With a continual stream of new entertainment initiatives, jointly made merchandise lines, and two modest youngsters at house, interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent get pleasure from a lot of, shall we say, quantity time. But when it will come to non-public commissions, the duo tends to adhere to their unbiased style studios. “We only operate jointly for exclusive consumers,” Brent points out succinctly. Happily, Brian Robbins, the CEO and president of Young ones & Household Enjoyment at ViacomCBS, and his wife, Tracy James, a wardrobe stylist and clothes designer, extra than meet the criterion of specific. The two couples met when Berkus and Brent created a Los Angeles household in Hancock Park for Robbins, James, their youthful daughter, Stella, and Robbins’s sons from a prior relationship, Justin and Miles. They’ve been thick as robbers at any time due to the fact.
“Honestly, we imagine of them as spouse and children. When we go out to meal, Brian and I are the two short Jewish men stuffing our mouths with hamburgers, although Jeremiah and Tracy are on the other side of the table guffawing over salads and ice chips,” Berkus claims. James paints a identical image in somewhat more delicate tones: “We really linked with them on an emotional amount, particularly about our little ones,” she suggests.
Heeding the siren call of the L.A. true estate market, Robbins and James finally traded their Hancock Park abode for a spruce contemporary household created by architect Paul McClean in the stylish Trousdale Estates neighborhood of Beverly Hills. A smooth, planar composition of travertine-clad partitions, oak ceilings, and metal columns and eaves, the framework is accessed through a enormous door established between screens of rusting steel that nod to the grillwork of the quite a few historic midcentury residences in the region.
“The household seems good from the road but gets to be additional transparent as you go by way of it,” McClean claims, describing the procession through an entry courtyard, throughout a glass bridge, into the home’s primary social house, and out yet again to the pool and the lovely canyon sights that unfold beyond it. “The vista is remarkable, so the complete outside results in being a environmentally friendly oasis. Breaking down limitations to nature has been a topic of California architecture for 100 several years,” the architect provides.
Huge pocketing glass sliders erase the boundary among within and out in spectacular style, providing the dwelling the experience of an alfresco modernist pavilion. “When my dad visited, his huge comment was ‘Your residence has no walls,’ ” Robbins recollects, laughing. McClean buoyed the pavilion outcome by overlapping the primary bed room and the pool, so that the bed room appears to float.
“Brian and Tracy’s last residence was a Tudor without the need of a large amount of sunlight, so the issue was ‘How do you bring a brilliant, modern spirit to a dwelling with conventional bones?’ In this article, the challenge was flipped—we desired to bring a perception of heat and coziness to a pristine modern dwelling,” Brent explains. Berkus, predictably, has his have acquire: “They didn’t want to go complete Neutra,” he quips. “They didn’t want a place with three parts of fantastic modern-day household furniture.” As an alternative, the designers orchestrated an unpretentious, a long time-spanning symphony of stylish, eminently cozy furnishings, many reused from the homeowners’ preceding residence.