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Roxbury Residence
Beverly Hills, CA


Mark Rios
Daniel Torres
Aimee Less
John Fishback


This striking home spares no detail in recreating the glamorous Hollywood Regency style. The original 1930s Paul Williams-style house was in good condition at purchase, but the new owners wanted to make changes to meet their current lifestyle and taste. The renovated home blends the traditional aspects of the existing house with the owners’ affection for ‘40s, ’50s and ’60s modernism, and provides an ideal place to showcase a large collection of one-of-a-kind furniture from Hollywood ‘s Golden Age.

The owners requested that each room have its own identity, so we looked to the existing elements of each. From the brick exterior, with custom-designed sconces, into the entry, the home exudes a gentle manner, with each room gaining intensity in color, materials, furniture and style as one moves from the entrance of the house through to the upstairs area.
Furniture purchased from around the world includes superlative pieces by Gio Ponti, Edward Wormley, Piero Fornasetti, Paul László, Paul Frankl, and Karl Springer, among others. Some were restored and reupholstered, but most were kept intact, such as the turquoise-blue breakfast set by Fornasetti, sporting fanciful images of sea life. Rooms are no neutral backdrop; each one is decadently treated in both surface materials and color.

Existing landscape elements of pool and pond remain, but were replanted to give greater texture and uniformity through the practice of bunching like plants together. Around the house, the plant palette is simplified to complement the architecture, while a big-leaf garden meanders through and around the pool and ponds. A small garden with a geometric pattern of black and white stones dotted by succulents is a surprise on the side of the house.