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CALIFORNIA HOMES

THE MAGAZINE OF ARCHITECTURE THE ARTS & DISTINCTIVE DESIGN

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CREATING NEW SPACES Architect Paul Brant Williger Worked Closely With Interior Designer K.C. McCook To Refine And Add to This Long Time Family Home Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Laura Hull

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STAYING HOME IN STYLE The 2020 San Francisco Decorator Showcase Text by Kendra Boutell

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A BALANCED LIFE Designer Martin Young Lives And Works In His Russian Hill Cottage Text by Kendra Boutell Photography by Matthew Millman

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SEEKING SPLENDOR Parviz Pargari Transformed An Existing Bel Air Residence With Dramatic Details And Grand Gestures Text by Candace Ord Manroe Photography by Mary E. Nichols

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A BOLD CLASSICAL REINVENTION

Features

St. Helena Winery Faust Opened This Fall With A Chic New European Vibe And ArtistDriven Interiors By Maca Huneeus Design Text by Diane Dorrans Saeks Photography by Adrian Gaut

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ABOVE David Darling, the architect of Faust Winery, worked closely with designer Maca Huneeus on the dramatic interior of the Faust Haus. See story beginning on page 92. Photograph by Adrian Gaut. RIGHT Designer Parviz Pargari transformed an existing Bel Air residence

with dramatic details and grand gestures. See Story beginning on page 86. Photograph by Mary E. Nichols.

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24 CALENDAR California Museums, Galleries & Gardens BY CATHY MALY

28 BOOKS Nicole Hollis: Curated Interiors REVIEWED BY KATHY BRYANT

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NOTEBOOK

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Visionary | Gift Guide Artisan | MJ Atelier Product | John Pomp, Pierre Frey Lawson-Fenning & Lane Mcnab Cloth & Paper | Decors Barbares Spotlight | Liebherr

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44 WORKSPACE Ike Kligerman Barkley Moves To A New Office

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46 ARCHITECTURE Designer of Dreams, Architect Brion Jeannette BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL

50 DESIGN PROFILE C.S. Wo & Sons Ltd, The Venerable Hawaii-Based Furniture House BY ANH-MINH LE

52 LIFESTYLE Michael and Annette Reeves’ Idyllic Rural Retreat BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK TANNER

102 PROPERTIES

BY KENDRA BOUTELL

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Editor’s Letter

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think we’ll all be happy when this year is done and over, and we can start 2021 with a little more hope that the world will be a better place. In the meantime, one of the most significant things we have learned in 2020 is that our homes are very important to us and the basis of our emotional health. In this issue, we have added what I think is an entertaining section titled, Lifestyles. We chose Mike and Annette Reeves for our first story as they recently made a big change moving from the city to the country. I hope you enjoy the feature. I think it’s great fun.

Home offices have become the norm, and San Francisco designer Martin Young shares his Russian Hill home and office with us. We could not do this issue without including the San Francisco Decorator Showcase with all the beautiful rooms by some very talented designers, and there is much more to enjoy. Blessings to all for a bright and healthier new year. While 2020 has been challenging, I feel we’ve all learned something from the difficulties endured. Moving forward with hope. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief

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Contributors

LAURA HULL Laura Hull is an architecture and fine art photographer based in Los Angeles. Hull’s photographic work has been extensively featured in both domestic and international magazines and books. She is currently working on a documentary for SoCal PBS, A Centered Life: The Helen Jean Taylor Story. See her photography for the story about architect Paul Williger’s project beginning on page 62.

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KENDRA BOUTELL San Francisco based writer, editor, and marketing/ PR professional Kendra Boutell specializes in interior design, architecture, and the arts. In addition to being Editor at Large for California Homes Magazine, she is Marketing Director for COUPAR Consulting. She has been published in Nob Hill Gazette, Bridge For Design, Capture Magazine, and 3D Magazine. See her story on the SF Decorator Showcase House beginning on page 70 and her story on a Russian Hill home beginning on page 80.

DIANE DORRANS SAEKS Diane Dorrans Saeks is the best-selling author of 23 books, including ‘Ann Getty Interior Style’ and ‘Michael S. Smith Elements of Style.’ She is the founder of the popular design/travel blog, THE STYLE SALONISTE, and appears on Instagram @dianedorranssaeks Her next book, Stamps & Stamps Style and Sensibility, will be published by Rizzoli early next year. She is currently working on a new book on design. See her story on St. Helena winery Faust beginning on page 92.

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CALIFORNIA HOMES

THE MAGAZINE OF ARCHITECTURE THE ARTS & DISTINCTIVE DESIGN

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In Memory...

JEFF

SAMPSON 1963 – 2020

We are so sad that one of our industry’s brightest lights has left us. After a valiant 9-month fight with Glioblastoma brain cancer, Jeff passed away in September at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family and dear friends. As Vice President at the Pacific Design Center, he was an innovative marketing guru who created a rich slate of innovative marketing initiatives, which included revitalizing the annual Westweek. Year after year he brought in a roster of international and diverse talents to create a vibrant program of events that influenced the design world for the year to come. Jeff’s circle of friends was wide and rich. All of whom will remember him for his warm demeanor and openness, a dry sense of humor, and a great laugh. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

“It is difficult to express the incredible life force that was Jeff Sampson. After his successful time at the LA Mart, he became the heart and soul of the Pacific Design Center and played a pivotal role in bringing it new life. His joy for life lives on in us.” - Timothy Corrigan

“I feel so lucky to have known Jeff. His dedication to the strengths, emphases, personalities, and needs of the PDC showrooms and the Los Angeles design community was infinite. He moved design forward. He was extraordinarily fair, patient, kind and funny, and I miss him dearly.” - Erika Heet

“Jeff and I decamped to Lucques at least once a quarter for our “board meetings” – we immediately ordered a Chablis and begin our debrief on how to solve the contemporary problems in a carriage trade world. He was insightful, funny, and a wonderful partner in crime.” - Thomas Lavin

“Witford gained so much from knowing Jeff. Our most successful showroom events were advised and molded by his thoughtful input. I will miss the sense of fun he brought with him.” - Larry Bradford

“Jeff Sampson was a dear friend and colleague who was one of the brightest and most connected visionaries in the design world. I will miss his wonderful wit, design knowledge, candor, fabulous European style and great passion for travel. Jeff, you will be missed forever.” - Christine Anderson “Jeff left an indelible mark on everything he touched, he made “magic out of nothing” and long-lasting friendships out of business relationships. His zest for life, sense of style and creative vision served him and everyone he befriended. He will be sorely missed, but always remembered with a sigh and a smile.” - Nancy Joseph “Jeff has been a ray of light for me over the 20 years I’ve known him. Smart, strategic, innovative, and industry leading in his work. And always smart, kind, and wickedly funny. He is irreplaceable and I will miss him forever.” - Karen Peterson

“Jeff Sampson is the only person in our industry who made the idea of a deadline laughable. I turned in an assignment after one of our margarita sessions and suffered minimal consequences. He was right, as usual. A sage, a confidant, friend, tireless design advocate, and a riot to be around –Jeff made everything better. He was and is that special.” - Arianne Nardo “Jeff Sampson was my friend. And a better friend you couldn’t ask for. He was bright, intuitive, creative, funny and loyal. And he was my confidant. We did such good work together to embrace our emerging design professionals. Welcoming them to our funny world and help insure the long-range viability of our design community. He left an important legacy. I sure miss him.” - Rocky LaFleur “I will miss all the wonderful times we had together over the past fifteen years. Goodbye my dear friend... until we meet again.” - Susan McFadden


