Dreamy home filled with natural light and retro leather furn
The idea of having a home that looks more as a fortress against the incursion of nature stayed in the early decades of the 20th. Nowadays, most houses still clung to an earlier model of domestic architecture, designed to look inward, with surprisingly dark rooms sheltered from the relentless Southern California sunshine.
A challenge given to designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent: To transform a stately but somewhat dour Tudor house built in 1925 in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood. Their clients were Brian Robbins, president of the Nickelodeon network, and his wife, stylist Tracy Robbins.
More natural light, modernist furnishing, and windows of iron and glass throughout the home letting the light of day invade the house, including the master bath. A Waterworks double vanity pairs with a Jacques Adnet–inspired cabinet and a 1940s French Deco armchair and the shower fittings are also by Waterworks.
Mario Bellini described Cab, a best-seller that he designed in the 1970s, as “a new kind of chair, constructed totally out of leather, much cloned since then." Cab was the first-ever chair to feature a free-standing leather structure, inspired by how our skin fits over our skeleton. The vintage Mario Bellini leather chairs surround an oval mahogany table in the dining space @ the house.
The reinvigorated landscape design, orchestrated by Brent in tandem with the firm Rolling Greens, puts a new complexion in the house, offering a variety of options for alfresco entertaining and leisure.
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