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SHANGRI-LA IN THE VALLEY Interior Designer Mark Weaver and His Principal Designer, Darrell P. Wilson, Create An Extraordinary Home Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Matt Walla
OPPOSITES ATTRACT This Striking Contemporary Guest House In Los Angeles Dramatically Contrasts The Classic Main House Beside It Text by Kelly Phillips Badal Photography by Manolo Langis
HOLLYWOOD REGENCY Architect Roger Seifter Updates A John Woolf Masterpiece Text by Kendra Boutell Photography by Eric Piasecki Stylist: Anita Sarsidi
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This Clean-Lined Contemporary Sonoma Retreat Is Three-Quarters Glass, Making The Most Of Rolling Rural Wine Country Views Text by Kelly Phillips Badal Photography by Adam Rouse
ABOVE John Gilmer installed Alex Katzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s White Roses above the ivory sofa in the media room of a Los Angeles estate designed by architect John Woolf. He mixed Peter Dunham Textile pillows with vintage Moroccan fabrics. See story beginning on page 88. Photograph/styling by Eric Piasecki/Anita Sarsidi.
The Sanger Ranch sits atop a hill in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. Interior designer Mark Weaver and his principal designer Darrell P. Wilson created an extraordinary home for the owners. Sofa and chairs by Michael Taylor Designs, fabric is from Jim Thompson Fabrics and coffee table by Formations. See Story beginning on page 68. Photograph by Matt Walla.
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54 DESIGNER PROFILE Mother-And-Daughter Design Duo: The Jesbergs BY ANH-MINH LE
56 GARDENS Landscape Designer Patricia Benner’s Conscious Garden BY KERSTIN CZARRA PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARYN MILLET
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t’s that time of the year when everyone is usually preparing for an abundance of fall design events and the social season. But this year is different. The pandemic has changed much of what is typically planned, and we have had to improvise with venues such as Instagram Live and Zoom. Moving forward, California Homes is happy to present our September/October issue featuring four beautifully designed homes and excited to include several stories covering food and wine in California. I love the Sanger Ranch in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, designed by Mark Weaver Associates. Of course, Richard Landry and Landry Design Group presented
us with a story we could not refuse: A striking contemporary guest house in Los Angeles built next to the traditional main house. The classic Hollywood Regency, designed by the famed architect John Elgen Woolf with interiors redone by A. H. Stern’s Roger Seifter and designer John Gilmore is a masterpiece. A modernist getaway in Sonoma is a second home for two empty nesters with interests in agriculture. Interior designer Chris Weir of Studio Collins Weir led the project with his wife, Susan Collins Weir. We hope you enjoy this issue and have a cool and less hectic fall Stay safe. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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Contributors Your outdoor space craves fabulous things... KERSTIN CZARRA Kerstin Czarra is a journalist and creative consultant based in Los Angeles. She has written for C Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, domino, Better Homes and Garden and 1stdibs—reporting on design, entertainment, music, culture, and travel. She also consults with lifestyle brands Vintner’s Daughter, Sakara Life, Parachute, Matouk, Sur La Table and others. See Kerstin’s story on Designer Patricia Benner beginning on page 58.
KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL Kelly Phillips Badal is a Los Angeles -based writer and editor specializing in home design, lifestyle and travel editorial. The former editor in chief of Interiors California, her work has been published in Sunset LUXE, Angeleno and L.A. Confidential. She’s also held staff positions at Better Homes & Gardens and Country Living. See her story on a contemporary guest house by Landry design Group beginning on page 80.
MANOLO LANGIS Through a keen sense of space paired with a aesthetic eye, Manolo captures architecture and nature at their finest moments. Shooting with natural light, he carefully pays attention to how it constantly moves within a space. Pairing technique with everchanging environment, Manolo creates soft yet evocative photographs. He wholeheartedly lives an active life, from oceanic to mountainous to city adventures. Roots from Spain, upbringing in Montreal and based in Los Angeles for the past twenty years, Manolo Langis thrives and continues to be featured in multiple international publications and books. See his photography for the Richard Landry story on page 80.
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INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART– LOS ANGELES Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist Stanya Kahn, works primarily in film and video, with a practice that includes drawing, sound, performance, sculpture and writing. Known for using improvisation and candid, real life scenarios, Kahn’s projects often center language as part of a long-term investigation of how rhetoric gains and loses power, as well as the impact of socio-political conditions on lived experience. This exhibition comprises three works by Kahn produced over the past ten years, including her latest short film, No Go Backs (2020), marking its Los Angeles debut. Together, these videos present an urgent reflection of our times, foregrounding global concerns such as climate change, racism, state power, and rebellion with the artist’s singular humor and embrace of experimental time and narrative. For more information please call 213.928.0833 or visit www.theicala.org
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM Palm Springs Art Museum presents a series of online exhibitions of works from their permanent collection. Modern architecture underpins the Palm Springs Art Museum, and architects associated with the region have played critical roles in the evolution of the museum and of its collection. Palm Springs Art Museum is fortunate to have significant collection holdings of work by renowned architects Albert Frey, FAIA, E. Stewart Williams, FAIA, and Hugh Kaptur, AIA. The museum owns nearly 6,000 drawings, as well as renderings, photographs, and models by Kaptur that represent the span of his distinguished career. For more information please call 760.322.4800 or visit www.psmuseum.org.
CROCKER ART MUSEUM–SACRAMENTO The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to present Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings, an extensive, celebratory retrospective featuring the full range of the Sacramento artist’s achievements on canvas and on paper in an exhibition on view at the Crocker from October 11, 2020 to January 3, 2021. To celebrate the 100th birthday of Sacramento’s most renowned artist, the Crocker Art Museum presents Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings. Best known for his tantalizing paintings of cakes and pies, Thiebaud has long been affiliated with Pop art, though his body of work is far more expansive. This exhibition represents the artist’s achievements in all media, with pieces drawn from the Crocker’s holdings and from the collection of the Thiebaud family—many of which, until now, have never been shown publicly. In 2020, we celebrate the life and career of an artist whose work is beloved not only in California, but internationally. For more information please call 916.808.7000 or visit www.crockerart.org.
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Skidmore is pleased to announce the works of David Ashwell, now on view at the gallery. Born in England and now living in Malibu, David Ashwell doesn’t consider himself to be a landscape painter, at least not in the plein air sense. While his coastal and beach scenes are an attempt to find motifs that resonate with life in Southern California, he is also looking to express a more abstract feeling of optimism—a feeling that brought him here in the first place. The gallery is located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4, Santa Monica California 90404. Open by appointment, please call 310.828.5070 or visit skidmorecontemporaryart.com.
Located in the historical Playhouse District, the gallery specializes in California plein air (out-ofdoors) paintings. The plein air movement originated in France in the 19th century, when artists left their studios and forayed into nature for inspiration. The impressionist, landscape-style of painting spread to the United States, reaching its zenith in California, where artists set up enclaves in Carmel, Pasadena and Laguna. Today Galerie Gabrie represents 12 contemporary artists who paint in the plein air tradition while adding their own p-iersonal style. Still life and figure art are also part of Gabrie’s eclectic offerings. For collectors, a Masters’ loft displays museum-quality American and European fine art from the 18th and 19th centuries. Galerie Gabrie offers a variety of collecting opportunities for both new and seasoned collectors on their website. Utilizing the latest technology is a joy when it comes to sharing information, but they still look forward to meeting you and seeing you in person at their gallery. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the art firsthand, gazing at a painting and falling in love. The gallery is located at 597 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. Open by appointment, please call 626.577.1223 or visit www.gabrie.com.