Calendar MUSEUMS & GALLERIES LEFT

Wu Ching Detail of Reminiscences of Rustic Pleasures, 1989 RIGHT

Wayne Thiebaud Clown and Circle, 2015 Oil on board 8 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches BELOW MIDDLE

Wayne Thiebaud Clown Tie, 2018-2019 Oil on canvas 29 15/16 x 14 15/16 inches BELOW LEFT

David Park The Cellist, 1959

BOWERS MUSEUM–SANTA ANA Opening December 12, 2020 in Bowers’ stunning East West Bank Gallery. Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan features works of incredible beauty and complexity by two of Taiwan’s premier living artists. Twenty-seven carvings by Huang Fu-Shou show a surprising range of jade’s colors: from emerald green to an almost pearlescent white. Fish springing from water, insects weightlessly clinging to blades of grass, and stone bending with litheness of fabric each push the boundaries of what is possible with the rigid medium. Seventeen poetic sculptures by Wu Ching capture the majesty of gold, breathing form into questions on the nature of being. Ants duel with one another, gleaming plants take root from stone and butterflies spring forth from a facsimile of the artist’s head. With almost thirty-five years of experience as an artist, Wu Ching’s works find a perfect balance between the spiritual and material elements of his subjects. The exhibition is on view until May 30, 2021. For more information please call 714.567.3600 or visit www.bowers.org.

LAGUNA ART MUSEUM Over the past five years Wayne Thiebaud has made dozens of paintings, drawings, and etchings of clowns. Like much of his work, this latest series is in a sense autobiographical. During his boyhood in Long Beach he saw a traveling Ringling Brothers circus and sometimes helped out behind the scenes in exchange for tickets. The costumes, faces, and antics of the clowns were the beginning of a lifelong fascination for him. The clown series is its culmination, in which the ninety-nine-year-old artist revisits those early memories. In December 2019 Thiebaud unveiled a selection from his clown series at the San Francisco gallery founded by his son, Paul Thiebaud. The Laguna Art Museum exhibition will be a version of the Paul Thiebaud Gallery exhibition, featuring about forty works. Wayne Thiebaud: Clowns will be on view at Laguna Art Museum from December 6, 2020 through April 4, 2021.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

For more information please call 949.494.8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.com.

At the age of thirty-eight, David Park (1911–1960) abandoned a carload of his abstract expressionist canvases at the city dump and started painting “pictures” — a radical decision that led to the development of Bay Area Figurative Art. Organized by SFMOMA, this exhibition comprises 127 paintings and works on paper. It is the first major museum exhibition of Park’s work in three decades and the first to examine the full arc of his career, from his tightly controlled paintings from the 1930s to his final works on paper from 1960. The heart of the show is a rich selection of the 1950s Bay Area Figurative canvases for which he is best known — boldly executed compositions featuring musicians, domestic and vernacular scenes, portraits, boaters, and bathers. The works reveal an artist deeply connected to human experience and at the peak of his powers, reveling in the expressive and sensuous qualities of pure paint. David Park: A Retrospective is on view until January 18, 2021, along with a companion drawing exhibition, David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions. For more information please call 415.357.4000 or visit www.sfmoma.org.

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KARGES FINE ART– CARMEL

MARCIA BURTT GALLERY–SANTA BARBARA

Spanning decades, across thousands of miles, Bill Dewey’s new series is a history of his photography that retells by reimagining. The collages recreate for the viewer the process of making an image — Dewey’s choices about lighting, composition, and focus, often hidden by the camera’s mediation, reemerge and return the artist’s hand to the art. Paintings by Marcia Burtt of ocean edges, canals, and ponds show us an upside-down world. Rippled and blurred, echoing sky and trees and expanding beyond the canvas, we share with her moments of fantasy within realist landscapes. Marcia Burtt and Bill Dewey’s works are on view until December 6, 2020. The gallery is located at 517 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. For more information please call 805.962.5588 or visit www. artlacuna.com.

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Marcia Burtt Sycamores over the Pond Acrylic 20 x 18 inches TOP LEFT

Bill Dewey Torn Landscapes Photograph 20 x 30 inches

The stunning waterfalls, majestic granite cliffs and scenic vistas were favorite subjects of famous 19th century landscape artist Thomas Hill. One of the most acclaimed painters in the history of American art, Hill is especially well known for his western landscapes and panoramic views of our National Parks. Karges Fine Art is very pleased to present these two magnificent Yosemite scenes that showcase the natural beauty of the area. California landscape paintings, plein air works in particular, call attention to the exceptional and unparalleled beauty of the hills, mountains, deserts, and farmlands of the Golden State. Paintings by artists such as Thomas Hill serve to motivate us to care for the land and have inspired generations of environmentalists. The gallery is located at Dolores and Sixth Ave, Carmel, CA 93921. For more information please call 800.833.9185 or visit www.kargesfineart.com.

SUE GREENWOOD FINE ART –LAGUNA BEACH

The gallery has gained recognition for its focus of contemporary realism and figurative artists with a particular emphasis in painting and sculpture. New works by Linda Christensen are now on display at Sue Greenwood Fine Art. Linda Christensen uses thick oil paint combined with pattern and color to feel the emotions that start to float up and out of the subject; it is a form of note taking, she says. She wants to remember; and wants to witness her own sense of true fullness of heart, in each of her paintings. The gallery is located at 330 North Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For more information please call 949.494.0669 or visit www.suegreenwoodfineart.com.

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Linda Christensen Water 2, 2020 Oil on canvas 72 x 60 inches ABOVE RIGHT

Thomas Hill Bridalveil Fall, 1895 Oil on canvas 30 x 25 inches



Books REVIEWED BY KATHY BRYANT

Nicole Hollis: Curated Interiors Text by Nicole Hollis Introduction by Pilar Viladas Photography by Douglas Friedman and Laure Joliet

ABOVE This room in a Thousand Oaks residence features barrel chairs by Vladimir Kagan; a cocktail table by Dimore Studio; and Biedermeier candlesticks by Ted Muehling for E.R. Butler and Co. TOP RIGHT The Kakapa Bay house’s bedroom has a custom bed and headboard by NICOLEHOLLIS: a Concordia chair by George Nakashima Woodworkers; and custom pendant by Kevin Reilly. RIGHT This

room for entertaining has a custom table by NICOLEHOLLIS; ball light by Michael Anastassiades; and Smoke Screen, 2013, by Tammy Rae Carland.

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Nicole Hollis: Curated Interiors gives the reader an in-depth look into several of Hollis-designed residences in California and Hawaii. The book is divided into Projects, making each house a separate entity with no text. The back of the book features all the details. Hollis’ book is as sleek as her designs. Among the interiors to be viewed are a charming, restrained interior found in a Italianate-Victorian house once owned by fabled San Francisco architect Julia Morgan, while another is contemporary house in the Marin County town of Tiburon that features natural materials, dramatic touches, the owners’ Asian art collection and sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay. A Kona Coast property set on a lava field echoes a Hawaiian open-plan sanctuary with a modern design scheme, while a San Francisco retreat features a study in black and white. “Respecting the architecture has become a cliche,” writes Hollis, “but my studio’s interior architects have gained exceptional experience working in classical architecture.” This talent is found in many of the interiors in this monograph. As Pilar Viladas writes in her Introduction, “Her focus is an architectural one: there is no cozy clutter, no riot of color and no rush to embrace the latest trends.” Thumbing through the book, one finds this design aesthetic in every room where each element has a pride of place. Hollis is definitely the designer for those who believe that less is more. And with that comes both drama and livability. “Living simply is good,” Hollis says. “It’s not about ‘bigger is better.’ It’s a modern way of life — not a style— and a state of mind.” Nicole Hollis: Curated Interiors Text by Nicole Hollis, Introduction by Pilar Viladas, Photography by Douglas Friedman and Laure Joliet 240 pages, 250 color photographs Hardcover 10x13 inches $60 U.S./$80 Canada ISBN: 978-0-8478-6467-6 Rizzoli New York




Notebook VISIONARY | ARTISAN | PRODUCT | CLOTH & PAPER | SPOTLIGHT

PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL GRAYDON

Curated Collection

Sam Hamilton of MARCH Shares Gift Ideas for the Holidays

SAM HAMILTON IS THE OWNER AND

founder of the San Francisco design insider shop, MARCH. Sam brings her keen eye and experience at Ralph Lauren and Chez Panisse to consumers, a perfect blend of artisanal products for the home and the culinary palate. We asked Sam to select her favorite gift ideas for the holidays that you can give with confidence to the most discriminating tastemaker.

