This Original Mid-Century Residence by Robert Skinner is a Triumph

There’s a nice order to this original mid-century house. Built in 1962 by Robert Skinner, and located in a sleepy cul-de-sac in Trousdale Estates, Los Angeles, it seems like everything was geared towards to having the sparsest furnishing possible without feeling too empty.

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This is best reflected in the central living area. Here, a large room with floor-to-ceiling windows is filled by a sofa, two chairs, chaise longue, coffee table, on top of a large faded persian rug. A painting, a piano and just a few other decorations fill the rest of the space. It’s spacious as anything, but comfortable nonetheless.

Particularly enjoyable in this room is the architect’s arrangement of a wall dividing the higher level, combined with the fireplace chimney, to make two simple white rectangles, one superimposed upon the other. Such expert minimalism deserves time in an art gallery.

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A smaller room echoes this larger space on the other side of the fireplace. It houses an original Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair, another similar Persian rug and a leather sofa worn out just enough to melt into. This is a nice touch, giving space for slightly more intimate gatherings.

We could go on and on about Skinner’s design, but suffice to say it’s a triumph.

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