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  • Contemporary Coastal Architecture With Nautical Nostalgia


    California beach house

    Designer Steve Lazar entered the world of residential design as he believes anyone should - as a ditch digger - learning and perfecting the many facets of home building, including the marriage between designing and building. He now runs the successful Lazar design/build firm which focuses on innovation and artful living in Southern California.

    Growing up near the ocean, and as an avid surfer and craftsman, Steve Lazar has always been inspired by coastal architecture. His latest home, The Lifeguard Tower, captures the nostalgia of the iconic lifeguard stands with a whimsical nod to contemporary California beach living. The home relies on an influx of natural light during the day and strategically placed track and spotlighting at night to highlight the impressive architectural detailing. Three trapezoidal structures, one atop the other, picturesque "look-out" points with panoramic ocean views, and clever subterranean parking make this inspiring residence an instant icon among the many incredible Pacific Coast homes.

    Contemporary beach house

    Euro Style Home: Tell us about your inspiration for The Lifeguard Tower residence and how you were able to bring your ideas to life.

    Steve Lazar: I was raised on the East Coast and always had an image in my mind of that East Coast style lifeguard tower. After I stumbled onto my career choice, I sketched many renditions of the image and the design constantly changed. Once this plot of dirt became available in Hermosa Beach, it was an easy choice because of the corner lot and grade change.

    Ocean view from the deck

    Euro Style Home: Which element of this eclectic design is your favorite?

    Steve Lazar: My favorite element of the house among many has to be the vertical glass transition that connects the weathered barnwood building to the contemporary front of the house. That particlular element was also the most difficult to not only conceptualize, but also to fabricate. Constant hands on engagement, from framing to finish, was necessary to fulfill that feature.

    contemporary bathroom design

    Euro Style Home: When designing a themed house, often times the finished product can become tacky and overstated. What advice do you have for other designers to keep these homes fresh and inspiring like the Lifeguard Tower?

    Steve Lazar: I am a firm believer in "less is more," clean lines, and repetition, all coupled with function.  Again, constant hands-on engagement was vital to strike a balance for this and all of my creations.

    Euro Style Home: What do you love most about designing in a contemporary style?

    Steve Lazar: What I find most fulfilling, and at the same time challenging, with contemporary design is balancing how much to do and still manage to maintain something that will be a timeless classic.

    contemporary coastal interior design

    contemporary dining room

    Euro Style Home: Of all the homes you have designed, which is your absolute favorite?

    Steve Lazar: Each and every project that I do, no matter how big or how small, always is my favorite project.

    Images: Lazar design/build

  • Modern Manhattan Beach Residence Opens Up and Let's Nature In


    Modern Architectural Computer Rendering

    When building a modern home in Manhattan Beach, Michael Lee Architects are the ones to make your vision a reality. They did just that for the Kim Family as they maximized the square footage on this small corner lot and captured views from every angle imaginable! This 4-story home opens up on every level to let the fresh air and the light penetrate through creating a treehouse-like effect. The windows on the top level pocket into the walls on all sides which allows the home to be completely open to the ocean air while the glass railing makes you to feel like you're floating out into the ocean.

    Modern Living Room Design and Modern Entertainment Unit

    Fireplace Design with Floating Caesarstone Base and Walnut Cabinets

    See Materials, a West Hollywood showrom and interior design firm, designed the interior and provided all the finish materials for this amazing residence. The fireplace wall is a main feature on the upper level and See Materials was sure to address the feature wall like it was a work of art. The floating Caesarstone base suspends across the room and acts as a platform for the remaining elements on this wall. The walnut components storage from Pianca hides all of the entertainment components in a clean and elegant manner. The tall white laquer units frame the television while keeping the lines sleek and clean without compromising on storage. I'd love to relax in this simple and elegant space where the fireplace and the stars sparkle together!

    Gray and White Scavolini Kitchen Bubble Lamp and Saarinen Table

    This gorgeous "Mood" Kitchen, from Scavolini, in a gunmetal gray matte laquer combined with the white glossy laquer flows into this open plan with ease. Furniture-like in its aesthetic and chef-like in it's function, the kitchen becomes a primary feature of the house. Sharing an upper level with the living room, this is by far the most used room of the house. The porcelain tiles look and feel like concrete, but the radiant heating provides the warmth, coziness, and practicality this home needs. The Kim's love Mid-Century furniture so this Saarinen table, chairs and the bubble lamp are the perfect pieces to soften up these clean modern lines. The Kim's debated on whether or not to add bold color in this room through the use of chairs. If they had gone this route these S Chairs in red could've been a great addition!  