HEATHER JAMES FINE ART–SAN FRANCISCO
Heather James Fine Art is please to share these summer Montecito exhibitions, Abstract Expressionism, Andy Warhol, and Mexican Sculpture. Experience energetic gestural abstraction, softer and more ambient color field paintings, and much more from the most prominent artists of the movement in Abstract Expressionism: Visions of the Sublime. Discover an array of pieces from the 1970s and ‘80s by the pop provocateur in Andy Warhol: Wayward Allure. This exhibition delves into both the glamour and the darkness in Warhol’s work. Zúñiga x Castañeda brings together two of Mexico’s most important sculptors, highlighting a common thread from teacher to student as well as the marked differences in their approach to depictions of the figure. The exhibitions are on view until December 31, 2020 online and at the gallery. The gallery is located at 49 Geary St., Suite 511, San Francisco, CA 94108. For more information please call 415.872.9495 or visit www.heatherjames.com. Open by appointment, please call 805.845.5001 or visit www.heatherjames.com. 26 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
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THE HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS
A new site-specific artwork by Lita Albuquerque, Red Earth, greets visitors at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens as garden areas reopen after a closure of more than three months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled to go on view in March, the temporary installation centers around a boulder capped with bright red pigment placed among towering bamboo in a grove of the Japanese Garden. It is exclusive to this particular time and place and is “a stand-in for what I am hoping the visitor to feel, a sense of calm in the midst of chaos,” Albuquerque said. Red Earth, which closes Nov. 2, was commissioned as a part of The Huntington’s Centennial Celebration. The work features an approximately three-ton slab of rock surrounded by bamboo stalks that are affixed with copper bands that glint under leaf-filtered sunlight. Visitors to the Japanese Garden are drawn to the installation by vibrant red disks placed along the paths leading toward Red Earth. The gardens are located at 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108. For more information please call 626.405.2100 or visit www.huntington.org
FILOLI HISTORIC HOUSE & GARDEN– WOODSIDE
Filoli Historic House and Garden is please to present Kristine Mays: Rich Soil, on view through November 9, 2020. The dynamic beauty of Filoli’s garden will set the scene for the sculpture exhibition: Rich Soil. Kristine Mays creates life-size wire sculptures that reveal the human form. Sculpted from thousands of pieces of wire hooked and looped together, each garment embodies a fleeting gesture or expression. Inspired by the movement of Alvin Ailey’s dance composition Revelation, Rich Soil pays honor to the ancestors- those that walked, lived on, and tended to this land- to the lives that have been recognized and those that have been forgotten. These forms deliver a message of strength while challenging how we view ourselves and others. Within the confines of hard metal wire is a sense of resilience and perseverance – a need to push forward and thrive. The work also speaks to identity – the question of who we are and what we can do with our lives, the impact our lives have on the world. The gardens are located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062. For more information please call 650.364.8300 or visit www.filoli.org.
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SHERMAN LIBRARY & GARDENS - HAPPY HOUR YOGA This class will be held amidst the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens and will focus on breath work by going over breathing techniques and fundamentals. The class will then move into Hatha yoga (all levels), focusing on balance, strength, and stretching. Next, will be a meditation practice (10–15 minutes) and the class will end with a restful, restorative, Savasana pose. After class enjoy a glass of wine as you wander through the Gardens. Bring a mat, small towel, and water. Pre-registration required. Happy Hour Yoga is the last Wednesday of each month from 5-7 pm.
The Garden is located at 2647 East Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, CA 92625. For more information please call 949.673.2261 or visit www.slgardens.org.
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Events & Affairs SAN FRANCISCO FALL SHOW
The 39th online edition of the Show will take place from October 16-25, 2020 and will feature over 60 dealers from around the world, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts from antiquity to the present day. The goal is to represent all styles and period including American, English, Continental and Asian furniture, art, and decorative objects, paintings, prints, photographs, books, precious metals, jewelry, rugs, textiles and ceramics. Dealers are spending the summer curating a unique selection of items for the show and they will be available 24/7. For more information please call 415.989.9014 or visit www.sffallshow.org.
CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH
September is California Wine Month, the state’s annual harvest celebration. Each year, wineries, grape growers and regional associations across the state host special events and tastings, and 2020 will be no exception. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s festivities will take the form of virtual wine tastings and tours, livestreamed auctions, digital cooking demonstrations, special wine discounts and the first-ever virtual grape stomp. Now in its 16th year, California Wine Month highlights the state’s 250year winemaking history, and the innovative spirit of its wine community. Visit discovercaliforniawines. com to view details and descriptions of dozens of virtual events and discount offers for California Wine Month.
SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE
The 43rd annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase will launch its first-ever virtual event showcasing the distinguished work of more than 20 top interior and landscape designers who have transformed 27 distinct spaces. Due to public health concerns around COVID-19, in-person tours will, unfortunately, not be permitted. However, this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase will include a comprehensive walk-through video tour of the house and landscaped spaces; an interactive 3-D self-guided tour, links to designer interviews and more. The Mediterraneanstyle house at 22nd Avenue is located in the charming West Clay Park neighborhood near Seacliff and the Presidio. At a time when so many are spending more time at home, now is the perfect occasion to find inspiration and ideas from the talented 2020 class of Showcase designers. The annual Showcase is a benefit for the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program. Tickets for the virtual tour are $25 and will be available online at www.decoratorshowcase.org.
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Paul Wiseman Celebrating Forty Years Of Success And Fine Design BY DIANE DORRANS SAEKS
IT’S A TRIBUTE TO THIS DESIGN FINESSE
and business acumen that San Francisco interior designer Paul Vincent Wiseman is celebrating a vibrant fortieth year in business-- and The Wiseman Group is having its best year ever. “Yes, in this challenging time, with my wonderful staff all working remotely, we are deeply immersed in some of our most complex projects, and we are busier than ever, even hiring,” said Wiseman, from his home office in Belvedere.
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Among his current projects are a large-scale private residence in Atherton designed by Frank Gehry, and a dramatic modern house near Lake Tahoe designed by Peter Bohlin. Wiseman’s firm of thirty-five designers, architects and specialists continue to work in an impressive range of designs and architecture. “We always love traditional design, and interpret it in an array of styles,” said Wiseman. On a recent project for Anglophile clients in Hillsborough, a sunny breakfast room was inspired by distinctive bold colors of the Omega Workshop, and the Bloomsbury bohemian artists of that coterie. “We loved the unexpected color combinations, the Englishness of it all, and it makes our clients very happy,” said Wiseman. “The homes we design are always a reflection of the deeper psyche, and that world of depth is where my true interest lies,” noted Wiseman. The firm was founded by Wiseman in San Francisco in 1980 and is known for attention to detail and highly customized, elegant interiors. The senior design team push forward with a precise approach that results in interiors that are sensual and emotionally engaging.
