Have someone else rapsodize a new, soulless, blank slate. Philip Nowri Longing for the old one. “I’m crazy about vintage Levis, vintage cars, vintage watches and vintage,” says Los Angeles developer and former fashion designer. So last year, when a mid-century architect found the last home, Edward Fickett Built in Malibu (a 1973 relic, which had the best days ever, but others were considered demolition), he saw heaven.
“No one tried to touch it,” says Naori. “Everyone was afraid that it would be difficult to spend a lot of money. They had no vision.” Nowri has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 4,200 square feet on the hills of Malibu. The site was lowered to stud stud stud. “We started to rethink the house, keeping the beams and restoring them to their original state.”
For Nowri, that meant reinterpreting Fickett for the modern era. “To lead architects into the 21st century,” he says. “I didn’t want to be a purist. The problem with mid-century is that it sometimes looks bare.” If Ficket was here now, how would he build a house? ” As a result, Nowri has arrived at natural oak walls and outdoor natural grass, an edible garden and refurbished airflow, a yoga room, and a pedestrian bridge to bring them all together. “I want you to feel comfortable in your house,” says Nowri. “The house is built to relax and enjoy life. I’m not going to make it a museum.”
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To that end, he chose furniture that was recognized as art, but that he wanted to use. Charles & Ray Eames And Le Corbusier, By sofa Mies van der Rohe, Turkière lamp. Art is Alexander Calder And Robert Chui To Mr. BrainwashNowri’s best friend. “I put his portrait of Jimi Hendrix in the living room to give it a 60’s feel,” he says. “This was the last house of the Fickett family with the atmosphere of the 1960s.”
The atmosphere continues on more than an acre of outdoors, past paddle tennis and bocce ball courts, and continues from Nauri’s studs to a vintage airstream refurbished. There is a kitchenette, shower and a bed for friends. “It’s hard to find a guesthouse in Malibu,” says Nowri. “It’s a very long process. Airstream is an icon of the 1960s. It’s part of the conversation and a work of art.”-In his mind, if he exists today, praise Fickett. You’ll get. “This house is like a dream in California,” says Nowri. “It’s a free spirit.”
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