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Ranch Redux: A New Life for a Mid-Century Gem in San Diego, Courtesy of Studio Shamshiri

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Ranch Redux: A New Life for a Mid-Century Gem in San Diego, Courtesy of Studio Shamshiri

January 24, 2020

Here’s a project that masterfully combines some of our favorite styles—Scandinavian, Japanese wabi-sabi, and California mid-century—to great effect. It’s the work of Studio Shamshiri founder, Pamela Shamshiri, long admired in the industry for her exacting eye and tastemaking sensibilities. “We look for an emotional link or common attitude between the eras we’re referencing,” she told us in a 2015 Remodelista interview (back when she was a founding partner at Commune Design). “You can’t combine any two movements, they have to complement each other and relate in ethos.”

That interplay between the different design traditions has created a home that feels cohesive and considered. Located in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, the 1957 ranch house was designed by John August Reed, a contemporary of midcentury architecture giants Frank Lloyd Wright, R.M Schindler, and Irving Gill. Shamshiri, tapped by the clients after seeing photos of her own mid-century gem, restored much of Reed’s original vision, took down some walls to create a more open-concept space, renovated the kitchen and bathrooms, then set about appointing the home with a mix of vintage and new pieces—all while being deeply mindful of the building’s history.

The result: a modern family home that feels utterly timeless. Let’s take a tour.

Photography by Yoshihiro Makino, courtesy of Studio Shamshiri.

The quasi-galley kitchen features Vermont green slate and raw brass hardware, both of which will develop patina over time, something that Shamshiri, who embraces a wabi-sabi aesthetic, welcomes.
Above: The quasi-galley kitchen features Vermont green slate and raw brass hardware, both of which will develop patina over time, something that Shamshiri, who embraces a wabi-sabi aesthetic, welcomes.
Most of the interior is clad in wood or stone; the few bare walls were given a wash of light teal paint.
Above: Most of the interior is clad in wood or stone; the few bare walls were given a wash of light teal paint.
The family room, across from the kitchen, is the focal point of the home. A palette of teal, yellow, and rust runs throughout.
Above: The family room, across from the kitchen, is the focal point of the home. A palette of teal, yellow, and rust runs throughout.
In the dining room, a brass Lindsey Adelman chandelier hangs over the Bronze Wishbone Table by BDDW.
Above: In the dining room, a brass Lindsey Adelman chandelier hangs over the Bronze Wishbone Table by BDDW.
A custom sectional dominates the living room, but it&#8
Above: A custom sectional dominates the living room, but it’s the refinished copper fireplace that steals the spotlight. The vintage armchair and ottoman are Bruno Mathsson’s Pernilla design.
In the office, grasscloth lines the walls. Sliding brass panels on the upper cabinets add some shine to the otherwise muted room. Japanese cedar was used for the original millwork in the home. Shamshiri added other types of wood—white oak and Douglas fir—to the mix but was mindful to make sure the finishes were similar.
Above: In the office, grasscloth lines the walls. Sliding brass panels on the upper cabinets add some shine to the otherwise muted room. Japanese cedar was used for the original millwork in the home. Shamshiri added other types of wood—white oak and Douglas fir—to the mix but was mindful to make sure the finishes were similar.
Studio Shamshiri also designed a new poolhouse, including a full kitchen and dining area, for the clients.
Above: Studio Shamshiri also designed a new poolhouse, including a full kitchen and dining area, for the clients.
A vintage cork pendant light by Wilhelm Zannoth Zanotl hovers over the dining table. The chairs are by George Nakashima.
Above: A vintage cork pendant light by Wilhelm Zannoth Zanotl hovers over the dining table. The chairs are by George Nakashima.

To read more about this characterful home, see C magazine’s story.

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