Atop the verdant hills of Trousdale, a tale of triumph; quintessential California living meets Italian splendor. When we first got the call about this project, we thought we were to embark on a journey of restoring a landmark house by one of the famed architects that worked in the neighborhood above Beverly Hills. A little investigation proved we were in for a challenge with a single-level home that had undergone many a renovation with no clear design direction. Our clients, however, had an infectious enthusiasm for the project and impeccable taste; our first meeting was a tour of all of the design, film, architecture, and travel we found most inspiring. Namely, a shared love for Italy. Guided by our client’s combined directive to balance grandeur with comfort and areas to keep family and friends close, we embarked on one more renovation of this structure with matched enthusiasm.
Rich materiality reigns in every room; fine materials and meticulous craftsmanship layer warmth with restrained sensibility, ennobling the surrounding architecture.
Fine materials play host to a trove of our client’s treasures from their expansive collection of fine art and mid-century Italian furniture.
Alcoves for entertaining anchor the home’s public spaces; diverse arenas for gathering, dining, and screenings.
Our design marries staggering regal details with soft sumptuous corners; a human-scale celebration of Italian Villa living.
A conversation between greats, we drew references from Piero Portaluppi, the illustrious Italian architect, and Paul Revere Williams, the trailblazing architect of Hollywood’s Golden Age credited with designing homes for Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Marlon Brando.
While the West wing of the home welcomes diversion, the East wing is a respite; diaphanous textures and a muted palette form a sanctuary for moments of calm and restoration.
Centered around sprawling vantages, from the buildings of downtown to the horizon beyond the coast, we architected a system of floor to ceiling windowed doors; a dynamic exchange between indoors and outdoors.