Basic Instincts

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May 19, 2011
Originally published in Beach Houses We Love
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  “There’s a soulfulness in this small house that’s impossible to replicate in something completely new. The sweetness truly lingers," says architect Michael Lee.
    “There’s a soulfulness in this small house that’s impossible to replicate in something completely new. The sweetness truly lingers," says architect Michael Lee.
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  Joined by architect Michael Lee and friend Gus McConnell, Jacobson shouts up to Dukes that they’re headed out for an impromptu surf session.
    Joined by architect Michael Lee and friend Gus McConnell, Jacobson shouts up to Dukes that they’re headed out for an impromptu surf session.
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  The trio walks down to the beach via the strand.
    The trio walks down to the beach via the strand.
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  After meals are made, the sliding doors hide the anodized aluminum Miele fixtures, creating a clean, uncluttered look.
    After meals are made, the sliding doors hide the anodized aluminum Miele fixtures, creating a clean, uncluttered look.
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  The Marmol Radziner–designed James Perse showroom in Malibu provided aesthetic inspiration for Jacobson, who outfitted his place with furnishings from the brand.
    The Marmol Radziner–designed James Perse showroom in Malibu provided aesthetic inspiration for Jacobson, who outfitted his place with furnishings from the brand.
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  More prized possessions that made the cut: A George Nelson Half-Nelson lamp sits atop an Alexander Girard bedside table.
    More prized possessions that made the cut: A George Nelson Half-Nelson lamp sits atop an Alexander Girard bedside table.
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  Jacobson, a goofy foot, prizes his Raymond Pettibon lefts more than anything.
    Jacobson, a goofy foot, prizes his Raymond Pettibon lefts more than anything.
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  An original Eames shell chair manufactured in Gardena, California, before production moved to Michigan.
    An original Eames shell chair manufactured in Gardena, California, before production moved to Michigan.
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  A Nelson jewelry cabinet and Massimo Vignelli lamp.
    A Nelson jewelry cabinet and Massimo Vignelli lamp.
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  Jacobson and Lee designed the long steel-and-ipe bench, which suspends from the low concrete wall. Dukes relaxes on a Willy Guhl Loop chair with her German Shepherd, Major.
    Jacobson and Lee designed the long steel-and-ipe bench, which suspends from the low concrete wall. Dukes relaxes on a Willy Guhl Loop chair with her German Shepherd, Major.
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  A bentwood Robin Day chair keeps the Herman Miller classics company. Through the office’s door, nestled in the bamboo grove, is an outdoor shower, fashioned after those found in San Onofre, farther south.
    A bentwood Robin Day chair keeps the Herman Miller classics company. Through the office’s door, nestled in the bamboo grove, is an outdoor shower, fashioned after those found in San Onofre, farther south.
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  Elfa storage systems fit perfectly behind the sliding doors, and offered customizable options for keeping clothes organized.
    Elfa storage systems fit perfectly behind the sliding doors, and offered customizable options for keeping clothes organized.
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  Though Jacobson initially wanted a completely open shower upstairs, Lee convinced him that a small lip would keep the splashes a bit more contained. The freestanding sink is from Canadian bath furnishings company Wetstyle.
    Though Jacobson initially wanted a completely open shower upstairs, Lee convinced him that a small lip would keep the splashes a bit more contained. The freestanding sink is from Canadian bath furnishings company Wetstyle.
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  Jacobson lowers a panel of the CSS to expose a series of neatly-kept cubbyholes. The orange piece in the corner is a Lagardo Tackett design for Architectural Pottery.
    Jacobson lowers a panel of the CSS to expose a series of neatly-kept cubbyholes. The orange piece in the corner is a Lagardo Tackett design for Architectural Pottery.
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  No room in the house is free from Jacobson's keen curatorial eye. The office bathroom is adorned with an original Glen E. Friedman image of skate legend Tony Alva (across from toilet) and a picture of Nathan Fletcher by Mark Oblow (adjacent). Framed on the floor is a George Condo illustration.
    No room in the house is free from Jacobson's keen curatorial eye. The office bathroom is adorned with an original Glen E. Friedman image of skate legend Tony Alva (across from toilet) and a picture of Nathan Fletcher by Mark Oblow (adjacent). Framed on the floor is a George Condo illustration.
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  In the bedroom portion of the upstairs studio, a vintage Japanese indigo quilt from the Rose Bowl Swap Meet lies folded on the end of the George Nelson-designed bed, which is flanked by an Architectural Pottery floor lantern.
    In the bedroom portion of the upstairs studio, a vintage Japanese indigo quilt from the Rose Bowl Swap Meet lies folded on the end of the George Nelson-designed bed, which is flanked by an Architectural Pottery floor lantern.
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  Jacobson's home sits at a T-intersection just a handful of houses up from the beach and strand, a 22-mile long concrete strip that runs from Torrance to Pacific Palisades.
    Jacobson's home sits at a T-intersection just a handful of houses up from the beach and strand, a 22-mile long concrete strip that runs from Torrance to Pacific Palisades.
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  Jacobson stands on the strand, trailed by Lee and McConnell. His house is just up the street behind them.Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    Jacobson stands on the strand, trailed by Lee and McConnell. His house is just up the street behind them.

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