Brooches for houses

Segal Residence

This house decoration looks like an upmarket version of a dingbat. Either way it’s a nice retro fashion accessory that harks back to the postwar period. The house was built in La Jolla, California by architect Jonathan Segal in 2004 for his own family. Photo by my friend Chimay Bleue on Flickr.

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5 Responses to “Brooches for houses”

  1. Eva Says:

    This reminds me of Chinese buildings.

  2. Eva Says:

    http://www.jonathansegalarchitect.com/segalfiles/prospect.html

    had a look at the pictures — isn’t it like living in airport lobbies? how to feel at home??

  3. Chimay Bleue Says:

    An airport lobby? I don’t know about that. Maybe an international first class lounge at an airport, at the very least. In all seriousness, I think we all have different notions of what makes us comfortable and where we feel at home. The architecture and furnishings in Jonathan’s house actually put many people (myself included) far more at ease than what many people consider to be a “homey” environment (i.e. floral prints, layering pillows, lots of knick-knacks/clutter, overstuffed, ginormous sofas, crown moulding, etc.). Jonathan’s house is very peaceful and has a zen-garden like quality. He takes a lot of inspiration from Japanese architecture (both modern and traditional), and the main point of the house is to melt away into the garden and the view to the ocean as much as possible, while still providing maximum privacy from the street. When you’re inside, it feels like your own private sanctuary. And it feels like you’re outside, even when you’re not. Not for everyone, I know, but I’d live there in a heartbeat.

  4. LB Says:

    I love this house too! But I find minimalism very soothing at home. Clutter is essential in the studio but I don’t like it in my living area. I’d live there in a flash.

  5. Eva Says:

    Flower cushions and clutter are not the only alternative to a spacey living like this! Don’t get me wrong, it is an exiting house and very, very elegant and beautiful. But it provides no shelter for the old troglodyte soul of mine.

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