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Notebook | VISIONARY 1. ALPHA PITCHER AND TUMBLERS Designed by Hans Harald Rath for the Austrian glassmaker, Lobmeyr. The Alpha design is inspired by a copper beaker from the middle ages and made of delicate “muslin” glass. Available in several colors.

PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN KIST

2. PANTRY SPICE STARTER SET MARCH pantry spices are harvested from the highest quality herbs and spices. The signature indigo glass jars are designed to keep the light out and spices fresh.

5. SPLATTERWARE The perfect size for dipping olive oil or vinegar. Hand-painted splatterware from the Pugliese region of Italy. Available in different colors.

3. CELEBRATION CRACKERS Made in England. Each hand-rolled cracker contains a traditional paper crown, a joke, and one of the following small gifts: a Honey Dipper, Lemon Reamer, Cookie Cutter, Oil Pourer, or Mustard Scoop. 4. BAYBERRY TAPER CANDLE SET Designed by MARCH and inspired by colonial women’s candlemaking process in New England. Traditionally, the candles are burned during the holidays to bring abundance and blessings.

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“With everyone not being able to travel or participate in large family holiday gatherings, I feel it is even more important to make the holidays special by creating intimate celebrations with heritage holiday decor. I am especially looking forward to incorporating the beautiful wreaths designed by the English artisan Annemarie O’Sullivan into my home. They are pieces I look forward to treasuring and passing down to my children. For gift-giving, I am focusing on handmade ceramics by Christiane Perrochon and artwork for my close family and friends.” - Sam Hamilton CH 3075 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 415.931.7433, marchsf.com


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7. BOULE VASE Swiss-born artist Christiane Perrochon creates stoneware and porcelain ceramics by hand from her studio in Tuscany. Available in different colors. 8. MAPLE BIN Inspired by Shaker pantry boxes, Japanese craftsman Masashi Ifuji

6. OAK TRAY Artist Vincent Van Duysen’s work is characterized by an interest in reinterpreting classical forms. A beautiful object for serving or display.

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Notebook | ARTISANS

OFF the WALL

MJ Atelier Pairs Traditional Bas Relief Art Processes With A Genre-Bending Modified Plaster BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL THE 3D APPEARANCE AND INTRICATE DETAIL TRADITIONAL

bas relief decorative art is simply stunning. “When you see bas relief plasterwork on the walls of great buildings and homes in Europe, usually it’s hand-crafted on-site—something that’s taken months to cast, carve and paint,” says Maria Apelo Cruz, MJ Atelier’s founder and creative director. Her Los Angeles studio’s made-to-order bas relief-style wallcoverings, in an astonishing modern contrast, are sculpted on canvas in-house, then rolled up and shipped anywhere in the world. The secret sauce? A patented plaster that’s extremely durable, won’t crack when bent, yet is practically shatterproof. It’s a game-changer in the world of wallcoverings, a process that pushes the possibilities for bespoke installations. “This is an innovative new technique that’s still laborintensive art with a handmade quality, which sets it apart from ordinary wallpaper,” says Cruz. The studio offers a wide array of wallcovering designs ranging from classic chinoiserie, brutalism, art deco—anything, really—and also crafts reverse painted glass, furniture and art. Lately, MJ Atelier’s work has graced the foyer at the 2020 San Francisco Decorator Showcase House and is currently being installed in an exclusive lounge at Wynn Las Vegas; the studio is also regularly commissioned through the trade for custom residential projects. CH mjatelier.com

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Notebook | PRODUCT

HAND MADE

A Collection Of Statement Pieces Crafted in the Workrooms of Forward Thinking Designers PIERRE FREY VERSUS Screen Designed by the creative director of the Pierre Frey furniture collection, Sam Baron. The screen has a double function with a folding shelf. www.pierrefrey.com Kneedler Fauchere | San Francisco, 415.487.6180

LAWSON-FENNING Ojai Day Bed The Ojai Daybed is designed and handmade in Los Angeles and features a round over-frame handcrafted in American walnut or white oak. The daybed is tufted and comes with a loose bolster pillow.

LANE MCNAB Rebecca Chair Made in California from solid wood from the sustainably harvested forest and non-toxic plant-based finishes. www.lanemcnab.com

Monument Side Table Inspired by the form of a pagoda and made in California by skilled craftsman from reclaimed white oak. San Francisco | Sloan Miyasoto, 415.431.1465, sloanm.com 36 | CALIFORNIA HOMES


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JOHN POMP Tidal Cocktail Table Hand-poured and made of meniscus glass crystal on a sculpted metal base. www.johnpomp.com

Budding Pendant Hand-blown, organically sculpted glass crystal pendant suspended from stem and canopy. San Francisco | De Sousa Hughes, 415.626.6883, www.desousahughes.com Los Angeles | Thomas Lavin, 310.278.2456 www.thomaslavin.com

PIERRE FREY VERSO Slipper Chair Designed by Sam Baron in collaboration with David + Nicolas. Made in France in the Pierre Frey workshop in Villiers Cotterets. www.pierrefrey.com Kneedler Fauchere | San Francisco, 415.487.6180

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Notebook | CLOTH & PAPER 1. A view into the London home of Nathalie FarmanFarma filled with all of the things she loves.

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2. Dans la Forêt can be used horizontally and vertically. This fabric has two complimentary borders. Hand printed in France on 100% cotton. 3. Nathalie FarmanFarma in her studio. 4. Vera has identical borders on both sides and is available in green and blue.

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Nathalie Farman-Farma Creates A Romantic World Of Textiles And Interiors TEXTILE DESIGN STUDIO DECORS BARBARES is created from a

passion for the 19th Century, Ballets Russes, and the curious mind of founder, Nathalie Farman-Farma. A global citizen with an American mother and French father and Persian husband, she started her life in France then as a teenager, moved to Connecticut, and now a mother of two resides in London. She spent summers in Lake Tahoe at her Bay area native mother’s family home reading Russian classics and dreaming of life in a Dacha. As a collector of textiles, she is inspired by Russian Folk, Turkish and Persian patterns. She has always been drawn to how people live and studied classics at Brown University. Her excellent understanding of history gives her collection a depth and more academic structure. This fall, she released a book showcasing her homes and aesthetic, beautifully photographed by another global citizen and London neighbor, Miquel Flores-Vianna. He was instrumental in giving Farman-Farma the confidence to move forward with the book. She created the fabric and design but gave him full credit for knowing how to frame the rooms’ essence, beautifully layered without looking too decorated. This fall, she released her book, Decors Barbares, The Enchanting Interiors of Nathalie Farman-Farma. CH Available through the Jasper showroom located in the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, B542, Los Angeles, 310.315.3028, michaelsmithinc.com, decorsbarbares.com

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A Collection Of New Product From Our Partner LIEBHERR APPLIANCES Cutting edge German engineering is at the heart of every Liebherr product, and their latest series—Monolith wine columns—is the technological achievement of 60 years spent laser-focused on refrigeration. Not only do the Monolith models protect a collection in terms of temperature, humidity, odors, UV light and mechanical vibration, the distinctive design goes several steps further. A white glass side wall filters the interior LED

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The unique design of the Monolith wine column features a board that can be pulled out as a temporary shelf to hold bottles while organizing and adding to your wine collection. lighting, providing soft illumination ideal for identifying a bottle quickly. The glide-out shelves themselves are fitted with beechwood slats and are adjustable, a key feature unique among similar highend wine fridges. “There’s not a bottle out there that isn’t accommodated,” says Liebherr sales manager Mark Livingood. “A pinot has a larger base, and you could scrape the label if you don’t have the ability to cradle it a little lower. These can even fit double magnums.” All this, and the design is clean-lined and timeless, seamlessly integrating into any kitchen. For a showroom near you please visit liebherr.com.