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An updated modern interior in association with architect Richard Beard. BELOW An entertainment space on the 61st floor of the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. OPPOSITE TOP For an apartment in San Francisco, The Wiseman Group designed a custom table. OPPOSITE BELOW An aircraft interior is residential in style. Seats become beds. LEFT
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The Wiseman Group stays highly relevant by working closely with high-level technical specialists, using VR and 3D printing and other emerging systems to communicate prototypes and proposals for their clients, and to refine and clarify specifications. Wiseman notes that in his world, his clients believe deeply in a modern form of luxury, living casually and informally but surrounded by great quality and craftsmanship and unique furnishings and art. “We are also deeply immersed and aware of all ecological issues regarding materials and self-sustaining architecture,” said Wiseman. “We work in an environmentally pure way, leaving the least footprint.” Glancing back at his forty years of design, Wiseman observes that traditional styles and antiques still have great appeal, but always with a light touch, a contemporary and fresh feeling. Six years ago, The Wiseman Group started working on the new Salesforce high-rise headquarters in San Francisco, his first corporate client. The design concept is residential/commercial with a colorful Hawaiian vibe. Today, with architect Mark Cavagnero, Wiseman and his team are designing Salesforce offices in Dublin, Tokyo, Paris and Sydney, all very customized, upbeat and versatile. Paul Wiseman said that one reason for his success is that he engages fully with his clients to create interiors that are life enhancing, relevant and never trendy. Is the phone still ringing after forty eventful years? “Off the hook, with new clients and large projects,” said Wiseman. ‘And even working remotely, we are more productive than ever, with very exciting projects around the world.” Wiseman glances forward to the future of design, with more and better fine-tuned tech capabilities. “We are looking forward also to working with fine artists, weavers, gilders, cabinetmakers, carvers, as well as technicians and specialists to create beautiful and exciting interiors for many more years to come,” he said. For Wiseman, the constant goal is to help his clients to have a personal space that is reflective of who they are... in a way that is personal to them. “We use tech and our intuitive experience to enrich their world, in every possible detail,” said Wiseman. CH wisemangroup.com
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GENERATION Mik Hollis Takes The Family Business Helm With A New Shop For Designers And Design-Minded Consumers MIK HOLLIS GREW UP TRAVELING THE WORLD
on buying trips with his mother, Susanne Hollis, to fill up containers for her eponymous antique business located in Pasadena. After 40 years in the industry, Susanne is retiring, and Mik is taking over the company. Mik says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our antique business has moved to mostly digital, and I miss the joy of developing relationships with customers in person.â&#x20AC;? His first shop, HOLLIS, opening late fall on Mission Street in San Marino, will be a resource for designers and design enthusiasts for last-minute pillows and lighting during project installations. In addition to the Susanne Hollis Collection, they will carry Visual Comfort, Curry & Company, and custom pieces from their workshop, a favorite of designers, Natasha Baradaran, and Ken Fulk. CH HOLLIS, 2650 Mission Street, San Marino, susannehollis.com
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Tuell + Reynolds Combines Traditional Hand Made Techniques With Modern Technology
RANDY TUELL AND VICTORIA REYNOLDS are the creative partnership behind Tuell + Reynolds. They met as architecture students at UC Berkeley and discovered that their different skill sets complimented each other and made for a productive collaboration. Their small but mighty team works out of an old feed store in northern California. They embrace time-honored hand techniques and modern technology: chasing tools, 3D printer, hand-drawn watercolor designs, computer-modeled renderings, hand-sculpted wax maquette, and a digital scanner are all used in harmony. Their work focuses on private commissions for residential projects. They also have their handcrafted collection of lighting, furniture, fire screens, and sculptural objects that feature elemental materials, exquisite textures, and hand oxidized finishes. Inspired by nature, many pieces include petrified wood, fossils, and agate. These materials, combined with bronze and iron, are a reflection of the two creative forces behind Tuell + Reynolds and their shared vision. tuellreynolds.com CH
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Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House
Text by Michael S. Smith with Margaret Russell Foreword by Michelle Obama Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House documents internationally acclaimed Interior Designer Michael S. Smith’s collaboration with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to bring an innovative design spirit to the mansion. It’s an amazing book for anyone interested in American history, design or even politics. By using photographs, behind-thescenes stories and archival material, this book places the Obama White House within the context of the building’s past and its evolution over the past two centuries. Michelle Obama’s personal views of the mansion are found in the Foreword. “The White House is where President Roosevelt forged battle plans with his admirals and generals to defeat the Axis in World War II. It’s where President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s an office where policies are enacted, where deals are made. It’s a museum where visitors - sometimes hundreds, sometimes thousands - pass through almost every day. And it’s a place where real families with real lives spend four or eight years together, in and out of the spotlight. “ Obama feels that the magic of Michael Smith is that his design shines a light on the past to bring more life to the present. The book really is a design lesson in changing tastes and styles with its pictures of both political meetings and the first families relaxing there. Both public and personal spaces are illustrated, with the personal rooms a voyeur’s delight since they’re not on any public tour. “The Obamas’ mission was to celebrate the White House as the People’s House, a place that was welcoming and accessible to all Americans,” says Michael S. Smith in the Preface. “For me, having a small role in this remarkable evolution will remain one of the greatest honors of my life.” CH
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Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House Text by Michael S. Smith with Margaret Russell Foreword by Michelle Obama 304 pages with 372 color photographs and illustrations Hardcover 9.25x11.5 inches $60 U.S./$80 Canadian ISBN: 978-0-8478-6479-9 Rizzoli New York
California Homes II: Studio William Hefner
Text by William Hefner with Lisa Light There is a wealth of architectural information and creative insights found in this new hefty monograph from Californiabased architect William Hefner owner of Studio William Hefner. This stylish book features ten sophisticated homes, ranging in styles from contemporary to traditional. What they all have in common is Hefner’s signature style of creating airy, light-filled spaces that emphasize California’s natural beauty. Although Hefner designs houses throughout the world, he considered California the anchor for his work. As he states in the Introduction, “Over the past three decades I’ve been privileged to design houses in all the historical and modern styles that populate this cinematic landscape of canyons, palisades and grand Old Hollywood neighborhoods.” What he has found interesting lately is a growing interest in modern design that focuses on individualism, luxury and character as well as simplicity. He has said that the houses all have the DNA of indoor-outdoor living. Each of the ten featured houses begins with introductory material that includes not only the blueprints of the houses but also an explanation of why he did what he did. The first house, Trousdale, starts with Case Study-style as a reference point. Needing more space and expansive walls for art, that style is updated to create a house that shows off the owner’s contemporary art collection to the best advantage, while still allowing for panoramic views all the way to the ocean. In contrast, the house New London is a distillation of English forms combined with contemporary elements to create a house designed to be calming. Homeowners in London could wish that they had all the California light and openness that this house has. Trained as an architect, William Hefner is a fifthgeneration Californian which probably explains his love for the state. His firm not only designs custom homes, but also custom furniture, lighting and hardware. He has said that he hopes this book gives some insight into what it means to create spaces in California today. In that, this book succeeds spectacularly. CH California Homes II: Studio William Hefner Text by William Hefner with Lisa Light 483 pages, 320 color photographs Hardcover 11x14 inches $85 US ISBN: 97818647079 Images Publishing Australia
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Design Guest Speaker Profile
A Tendency Toward Tidiness Runs Deep For The GM Of O.C.’s California Closets BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LYNN ESOLA
MIKE CASSIDY WAS THE KID who always straightened up his room without being
begged, organizationally-obsessed to the point that “it probably concerned my parents a bit,” he quips. Perhaps it’s only fitting that he’s now the general manager of a brand with systematic orderliness at heart: Orange County-based California Closets. Cassidy leads a district that includes O.C., Southern L.A. county, Riverside, San Bernardino, Palm Desert and Palm Springs, with showrooms in Huntington Beach, Corona del Mar, Pasadena and Palm Desert. Like nearly any business, the company has faced pandemic-fueled changes. Employees were furloughed earlier this year but invited back, and under Cassidy, all but three returned; showrooms flipped to appointment-only models and the company adopted new touchless-service protocols. The brand also fast-tracked new options for home offices to launch this fall, with products particularly fitting for the
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ABOVE Mike Cassidy is the general manager of the region of California Closets that extends from Orange County to the Coachella Valley.
The custom walk-in primary bedroom closets of Tradewinds at Pacific San Juan, a gated enclave of estate-sized homes built by Toll Brothers, are one of California Closets’ latest installations.
ABOVE Glass doors offer space to store precious items, while under-shelf lighting makes everything display-worthy.
Sectioned drawers in the center island make it easy to organize ties, scarves, socks and more.
Work desks with space for tools are also part of California Closets’ install at Tradewinds.
times. “Everyone’s working from home now, and even our own office is half-half—everyone who can work from home is—so we recognize that this is a moment to move quickly with some of the things that people need, like stand-up desks, antimicrobial surfaces, charging stations and more,” says Cassidy. Closets, of course, remain a staple. California Closet’s latest launch is in partnership with none other than Martha Stewart. The icon is an organizational hero of sorts to Cassidy. “I lean Martha, but I can only aspire,” he jokes. The result of the collaboration, The Everyday Collection, is California Closets’ first-ever modular system, an adaptive modern storage solution cleverly designed to disassemble and move. “Usually if you leave your home, the closet stays; this can be taken with you just like furniture,” says Cassidy. Other custom installations, like the primary bedroom closet of a model home in Tradewinds at Pacifica San Juan, featured here, continue regularly. Finding pleasure in the design of your home, now that so many of us spend so much more time there, has never been more important, believes Cassidy. “We always hope the spaces we design are our customers’ favorite rooms in their house,” he says. “They might be the first thing they see when they wake up and the last before they sleep.” That’s a feeling he knows intimately. Of all the California Closets’ systems in his own home, the daily sight of his custom-fitted garage makes him the happiest. Befittingly, it’s so neat that his wife marvels that it seems as if the installers just left. “I’m energized by it continually,” he says. CH californiaclosets.com
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Ready to compliment any bedroom decor the MIES upholstered bed is available in a selection of fabric or leather upholstery options.
