A Contemporary Los Angeles Villa
In one regard, this epic project, 13 years in the making, is quite straightforward. Lehrer’s clients—he’s a retired businessman and a sculptor obsessed with the sensuality of stone, she’s a former landscape designer and avid gardener—wanted a light-filled dwelling that would feel as though it were part of the setting, a sheltered piece of land replete with old-growth trees. The couple had been living in a 1950s tract house on the property since 1976; they’d undertaken two renovations over roughly two decades before they discovered Lehrer’s work during a fortuitous local architecture tour in 1999. The pair liked what they saw, and in short order they contacted him about the possibility of expanding their dining room. That request led to talk of building a larger kitchen, and from there the commission snowballed into what Lehrer characterizes as a “13-year conversation,” the last five years of which were spent in construction following the demolition of the original house.
Retractable glass walls distinguish the tranquil living room of a Los Angeles house by Lehrer Architects LA, with decor by JoAnne Brosnahan of Unique Custom Interiors. A Kravet occasional table is encircled by custom-made chairs in a Jerry Pair leather; the cocktail table is by J. Robert Scott, and the painting is by Ernö Tolvaly.
Alhambra limestone from Walker Zanger extends from the living areas out onto a capacious terrace shaded by a Chinese elm.
The horizontal-grain maple paneling and the kitchen’s cabinetry, stainless-steel hood, counters, and sinks are all by Bulthaup, the cooktop is by Gaggenau, and the ovens are by Wolf; Bontempi Casa chairs surround a custom-made dining table, and the sofa is covered in a Donghia cotton.
A gravel courtyard with a stately cork oak offers access to the residence on three sides; walls of glass, at left and right, flank a steel-troweled-stucco façade.
Massive flagstones lead guests from the front garden into the dining room, which in turn leads to the living room and another garden beyond; the dining table and open-back chairs, upholstered in a Jim Thompson silk, were designed by Unique Custom Interiors.
Italian-onyx counters and a maple vanity.
A tub with a picture window.
The indoor/outdoor shower, surfaced in honed limestone and marble, with Hansgrohe heads, Dornbracht controls, and Kohler WaterTile sprayers.
The master suite’s bed, nightstands, and chaise were all custom made; a Jim Thompson silk was used for the headboard, duvet, and shams, while a Kravet fabric covers the chaise.
In another perspective on the master suite, a glass waterfall table by Hinson & Co. joins a sofa clad in a Kravet fabric.
Photography by Roger Davies. Article featured in Architectural Digest.