Always on the prowl for midcentury homes to admire, we came across freelance cinematographer Peter Deming’s stunning place of residence. Its architect, Marvin Taff, lived in the house for over forty years, before Mr. Deming took over this luminous home in the midst of Beverly Hills lush greenery.
Neatly tucked away in the surrounding environment, the home enjoys views of the surrounding hillsides. Dazzled by the beautiful midcentury home design, we reached out to Mr. Deming to inquire about his thoughts on midcentury style.
First of all, could you tell us a little bit about your background?
My background is that I’m a freelance cinematographer primarily for movies and commercials. I’ve lived in L.A. for almost 40 years.
How did you come to live in your house and what drew you to the midcentury style?
I grew up in the midwest surrounded by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright so i’ve always had a love for the style and the period. And while this house isn’t exactly “Wrightian” from the outside, it has many of the hallmarks of the midcentury style.
Do you feel a certain sense of responsibility when living in a house designed by such a famous architect?*
I absolutely feel a sense of responsibility. I wrote Mr. Taff a letter accompanying my offer to buy to promise not to change the house from his original design.
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What are the advantages/struggles of living in a midcentury house?
The only struggle I see is dealing with a flat roof and keeping it clean to maximize the efficient drainage
Do you feel constrained in your interior design choices because of the property’s heritage?
No not at all but to furnish the house with anything other than “modern” would look silly.
What’s your favourite part of the house and why?
I think my favorite detail is the absolute floor to ceiling design of some of the windows. They truly give you a feeling that there is not glass there at all.