Hunt House in Malibu.
Unlike beach houses that are designed for just a few moments of the year or specific occasions, this house in Malibu was created to carry stories and stay upright for a long time.
Built by modernist architect Craig Ellwood in the late '50s, Hunt House got its name from the first owners, Dr. Hunt and his wife Elizabeth, who wanted a small house for the weekends at the beach.
A construction that could be forgotten, but was found by architect and Soho House member Diane Bald, who instantly knew that the house would be hers. She was taken by its simplistic beauty in its raw state, with an authentic beach vibe.
Small in size, Hunt sheltered great original designs from that time, which were soon rescued by Diane. George Nelson chairs, an original Eames leather sofa, and other creations by Ellwood himself, such as the dining table, armchairs, and bedroom pieces. They were all preserved, proving that not even concrete can withstand time like leather.
This real living museum was almost taken down by a construction company, but Diane joined efforts to restore, preserve, and transform the Hunt House into a heritage site.
Everything in its aesthetics, structure, and furniture reflects post-war life, with touches of freedom and breath. With outdoor terraces that maximize indoor-outdoor living, Hunt House shows Ellwood’s modernist simple interpretation of the true California lifestyle.
The genius of Cini Boeri and her award-winning chairs.