BELOW The TWIN modular sectional sofa with PURO tables.
The Edge of Design
Calligaris Has Been In The Forefront Of Furniture Design Since Its Inception In Italy In 1923 BY KATHY BRYANT
SINCE THE OPENING of their US flagship store in Costa Mesa’s SOCO
(South Coast Collection), Calligaris’ latest collections have been on display for interior designers, architects, and homeowners alike. This, currently the only flagship store in the US, is in good company with others located in Paris and London. It’s been a resounding success, due not only to there being hundreds of furniture options, but also because of store manager James Schaefer and his creative and friendly design team. In fact, it could be said that Schaefer and Calligaris are perfectly matched. “I’ve been a furniture buyer/designer and worked in the furniture industry for 18 years,” Schaefer says. “I’ve always been involved in luxury goods, and, in fact, as a furniture buyer I used to buy Calligaris furniture for my stores.” Calligaris began in the Manzano area of Italy in 1923 after World War I as a small craft workshop founded by Antonio Calligaris. He was known for the production of the Marocca chair that had a wooden frame and straw seat, a typical artifact of the area. From that humble beginning, Calligaris has
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grown into an international company with an expanded range of products for complete furnishings including not only chairs and furniture but also accessories like decorative contemporary mirrors, surface accessories and area rugs. With 650 dealers in 100 countries, Calligaris furniture is an important element in luxury design with the company expanding into the Far East as well. “With the current global crisis our company had to develop innovative ways to launch our new collections, which include contemporary upholstery and accent chairs,” says Schaefer. “This fall we will introduce high-style “motion-furniture” sofa collections, made in Italy of course! There will also be several new stunning dining and occasional collections.
ABOVE The LAYLA modular sectional sofa furnish the living area in a stylish way.
This rectangular SUNSHINE table with OLEANDRO chairs are ideal for all living areas.
BELOW James Schaefer, Calligaris Store Manager has a “passion” for fine Italian furniture.
“Our distinguishing differences are that Calligaris designed it first and it’s made in Italy. Much of the furniture in other stores are adaptions of our original designs.” The advantage of dealing with Calligaris OC is that they not only offer memorable service, great designs that are ready to be delivered soon, but also offer full special order capability with many available options for those looking for contemporary furniture and mid-century modern designs for their home. Calligaris OC at SOCO is open seven days a week and by appointment. Calligaris OC is a member of ASID and they have ASID designers on staff to help clients solve their design needs. CH calligaris.com
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Working Together Has Enhanced The Bond Between This Mother-And-Daughter Design Duo BY ANH-MINH LE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRAD KNIPSTEIN
THE INTERIOR DESIGN INDUSTRY
is all about relationships. That, says Eugenia Jesberg, is among the key lessons learned in the nearly three decades since founding her practice. Like most designers, she relies on showrooms, fabricators, artists, and countless others to deliver sublime spaces tailor-made for her clients. In January, her professional life assumed its most meaningful relationship yet: Eugenia’s daughter, Emma, joined her firm. It isn’t the first time that the 30-year-old has followed in her mother’s footsteps: The California natives both studied art history at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. After earning her degree, Eugenia worked in finance before enrolling in the interior design program at San Francisco’s Academy of Art. When she launched her business in Mill Valley in 1993, with a 2.5-year-old and a 1-year-old (a son who now lives in Colorado), proximity of her home to her office was essential.
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ABOVE Eugenia & Emma Jesberg at Jesberg family home in Belvedere.
Stinson Beach (Seadrift), EJ Interior Design, incorporates a neutral plate with rich textures to not compete with the view. For maximal comfort, Swivel chairs and sectional by Flexform, Moon table by Ochre, custom rug by Tufenkian.
ABOVE Stinson Beach Master bedroom, cozy and fresh textures for sunny and foggy days alike. Custom upholstered bed in quadrille fabric and shearling chaise.
Stinson Beach kitchen with fresh white cabinetry, shiplap design with weathered oak accents. Light fixture by Apparatus and backsplash by Fireclay.
BELOW Stinson Beach master bath with custom designed weathered oak cabinets and sconces by Fuse.
“Growing up,” recalls Emma, “I spent a lot of time in and out of the office, helping out where I could.” In high school, she started a business called The Returners with friends who interned with her mother. The group collected fabric samples from designers, then sorted and returned them to the showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center. Post-college, Emma held merchandising positions with West Elm, WilliamsSonoma and Gap while taking design classes on the side. “I never questioned that I would eventually join the firm,” she says, “but I really wanted to get experience at other companies.” When the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders went into effect in March, Emma was the newest of EJ Interior Design’s handful of employees. “It’s been a crash course,” says Eugenia, noting that in the early months of the pandemic, mother and daughter lived and worked together in Marin. “Emma walked into an established business, but she’s here to expand it and grow it and take it in a different direction, too. I’m excited to see her develop her aesthetic and design sense.” Zoom meetings with clients, as well as virtual tours of showrooms and studios, have become commonplace for the duo. Both especially enjoy curating art and creating custom pieces that, as Eugenia puts it, “solve a puzzle.” A through-line of her portfolio is connecting the landscape with the interior schemes. Light and tactile elements are also priorities. Current projects include the “fast and furious decorating” of a transitional abode in Tiburon and a modern Aspen residence several years in the making. The Jesbergs constantly bounce ideas off each other. Emma, who recently moved into a new apartment in San Francisco, says with a laugh: “I can’t make a single decision without consulting my mom first!” For Eugenia, an even greater compliment is having Emma on staff now. “I always dreamt it,” says Eugenia, her voice quivering with rising emotions. “I’m very lucky to have Emma as my daughter and my best friend. I’m blessed that we have this relationship that’s pretty unique.” CH
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The Conscious Gardener
Designer Patricia Benner Takes A Thoughtful Approach To California Landscapes BY KERSTIN CZARRA | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARYN MILLET
BEHIND EACH OF LOS ANGELES-BASED designer Patricia Benner’s gardens, is a complex balance of beauty, sensibility, and sustainability. A second-generation landscape designer born and raised on the East Coast, she has honed her own distinctive California aesthetic for nearly two decades. “I strive to create spaces that have an organic connection to their setting and feel like they’ve always been there,” she says. Her portfolio is filled with designs that reflect a sense of history alongside modern, lived-in luxury. With an affinity for the rolling green vistas of
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ABOVE A wood arbor was moved from another location on the property and is now a focal point on the lawless allee of holly oak trees. The landscape designer Patricia Benner. Portrait by Stephen Busken
A lush Magnolia grandiflora frames the front door of the Hancock Park home.
Gardens the mid-Atlantic and New England, she blends this classism with the natural beauty of California’s dry landscapes and subtle seasons. For a Montecito garden, Benner nestled construction into existing trees, used indigenous stone for hardscaping and native plants to respect an Oak woodland. A sense of respect and mindfulness came into play for another recent project at a home in the historic Windsor Square enclave in Hancock Park. The designer created the look of a Parisian park with a lawnless alleé —a standout amongst the neighborhood’s wide, lush lawns. Grass was replaced with symmetrical rows of evergreen and droughttolerant holly oak trees whose rich, continuous evergreen canopies provide a sense of lushness and shade. The trees are planted on a field of decomposed granite, a hallmark of the romantic and classically proportioned gardens found in Europe. The design is a response to the homeowner’s desire for style, sustainability, and safe social interaction, a direction she is seeing many of her clients move in right now. “While City planning departments throughout California are leading the way in requiring sustainable landscapes for new construction,” says Benner. “Clients themselves are increasingly attuned to issues of sustainability and design of drought-tolerant, water-wise landscapes.” And with the increased time spent at home in the era of COVID, people now consider their private outdoor spaces a place of refuge. “Front gardens are seen as a buffer between public spaces and private sanctuary where you can see and interact with friends and neighbors and still maintain a social distance,” she says. Next up for Benner are some projects in Northern California, where she has a home and recently opened an office to serve clients in and around San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, and Marin. While the areas share some characteristics with their neighbors in Southern California, Benner is excited to experiment in a region with cooler temperatures and more discernible seasons. “The plant palette of northern California is somewhat different from that of south,” she says. “I am excited to grow some of my favorite East Coast plants, and use my Stinson Beach garden as a lab for experimenting.” CH
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A hedge separates the front yard allee from a private seating area with cozy fire pit, custom made of block with bluestone veneer. The graceful lounge chairs are by Munder Skiles. A Beaumontia grandiflora vine was planted in the foreground left in addition to the Cocculus tree and salvias and Blue Lily Turf in a nearby bed.
