In designing a new home in Santa Monica for photographer Tatiana Botton, architectural designer Charles Ward and interior designer Leanne Ford worked to create a space that could be as much about entertaining as it was a sanctuary, yet also a space that provided the perfect backdrop to hang Botton’s work.
Starting with the architecture, Ward placed emphasis on simple lines and honest materials. Timber, concrete and steel set the tone for an architectural narrative that is, as the owner puts it, “reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright and Tadao Ando.” The program for the house was devised to allow ease of flow from space to space and especially to the yard and as such large windows and doors feature throughout that not only visually, but physically, connect the indoors to out.
Following on from the architecture, Los Angeles-based interior designer Leanne Ford wanted to add layers of warmth and texture that would help to bind the minimalist house and give each space unique personality while not taking away from the overall design. Being fond of mixing timber species, Ford jumped at the chance to add in timber details into each room from the furniture and joinery to accessories. The result is a home that exudes the relaxed Californian cool, but does so in a fresh sophisticated way.
Story by Brendan Guy, follow him on Instagram MrBrendanGuy
Images: Tatiana Botton Photography