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CHANGES TO ASID OC The chapter says goodbye to a President and welcomes a new one for 2020/21 ASID OC’s 2019/20 term ended on September 30th, in the midst of a worldwide Pandemic ASID OC was unable to celebrate the way we are known for. Our outgoing chapter President Bill Elson, Allied ASID instead spoke at the first ever Virtual Installation the chapter has ever held. He reminded us of the strength our chapter and its members have, and the resilience of our Industry as a whole. His thoughtful outlook will be missed as we enter a new term. ASID OC is excited to introduce our new Chapter President, Julia Alt, Allied ASID who was sworn in at the same virtual event. She will serve alongside President Elect Jessica Jones, Allied ASID to lead us through the end of 2020 and into 2021. ASID OC is looking forward to what these talented ladies and their board of directors will bring to the chapter!

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At the entrance, an accent wall painted the same red as the Ike Kligerman Barkley logo displays renderings of the company’s diverse projects.

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From SoMa to Downtown Oakland

Ike Kligerman Barkley Moves To A New Office BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARREN BRADLEY

WHEN NEW YORK-B ASED architectural firm Ike

Kligerman Barkley needed to move their West Coast office, they exchanged San Francisco’s diverse SoMa district for Oakland’s equally eclectic Downtown. Associate Carl Baker and his team found the perfect location in The Franklin Building. The historic twelvestory commercial building constructed in 1927 features a hybrid Art Deco and Classical Revival facade. The staff enjoys views towards San Francisco, Lake Merritt, the Berkeley and Oakland hills from their ninth-floor suite.

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ABOVE The company library contains not only architectural books but interior design classics; staff created the bold IKB graffiti.

The communal office allows colleagues to work efficiently independently or collaborate. Hans Wegner’s iconic PP 112 Chair adds a sculptural note.

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IKB maximized light from the large windows and tall ceilings in the open studio space by painting the walls bright white. The concrete floor received a coating of high-traffic white epoxy, and they retained the exposed beams and pipes to create an industrial feel. Against this pristine backdrop, the architects installed their extensive collection of mid-century furniture and a significant library. It is the perfect place for creative collaborations, client presentations, and watching the sunset. CH ikekligermanbarkley.com

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Architecture Reimagined from a ranch-style home, Brion Jeannette Architecture created Villa Bramasole Dell’Ovest, a Tuscan estate with seamless indoor-outdoor spaces like this sculpture courtyard. The firm transformed a dated traditional Dana Point tract home into an Asian-inspired sanctuary, complete with an enchanting Zen-like entryway.

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Designer of Dreams

Architect Brion Jeannette Reflects On Nearly A Half-Century Of Design—And How 2020 Has Shifted His Concept Of Home BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL

PINNING DOWN THE LOOK of a Brion Jeannette home is

tricky. The decorated architect’s eponymous firm is known for its thematic, palatial, envelope-pushing estates, including iconic jaw-droppers like the Rock House in Laguna Beach— ingeniously fitted into a hollowed-out boulder—and the curvy cliffside Portabello Estate in Corona del Mar. His designs vary as widely and wildly as his clients can dream. And California, after all, is where people come to dream big. Beyond their visual splendor and originality, Jeannette’s homes are livable, comfortable, and perhaps surprisingly, imperceptibly sustainable. The latter, core to his design philosophy, dates back to the earliest days of his practice,

when Jeannette was part of the team that literally wrote the California State Energy Commission’s first Title 24 Energy Codes in the 1970s. Fast forward to today, and throughout his firm’s 1,000+ projects in nearly five decades, each incorporates passive-sustainable energy conservation features that factor in airflow, shade, sunlight and environmental features. Brion Jeannette Architecture (BJA)’s commitment is a relative rarity in the world of custom high-end estates and multi-million dollar private homes, where “green” architectural techniques can easily become overshadowed by specific demands. But for Jeannette, designing environmentallyfriendly homes has become so instinctive—and so well

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incorporated—that sometimes his clients barely realize it. To wit, a client called five years after moving into his home to ask where the thermostat was. “He’d never turned on the air conditioning or heater even once; he’d never needed to,” says the architect with a laugh. If there’s a signature feature among the BJA homes peppering Southern California, it might be this: Curves. Bends and arcs are a striking component of BJA’s landmark properties like the Portabello Estate through their latest, Corona del Mar’s nearly-complete Aerie luxury condominiums. And early in his career, Jeannette incorporated round windows into so many homes that clients still re-quest them. In Jeannette’s eyes, deviating from right angles plays to Southern California’s unique topography. “That sense of movement that you get from curvilinear surfaces gives an organic feel to the architecture,” he notes. “Nothing in nature is straight, oceans don’t move in a linear fashion and curves respect the movement and nature’s compatibility to feng shui.” And, he adds of his penchant for porthole windows, “I just really like playing with shapes.”

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Dubbed the “Crown of the Sea,” BJA designed this modern home to wrap around the only unobstructed point of Corona del Mar’s Ocean Boulevard.

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BELOW Perched atop a bluff, this private retreat in Laguna Beach was built on a historic site—and includes a restored original gazebo.

South Laguna’s landmark Rock House is one of Jeannette’s career-defining designs: It’s cleverly constructed within an excavated bolder.

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Tucked away from the Pacific Coast Highway, the entrance to Rock House features flowing creek underfoot that leads to the living room.

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Jeannette is a classically trained architect, and it shows. He and BJA’s other lead architect Amy Creager are dedicated to hand-sketched design drawings rather than computer renderings—it’s so deeply ingrained in Jeannette’s creative process that he has a sketchpad at his side even on week-ends. Yet he’s as innovative and free-thinking as a starry-eyed architecture graduate when it comes to pushing the limits of what any site can offer. As BJA designs often on challenging coastal sites, he’s pioneered several construction techniques and takes pride in securing and protecting his client’s property rights. Getting the Laguna Beach Design Review Board to approve the building the Rock House remains a pivotal win within his portfolio; the committee initially laughed at him. At this stage in his career, California has shaped him as much as he’s shaped it. And he has no plans to slow down. “I can’t just sit back and stare at the sunset, it’s just not my MO,” he says. What’s changed this year is how much he values his own home of 38 years. “It used to be that we’d work late, go home, eat, go straight to bed,” he says of the routine he shares with this wife and business partner, Bonnie, BJA’s CFO and vice president. “Now we make a point to relax, have a cocktail on our patio and cook dinner together. We’re enjoying our home more. Since COVID-19 started, we’re using more of the great spaces within it.” It’s an experience he’s betting others are sharing, and an idea that has recommitted him to the career he’s pursued since he was a teen. “I think people are saying, ‘I won’t just reside here, I want to live here,’” he says. “We are all realizing just how important our homes are.” CH customarchitecture.com

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Design Profile

C.S.Wo & Sons The Attention Is On Our Home Environment As People Spend More Time There BY KAVITA DASWANI

AS MUCH OF THE WORLD RETREATED INDOORS

this year, furniture brands noted an uptick in interest in home decor, as people sought to surround themselves with comforting and beautiful pieces that helped them feel good about being home. At C.S. Wo & Sons Ltd, the venerable Hawaii-based furniture house, it is very much the same story–with shoppers wanting to go even further. “People are looking for things that are very different,” said Wendell Wo, vice president of C.S.Wo & Sons, which was started by his grandfather. “They don’t want cookie cutter interiors anymore, and are seeking out interesting pieces. There’s a lot of attention being put on the home environment because of how much time we’re all spending there.” Generating particular interest are raw, unfinished large chunks of wood, brought in from Thailand, fashioned into intriguing tables and other furniture pieces. “People like the stories behind these 100-plus year old pieces,” said Wo. “Each one is handpicked and treated by craftsmen who work with the natural shapes and imperfections of the wood. They have a freeform feeling, with curved edges and dramatic grain patterns, and are extremely creative.”