Munder Skilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Almongington bench is a shady spot to relax thanks to a graceful Sycamore tree. Bluestone pavers echo the lines of the seating.
Moments Chef Michael Tusk Talks Navigating The COVID-19 Crisis BY ANH-MINH LE
pandemic are a blur, as businesses like his were constantly adjusting in response to the latest data and directives. “There were so many things to do,” he recalls. “It was just: read and react.” In Tusk’s case, that meant implementing different strategies for the trio of San Francisco establishments he and his wife Lindsay operate: the fine-dining, three-Michelin-starred Quince; Cotogna, a rustic Italian eatery; and French-inflected wine bar Verjus. Almost immediately after the Bay Area began sheltering in place in March, Cotogna converted to takeout and delivery. Once outdoor dining was permitted, lunch and dinner service resumed. Verjus, which already had an online marketplace, expanded beyond wine to provisions such as meats and breads. Wine, cheese and charcuterie are now offered for consumption outside Verjus’ red doors, too.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY DORA TSUI
FOR CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR MICHAEL TUSK, the early days of the
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ABOVE Verjus continues to purvey wines, while produce can now be purchased online or inperson as well.
On Pacific Avenue, Cotogna’s alfresco seating beckons during the afternoon and evening.
OPPOSITE TOP Cotogna’s panzanella, a Tuscan tomato and bread salad, also features red onions and cucumbers. OPPOSITE BOTTOM
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH WEAVER
Husband-and-wife Michael and Lindsay Tusk are the proprietors of Quince, Cotogna and Verjus—all located in San Francisco’s Jackson Square neighborhood.
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Quince at the Farm offers sociallydistanced greenhouse dining amid the field. .
BELOW Bolinas’ Fresh Run Farm is one of two locations for the openair Quince lunches. BOTTOM RIGHT A dish starring strawberries, chilled and warmed, is complemented by lavender.
At Fresh Run, meals are served in the expansive greenhouse with social-distancing measures in place; much smaller, two-person greenhouses; and a structure that Tusk describes as an outsized tipi with openings. McEvoy offers sublime dining under an oak tree and along the perimeter of a large pagoda that provides some shade. At both sites, guests tour the venue, learn about its farming practices and even harvest vegetables— zucchinis, eggplants or tomatoes, perhaps—that are included in a course that afternoon as well as later sent home with them. “We try to make it exciting, fun, and engaging,” says Tusk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARION BRENNER
The path forward for Quince proved more challenging. It turns out, the answer lay in an idea that had been percolating for a while. During a trip to Stockholm a couple of years ago, Tusk visited Rosendals Trädgård, which features a greenhouse café that sources fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers from its biodynamic garden. The Tusks were inspired to build a greenhouse for hosting special events at Fresh Run Farm in Bolinas, where Peter Martinelli grows produce exclusively for their restaurants. That sparked Quince at the Farm, an alfresco incarnation of their celebrated restaurant that launched in July. “Thankfully, we had been discussing how to do more things there, so it was pretty natural,” says Tusk. The $325+ lunches typically span four to five hours, with a double-digit number of courses. Occurring Friday through Sunday, the location alternates between Fresh Run and Petaluma’s McEvoy Ranch. Martinelli also farms at the latter, which allows him to grow warm-season crops that he’s unable to grow in coastal Bolinas.
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LEFT Tomatoes, cucamelons and lemon verbena accompany a fino verde basil granita. BELOW The dining experience includes a tour of Fresh Run Farm (or McEvoy Ranch if the lunch takes place in Petaluma).
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For the chef, the additional time spent in nature lately has been a silver lining of the pandemic. He’s also been able to focus more on virtual cooking classes and testing products for the pasta company he’s been working on. And in April, the Tusks founded Feed the Future, a nonprofit that benefits restaurant employees and the farming community. Their initial fundraising auction, with myriad culinary items and activities up for grabs, garnered more than $250,000. Like many of his colleagues, Tusk is currently keeping a close eye on whether Congress passes the Restaurant Act, which would provide $120 billion in relief. “I don’t know how everybody can pivot again without some support,” he says. As for the future of Quince, it remains a question mark. The hope is to continue the open-air format at least into fall. “We’re in hospitality for a reason,” says Tusk. “We’re here to try to make people forget about other parts of their life and just enjoy the experience. If we can do that, then we’ve done the best we can.” CH quincerestaurant.com
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IN THE VALLEY
INTERIOR DESIGNERS MARK WEAVER AND DARRELL P. WILSON, CREATE AN EXTRAORDINARY HOME TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT WALLA SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 | 69
The entryway features an antique Portuguese center table and a painting by Lorser Feitelson. The chandelier is rock crystal grapes by Paul Ferrante.
AT T H E T O P O F A L O N G R O A D I N T H E H E A R T O F
the Santa Ynez Valley lies a private Mediterranean-style estate that is warm and elegant at every turn, inviting all who enter into an extraordinary garden oasis. Bill and Jan Sanger, founders of the Sanger Family of Wines, enlisted Los Angeles-based designer Mark Weaver to transform an existing home on their sprawling vineyard and olive grove into an exceptional residence, complete with spacious guest house, charming outdoor dining spaces, an extensive 3,000-foot underground wine cellar with frescoes and meticulously curated art and antiques - all while still imparting a sense of intimacy.
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Weaver, founder of interior design and architecture firm Mark Weaver and Associates, set out to integrate the approximately 20,000 square foot home and its extensively landscaped grounds with the wider environs, bringing in the muted greens of the adjacent olive trees, the pallid gold tones of the surrounding hillsides, the rich browns of the hefty oak trees liberally dotting the region. And throughout the five-year process, he discovered that his clients were imaginative and collaborative, happily joining him in the creative process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were fortunate to have clients who were so receptive to the ideas that we were throwing out,â&#x20AC;? he said.
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Looking through the living room to the entryway you will see an 18-foot-high Specimen Fig Tree from The Tropics, with a stone container by Formations. There is also an early 18th century antique Italian chest with rare inlaid stones. The antique mirror above the chest is Spanish late 18th century. The living room chandelier is by Therien and the sofa is by MWA (Mark Weaver & Associates). The coffee table from Ferrante is topped by Italian Golden Breccia Marble and there is also a table featuring an iron base with a petrified wood top. The chairs are by Cache. Custom drapery fabric and trim is by Taffert. The marble sculpture was purchased from a private collection. Braided sisal carpet by Aga John. Custom walnut wood floors throughout were designed by MWA. Looking into the dining area, you will see chairs, table, commode, chandelier and sconces by Therien.
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ABOVE The kitchen features Breccia Marble from Italy and custom designed walnut cabinetry by MWA, with hardware from The Golden Lion. The sink was carved out of a single piece of black granite. The bronzed metallic ceramic tile on the splash is from NS Ceramic in Santa Barbara and the appliances are by Wolf.
Looking into the family room, you will see window fabrics by Jack Lenor Larsen and a 12-foot-high Black Olive Tree. The furniture is custom designed by MWA. The Silver Gilt stone lamp on the console is from Jean de Merry. The custom designed fireplace screen is by MWA, inspired by Giacometti. The console table is made of corten steel and custom made 3â&#x20AC;? slabs of glass by MWA. The chandelier was custom made by Paul Ferrante.
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BELOW A view of the pool area with beautiful Spanishstyle tile from NS Ceramic. Chaise fabrics are by Summit and Glant. The occasional tables between the chaises are petrified wood from Berber Imports.
