Cliff May, Designer

The Bell Canyon Model Home, 1969

Bell Canyon, CA


Cliff May, native Californian & a self-taught builder of genius, built his entire career on the premise that houses here should all but compel us outdoors into the sunshine every day. Here is May's model home for Bell Canyon, one of his last master-planned horse communities. This meticulously renovated property is in May's "Atomic Ranch" Modern style on a grand scale. The long, low lines of the one-story structure are penetrated by a glorious open porte cochere, dividing auto court, 3-car garages, workshop & two horse stalls from the residence proper. The flat 4/5+ acre lot affords a separate central recreation area with both covered & open patios and a pool,

Steven Holl, Architect

The Planar House, 2002-2005

Paradise Valley, AZ


The Planar House, named for its geometric planes, is an award winning home designed by renowned architect Steven Holl, the 2012 AIA Gold Medal Winner.

Designed as both a residence and the owners private art gallery, the home became not only a vessel for a significant contemporary art collection, but also a part of the art collection.

Holl has built a structure that emphasizes vertical surfaces. He constructed the house of tilt-up concrete walls and designed his slabs to merge at some points and diverge at others, creating small openings to let the light in. The flat and rotated nature of the walls is perfect for displaying artwork. Windows and skylights,

Robert Mallet-Stevens, Architect

Atelier Tamara de Lempicka, 1929

Paris, FR


This artist’s studio is a remarkable Art Déco testimony, and was originally occupied by the famous Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka. It resides in a building designed by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, along with Jean Prouvé, the Barillet workshop and André Salomon, who associated to make a total work of art.

Located in the 14th arrondissement in Paris, the apartment extends over a surface of 152 m² and is composed of two floors which offer large volumes and a beautiful view on the tree-filled courtyard and on the gardens of the Covent of the Cluny Sisters.

The apartment includes a 60m² artist’s studio with a 6 meters height under ceiling. The

Lloyd Wright, Architect

The Emanuel Gainsburg Residence, 1946

La Cañada Flintridge, CA


Wright's interpretation of the rambling single story California ranch house for pharmacist Emanuel Gainsburg and his family is carefully set in a mature nature garden at the foot of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains. It's hidden away yet permits easy access to downtown Los Angeles. Like a sacred retreat, the environment both indoors and outdoors is peaceful, and conducive to mindfulness. Largely hand built over a period of years from conception, the structure imparts solidity as it is constructed of costly redwood stone, concrete and glass. There have been sensitive updates by architect Rick Corsini to the kitchen, cabinetry, and mechanical systems which facilitate comfortable

R.M. Schindler, Architect

The Kallis-Sharlin Residence, 1946

Los Angeles, CA


First offering: City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument #860, The Kallis-Sharlin Residence, 1946, by architect Rudolph Schindler, with later additions by Josef Van der Kar, and L.A. Twelve architect Leroy Miller, F.A.I A.

Art and Music have always flourished in this dynamic space originally designed for artist Mischa Kallis as a residence and art studio. In 1960 Kallis sold the property directly to his cousin Jacqueline and her husband William Sharlin. Jacqueline was a noted concert pianist who had actually performed at Carnegie Hall.

With the Sharlins' love of entertaining, and a growing family, they needed more space, and commissioned

Lloyd Wright, Architect

The De Jonghe Residence, 1949

Los Angeles, CA


Live with nature in organic architecture! The De Jonghe Residence, 1949 by Lloyd Wright, with enhancements by architect John Powell. Constructed like Taliesin West of stone, concrete, wood and glass, the residence is seemingly grown out of it's gated ridge-top. Sited for panoramic views, the occupants live within nature while enjoying city, ocean and mountain views. Extensive outdoor decking flows seamlessly from the living and kitchen areas inviting indoor-outdoor living. There is a private separate office below the living quarters and which has a built-in desk, cabinet and shelves.

Cliff May, Designer

John Arnholt Smith Residence

La Habra Heights, CA


The romance of Alta California is alive and well at the John Arnholt Smith Hacienda designed by Cliff May in 1936. Here, straddling the boundaries and history of both Los Angeles, & Orange Counties, the estate maintains over 2.3 acres of the high ground of one of Southern California's early pastoral ranches. Hand crafted of masonry and heavy timbers like the California Missions themselves, the classic California walled courtyard design, with its wide shaded corridors, invites the casual hospitality, and an indoor-outdoor living lifestyle celebrated since the days of the ranchos. While the early vistas of citrus and avocado are no longer, the unobstructed panoramic City lights

Richard Neutra, Architect

The Kambara Residence, 1960

Los Angeles, CA


Yew, Inadomi, Sokol, Treweck, Flavin, Ohara, Akai, and Kambara: these are the celebrated Neutra Colony houses at Silver Lake. Contrary to appearance, this unique living environment, sheltered within a park-like landscape, was not a planned development. Each residence was carefully executed one by one with the architect's first ground rule being to provide by design for the happiness and well-being of each individual owner, and his family. Neutra understood that well-being was tied directly to the idea of living in harmony with nature, neighbors, and within the family unit itself. That the Kambaras spent their entire lives here treasuring the house, and carefully maintaining it

John Lautner, Architect

The Gantvoort Residence, 1947

Los Angeles, CA


The Gantvoort Residence, 1947.

As one drives down the curving private drive into the glen, only the vaulted metal roof hints of the drama of the architecture - all is hidden. Embarking on the parking plaza one searches for entry, it must be down that long narrow path along the front of the structure.

There is a sense of mystery as one proceeds, but upon entering all is revealed. Here is shelter, light, and warmth. Wood trim softens and integrates the exposed steel trusses supporting the ceiling. Inclined glass walls look out to the natural pool and gardens. Living at one within nature is the gift. Includes: open plan living area, 3 bedrooms, two baths, and

John Black Lee/Toshiko Mori

Lee House No. 2, 1956/1992

New Canaan, CT


This International Style residence is a striking glass and steel structure sited on 2.5 acres in New Canaan Connecticut. The main house was designed in 1956 by prominent modernist John Black Lee.

Harvard Architecture Chair, Toshiko Mori updated the house in 1992 with custom stainless steel window frames & doors, new glass, skylights, baths and kitchen, and a new glass and steel pavilion designed as a studio with bath and 2-car garage. The interior core of the house was given new ceiling heights of 13 feet. At this time the structural columns of the house were changed from wood 4'x4' to stainless steel T's.

In the spring of 2004, Thomas Phifer and Partners