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Bobby Berk walnut bedroom collection.

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Antique altar coffer from Northern China.

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BELOW Contemporary swivel chair from Rowe Furniture.

Linea collection from Bernhardt Furniture.

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C. S. Wo & Sons Design team.

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OPPOSITE BOTTOM Origins collection free-form edge walnut dining table.

The offerings have been a unique addition to the C.S. Wo & Sons repertoire, which owns and operates retail brands such as HomeWorld Furniture, SlumberWorld and Red Knot, and is the Hawaii licensee of Ashley HomeStore, encompassing all its Hawaii locations, as well as a store in Costa Mesa. The company also works with well-known Californian brands such as Nathan Anthony and Jonathan Louis. “We do a lot of worldwide sourcing, integrating pieces from all around the world into mainstream suppliers,” said Wo, adding that his buyers have typically acquired antiques from North and South China, as well as natural woods out

of Thailand and rattan from Cebu in the Philippines. C.S. Wo, which was established in Honolulu in 1909 by Ching Sing Wo, started off as a general store; it now offers everything for the living, dining and bedrooms, extending to interior design services. With many people still working and schooling from home, Wo says that the greater company focus is, more than ever, on simplicity and comfort. “There is a strong trends towards clean and simple lines, which reflects the lifestyle people have the days. They are appreciating their time at home, and with their families.” CH cswo.com

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Wi d e Open Sp a c e s

The Call Of The Countryside Lured One Family To Swap City Living For An Idyllic Rural Retreat BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK TANNER

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bet the farm, they bought the farm. The couple recently traded a beach-proximity home in Newport for a San Juan Capistrano equestrian property with an off-thegrid vibe—and promptly expanded their family of four to include three horses, six chickens, three dogs, a bunny and a cat. Add the small orchard of fruit trees they’ve planted and the gardens they’re currently building, and what they now call home is part farm, part countryside escape. Their toss of the dice on a 180-degree lifestyle

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Two of Michael and Annette Reeves’ family horses stand at a pasture that edges their Spanish-style home. The Reeves family—clockwise from top left, Michael, Annette, Mason and Makena—poses in the outdoor living space of their San Juan Capistrano home. .

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change now feels like a particularly lucky roll: As the pandemic has tied people more closely to their homes and pushed more social activities outside, the Reeves are reveling in their land. The ability to house horses was a driving factor for the switch. The couple’s 15-year-old daughter, Makena, shares an equine passion with Annette, and the two were already boarding horses in a San Juan Capistrano facility. Both ride regularly, and Makena is an

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accomplished competitive jumper. “We were always at the barn and often not home until after 7 p.m.,” says Annette. “The more engrossed we became, the more we didn’t want to leave them. So we started asking, ‘What could that look like?’” When the family found their current property, which includes two horse pastures, it seemed like fate. But the Spanish-style home wasn’t exactly move-in ready. “It was a great property with a good


ABOVE Newport Beach-based interior designer Laura Brophy consulted on the look of the Reeves’ sunlit family room; the tightlycropped black and white photo of their horse, Walter, was shot by Makena. below TOP RIGHT The Reeves’ home was built in the 1980s, but is reminiscent of 1920s Spanish-style architecture.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the family has entertained entirely outdoors. This off-dry Chenin blanc, winemaker Benoit Gautier’s signature 2018 “Vouvray De Gautier,” pairs perfectly with grilled food.

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Makena rides her horse Princeton through one of their property’s pastures. She and Annette are the equestrians in the family, regularly riding in the hill trails just beyond their home.

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Three of the family’s six chickens pose inside a coop from Dare 2 Dream Farms; Annette cradles one affectionately dubbed “Mother Clucker.”

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bones house in bad shape,” says Michael. “The plumbing leaked, the pool didn’t work, the landscape was barely alive. It sat empty on the market for a few years, and I think everyone thought, ‘This is a big project.’” That wasn’t a deterrent for Michael, the founder and owner of Corbin Reeves Construction, one of SoCal’s top custom homebuilding companies. He pulled off the remodel in 60 days. “We were telling the movers, ‘Don’t touch the walls, the paint is still wet!’” he recalls. Annette, a sales advisor at PIRCH, proved integral to the rapid refresh too, fast-tracking all the necessary fixtures and appliances. Even Makena got involved, inventively clearing a pasture by dragging a pallet behind the family’s golf cart to knock down weeds. “The timeframe was tough, but worth it,” says Michael. “Everyone got something they wanted. I got more garages. The girls have horses. For my son, Mason, there’s a pool and a basketball court.”

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Michael entirely redid the outdoor entertaining area of the home, replacing a “very 1980s pool with hideous black and pink tile” with an inviting blue-tiled new pool, spa and waterfall feature; he also renovated the hardscape and added a comfortable lounging area and a built-in BBQ with bar seating. below BELOW Princeton nuzzles Makena affectionately post-ride. LEFT

When the pandemic hit, more time at home drew the family even deeper into the crafting of their compound. “I’ve always, always wanted chickens, and it was during quarantine that I put my foot down,” says Annette. The couple nabbed their coop and chickens from Lompoc-based Dare 2 Dream Farms in late August, parked Adirondack chairs alongside and dubbed it “the chicken lounge.” It’s a favorite outdoor destination. “We regularly have cocktails in those chairs and watch them, and the horse pasture is just to the right, so our horses hang out there as well,” says Michael. Annette is the head homesteader and animal caretaker, a role that she relishes. She rises at 5:30 a.m, feeds the horses, cleans their stalls—a task that she considers a meditative morning ritual— then visits the chickens, coffee in hand. Her new lifestyle has shifted her priorities. “I’ve always been a very 24/7 person when it came to my job, but now I’m learning to slow down, enjoy life and set boundaries,” she says. “The morning and night are time with my family and my creatures. I think that more people are looking at this year, even beyond COVID, and deciding that they want to do more things for their own gratification.” Their new home also represents a part of herself she’s re-discovering. “Growing up, I was always outside with my Dad, gardening, taking walks, doing whatever, and I don’t think I realized how important that was to me until I had it again,” she muses. “I love being outside. It feels like freedom. And that’s the best gift ever.” CH


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ABOVE Derrick DeJaynes, a former chef, dedicated foodie and Michael’s colleague—he’s Corbin Reeves’ estimator—dishes up a meal of fall favorites: Persian grilled chicken, elote salad Babaganoush, roasted golden beets, pear, arugula and halloumi. BELOW Charcuterie boards should always reflect the flavors of the season. This one pairs prosciutto with sour cherry mustard, cinnamon-almonds, garden tomatoes, grapes and more.

