Case Study Architect A Beadles’ Family Home is Full of Quirks

This mid-century house is chock full of quirky features. The architect responsible for it is Alfred Newman Beadle, who is best known for his work on the Case Study Houses, one of which we covered last year. He built this home for his family in 1956, and named it Beadle House #7.

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The quirks begin from the approach to the house. Beadle created a staggered transition to the interior, including various irregular hardscaping elements along with an impossibly sleek awning, supported by a series of slender steel pillars.

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Moving to the interior, the décor is punctuated by one-off attention grabbers, most notably the cow skin rug in the middle of the open plan living area, as well as impressive set-pieces, such as the dining area, where bright turquoise dining chairs combine with a set of tall, swirly glass vases in red, yellow and orange, and a similarly swirly orange lampshade, all overlooked by a starburst clock that is mid-century design to a tee.

This is complimented by mid-century modern furniture in a range of bright colours, along with wooden furniture stained in a vivid red polish, and upholstery in bright green and turquoise.

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The home was recently renovated, and while care has clearly been taken to retain all the special elements and details that have always made this house stand out, it has also been brought more in line with contemporary needs.

Some of the main updates were the fitting of a new kitchen, with all modern appliances and composite counters. The baths are also new, as well as the slate flooring. Meanwhile, the architects fully restored the original fireplace.

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Another attention grabber, with its the conical chimney combined with a raised dish to house the fire, we didn’t immediately realise it was a fireplace at all, so unusual is the design. It’s perhaps also the fact that we rarely expect these Californian homes to have a fireplace.

Either way, it’s a fitting centrepiece to a really eye-catching home.

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