     Modern Walnut Bathroom Vanity, Modern Porcelain Tile, Italian Bathroom Vanity

    Countertop with Integrated Sink Walnut Pocket Doors Exposed Beams Modern Bathroom Vanity

    When these beautiful sliding walnut doors open, the ocean view awaits. You can sit and soak in this undermount tub and look at the stars reflecting off the water! Porcelain tiles resembling a vein-cut marble, a solid color Italian porcelain floor, and the natural walnut combine perfectly to create a spa-like feel in this open master bathroom. You can't go wrong with the clean lines and soft edges of these modern Italian bathroom vanities.

    Floating Stairs with Wooden Treads and Steel Runner

    Float down these stairs...

    Porcelain Stacked Stone Mosaic Tile, Pianca Wall Mounted Unit Pivot Door Concrete Floor

    ...and let this natural stone lead you from the indoors, out. Layers of natural walnut, concrete, stone, and laquer combine throughout this interior to make this modern coastal living masterpiece feel warm and organic.  

    Hope you've had a great tour of the Kim's Modern Manhattan Beach Residence. A vacation awaits as you step outside this door. This is coastal living at its best!   

    Images: Manufactur

  • Villa Armanzi In Phuket, Thailand Is Living In Harmony


    Villa Amanzi Aerial View Modern Architecture Cliffside

    Villa Amanzi in Phuket, Thailand, takes the term "bringing the outdoors in" to an entirely different level!  This home, nestled in a ravine with a dramatic slab of rock on the northern edge, overlooking the Andaman Sea on the South is at one with nature. This exciting challenge for Original Vision Architecture turned into a masterpiece. The villas layers of levels and cantilevered structures slightly resemble the work of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. 

     Modern Architecture Cantilevered Pool Indoor Ourdoor Living

    The view and the rock define every element of this house. They dominate the environment and their presence is sure to be noticed and respected throughout.

    Villa Amanzi

    Modern Architecture Infinity Pool Glass Balcony 

     Outdoor design and modern home in Thailand

    Modern beach house and Phuket, Thailand

    Fresh air flows through this open living plan with sliding pocket doors at the front and back of the house and modern ceiling fans throughout. The furniture is low with clean lines mimicking the architecture of the house. The modern side tables are a perfect element that can be used as seating or tables both indoors and out.

    Modern beach house and outdoor living  

    The strength of nature is evident, as if the rock came rolling down and penetrated through the home. It's a perfect example of living in harmony with nature. 

    Modern house in Thailand and Infinity Pool

    Don't mind if I do go have a swim in this salt water pool cantilevering out over the sea. This is a coastal living dream that one day I would love to see.  

    Images: ArchDaily

  • Andrew Geller, American Architect, Photo Gallery


    Architect Andrew Geller Photograph

    Andrew Geller, the innovative architect behind many a modernist Hampton beach house, including iconic A-Frame designs, recently passed away. Ever hear of the Bra, the Box Kite, the Cat, the Milk Carton, or the Reclining Picasso? These were all nicknames given to his visually striking and remarkable homes.

    He was also the designer of a line of prefabricated cottages sold under the name of Leisurama. Back in the 1950s, you could march into Macy’s in New York and, for a down payment of $490 and monthly payments of $73, get the house and all the modern furniture and furnishings. It was just such a house that se-off the infamous “Kitchen Debate” between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev over the affluence of American and Soviet consumers.

    To celebrate Mr. Geller’s life and work, we’ve assembled a photo gallery of some of his more eye-popping home designs, along with a YouTube video clip from a documentary about the Leisurama houses, and a clip from Geller’s grandson, who is behind the Andrew Geller archive preservation project.

    The Levitas House Photo

    The Levitas House, 1963.

    Pearlroth House Photo

    The Pearlroth House (aka "The Bra"), 1959.


    Hunt House Photo

    The Hunt House, 1959.

    Elkin House Photo

    The Elkin House, 1966.

    Photos from the Andrew Geller website

    Click below to view the video on Geller's Leisurama designs.

  • A Modern Cabin in Northern California


    Modern Cabin Design and Northern California

    With winter coming on in full force, we thought you would enjoy a little greenery.

    This modern cabin seamlessly blends in with its Northern California forest setting. Upright wood siding echoes the surrounding redwood and pine tree trunks. Planted roofs evoke the forest canopy and help to protect the roof against sun damage.

    Modern Cabin Green Roof Photo

    And we love the way they used cylindrical and modern outdoor lighting to subtly illuminate the entryways and a small seating area.

     Exterior and Modern Cabin Design

    Photos thanks to Builder Online


February, 2012