ABOVE DeJaynes’ autumnal pasta salad mixes in-season delicata squash and red peppers with charred tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and pulled basil.

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Two horse pastures line the Reeves’ new home. Riding trails lie just beyond their property line.

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“Growing up, I was always outside with my Dad, gardening, taking walks, doing whatever, and I don’t think I realized how important that was to me until I had it again.” -Annette Reeves

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PHOTOGRAPH BY MEGHAN BEIERLE-O’BRIEN

ARCHITECT PAUL BRANT WILLIGER WORKED CLOSELY WITH INTERIOR DESIGNER K.C. MCCOOK TO REFINE AND ADD TO THIS LONG TIME FAMILY HOME TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA HULL

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Beverly Hills home has long been a place to celebrate faith and family, a residence that encompasses their love of art, beauty and meaningful gatherings. Still, despite having lived happily in the house for some three decades, the owners realized there were just a couple of things missing: specifically, a gym for him, and an additional master bathroom for her. So they reached out to their long-time interior designer, K.C. McCook of

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West Hollywood-based Lane McCook and Associates. “I’ve worked with the family for more than 25 years,” said McCook. “The house has been through many incarnations. The family is inspired to create livable spaces that they can enjoy.” To bring to life the Kellerman’s desires for additional spaces, McCook worked with Beverly Hills-based architect Paul Brant Williger, with whom he had collaborated on previous projects. For Williger, it was important to maintain the architectural integrity of the home.

ABOVE The welcoming entryway features pieces including a Chinoiserie cabinet from Rose Tarlow and a Bow Front English bureau from Milling Road. The staircase runner is custommade by Stark Carpet. On the Chevron flooring from RK Southern Flooring is a Bourgeois & Boheme bench with iron legs. The woven wall covering is from Cowtan and Tout.


A cheerful wall covering from Pierre Frey brightens up the butler’s pantry.

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In the elegant living room, a pair of fully upholstered chairs from Mark Boone for Mimi London sit across from a Chinoiserie coffee table from Dennis & Leen. Jim Thompson drapes adorn the windows. The side tables are from Lane McCook & Assoc. collection, and a pair of French brass and silk candlestick lamps are from Reborn Antiques.

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In the breakfast room - the floor is covered with a vinyl area rug from Chilewich, atop which rest chairs from Quintus Collection, fabric from Old World Weavers. Wall covering by Pierre Frey. Light fixture from Palmer Hargrave and kitchen island pendants are by The Urban Electric Company.

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Mill work and cabinetry from Fine Line Cabinet Designs in the sophisticated office; the desk chair is by Herman Miller.

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“We wanted to continue in the existing colonial style structure of the house,” he said, adding that the expansion added about 2,000 square feet to the house, bringing it to a very spacious 8,000 square feet. “The children are grown and with their own lives. Adding a gym and a separate master bathroom was something the owners wanted to do for themselves.” The project afforded Williger and McCook to also work on other aspects of the house. “While there were new spaces to develop and refine, we updated some original spaces as well, which was an easy way to reference what was existing,” said McCook. “A successful remodel is one that is melded and feathered into the existing.” An inviting backyard was created for the Kellerman’s grandchildren, with the rest of the

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ABOVE In the new master bathroom, tile and stone is from Ann Sacks, wall covering by Cowtan and Tout, makeup chair by A Rudin and light fixtures by Paul Ferrante and Assoc. below LEFT Custom headboard in the master bedroom, fabric by Glant. Wall covering is Gregarious Pineo through Kneedler Fauchere. Nightstand by Kerry Joyce and lamp and shade by Otto Munder and Sons.

outdoor space - designed by West Hollywood landscape architecture firm Hoffman Ospina - set up for easy al fresco dining and entertaining. The new gym - itself about 500 square feet - is an “enviable” one, said McCook, and one where Hillel Kellerman, a fitness enthusiast, can often be found. For Ruth Kellerman’s bathroom, the finished carpentry and architectural detailing dovetails with the rest of the house. The bedroom is a “serene and subdued space”, while the areas in which the family entertains are much more vibrant. “They’ve never been afraid of the use of color,” he said. As an example - a striking green front door, and pretty floralpatterned wallpaper in the sunny breakfast nook off the kitchen, itself rendered in pristine white offset by an elegant grey-blue in the island, stone and tile. The large, open kitchen was designed to feel very much like the heart of the home.

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“This was really a super project to be a part of,” said Steven Cooper, principal designer and owner of West Hollywood-based luxury kitchen design firm Cooper Pacific. “I believe a kitchen is all about the celebration of family and life.” Cooper doubled-down on this theory when working on the Kellerman kitchen, which had to be designed in accordance with the family’s Orthodox Jewish traditions. There are separate areas for meat, dairy and Parve, and a distinct storage area for Passover. With children and grandchildren often over, and lots of holiday celebrations, the kitchen had to be designed to accommodate large family gatherings - think multiple people in there at the same time, perhaps preparing food together - as well as for the quiet daily moments. “Yes, the kitchen is life…it’s about family moments and memories,” said Cooper. “It’s about success and failures with a recipe. While the dish might not work the first time, it’s about trying again while finding laughter and healing along the way.” CH


Tranquil outdoor elements, like this bridge, are from landscape architecture firm Hoffman Ospina.


RANDOM NATURE MEETS BALANCED GEOMETRY BY APPLEGATE TRAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSE MANUEL ALORDA

For the living/ family room, partners Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran chose an overall concept of California Coastal Living meets Bauhaus Sophistication. They took the room's inherent symmetry and contrasted it with natural organic shapes and man-made geometric materials. The inspiration came from the surrounding property's unintentional beauty blended with art and architecture's intentional aesthetics. A neutral sun-drenched color palette accented with intense, clear hues highlights the furniture arranged on an irregular axis to create unexpected viewpoints.

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STAYING HOME

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THE 2020 SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL

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survived a pandemic and California wildfires to be the firstever virtual showhouse, with a league of talented designers creating the perfect interiors for staying home in style. The 6,500 square-foot West Clay Park mansion featured three levels and 27 design spaces, including seven bedrooms with five and a half baths. Architect William H. Toepke designed the 1926 Mediterranean-style estate for businessman George H.C. Meyer, of the shipping firm Wilson & George Meyer. Toepke, a San Francisco native, studied architecture in the office of William Mooser and later formed a partnership with Charles I. Havens. As Havens & Toepke, their most well known commercial project is the Gothic style San Francisco Landmark Flatiron Building on Market Street. For Meyer’s home, Toepke incorporated nautical motifs into the architecture to reference both the owner’s trade and the nearby Pacific. The real estate firm Lyon & Hoag developed West Clay Park as one of San Francisco’s Residence Parks located in its western neighborhoods. Their 1910 marketing brochure called the district “A sheltered spot cut up into large lots commanding the most magnificent outlook over ocean, beach, and mountain.” Along with Meyer’s Mediterranean-style mansion, West Clay Park’s single-family houses exhibit diverse architectural styles, from Chateauesque to Art Moderne. A January 9, 1977 article in “California Living Magazine” characterized the secluded neighborhood as being like a Bentley compared to adjacent Sea Cliff’s Rolls Royce persona. Perhaps today, Tesla would describe the residential oasis. CH

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THE SUNDOWN LOUNGE BY CHROMA PHOTOGRAPH BY SAM FROST

Don’t we all need a place to escape to now? That was Alexis Tompkins and Leann Conquer’s idea pre-COVID, and now their moody indigo and auburn adult at home cocktail-lounge provides the perfect getaway. Based on a 1934 Danish design by Vilhelm Lauritzen and Jacob Kjær, a seductively curved settee joins a midcentury sofa upholstered in midnight mohair to provide enough space to socially distance. Nearby, Palle Suenson’s mahogany and teak cabinet contain barware and sprits for a long night or an ongoing pandemic lockdown.

