Modernist Gem Revival

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Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin initially approached Fung + Blatt to design a ceramics studio on their Southern California property, which contains a 1950s house by modernist architect Calvin Straub. Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens to the outdoors.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Front Yard, Side Yard, Garden, Trees, Shrubs, and Raised Planters. Fields of native grasses connect the main residence, situated at the top of the slope, to the new structures scattered below. Photo  of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

Fields of native grasses connect the main residence, situated at the top of the slope, to the new structures scattered below.

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Chair, Table, Dark Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, and Pendant Lighting. Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin initially approached Fung + Blatt to design a ceramics studio on their Southern California property, which contains a 1950s house by modernist architect Calvin Straub. Photo 2 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin initially approached Fung + Blatt to design a ceramics studio on their Southern California property, which contains a 1950s house by modernist architect Calvin Straub.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Side Yard, Front Yard, Trees, Grass, Hardscapes, Walkways, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Rooftop, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Fences, Wall, and Hanging Lighting. Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens to the outdoors. Rising from the edge of the pool deck, a planted overhang shelters a gym and sauna below. Photo 4 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens to the outdoors. Rising from the edge of the pool deck, a planted overhang shelters a gym and sauna below.

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Rooftop, Trees, Side Yard, Grass, Hardscapes, Gardens, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Back Yard, and Walkways. Once unkempt terrain (1), the lot was replanted by Elysian Landscapes. Board-formed concrete walls now hold a lush collection of Bloodgood Japanese maple trees, Canyon Prince wild rye grasses, and Blue Fox Tail agaves. A Spun stool by Heatherwick Studio for Magis joins an outdoor furniture set by Plain Air. Photo 5 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

Once unkempt terrain (1), the lot was replanted by Elysian Landscapes. Board-formed concrete walls now hold a lush collection of Bloodgood Japanese maple trees, Canyon Prince wild rye grasses, and Blue Fox Tail agaves. A Spun stool by Heatherwick Studio for Magis joins an outdoor furniture set by Plain Air.

Modern home with Bath Room and Freestanding Tub. Fung + Blatt designed the master bathroom vanity, which features Agape washbasins and fixtures and an angled mirror that reflects the oak trees seen through the skylights. Photo 6 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

Fung + Blatt designed the master bathroom vanity, which features Agape washbasins and fixtures and an angled mirror that reflects the oak trees seen through the skylights.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Chair, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Night Stands. A tub zone lined in redwood connects to the master bedroom, which is furnished with a vintage Sergio Rodrigues lounge chair and Voyage Immobile seats from Roche Bobois. Photo 7 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

A tub zone lined in redwood connects to the master bedroom, which is furnished with a vintage Sergio Rodrigues lounge chair and Voyage Immobile seats from Roche Bobois.

The house prior to renovation. Photo 8 of Modernist Gem Revival modern homeView Photos

The house prior to renovation.

Modern home with Shed & Studio, Living Space Room Type, Den Room Type, Storage Space Room Type, and Family Room Room Type. The ceramics studio was formerly a pergola wrapped in chicken wire, used as a dog kennel by the previous owner. Inside the new structure, a vintage Danish chair, found on eBay, provides a modern perch. The windows’ deep mullions double as display shelves. Photo 9 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

The ceramics studio was formerly a pergola wrapped in chicken wire, used as a dog kennel by the previous owner. Inside the new structure, a vintage Danish chair, found on eBay, provides a modern perch. The windows’ deep mullions double as display shelves.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, Raised Planters, Gardens, Walkways, Shrubs, Flowers, Garden, and Planters Patio, Porch, Deck. A section of the facade—a cross between a shoji screen and a barn door—slides open. Planter boxes contain edible varieties that fuel Mary’s culinary explorations. Photo 10 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

A section of the facade—a cross between a shoji screen and a barn door—slides open. Planter boxes contain edible varieties that fuel Mary’s culinary explorations.

The architects maintained the midcentury post-and-beam construction and Japanese-inspired details of the original building, while brightening and expanding the interior living spaces. Photo 11 of Modernist Gem Revival modern homeView Photos

The architects maintained the midcentury post-and-beam construction and Japanese-inspired details of the original building, while brightening and expanding the interior living spaces.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Ottomans, Sofa, Sectional, Coffee Tables, Table, and Floor Lighting. The architects maintained the midcentury post-and-beam construction and Japanese-inspired details of the original building, while brightening and expanding the interior living spaces. Patricia Urquiola’s Tufty-Time sofa for B&B Italia meets Pebble coffee tables by Nathan Yong for Ligne Roset in the living room. Photo 12 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

The architects maintained the midcentury post-and-beam construction and Japanese-inspired details of the original building, while brightening and expanding the interior living spaces. Patricia Urquiola’s Tufty-Time sofa for B&B Italia meets Pebble coffee tables by Nathan Yong for Ligne Roset in the living room.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Shed RoofLine, and Green Roof Material. The sloped roof of Carlton’s art studio grows a colorful mix of sedum species. Photo 13 of Modernist Gem RevivalView Photos

The sloped roof of Carlton’s art studio grows a colorful mix of sedum species.

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