Mid-Century Natural - Design Bureau

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Mid-Century Natural

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Featured Company: Tuggey Construction - Location: Beverly Hills, California - Project Type: Residence - Project Name: Martin Lane

Photos by Jon Robershaw, jonrobershawphoto.com

By Risa Seidman

Thanks to popularizing forces like Mad Men, mid-century modern furniture and architecture are experiencing an uptick in demand. Not all aspects of the style from the 1950s and ‘60s, however, fit with 2014 tastes. Dave Tuggey, who recently renovated a 1960s-era home in Beverly Hills, knows this all too well. “The client, a Canadian businessman and his family, wanted to update the existing 1960s midcentury modern home,” Tuggey says, “which was complete with a mirrored room and disco ball.”

To effectively mesh the home’s mid-century design with today’s sensibilities, Tuggey chose to incorporate natural elements—such as hand-laid stone, European oak flooring, and calming water features—into the home’s sleek layout. Tuggey also included east-Asian artifacts in his redesign, such as an 800-year-old Chinese window screen that he recreated into a door. That, along with tropical landscaping and cascading waterfalls, gives the home’s entryway a Zen appeal and sets the stage for what’s to come.

Nature is visible throughout the house, thanks to its many large windows looking out on the greenery that makes up the property. These windows culminate in 35-foot-wide glass patio doors, which open onto the black limestone pool deck, complete with a zero-edge pool. In the center of the pool is an oversized antique-vase fountain that ties in the Eastern aesthetic from the front of the house. By melding the outdoors with the indoors and the old with the new, Tuggey created a stunning home that will stand the test of time.

The Tile Files

Dave Tuggey collaborator Classic Tile and Mosaic (CTM) produces a range of high-quality products that include residential and commercially viable lines of stone, glass, terracotta, ceramic, and porcelain. They provide tiles and mosaics for both the architectural and design trade as well as retail clientele.


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