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“Their enthusiasm was so infectious that it sparked more ideas.” Among those ideas: creating a veritable Shangri-La of an outdoor space, complete with English rose gardens, abundant fruit trees, hand-carved rocks and boulders, fountains with sparkling rivulets of water. Weaver and his principal designer Darrell P. Wilson, worked with architect Michael Eserts, and with Rodney Williams Construction. On the landscaping, he worked closely with Puck Erickson, principal and co-founder of Arcadia Studio based in Santa Barbara and Los Olivos, and with Sergio Morales, master landscape contractor. Moving through the lush gardens, visitors arrive at a majestic main house rendered in an architectural style synonymous with Santa Barbara - white stucco exteriors with burnished red tiled roofs, gracious proportions, a multitude of hallways, entryways and porticos. Walking in through the main double doors, guests find themselves standing atop a glass floor. Peer below, and see the expansive wine cellar. “It has mosaic panels on the walls dating back a few hundred years,” said Weaver. “There are rooms for wine barrels, a lounge, a
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full kitchen and dining area, and even a gentleman’s lounge. It’s one of the highlights of the house to be taken downstairs in the elevator and walk out into this stellar wine room.” The decor is detailed and thoughtful, featuring a mix of 18th century antiques alongside modern pieces; Fortuny drapes fall to the floor, the custom-made lighting from Paul Ferrante includes an elegant reference to the wine-centric nature of the estate, fashioned as it is from clusters of grape-shaped rock crystals. Weaver says that his clients wanted to present plentiful surprises and “magical spaces.” An old water tower was transformed into a destination unto itself; guests can climb to the top to gaze out over the endless vistas of vineyards, and partake of a private wine tasting. They can have a turn on the bocce court, swim in one of the pools, or sit by the lake which has a platform built over it to hold a small orchestra for when the family entertains. “As special as the property is, it’s still a family home,” said Weaver. “Once you are there you don’t need to go out. Our philosophy is: you can’t improve on the beauty of nature. So, you just embrace it. And that’s exactly what we did.” CH
ABOVE The wine cellar features a custom mural by MJ Atelier. The fabrics on the banquette and chairs is by Clarence House. In the center of the room is a 17th century antique refectory table.
A view of the wine cellar kitchen, with antique stone from France. Antique brick from Italy was used for the ceiling. The custom table is by MWA. The kitchen tiles are from NS Ceramic, while the alabaster fixture is from Paul Ferrante. The stone floors of the wine cave are from Exquisite Services.
Bocce court overlooking the vineyards and olive orchards. The statue is from the Sangerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection and the stone bench is by Formations.
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ABOVE Her master bathroom features cabinetry by MWA with two vitrines to display her antique collection of Lalique. The custom designed tub was carved from one solid piece of Onyx and the ceiling is in a Borghese Gilt finish. The drapery fabric is by Bergamo and the slipper chair is by Rose Tarlow.
The gravel path through the Heirloom Rose garden leads to an antique 18th century Italian fountain.
The bed is draped in Fortuny fabrics with custom linens by E. Braun. Rock crystal lamps are by Therien. The artwork in the bedroom is by Marc Chagall. Looking into the sitting room, you see Art Deco inspired mirrored panels by MJ Atelier. The room also features a natural hide area rug from Mansour. The fireplace screen is designed by MWA and fabricated by Ferrante.
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Attract THIS STRIKING CONTEMPORARY GUEST HOUSE IN LOS ANGELES DRAMATICALLY CONTRASTS THE CLASSIC MAIN HOUSE BESIDE IT TEXT BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MANOLO LANGIS
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IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN IVY-COVERED COTTAGE .
When Richard Landry’s longtime clients asked the notable architect to craft a new detached guest house beside the existing Mediterranean-style home his firm had built 20 years prior, he initially envisioned something that would blend right in—aged stone, perhaps, with a storybook-like charm. But in the midst of the planning process, his clients mentioned they’d be open to something more modern. Something that, in other words, would really stand out. “That’s when the light went on,” recalls Landry. “We re-imagined their guest house as art-in-the-garden, a beautiful, sculptural folly as opposed to just another building.”
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The resulting ultra-contemporary 2,350-square-foot structure is perhaps the meta version of that vision: A sculptural piece of architecture literally pierced by a sculpture. By centering it just beyond the original home’s porte-cochère, the marked divergence between the traditional and contemporary buildings is quite spectacularly highlighted. That’s an effect Landry loves. “Think of the Louvre when I.M. Pei added the pyramid,” he muses. “It doesn’t compete with the older building, it’s just this contrasting, sculptural, functional statement.” It may seem like a grandiose comparison, but there’s more than a touch of museum-like magic and wonder to this
Malibu-based artist Brad Howe created the vividly colored abstract sculpture centered below the guest house’s cantilevered open roof, sizing it so that the pinnacle pierces right through. The sculpture rests upon dual reflective pools of water.
Architect Richard Landry framed a glimpse of the guest house’s contemporary outdoor entertaining pavilion just beyond the main home’s traditional porte-cochère, deliberately playing off the architectural contrast.
multipurpose space, too. Led by Suzanne Shepela, Landry Design Group dreamed up what’s essentially a glass pavilion topped by a deeply cantilevered roof. Centered below that broad stretch of stone is a colorful contemporary sculpture commissioned from Malibu artist Brad Howe, sized to slice right through the roof’s massive skylight. It’s the focal point of the covered outdoor gathering space, which doubles in size for entertaining thanks to glass doors that bifold open completely and lead into the glass great room. This is space made
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for gatherings, with a kitchenette, wet bar and drop-down projector screen; downstairs lies a private guest suite complete with a wine room and doors out to a quiet garden. A minimalist palette peppered with modern sculptures, mobiles and paintings throughout adds to the gallery-like vibe. As the whole structure is built into a hillside, the lower level guest suite is basically an artfully rendered daylight basement, while the glass upper floor—dramatically cantilevered also—appears to levitate above it. “From a design standpoint, there’s a
BELOW Landry Design Group cleverly utilized the sloped setting’s necessary retaining wall as the exterior wall of the lower level guest bedroom, adding glass doors that bifold open to a private patio and garden. Both the guest bathroom’s subtle yet striking cube window—designed to jut out from the wall—and the cantilevered glass upper floor above add to the building’s sculptural cohesion. OPPOSITE Unobtrusive stairs—elegantly inlaid with built-in lighting—separate the more public upstairs entertaining space from the downstairs private areas.
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ABOVE Designed to make the most of its panoramic hillside views, the main floor is more windows than walls—with floor-to-ceiling glass wrapping two-thirds of the structure. The large colorful sculpture is by artist John Chamberlain.
In the bathroom, the built-in vanity’s his-and-hers sinks are divided by a rectangular paneless glass window that extends from the wall.
real simplicity to it, it looks easy, effortless and weightless,” says Landry. “And they love and collect art, so to look at their building as art and to integrate so much art into it made it exciting and special.” By day, the mirrored glass reflects the surrounding pine trees, rendering the building almost invisible. At night it seems nearly transparent. And when it’s all lit up, it glows. For the homeowners, it’s become much more than a guest house, it’s now a transportive, art-filled destination just steps from their home. “It’s not just sitting there locked up and awaiting guests,” notes Landry. “They host events, they’ve had small lectures there, and since the pandemic started, they’re out there almost every night watching movies. It’s a backyard escape.” CH
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ABOVE The homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contemporary art collection continues in the airy lower guest bedroom, which features framed paintings by Frank Stella and Wassily Kandinsky and a small bedside sculpture by Robert Graham.
A custom wooden screen fabricated by Santa Barbara-based Neal Feay Studio acts as a contemporary divider, separating the staircase to the lower level from the dining area. The design continues below the banquette, artistically concealing the ventilation.
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HOLLYWOOD REGENCY ARCHITECT ROGER SEIFTER UPDATES A JOHN WOOLF MASTERPIECE TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC PIASECKI STYLIST: ANITA SARSIDI Above the mantle, Alex Katz’s portrait Sara surveys the library. Gilmer flanked this with a pair of curved elongated mirrors attributed to Gio Ponti. A 1950’s Paul McCobb tufted lounge chair upholstered in peacock blue converses easily with a plum leather Jacques Adnet chair.
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A SAN FRANCISCO COUPLE SEEKS SERENITY IN THE SONORAN DESERT TEXT BY CANDACE ORD MANROE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN WOODCOCK
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The Hollywood Regency living room, foyer, and rest of the John Woolf masterpiece will feature in the forthcoming book HOUSES: Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Published by The Monacelli Press, it is due out in January 2021.