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THE LISTENING ROOM BY CHAD DORSEY DESIGN PHOTOGRAPH BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN

The Listening Room is also a viewing room with a backdrop of sang de boeuf walls showcasing an eclectic art collection. Two Christo and JeanneClaude mixed-media pieces surmount a massive Morena marble fireplace from Strike designed by Dorsey. Perpendicular to this abstractionist, Ethan Cook’s painting features color blocking on a handwoven canvas. Dorsey did not neglect the ceiling where he installed Porter Teleo’s Hand-painted wallcovering Petales in burnt umber. Underfoot he placed a slate-colored mohair rug from the Rug Company.

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SILHOUETTES BY MARTIN YOUNG DESIGN PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSE MANUEL ALORDA

Martin Young’s tranquil sitting room segues effortlessly into a WFH space. With a color palette of vibrant neutrals, blue, green, and cranberry touches, the room’s foliate motifs reference the nearby Presidio. Young juxtaposed Jasper’s traditional floral patterned print upholstered on a draped and tufted daybed with a geometric sisal wallcovering from Holland & Sherry. Hans Eichenberger’s Post-Modern desk and a structural Arts and Crafts side chair provide a workplace while a sinuously shaped leather armchair beckons people to lounge and chat.

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BOTANICAE BY DZINE GALLERY PHOTOGRAPH BY AUSTIN FORBORD

Elina Frumerman’s contemporary photography of San Francisco’s flora is reminiscent of eighteenthcentury Bavarian painter Barbara Regina Dietzsch’s work. Each chose a black background to isolate their specimens. Austin Forbord and Philip Bewley installed Frumerman’s 3D photos as a modern rendition of a historical botanical folio up the dramatic circular stairway leading to the expansive upstairs landing. Ink colored pigment covers the gallery walls with each plant’s Latin name, country of origin, and San Francisco location, written beneath the framed photo in cursive.

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WINE CELLAR & BAR AREA BY STUDIO NAHEMOW PHOTOGRAPH BY KURT MANLEY

Eugene Nahemow and Robert Hudson covered the wine cellar walls with a midnight Japanese Yaki-Sugi charred wood siding. A blackened oak console tray table from Studio Nahemow centers the space surmounted by James Scott Geras’ black and white photograph of the French landscape; the designers flanked this with patinated oil-rubbed steel and acrylic wine racks that appear to float. A pair of antique wood Icarus wings displayed on contemporary pedestals guard the glass-enclosed cellar, warning us not to imbibe too much.


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In the living room, Young grounded the space with a Swedish mid-century rug by Märta MååsFjetterström. He selected a vintage Dutch Gerard van den Berg sofa and a classic Ray and Charles Eames rocking chair for seating.

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Balanced Life DESIGNER MARTIN YOUNG LIVES AND WORKS IN HIS RUSSIAN HILL COTTAGE TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW MILLMAN

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San Francisco designer Martin Young did not have to adapt to WFH; his renovated 1907 Russian Hill cottage already included an office. The previous owner of the shingle-style house, historic preservationist Dorothy Orrick, suspected the property was one of the original refugee shacks for survivors of the 1906 earthquake and fire. In 1972, Orrick commissioned the renowned landscape

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architect Thomas Church to design a rear garden around a 100-year-old redwood tree. Young ’s sublevel workspace looks out onto this serene setting. The designer, a trained architect, oversaw the building’s restoration after he and his partner purchased it a decade ago. Retaining the cottage’s footprint, Young selected a classic white and ivory backdrop throughout the interiors to showcase original crown molding, baseboards, doors, hardware, and fireplace surround. In the open-plan living and dining room, he mixed classic 20th-century furniture with antiques.

ABOVE A massive sectional from B&B Italia mixes with a diminutive Eames LTR table. Artwork from Jan Schoonhoven, Janis Cornelis, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude flanks the bookcase. OPPOSITE LEFT TO RIGHT

Young engaged Dijeau Poage Construction for the renovation of the cottage. The designer found the antique architectural book with drawings of stairs in Amsterdam. A glass vessel designed by Alvar Aalto holds Limelight Hydrangeas. The minimalist white kitchen peaks through the dining area; before the renovation, it had dark cabinetry and counters.


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Young mixed a mid-century Eugenio Gerli and Mario Cristiani table with an antique crystal chandelier that he converted from electrified to candles for the dining area. The photograph is by contemporary artist Zhang Xianyong.

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Dutch lithographs enliven the utilitarian area of the multitasking office, laundry, and party prep room; Jan Cremer’s Blue Hearts and Jan Sierhuis’ Figures both from 1994.

Young flanked the marble fireplace with built-in floor to ceiling bookshelves and hung a whimsical painting by German artist Martin Assig over the mantel. The abstracted contemporary figure appears to interact with a classic Chinese sculpture from the Northern Wei Dynasty displayed on a mid-century teak coffee table designed by Jürg Bally. While one of the two bedrooms functioned as the master, the other initially was the home office. An entry hall acted as a separation between work and play, “I am a big believer in transitional spaces - as a spatial tool that moves us from room to room in any home. Architecturally, this could be a vestibule, a hallway, or a stairway,” Young said. The arrangement succeeded for a while until the designer noticed he worked 24/7 and needed to find another solution. “I realized that the transitional space which separated the two

areas needed to be more transformational than a single hallway,” the designer observed. Going outside, Young felt his garden offered possibilities. Underneath the house next to the garage was a former potting room. The designer converted the space into a multi-tasking office, laundry, and party prep area behind the expanse of windows and French doors. Removing a wall between the room and garage, Young delineated the two areas with a tall double-sided bookcase. He lined the walls with utilitarian cabinetry and floated an island that doubles for work or entertainment. The garden office provides the perfect work-life balance, “I find that the movement from indoor to outdoor, to indoor is a delightful welcome and departure of every day,” Young concluded. CH

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The entry’s new floors are marble slabs 86 x 86 inches. The chandelier and sconce are from George Smith. A 24-carot-gold hall table makes a grand statement in the entry approaching the living area, which includes a grand piano.

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SEEKING SPLENDOR

PARVIZ PARGARI TRANSFORMED AN EXISTING BEL AIR RESIDENCE WITH DRAMATIC DETAILS AND GRAND GESTURES TEXT BY CANDACE ORD MANROE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY E. NICHOLS

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BELOW The floor plan excluded a formal living room in favor of a multi-purpose family room with a built into a custom cocktail bar on the opposite end. The multi-use living space accommodates comfortable Baker sofas as well as bar stools and additional seating at a game table.

Pargari served as kitchen designer, creating a custom finish and added gold for a shot of glamor. Matching chandeliers are Foundry Lighting. The area rug is Chelsea Carpets Inc. Sofa fabric is Roma.

RIGHT

PARVIZ PARGARI LEFT NO SURFACE UNEXPLORED .

