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    Architect John Bertram


    ( Christine House / For The Times ) By David A. Keeps

    You could say that architect John Bertram lives and breathes Richard Neutra. In the past decade, he has renovated significant residences by modernist Neutra (1892-1970), one of Southern California's first starchitects. His personal residence is one of Neutra's lesser-known works, the split-level, 900-square-foot McIntosh house, built in 1939 in Silver Lake.

    "For me, modernism was a high water mark of architecture and Neutra established a rigorous set of rules for designing houses that are clear, precise, linear and dynamic," Bertram says. "In Los Angeles, where the climate permitted it, his integration of indoor and outdoor spaces set a standard that people still look for in houses today."

    Here Bertram sits in the living room, which has two long window walls delineated by a built-in L-shaped banquette, writing desk and bookcase made of mahogany. Despite these thoughtful, space-saving appointments, the redwood-clad house "has a strange rusticity to it," Bertram says. "It's almost like a cabin."














    Home Tours: Neutra, through the eye of John Bertram | L.A. at Home | Los Angeles Times

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    I like it. I like the quirky, kitschie decorations and the built-in sofa.

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    Über cheap piano sets the tone for the rest of it. I'll pass.

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    I like the concept.. the feel of the outside of the house matches the feel of the inside of the house. Love the decorative details.. it has a Silver Lake feel.

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    I think I saw that coffee table at a garage sale last week.

    The whole place looks cheap.
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    Cheap ... that's funny to me, just because reading that this is a California house designed by Neutra, dollar signs flash before my eyes.

    Even with the real estate market so down here, that house must be worth a fortune.

    So I find it refreshing that the decor isn't sterile or fancy, and that this couple look like friendly, normal folks I could actually have a conversation with.

    And I like the house a lot. The decor isn't all that interesting, but it's probably truer to Neutra's intent than something flashier. And I like the crazy knick-knacks.
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    The interior looks very Ikea-sih.
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    i think i want a personal tour with bertram.. i'd love to visit. this house is gorgeous. the interior.. understated is the word that comes to mind. i'm with shinola - must have cost a fortune. mahogany furniture? i don't even want to know how much that desk costs. there's so much here that i like. i'm completely in love with that vintage floor lamp in the corner & the chair he's sitting in. and i like the piano, too - doesn't look cheap to me at all. great mix of vintage & design while maintaining a homey feeling.

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    The architecture is nice but the interior "desecrating" is at best garage sale chic.

    I'd keep the house and burn everything inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calcifer View Post
    i think i want a personal tour with bertram.. i'd love to visit. this house is gorgeous. the interior.. understated is the word that comes to mind. i'm with shinola - must have cost a fortune. mahogany furniture? i don't even want to know how much that desk costs. there's so much here that i like. i'm completely in love with that vintage floor lamp in the corner & the chair he's sitting in. and i like the piano, too - doesn't look cheap to me at all. great mix of vintage & design while maintaining a homey feeling.
    totally agree. i want this house.
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    too cheap and rustic.

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