WHERE MODESTY MARRIES WITH LUXURY: A CASTLE-LIKE HOUSE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS

The pivoting window “is not only an opulent gesture”, as the architects remark, “but also another clever emphasis on the idea of an ever-changing interweaving space”.

By Balthazar Malevolent

WHERE MODESTY MARRIES WITH LUXURY: A CASTLE-LIKE HOUSE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS

Nestled high above Los Angeles in the hills of Hollywood, not far from the notorious Hollywood sign, this building has been conceived as a modern-day medieval castle with stunning views and compact footprint match, an odd grandeur that fuses "industrial chic and old-world interior." The house was built by the entertainment couple actress Mia Sara and the director, author, writer and puppeteer Brian Henson, who is a son of the legendary Jim Henson (think The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock) - he wanted a house with a modest footprint. Their Hollywood Hills Residence reflects the lavish lifestyle of California in its purest form, taking hints from the couple's journeys to Ireland where they have been visiting the great castles, along with drawings from the compactness of their New York City penthouse.

The three-story building, standing on a steep hillside, was designed as a series of stacked rectilinear volumes in a mixture of concrete, wood, glass and metal, a configuration that ensures minimal footprint as well as accommodating a series of terraces and courtyards to enjoy the mild climate. Access to the house has been arranged through a wood and steel footbridge which leads to a monumental bronze door, an allusion to the drawbridge over a moat of a castle.

A modular white leather sofa by iconic Swiss manufacturer de Sede in the media room downstairs is combined with a mohair rug, Rick Owens's bronze Swan Neck sculptural vase, and a collection of African masks, while a vintage rosewood angled desk in one of the bedrooms is paired with Norman Cherner's Swivel chair from the 1960s and an antique faux-bamboo reading lamp from the 1930s. Such diverse yet complementary pieces reflect the distinctive sense of style and storied personalities of the owners as well as encapsulate their ability to humbly marry luxury.

Mia Sara and Brian Henson's Hollywood house by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio.Mia Sara and Brian Henson's Hollywood house by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio.Mia Sara and Brian Henson's Hollywood house by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio.Mia Sara and Brian Henson's Hollywood house by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio.Mia Sara and Brian Henson's Hollywood house by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio.Mia Sara and Brian Henson's Hollywood house by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio.Mia Sara and Brian Henson's Hollywood house by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio.Mia Sara and Brian Henson's Hollywood house by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio.
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