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Roger Seifter’s clients needed a home base on the West Coast, he went house hunting with them, and together they found a Hollywood Regency masterp i e c e i n Los Ang eles. The symmetrical three-bedroom estate surrounded by mature olive trees was designed and built by the famed architect John Elgen Woolf in 1961. It featured many iconic elements of Woolf’s work; French mansard roof, Pullman doors, shuttered windows, high ceilings, columns, curved patio, and an oval swimming pool. Seifter, a partner in Robert A.M. Stern Architects, saw the property’s perfect proportion and scale and wanted to liberate its now dark interiors restoring them to a modern interpretation of their archetypal Southern Californian elegance. RAMSA alumni Palm Springs-based architect and interior designer John Gilmer joined the design team. Together he and Seifter researched the residence uncovering Woolf ’s 1959 architectural drawings. At the house’s entrance, a vestibule opens up to a circular foyer with an oculus window in the ceiling. Gilmer kept the walls and floor light, installing a voluptuous pair of late 20th-century brass chest of drawers attributed to Gabriella Crespi. An enfilade looks to the library on the right and dining room on the left. Straight ahead, the living room and pool beckon. Woolf organized the home on a
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butterfly plan with the living room at the center flanked by the angled garden room and master suite. A curved wall of windows and sliding doors unites all three areas around the pool. The original living room elevations showed a beamed ceiling, now covered, and nonexistent fireplace and arched niche. Once Seifter restored Woolf ’s vision, Gilmer furnished the pale space with a mixture of midcentury pieces and custom items. A curved ivory sofa contrasts with a sunburst oak and ebonized metal cocktail table. William Haines Mappleton club chair joins a pair of vintage Karl Springer “Soufflé Ottomans” upholstered in a regal royal blue. In the hallway that leads to the garden room contemporary Irish painter James Kennedy’s abstract “Formal Assembly,” reflects the cool, neutral color palette used throughout the interiors. Alex Katz’s bold artwork depicting white roses on a celestial background dominates the garden room, which
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the clients repurposed as a media room. Gilmer mixed a tailored cream upholstered sectional and mid-century modern classics. Danish designer Kai Kristensen’s rosewood desk from the 1960s marries with a 1950 designed Saarinen Executive chair. On the opposite side of the pool, the master suite appears in luxurious aquamarine wallcoverings, draperies, and bed linens, referencing the property’s glamourous past. Seifter’s clients played an integral part in restoring Woolf ’s Hollywood Regency estate. “We have a long history with the owners, with whom we’ve worked on several projects in which they have been deeply involved in design and construction processes. This project was special — perhaps on account of its very palpable scale and the unique vibe of its architecture — and as a result, their involvement one of heart and soul, with one or both of them taking an active role in nearly every decision” Seifter said. CH
In addition to sourcing from showrooms and dealers, Gilmer utilized his shop Porter & Punk. In the garden room turned home theatre, he installed a vintage travertine top coffee table, 1960’s Edward Wormley for Dunbar side table, and 1970’s plaster finish tree table lamp, all from his curated inventory.
OPPOSITE While Seifter restored much of the estate to Woolf’s original vision, the kitchen was the exception. Circa 1961, it was closed off and designed for servants, not homeowners, to use. Now it is open and light-filled with new cabinetry and stonework.
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ABOVE An aubergine French mid-century chair strikes a sculptural pose against the pale custom wood cabinetry in one of the guest rooms. The beige monochrome palette continued in the Patterson Flynn Martin carpet and Casa del Bianco linens.
Gilmer selected a 1970’s Murano chandelier by Mazzega, from his Palm Springs shop Porter & Plunk to create an aquatic effect in the master bathroom. The ovalshaped freestanding tub from Boffi reflects the architectural elements of the house.
Seifter incorporated Woolf’s signature elliptical leaded window into a custom Kerry Joyce headboard for the guest room. A pair of midcentury Milo Baughman barrel chairs flank Gary Hutton’s contemporary Martini Table.
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BELOW For the exterior, RAMSA collaborated with landscape designer Mario Nievera. To complement the pool and architecture, Gilmer sourced vintage Salterini “Ribbon Back” outdoor furniture designed by Maurizio Tempestini.
Beauvais’ cashmere and mohair carpet grounds the master bedroom. A Milo Baughman upholstered chair combines with a 1950’s Jacques Adnet side table and 1960’s Jacques Quenet floor lamp for a restful
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The dining room is anchored by a table that interior designers Chris Weir and Susan Collins Weir of Studio Collins Weir customfabricated with a live edge slab of repurposed walnut sourced from Arborica. The chairs are by Carl Hansen; the Michael Anastassiades mobile chandelier is a find from The Future Perfect. Neutral-toned and symmetrical, the open kitchen is the central gathering point for the home. A hidden service area behind it keeps counters neat. The Beetle counter stools are by Gubi, from The Future Perfect.
THIS CLEAN-LINED CONTEMPORARY SONOMA RETREAT IS THREE-QUARTERS GLASS, MAKING THE MOST OF ROLLING RURAL WINE COUNTRY VIEWS TEXT BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM ROUSE
FROM RISING TENDRILS OF SOFT MIST that cast muted
shadows to blazing rays of sunshine that throw every angle into sharp relief, the weather largely sets the mood and tone at this modernist getaway. It makes sense: The structure is nearly a solarium, with three sides of floor-to-ceiling glass and slide-away doors that blur the line between indoors and out. It’s an effect further dramatized by a near total lack of ornamentation. There’s no art, no bright colors, no flourishes of any kind. Instead, the materiality of wood, concrete and steel is emphasized and the minimalist furnishings are of natural wood, linen and leather in a pared-down palette. “There’s a certain austerity to the architecture and a cleanliness to the furnishings,” says interior designer Chris Weir of Studio Collins Weir, who
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led the project with his wife and partner Susan Collins Weir. “But there’s a highly-edited casualness as well. It’s very livable; you won’t feel uncomfortable sitting in this house even after being outside in the garden all day.” For their clients, empty nesters with interests in agriculture who often do garden all day, crafting a clean and chic yet comfortably informal space was critical. The couple have a family home in Mill Valley and decamp regularly to this Russian River Valley hideaway surrounded by established olive, madrona, manzanita and beech trees, alongside an orchard, vegetable garden and far-flung views. Their glass-walled home, a new ground-up build designed by San Francisco’s Feldman Architecture, makes the absolute most of the countryside tableau. “The goal was to
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BELOW LEFT The striking live edge walnut and steel living room coffee table is a customdesigned piece by Studio Collins Weir. Wood from the same slab of walnut is featured on the custom dining table. BELOW RIGHT Built-in storage throughout the home aids the minimalist aesthetic by keeping surfaces neat.
-INTERIOR DESIGNER SUSAN COLLINS WEIR OPPOSITE Walls were left deliberately unadorned to keep the focus on the outside views. Above the fireplace, electronic sliding wooden panels conceal a TV. The sectional is from B&B Italia, the rug is a custom design from Tai Ping.
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Stunning mountain views are nearly endless from the many windows of this rural Sonoma escape. OPPOSITE An elm slab forms a simple desk in the second story home office. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joined by several midcentury modern standouts from Herman Miller: a classic Setu chair, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and a 1951 Alexander Girard coffee table.
bring the landscape into the house, and to find textures and materials that spoke to it directly,” says Collins Weir. The home is laid out simply, with a voluminous lower level that opens along its entire width to the full-length patio outside. Steps up from the pool lead directly into a central kitchen, which serves as both a gathering and pivot point for the whole home—the open living room and dining area flow from there. A service area cleverly hidden behind a wall keeps everything pristine. Upstairs lie the private spaces, including a guest room office and the owners’ suite, which overlooks a hillside garden. Floor to-ceiling sliding glass doors align on both levels, inviting the outdoors in. Since the transparent facade puts everything inside directly on display—”it’s basically a glass jewel box,” notes Collins Weir—careful consideration for the shape, scale and weight of
the furnishings became paramount for striking a balance in the overall composition. With a minimalist aesthetic driving the selection, the designers curated each room with museumlike care. So it only makes sense that two key pieces are museum-worthy themselves: The dining and coffee table are cut from the same slab of salvaged walnut and were custom fabricated with steel bases. “Having one monumental piece of lumber anchor both parts of the downstairs combined kitchen, dining, and living space is really compelling, and it ties that whole area together,” says Weir. “Those pieces are instant heirlooms. Our clients’ kids will fight over them someday.” Other eye-catching pieces, like the Michael Anastassiades mobile chandelier centered above the dining room table, provide moments of functional art. “It’s minimal and poetic,
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ABOVE Visitors to the second floor master bathroom are met with unparalleled panoramic views from the Blu Bathworks tub and open shower.
