 21, to find an appropriate buyer and evaluate redevelopment ideas. The company agreed to not move forward with its initial plans to develop the property during this period.

Meridian Managing Partner John Hoffman said options include finding a buyer for the property as a whole or a buyer willing to purchase the home as part of a smaller lot while Meridian develops two custom homes on the remaining property.

A selling price was not offered, and there have been no offers on the home yet, he said.

Hoffman said that if a buyer isn’t found by the deadline, Meridian will move forward with initial plans to redevelop the land, which includes splitting the property and “requiring relocation of all existing structures on the site.”

In addition to the 2,500-square-foot main house, the site includes a 350-square-foot guesthouse.

This year, 8081 Meridian bought the property for $1.8 million from JT Morning Glory Enterprises LP, which bought it in 2009 from the Wright family for $2.8 million.

“The goal is to find the best development scenario to preserve the structure while maintaining a viable redevelopment project,” Hoffman said. “We’re hopeful a buyer will step forward before the 60-day standstill agreement expires.”

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has launched an international search to find a new buyer who, they say, will save the house from possible destruction.

Janet Halstead, executive director of the conservancy, said that despite Meridian’s desire for preservation, the possibility of demolition remains.

She said the owners and conservators have different outlooks for the home, south of Camelback Mountain, near 56th Street and Camelback Road.

“The owners are working on plans for preservation, but we have concerns on how that would look,” she said. “They have indicated that it’s not a given the house can be preserved, and we’re taking that at face value.”

Wright built the home from 1950 to 1952 for his son David. It’s known for its spiral plan and elevated living quarters. David died in 1997, and his wife, Gladys, lived there until her death in 2008.

The conservancy is reaching into its network to find somebody who might buy the home, which, Halstead said, is an important Wright building, in a class of its own. The organization is also coordinating a group that opposes any efforts to demolish the house.

She said the conservancy is looking at various options with partners as a way to transition to new ownership or an appropriate new use.

She said that, for almost 40 years, no intact Wright building has been intentionally demolished, though some have been lost to fire and weather.

State Preservation Officer James Garrison said it’s rare for an individual to buy a property with the sole purpose of preserving it, but it’s more common for a group, such as the conservancy, to step in.

“Preservation can occur more along that vein. I’m sure individuals have (saved buildings), but usually, groups of people come together to do this. That’s the more common response to threatened architecture,” Garrison said.

“But the David Wright House is a tremendous piece of architecture and a whole other ballpark. It would seem possible to find someone who has the appreciation for his work to save it.”

The initial redevelopment plan for the 2.5-acre site included splitting the property into lots, which conservators say could effectively usher in the demolition of the home.

Architects, conservators and Wright aficionados responded by requesting a historical-overlay designation that would delay demolition, and the Phoenix Planning Commission agreed on June 12 to consider the request.

The approval process could include up to four public meetings over a number of months.

Michelle Dodds, Phoenix’s historical-preservation officer, said the next meeting could be in September.

Other People’s Homes: Splendor in Spokane

16 Jul

I’m a city girl.  I can’t help it.  Even Seattle seems smallish to me.  So imagine my surprise when I had a moment of…’Hey, let’s move to Spokane!’  After you see this house, you will understand why.  I am usually drooling over those California mid-centuries, so it’s really nice to see this enviable one here in the Pacific Northwest.  Enjoy the Ferris Home by Bruce Walker.

(Via 2Modern)

How about some Mid-Century Modern-ness this lovely Monday?!!? We’ve got the gorgeous photos of a house in Spokane, Washington, designed in 1954 and built in 1955. It’s considered by many to be the best example of Mid-Century design in Spokane, but also the best example of work done by MCM architect Bruce Walker. Known as the Ferris House, it’s located on East 16th Avenue.

Educated at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Walker was influenced by Marcel Breuer, as well as Southern California designers like Craig Ellwood, Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano and Charles Eames.

The landscape was designed by Lawrence Halprin, who was very highly regarded even in the mid-50’s. and is considered by many to be a master of American landscape architects. He designed the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC among other projects.

The home’s architecture is of Harvard Post and Beam design/construction and the stunningness of the structure easily extends to the inside, where warm woods and stylish details make the home seem like it goes on forever.

Sam Ferris, of Ferris & Ferris, emailed us this home, and had the lucky privilege of growing up in this space. Can you imagine the kind of style tastes you would have inherited?!

The house was featured in the May 1961 issue of Sunset Magazine and was repeatedly featured in Sunset’s “Ideas for Planning Your New Home” book published throughout the 60’s and 70’s. There’s an information website dedicated to this wonderful structure, and you can read more about the home here.

What do you think about this great Mid-Century Modern house?!?

Images: J. Craig Sweat Photographer, 2012

Other People’s Homes: Jodlowa Glass House

20 Apr

(Via Pursuitist)

I am in love with everything about this house.  The floating dining room.  The orange and gray palette in the bedroom and living room.  The pool.  The bathtub (incidentally the same one in our room at Hotel Valley Ho).  What material do you think they used for the floors?  Enjoy the post and wipe up your drool, people.

Architects PCKO from London completed the original looking Jodlowa House in Krakow, developed in collaboration with MOFO Architects from Poland.

This magnificent glass house occupies a site of outstanding natural beauty on the outskirts of the city. The architecture approach was determined by the wish to protect and conserve the natural site, which is why the residence was built on pillars, giving the impression of a hovering home. Steel frames and floor to ceiling glass windows define the facade of the residence, allowing a large amount of natural light inside.

The interiors are spacious and display a lovely mix of materials, from steel to wood and stone. A covered pool is just one of the highlights of this Krakow home, characterized by elegance and originality. We welcome you to a virtual tour of this residence- housing a covered swimming pool, two bedrooms, 140sqm of living area and a five-story viewing tower- and we hope it will be a pleasant and inspiring one.

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