Modern Master: Joseph Eichler

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You know an Eichler when you see one. Midcentury real estate developer Joseph Eichler built a new architectural landscape during the era in California. As a proponent of glass, exposed beams, and indoor-outdoor living, these homes are undoubtably modern.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Mid-Century Building Type. The living area opens beautifully into the outdoor area, which is a key design element of Eichler homes. Photo by Mariko Reed. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

The living area opens beautifully into the outdoor area, which is a key design element of Eichler homes. Photo by Mariko Reed.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Pendant Lighting, and Chair. A Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp by George Nelson hangs over the dining table with Eames Molded Plastic armchairs to compliment the surrounding set of chairs. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

A Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp by George Nelson hangs over the dining table with Eames Molded Plastic armchairs to compliment the surrounding set of chairs.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Chair, and Coffee Tables. Built by Joseph Eichler, the home was designed by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons. While bringing the home back to its former glory, the family with two children also made some modern updates. Karen Nepacena and John Shum upgraded the kitchen with an island, which was built in the couple’s backyard, with custom Walnut cabinetry by Semihandmade Doors from IKEA around it. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

Built by Joseph Eichler, the home was designed by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons. While bringing the home back to its former glory, the family with two children also made some modern updates. Karen Nepacena and John Shum upgraded the kitchen with an island, which was built in the couple’s backyard, with custom Walnut cabinetry by Semihandmade Doors from IKEA around it.

Modern home with Kitchen, Pendant Lighting, White Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Refrigerator, Range, Drop In Sink, Dishwasher, and Range Hood. All the floors were redone in a light ash hardwood. The crisp interior paint is Benjamin Moore Super White. The kitchen cabinets are from Artistic Kitchens. A frosted glass door leads to the laundry room. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

All the floors were redone in a light ash hardwood. The crisp interior paint is Benjamin Moore Super White. The kitchen cabinets are from Artistic Kitchens. A frosted glass door leads to the laundry room.

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Chair, Sofa, Ottomans, Media Cabinet, Floor Lighting, Bookcase, Light Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, and Standard Layout Fireplace. The living spaces of house, built in 1972 or 1973, were originally divided into three—a kitchen, living and dining area, and an atrium (previous owners had covered the atrium with a roof). "The new owners wanted the interior space to flow as one, so we removed the glass doors and solid walls separating the enclosed atrium from the kitchen and living room," principal John Klopf says. "Some structural posts needed to remain to hold up the roof, but overall the space was opened up almost completely. The floor was leveled, and the plan freed up." The rainbow print is a 1960s Herman Miller trade poster, and the Vitamin Water print by a New York artist. A Sapien book tower from Design Within Reach sits next to the TV. The sofa is IKEA. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

The living spaces of house, built in 1972 or 1973, were originally divided into three—a kitchen, living and dining area, and an atrium (previous owners had covered the atrium with a roof). "The new owners wanted the interior space to flow as one, so we removed the glass doors and solid walls separating the enclosed atrium from the kitchen and living room," principal John Klopf says. "Some structural posts needed to remain to hold up the roof, but overall the space was opened up almost completely. The floor was leveled, and the plan freed up." The rainbow print is a 1960s Herman Miller trade poster, and the Vitamin Water print by a New York artist. A Sapien book tower from Design Within Reach sits next to the TV. The sofa is IKEA.

Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, and House Building Type. In the outdoor living area, orange Primary Pouf stools by Quinze & Milan and an ipe bench surround the central fire pit. An outdoor kitchen neighbors its interior counterpart. In addition to a grill, it accommodates a table and bench by Kayu. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

In the outdoor living area, orange Primary Pouf stools by Quinze & Milan and an ipe bench surround the central fire pit. An outdoor kitchen neighbors its interior counterpart. In addition to a grill, it accommodates a table and bench by Kayu.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Mid-Century Building Type. From the street, the home bears many of the hallmarks of an Eichler home. Its low roofline is in large part supported by glass walls. Clear cedar siding provides additional warmth. The exterior tiles used around the house are actually custom poured concrete from RJ & Associates Landscape Specialists. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

From the street, the home bears many of the hallmarks of an Eichler home. Its low roofline is in large part supported by glass walls. Clear cedar siding provides additional warmth. The exterior tiles used around the house are actually custom poured concrete from RJ & Associates Landscape Specialists.

Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, and House Building Type. A wall of windows provides a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor spaces in this renovated home. Open to the fenced-in yard, the patio is as intimate as the living room and bedroom just inside. Photo by: Scott Hargis Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

A wall of windows provides a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor spaces in this renovated home. Open to the fenced-in yard, the patio is as intimate as the living room and bedroom just inside. Photo by: Scott Hargis

Modern home with Exterior and Mid-Century Building Type. As grand as it ever was this renovated Eichler home in San Rafael, California, exudes warm light into the California hills. Photo by: Scott Hargis Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

As grand as it ever was this renovated Eichler home in San Rafael, California, exudes warm light into the California hills. Photo by: Scott Hargis

Modern home with Exterior and Mid-Century Building Type. A house in Greenmeadow, a Joseph Eichler development in Palo Alto. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

A house in Greenmeadow, a Joseph Eichler development in Palo Alto.

Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, and Shed RoofLine. Behind the resin screen is the property’s centerpiece: an entry garden that Trainor recast as an outdoor living room. Sparta stacking chairs, a deep-wicker Baia sofa, and matching Baia armchairs, all by Mamagreen, are arranged around a custom concrete fire pit. Orange kangaroo paws lean in from the sides, creating a sense of privacy without sacrificing views. It’s a welcoming space that serves as a casual gathering spot when the weather cooperates. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

Behind the resin screen is the property’s centerpiece: an entry garden that Trainor recast as an outdoor living room. Sparta stacking chairs, a deep-wicker Baia sofa, and matching Baia armchairs, all by Mamagreen, are arranged around a custom concrete fire pit. Orange kangaroo paws lean in from the sides, creating a sense of privacy without sacrificing views. It’s a welcoming space that serves as a casual gathering spot when the weather cooperates.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Shed RoofLine, and Mid-Century Building Type. An ipe fence and a neon-yellow resin screen fashioned from recycled acrylic panels draw visitors toward the entrance to the Kreadens’ renovated Eichler house. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

An ipe fence and a neon-yellow resin screen fashioned from recycled acrylic panels draw visitors toward the entrance to the Kreadens’ renovated Eichler house.

Modern home with House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Outdoor, Grass, Walkways, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. In the back, ferns and other shade-friendly plants thrive beneath the home’s deep overhangs. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

In the back, ferns and other shade-friendly plants thrive beneath the home’s deep overhangs.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, and Grass. Usha and Mike Kreaden had a virtually blank slate when it came to the garden outside the 1958 Joseph Eichler house that they bought in Silicon Valley two decades ago. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

Usha and Mike Kreaden had a virtually blank slate when it came to the garden outside the 1958 Joseph Eichler house that they bought in Silicon Valley two decades ago.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Grass, Shrubs, Trees, and Gardens. The beanbag chairs and outdoor sofa and chairs are from West Elm and the Case Study Museum Bench is from Modernica. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

The beanbag chairs and outdoor sofa and chairs are from West Elm and the Case Study Museum Bench is from Modernica.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Wood Burning Fireplace, Standard Layout Fireplace, and Rug Floor. In the living room, a travertine-topped coffee table by Paul McCobb pairs well with the Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System sofa. The Josef Albers print over the fireplace is an original, scored on eBay. Photo  of Modern Master: Joseph EichlerView Photos

In the living room, a travertine-topped coffee table by Paul McCobb pairs well with the Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System sofa. The Josef Albers print over the fireplace is an original, scored on eBay.