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Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living.

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    “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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Joined by architect Michael Lee and friend Gus McConnell, Jacobson shouts up to Dukes that they’re headed out for an impromptu surf session.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The trio walks down to the beach via the strand.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The trio walks down to the beach via the strand.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  After meals are made, the sliding doors hide the anodized aluminum Miele fixtures, creating a clean, uncluttered look.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    After meals are made, the sliding doors hide the anodized aluminum Miele fixtures, creating a clean, uncluttered look.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The Marmol Radziner–designed James Perse showroom in Malibu provided aesthetic inspiration for Jacobson, who outfitted his place with furnishings from the brand.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  More prized possessions that made the cut: A George Nelson Half-Nelson lamp sits atop an Alexander Girard bedside table.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    More prized possessions that made the cut: A George Nelson Half-Nelson lamp sits atop an Alexander Girard bedside table.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Jacobson, a goofy foot, prizes his Raymond Pettibon lefts more than anything.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Jacobson, a goofy foot, prizes his Raymond Pettibon lefts more than anything.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  An original Eames shell chair manufactured in Gardena, California, before production moved to Michigan.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    An original Eames shell chair manufactured in Gardena, California, before production moved to Michigan.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A Nelson jewelry cabinet and Massimo Vignelli lamp.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    A Nelson jewelry cabinet and Massimo Vignelli lamp.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Elfa storage systems fit perfectly behind the sliding doors, and offered customizable options for keeping clothes organized.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Elfa storage systems fit perfectly behind the sliding doors, and offered customizable options for keeping clothes organized.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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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!   Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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!

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