The front facade of the house is entirely filled with sliding glass panels, which overlook a lengthy pool and small unattached guest house.
and fills the space without occupying it and overwhelming it,” says Collins Weir of the light fixture. Its curves are echoed in the arching Dornbracht faucet and sculptural Blu Bathworks freestanding tub of the upstairs primary bathroom, which also includes a spa-like open shower crafted with warm teak slats underfoot. As a whole, the look is restrained and refined while organic and raw—very fitting with wine country. Thanks to the events of this year, this alluring home has been a very practical getaway for the owners and their adult children too, due to its natural isolation. “This is their retreat,” states Collins Weir. “I would happily quarantine here too.” CH
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A Selection of Rutherford Preferred Wines BY KENNETH FRIEDENREICH
READERS MAY NOTICE THAT I HAVE PILFERED,
The historic Rutherford appellation sits at the center of Napa Valley. ABOVE A vision for quality in Napa Valley’s earliest days. George de Latour overlooking Beaulieu Vineyard 2, circa 1939. TOP
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the title of a fine novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Pandemics seem to bring out if not the best in my fellow humans, at least their ingenuity and resourcefulness. With bubbly thanks to Sara Soergel, executive director, and Steve Tonella, president of the Rutherford Dust Society, a Napa Valleybased trade association for growers, winemakers, farmers and local community, we conducted a wonderful experiment in social distancing. Ten of us gathered in the west hills’ backyard of oeno-fans Dick Stinson and Judy Erdman to share an anthology tasting from the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA). The west hills loom above Portland, Oregon, so the palate tends toward Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley rather than the go-to Cabernets of California’s best-known wine area.
Rutherford, California, founded 1879 has over 6,600 acres planted of many interesting individual varietals but is known for Cabernet Sauvignon— bold, inky, tannic, fruitful wines that are housed or produced in the AVA, perhaps 50 wineries in all. What the Rutherford AVA offers most is an elusive characteristic known as “Rutherford Dust”. Its essence seems to be cocoa powder. More Nestle’s Quik than Godiva, but even this simile owes more to mystery than to a strict definition. Much of the planted acreage here spans the central floor of that valley and is therefore blessed with more sunshine and warmth than other comparable sub-AVAs in this valley of 45,000 planted acres. Its soil composition is a mix of gravel, loam, and sand set over a deep water table that causes roots to drill down and drain well. What follows are the wines we tasted, in the order we tasted them. This will give readers some suggestions to acquire these wines. Please note that roughly 45% of all the acreage in the Rutherford AVA is Cabernet Sauvignon. The other principal varietals include, not surprisingly, other components of Bordeaux wines–Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, etc. Among the other varietals in this AVA is a good representation of Sauvignon Blanc, such as the one produced by Steve Tonella.
Winemakers in the vineyards. Winemaker Emeritus Ted Edwards and Winemaker Kristy Melton.
A Bordeaux blend from S. R. Tonella Cellars features Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec.
Elyse Winery, Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, $95 and Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, $125 are single-source Cabernet Sauvignon wines from independent family-run vineyards. Since 2018, the Elyse wine is made by Russell Bevan.
Honig, Rutherford Sauvignon, $125 is an sively Californian wine, by family owner-operathe heart of Rutherford 1980.
Neal Family Vineyards, “Rutherford Dust” Cabernet Sauvignon, $90 is 100% certified organically farmed. A multi-generational effort, the Neals were grape growers first, and now produce wine of their own.
Freemark Abbey, Bosché Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, $150, a stalwart Napa Valley producer, and the most akin to Bordeaux. Winemaker emeritus Ted Edwards celebrates his 40th harvest with Freemark Abbey this year, and welcomes Kristy Melton as winemaker.
Tres Sabores, Rutherford Perspectives Cabernet Sauvignon, $124 and Rutherford Zinfandel, $50 represents a model for organic, biodiverse farming on the western Rutherford bench, led by owner-operator Julie Johnson. S. R. Tonella Cellars, 2017 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, $125 and S. R. Tonella Cellars, 2016 Cabernet Blend Reserve, $125 is culmination of over 100 continuous years in the wine business in Rutherford, Napa Valley—and the packaging says it all. A large 750 format all black, bold and elegant. Beaulieu Vineyard, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, $145 for this writer, the Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet is perhaps the most expressive of its kind in this AVA, and certainly the wine with the longest pedigree.
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Sullivan Rutherford, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, $110 also comes from hallowed grounds, as the 26-acre Sullivan estate was first planted by Andre Tchelistcheff, a friend of the original founder, James (“Jim”) O’Neill Sullivan. In sum, these ten producers offer a good illustration of the Rutherford Dust.Living well, as the old scholars say, is the best revenge. These, our pandemic-strewn times, recall this good advice. CH
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The Taste of Wine
California’s Wine Country Offers Gracious & Intimate Tasting Experiences IF YOU’RE A NATIVE CALIFORNIAN, chances are you’ve had the privilege and joy of spending time in the Napa Valley sampling the many varieties of wines. The fall is a favorite time to travel to the Napa Valley for some superb tastings and there are also many choices of five-star restaurants along the way. We found four wine tasting locations in the area that we highly recommend. CH
CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY Chateau Montelena is one of the most storied wineries in California’s Napa Valley. First founded in 1882 in Calistoga, it was in 1976 that Chateau Montelena won the infamous Judgement of Paris tasting, solidifying California’s place in the world of fine wine. Today, Chateau Montelena’s distinct 19th century stone structure stands as a quality icon in Napa Valley, consistently producing some of the finest wines in California. Master Winemaker Bo Barret, son of founder Jim Barret, now runs the estate with the help of Winemaker Matt Crafton and Vineyard Manager Dave Vella. There are three different wine tasting experiences available for the wine connoisseur. To book at tasting please visit montelena.com or call 800.222.7288.
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DUCKHORN VINEYARDS Founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting classic Napa Valley wines for nearly 40 years. Located in beautiful St. Helena, California the traditionally designed Estate House and Tasting Room has been a stunning wine country setting since its unveiling in 2001. Duckhorn Vineyards has been named one of the “Top 100 Wineries” in the world eight times by Wine & Spirits. Visitors can taste their award-winning Napa Valley wines, stroll their beautiful gardens and enjoy the vineyard view. With a prior appointment, join the vineyards for a portfolio wine tasting that highlights their diverse wine offerings. For information please visit duckhorn.com or call 707.963.7108.
TURNBULL WINERY With four renowned vineyards spanning more than 150 acres of vines in Oakville and Calistoga, Turnbull is a small, independent winery dedicated to make exquisite, territory driven expressions of estate-grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and well as exceptional Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery’s classic farm aesthetic extends outdoors with a new garden filled with raised vegetable beds, water features and seating for guests. The property is gorgeous with a level of hospitality that pampers and impresses. Turnbull offers one of the most gracious and intimate tasting experiences in Napa Valley, and is currently offering by-appointment Gallery and Private Tastings that are held among Turnbull’s many beautiful outdoor spaces. To book a tasting please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707.963.5839. For more details visit turnbullwines.com.
BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS Baldacci Family Vineyards is a family-owned and operated estate-grown winery located in the acclaimed Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. Second-generation vintner, Michael Baldacci creates limited production wines from three distinct estate vineyards located in the nestled AVA’s of Calistoga, Stags Leap District and Los Carneros. The outdoor patio tastings are open for bookings at Baldacci Family Vineyards. Join Winemaker, Michael Baldacci and Marketing Manager, Matthew Baldacci to experience the beauty of the Stags Leap District. Appointments are available: FridaySunday 10:00am–2:00pm. To book a tasting please email email@example.com or call 707.944.9261. For more details visit baldaccivineyards.com.
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