Tour a Modernist Malibu Gem That Was Saved From Being a Teardown


Let others rhapsodize the brand new, the soulless, the clean slates. Philippe Naouri covets the previous. “I’m into classic Levi’s, classic automobiles, classic watches, classic every thing,” says the Los Angeles developer and former dressmaker. So it follows that, final 12 months, when he occurred upon the final dwelling that the midcentury architect Edward Fickett in-built Malibu (a 1973 relic with its finest days long gone, which others thought of to be a teardown), he noticed a haven.

“No one wished to the touch it,” says Naouri. “Everybody was scared, ‘a lot cash to spend.’ That they had no imaginative and prescient.” Naouri took the four-bedroom, four-bath, 4,200-square-foot property within the Malibu hills right down to its studs. “We stored the beams and began to reimagine the home whereas restoring it to its unique state.”

To Naouri, that meant reinterpreting Fickett for the fashionable period: “Bringing the architect into the twenty first century,” he says. “I didn’t wish to be a purist. The issue with midcenturies is that typically they appear too naked. I requested myself: If Fickett have been right here now, how would he do the home?” That led Naouri to pure oak partitions and pure grass outside, an edible backyard and a renovated airstream, a room for yoga and a strolling bridge to carry all of it collectively. “I need folks to really feel good in the home,” says Naouri. “The home is made as a way to calm down and luxuriate in your life. It’s not made to be a museum.”

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To that finish, he chosen furnishings that qualify as artwork however beg for use: chairs by Charles and Ray Eames and Le Corbusier, a settee by Mies Van Der Rohe, a lamp by Torchiere. The artwork runs the gamut from Alexander Calder and Robert Chuey to Mr. Brainwash, an in depth good friend of Naouri’s. “I put his portrait of Jimi Hendrix in the lounge to present it that ’60s feeling,” he says. “This was the final home of Fickett’s that had that ’60s vibe.”

The vibe continues throughout greater than an acre outside, previous the paddle tennis and bocce ball courts to the classic Airstream that Naouri additionally renovated from the studs up: There’s a kitchenette, a bathe, a mattress for buddies. “In Malibu, it’s troublesome to get a visitor home,” says Naouri. “It’s a really lengthy course of. The Airstream is an icon of the ’60s. It’s a dialog piece, a chunk of artwork”—one which, in his thoughts, would earn the admiration of Fickett, have been he round as we speak. “This house is just like the California dream,” says Naouri. “It’s a free spirit.”

A Calder-inspired cell hangs above an Arne Vodder eating desk.

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