—and few unchanged—when remodeling a Bel Air home for clients. Even the ruddy color of the façade’s tile roof had to go. “We replaced that color of tile, which is so popular in the area, with a deeper charcoal gray. This rich hue is the homeowners’ favorite, and we liked the idea of introducing it outdoors,” explains the California-based designer, whose work is represented across the globe. Inside, the charcoal color is teamed with white for a palette of dramatic contrast. “Attention to special architectural flourishes was a constant throughout the project,” says Pargari. The most prominent example may be seen even before entry: A sneak peek of the newly domed ceiling above the staircase can be glimpsed through the glass front door. “The domed ceiling at the took of stairs creates a sense of grandeur, as does the beautiful white marble floor leading up to the stairs.” The two-tier crystal chandelier and shapely sconces enhance the ambiance. A second architectural embellishment decorates the entry behind the curved staircase. “Usually you don’t notice the walls under a staircase,” notes the designer. “To change that, I had beautiful moldings painted with a silver faux finisher.” The newly shimmering walls,

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BELOW LEFT Wall sconces with the unexpected flourish of a ceiling mounting enhance an artfully composed vignette. BELOW RIGHT The kitchen’s custom banquette is tufted leather. The table features a mother of pearl top. White chairs are covered in the same leather as the banquette. Flooring is an unusual shade of porcelain with hints of lavender, blue and purple, which are repeated in the seating. Drapery fabric is Robert Allen.

painted over with white to suggest faux window panes, create a better-look-twice mystery. “We made a statement out of an area that normally goes unnoticed.” Capturing the right mood for the family was nearly guaranteed—as in, third time’s indeed the charm. “I’ve known them since they married,” says Pargari. “I designed their first home, which was a condo, then their second home, and now this larger one for them and their two children. We know each other so well that we were like one mind. Everything they wished for, they got.” That meant a floor plan that excluded a formal living room in favor of a multi-purpose family room replete with a TV over the fireplace, and another built into a custom cocktail bar on the opposite end. “In their last house, they hadn’t used the formal living room. So this time, we turned what had been previously designated as the living room into a dining room, adding an eye-level fireplace.”

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The master bedroom’s custom bed includes attached side tables for a sleek modern look. Sofa fabric is Roma. The area rug is Chelsea Carpets.

The multi-use living space accommodates comfortable Baker sofas as well as bar stools and additional seating at a game table. “ When they have parties, everyone can be in the same room together,” Pargari observes. The bar area, which includes a grand piano, is distinguished from the rest of the room by a black outline of molding while the white coffered ceiling knits the areas together. Pargari defines the style as classic modern. Essential to achieving it are “a few beautiful classic pieces” like the 24-carat-gold table in the hallway. Also known as a furniture designer, Pargari did not limit the furniture selections to only his designs, but chose fabrics, lighting and furnishings from well-known high-end brands. “But I do always include some custom designs in every project so that no other client or consumer will have them.” His custom designs here include the staircase iron raising, the master bedroom’s bed-tables unit, and the breakfast area’s banquette. To ensure that the property is seamless and exudes the same character, Pargari designed the landscape, including both hard and soft scapes. CH

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A Bold

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ST. HELENA WINERY FAUST OPENED THIS FALL WITH A CHIC NEW EUROPEAN VIBE AND ARTIST-DRIVEN INTERIORS BY MACA HUNEEUS DESIGN TEXT BY DIANE DORRANS SAEKS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADRIAN GAUT

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David Darling, the architect of Faust Winery, worked closely with designer Maca Huneeus on the dramatic interior of the Faust Haus. The handpainted mural by Paris-based Roberto Ruspoli, enhances the transition from rich opulence downstairs to bright simplicity upstairs. “This dark-towhite journey is analogous to the fictional Faust pursuing a state of enlightenment,� said Darling. Designer Maca Huneeus sourced mid-century furniture in Paris.

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RIGHT Roberto Ruspoli’s free-

hand mural is a grace note for the second floor tasting rooms. The balustrade is original.

OPPOSITE Architect David

Darling focused on preserving distinctive elements of the Eastlake Victorian Faust Haus. The turret is a dramatic landmark in the northern Napa Valley.

IN THE NAPA VALLEY, mythological beauty and creativity have always been intertwined. The power and grace of architecture are a constant and powerful presence. Positioned elegantly in the Spring Mountain foothills just north of St. Helena, newly opened Faust winery offers a commanding architectural update in the bucolic northern reaches of the valley. The Faust Haus black-painted turret and encircling verandah first catch the eye, with a verdant frame of graceful Chinese pistache trees, mossy conifers, and noble old California oaks. Built as a rather austere residence in 1878, this landmark has all the hallmarks of a classical Eastlake Victorian, including clean incised lines, geometric ornament, and restrained proportions. Huneeus Vintners, the founders of Quintessa winery, acquired the property four years ago. Sausalito-based Maca Huneeus took on the project, with the goal of preserving the intrinsic historic style, and giving the interiors a new European-flavored interior. New landscaping with shaded terraces was planned by surfacedesign. Huneeus engaged architect David Darling of Aidlin Darling Design to direct the restoration and update. Architect Ben Damron was project leader. “We started with detailed research on the historical building, out of respect for its landmark significance,” said Darling. “We always believe very strongly in preserving the past.”

Darling calibrated the project and its polarities, with strong symmetrical architecture meticulously preserved, with the more playful interior. The architects opened up a series of small rooms and created a wine library downstairs, and a tasting room in the former stonewalled cellar. “The interior design concept was to create versatile rooms rather like a private house or a club, where wine-lovers could gather, very personal, a refuge from the world,” said Huneeus. Maca Huneeus Design specialist Ona LeSassier filled the interiors with unique pieces and vintage finds--such as a Jean Lurcat mid-century tapestry depicting a celestial goat.


In the library, with walls painted Benjamin Moore Gravel Grey, custom-made elmwood tables crafted by John Lovell are surrounded by sixties-style marine blue chairs by Atelier 55 in Paris. A quartet of brass Revolve table lamps by Bart Frank add illumination. A custom curiosity cabinet by furniture maker Andrew Woodside Carter displays rock samples from the Coombsville vineyards, and historical portraits.

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Vintage-style Coombsville vineyard photography from fine art photographer Lindsey Ross gives the black-walled Library a sense of history. A freehand wall mural by Italian artist Roberto Ruspoli lines the stairway up to the bright, white second floor, evoking the story and myth of Faust. Ruspoli flew over from Paris in late March to create the dynamic artwork and stayed on site for a week, just before travel was halted.

ABOVE the graphic grace

of the interior of the turret, viewed from the second floor tasting rooms.

OPPOSITE In the wine library,

designer Maca Huneeus found the chairs at Atelier 55 in Paris. The interiors were designed to feel residential, with versatile furnishings and a sense of privacy.


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The elegant veranda overlooks new landscape by San Francisco-based landscape architecture and design firm, Surfacedesign, The firm envisioned the hillside landscape grounds a private garden rooms linked together by shifting color gradients of foliage. “Faust expanded Surfacedesign’s plant palette by integrating literary allusions and color theory into the project’s narrative,” said lead landscape designer Roderick Wyllie, ASLA.

For the foreseeable future, the Faust Haus will be hosting guests outdoors on the restored Victorian veranda and outdoor gardens, overlooking sweeping views of Napa Valley.

Guests, by appointment only, may gather in distanced terraces along the hillside with views over the valley to the volcanic hills to the east. Faust produces Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from its organically-farmed estate vineyard in Coombsville. From cultivation to harvesting, the winemaking process is overseen by winemaker David Jelinek and estate director Jen Beloz. “The Faust folklore is all about rebellion and passion for knowledge and craft and we’re thrilled to have a home to share that story with guests, also diving deep into our Coombsville estate and our rebel wines,” said Beloz. CH

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LEFT ‘I was inspired by

the David Ireland House on Capp Street in San Francisco for the interiors of the winery,” said Maca Huneeus. David Ireland’s art project set the tone for Faust’s fresh modern interior inside a classic landmark Victorian exterior. Furniture opposite and left was found from specialist dealers in Paris.

BELOW In the library, a collection of historic prints, plus new vintagestyle vineyard images by Lindsey Ross.

“We connected with this notion of moving up from darkness to light as one ascends through the house–from a place of rich opulence to one of bright simplicity, as analogous to pursuing a state of enlightenment.” –David Darling

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