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JOSEF VON STERNBERG BUILDS A HOUSE IN THE VALLEY
1937 – EDWARD KAUFMAN HOUSE – DESIGNED BY RICHARD NEUTRA
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Just looking at that makes me think of a house my Dad was contracted to build for the artist Roller Wilson in 1990. The ‘siding’ on the beard house looks metallic which Roller’s house was. Very modern and very art nouveau.
I love it – and it’s still standing, even better. It was built for an aviator and an engineer and cost just under $5,000 to construct. I’m not sure, but I think that was quite a bit of money for a small house at the time…
So, the siding IS metal? It’s very stream lined, isn’t it? I love looking at architecture. California has some very interesting styles.
This beauty is concrete, steel, and glass – lots of glass. It’s very indoor/outdoor feeling and for a small house (just over 1,100 square feet) it has kind of a grand scale – especially since the view is all mountain. California architectural is most of all… eclectic… I think people got out here and just let their imaginations fly!
Some of it I love, and some, not so much. I admire Diane Keaton’s love of architecture and her desire to restore old landmark homes. If I could choose another career for myself it would likely be Interior design and Architectural renovation.
I used to trudge by one her first projects in the Hollywood Hills – the effort was worth the view, one of the city and one of the house, designed by Lloyd Wright and kind of sprawled over a ridge. A modern house with a copper decorative motif that had a beautiful green patina against stark white angular walls.
Ms. Keaton rocks, and she’s on the board at the LA Conservancy 🙂
Oh! I’d love to take a serious tour of some of these homes. She’s done a real service to those properties.
This one I think is The Dandy’s favourite.
The metallic quality puts me in mind of ship building, which puts me in mind of ocean liners, which puts me in mind of SS Normandie.
Oh dear a little glimpse into the working of the Dandy’s mind – everything it seems ends up luxe or louche.
The Perfumed Dandy
This one is… bijou! And thus, perfect 😉
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