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A Renovated Ray Kappe Abode in Manhattan Beach

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Up-sizing from a small bungalow, Kristopher Dukes and Matt Jacobson take a minimalist approach to renovating and furnishing a soaring ’80s-era Ray Kappe–designed house.
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  Originally built in the 1980s by architect Ray Kappe, the Manhattan Beach home of Matt Jacobson and Kristopher Dukes is anchored by a sweeping circular gesture.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    Originally built in the 1980s by architect Ray Kappe, the Manhattan Beach home of Matt Jacobson and Kristopher Dukes is anchored by a sweeping circular gesture.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  Dukes, who was hands-on with the redesign, sits in an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair in the living area.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    Dukes, who was hands-on with the redesign, sits in an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair in the living area.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  The glass-walled facade faces the Strand.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    The glass-walled facade faces the Strand.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  A view over the lap pool and roof deck, which provides a respite for the couple, shows the dense beachside neighborhood. The couple bought the Richard Schultz chaise longues at Studio 111 in Palm Springs.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    A view over the lap pool and roof deck, which provides a respite for the couple, shows the dense beachside neighborhood. The couple bought the Richard Schultz chaise longues at Studio 111 in Palm Springs.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  The streetside facade, dominated by site-poured concrete, contains the garage, from which Jacobson and Dukes escape for a quick surf.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    The streetside facade, dominated by site-poured concrete, contains the garage, from which Jacobson and Dukes escape for a quick surf.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  Kappe sits on a sofa in the media room, which continues the semicircular curve. “The form came from the [original] client’s preference,” he notes. The rattan ottoman (found in Palm Springs) is by Franco Albini, and the carpet is from Malibu Rugs.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    Kappe sits on a sofa in the media room, which continues the semicircular curve. “The form came from the [original] client’s preference,” he notes. The rattan ottoman (found in Palm Springs) is by Franco Albini, and the carpet is from Malibu Rugs.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  For the small terrace off the master bedroom, Dukes and Jacobson chose a Walter Lamb bronze rocker and ottoman from Studio 111. The drapery fabric, typically used for boardshorts and therefore hardy enough for the salt air, is from Busch & Associates
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    For the small terrace off the master bedroom, Dukes and Jacobson chose a Walter Lamb bronze rocker and ottoman from Studio 111. The drapery fabric, typically used for boardshorts and therefore hardy enough for the salt air, is from Busch & Associates

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  The central stairway spans the entire house from the first floor to the roof, which is crowned by a glass ceiling that allows in extra light. Areas such as the master bedroom, which is open to the living room below, fan off of the staircase, a unifying component.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    The central stairway spans the entire house from the first floor to the roof, which is crowned by a glass ceiling that allows in extra light. Areas such as the master bedroom, which is open to the living room below, fan off of the staircase, a unifying component.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  In the master bathroom, the couple traded an outdated tile tub for the BOV 02 from Wetstyle and added fixtures, towel bars, and hooks from Vola. The hallway, which retains its original black granite floor, leads past paneled walls to a deck.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    In the master bathroom, the couple traded an outdated tile tub for the BOV 02 from Wetstyle and added fixtures, towel bars, and hooks from Vola. The hallway, which retains its original black granite floor, leads past paneled walls to a deck.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  Dukes designed the island in the paneled dressing area.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    Dukes designed the island in the paneled dressing area.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  The original bedroom, which Dukes refers to as “very Scarface,” included red shag carpet. Dukes toned down the space with a Thin Edge bed by George Nelson and an Eames folding screen.
  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    The original bedroom, which Dukes refers to as “very Scarface,” included red shag carpet. Dukes toned down the space with a Thin Edge bed by George Nelson and an Eames folding screen.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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