Monthly Archives: November 2012

Kenneth Cobonpue Dragnet Chair

We love the Dragnet chair from Kenneth Cobonpue.  It is is a sculptural piece of art sure to complement the modern home.  Plus, it is incredibly comfortable.  You lean back and feel enveloped by the “net” you’re in, yet you can see out so it doesn’t feel like a cocoon.  Its modern magic!

Made of fabric twisted and wrapped on steel, the collection’s dynamic forms and patterns evoke an excitement that stimulate the senses. With its vibrant color choices, Dragnet instinctively adds a contemporary chic flavor, leaving any space caught in its net of style.  via Kenneth Cobonpue : Collections : DRAGNET.

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Schindler Beach House in La Jolla With an Ocean View

Modernist architect Rudolph Schindler used movable concrete forms to create El Pueblo Ribera Court. This concrete, glass and redwood unit is one of six with views of legendary surfing beach Windansea.

Location: Windansea Beach, La Jolla 92037.

Year built: 1923

Architect: Rudolph Schindler

House size: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, attached 2-car garage, ocean-view deck, bonus studio suite.  1,400 square feet.

Features: Redwood-beam ceilings, 1,500-square-foot deck, roof deck soaking tub, San Diego historic site designation, Mills Act property tax reduction. (via In La Jolla, a Schindler with a view –

We love the way Rudolph Schindler designed this home for indoor-outdoor living.  The home is U-shaped around the patio/courtyard with all the doors and windows opening up to truly experience the outdoors as an essential part of living in the home.  The polished concrete floors shine with the overhead tech lighting system “floating” in between each of the redwood beams overhead.  This house was definitely modern in 1023 and it is still modern by todays standards.  The owners did an amazing job of adding their design sensibility with the furnishings (Kenneth Conbonpue) while letting the house itself continue to be the star.

 (Photos:  Jason Michael Lang Photography)

Pin of the Week: Indoor In-Ground Concrete Hot Tub

Here is our pin of the week!  The indoor, built in-ground, concrete hot tub.  We love how the rim of the tub is seamless with the floor.  It looks like you could walk on water.  And the horizontal fireplace built into a wall of stone the length of the tub is perfection of design.

(Photo via Naturally Modern Architecture Pinterest Board, source here)

Modern Mountain Architecture in Tahoe and Truckee

Love seeing modern architecture and design find its way into mountain homes. just published a story highlighting the trend in modern design architecture in the small community of Martis Camp in Truckee, California.

Architect Joel Sherman's 2,640-square-foot Steel Tree House at Martis Camp in Truckee. Photo: Vance Fox Photography / SF

Contemporary designs are gaining ground in several Tahoe locales, from Incline Village to Alpine Meadows, from Tahoe Donner to Tahoe City, but they are most abundant in Martis Camp, the new gated community near Truckee. Forty to 50 percent of the more than 100 homes under construction or finished at Martis Camp speak the visual language of the early 20th century International Style: flat or low-sloping roofs, short or no overhanging eaves, open floor plans, and long spans of steel. Exterior ornament has disappeared, and plate-glass walls reveal wide vistas. Lightweight, steel-supported roofs seem more related to sky than earth.

Inside, ambience is achieved through the infiltration of light and the arrangements of space and materials, rather than with the applied ornament of wainscoting and trim.

“In our area there has been a preconception that peaked roofs and multiple layers of details were requirements of mountain architecture,” says architect Clare Walton of Walton Architecture and Engineering in Tahoe City. “Recently we have seen success in utilizing clean lines, especially in the roofscapes.”

via Modern architecture gets foothold at Tahoe – SFGate.  Photo credit:  Vance Fox Photography / SF

Historic Nepenthe in Big Sur, Ca

Just came across this amazing historic photo of Nepenthe restaurant in Big Sur, Ca, one of our most favorite places in the world!  This amazing place is perched high above the Pacific Ocean, constructed of redwood and glass.  It has an amazing front patio with a sculpture of a Phoenix rising from the ashes as you walk up.  The windows throughout the structure drown the space with natural light. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred in the classic movie “The Sandpiper” which was famously filmed here.  “Nepenthe” means “no sorrow.”

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