Undivided Intentions

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October 18, 2010

The late architect David Boone was always one to take his work home with him—he just kept it in the home’s office. The new residents of his 1972 house embrace a more fluid approach to the live/work divide.

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  Verda Alexander and her son, Apolo, collaborate on a project in their first-floor studio.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Verda Alexander and her son, Apolo, collaborate on a project in their first-floor studio.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  In the living room, local artwork and an elegant redwood ceiling watch over a side chair by Warren Platner for Knoll and an Easy Edges side chair by Frank Gehry for Vitra.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    In the living room, local artwork and an elegant redwood ceiling watch over a side chair by Warren Platner for Knoll and an Easy Edges side chair by Frank Gehry for Vitra.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  As his parents look on, Apolo plans his commute under a fire-top piece by the artist Michael Ricardo Andreev and alongside a Wiggle chair by Frank Gehry.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    As his parents look on, Apolo plans his commute under a fire-top piece by the artist Michael Ricardo Andreev and alongside a Wiggle chair by Frank Gehry.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Alexander walks from the bedroom pod into the living room under her freeway-inspired sculpture, titled Run A Way.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Alexander walks from the bedroom pod into the living room under her freeway-inspired sculpture, titled Run A Way.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Orpilla pecks, Apolo pedals.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Orpilla pecks, Apolo pedals.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  The bridge leads from the living room to the bedrooms and from the studio to the garage.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    The bridge leads from the living room to the bedrooms and from the studio to the garage.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Orpilla and Alexander’s first furniture purchase, a Christopher Deam credenza, now inspires a much larger collection of furniture.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Orpilla and Alexander’s first furniture purchase, a Christopher Deam credenza, now inspires a much larger collection of furniture.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Inspiration crowds Alexander’s studio desk.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Inspiration crowds Alexander’s studio desk.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  A garage full of cupboards can’t contain Orpilla’s toolkit.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    A garage full of cupboards can’t contain Orpilla’s toolkit.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Those hammers and saws built a home for the family’s chickens, watched over by Apolo among outdoor furniture by Richard Schultz.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Those hammers and saws built a home for the family’s chickens, watched over by Apolo among outdoor furniture by Richard Schultz.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Alexander and Apolo find a sunny spot for story. The slanting roof and ample dappled light makes curling up no chore at all.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Alexander and Apolo find a sunny spot for story. The slanting roof and ample dappled light makes curling up no chore at all.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Apolo's bedroom is unmistakably that of a young boy, as the old-school computer font and clear debt to NASA suggest.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Apolo's bedroom is unmistakably that of a young boy, as the old-school computer font and clear debt to NASA suggest.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  A salon-style hanging of art and the wooden handrail-cum-towel rack give the bathroom a handful of subtly stylish touches.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    A salon-style hanging of art and the wooden handrail-cum-towel rack give the bathroom a handful of subtly stylish touches.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  The long hallways do as much to delineate the home's space as the windows do. A pair of Wire series chairs for Knoll by Warren Platner add a space-age modern feel to the home's leafy vibe.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    The long hallways do as much to delineate the home's space as the windows do. A pair of Wire series chairs for Knoll by Warren Platner add a space-age modern feel to the home's leafy vibe.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  For a slightly funkier feel, opt for a variety of high-design chairs around your table. A less rigid approach to hanging art can also ease the hard lines of much modern decor and add to a more bohemian vibe to your home.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    For a slightly funkier feel, opt for a variety of high-design chairs around your table. A less rigid approach to hanging art can also ease the hard lines of much modern decor and add to a more bohemian vibe to your home.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  The family is never far from the outdoors, as this lush view from the dining room attests.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    The family is never far from the outdoors, as this lush view from the dining room attests.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Chicken under glass? Apolo will settle for eggs for breakfast.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Chicken under glass? Apolo will settle for eggs for breakfast.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  From the deck you really get a sense of the two main volumes of the house. One faces inward and the other out, a fine representation of Boone's ideas about the division between work space and living space.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    From the deck you really get a sense of the two main volumes of the house. One faces inward and the other out, a fine representation of Boone's ideas about the division between work space and living space.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  There's little concern about privacy considering the canopy of trees that surrounds the house. Alexander, and the chickens, take advantage of their sunny Northern Californian clime.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    There's little concern about privacy considering the canopy of trees that surrounds the house. Alexander, and the chickens, take advantage of their sunny Northern Californian clime.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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