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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vidal Sassoon's Bel Air Home

Vidal Sassoon's Bel Air Home

air guru Vidal Sassoon and his wife share their landmark mid-century California home -- and yes, their over-the-top fur bedspread.

Vidal Sassoon and his wife Ronnie lovingly renovated the stunning Singleton house perched on a peak above Mullholand Drive in Los Angeles. The home was designed by Richard Neutra in 1959 and had fallen into disrepair when the couple bought it: The roof collapsed and part of the property had slid into the neighbor's yard. Yikes!

Ronnie did her homework. She studied Neutra's original plan for the home and his other work to help guide a sensitive renovation of the 4,700-foot home. And when it came time to decorate, the couple consulted with interior designer and friend, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and stuck to era-appropriate mid-century furniture and art. The result is a home that takes you back to 1959. Take a look:

vidal sassoon houseVidal Sassoon and wife Ronnie at home with their dogs Lulu and Yoyo. Photo: Todd Eberle/Architectural Digest.

vidal sassoon houseLooking into the living room of the Sassoon's home. Photo: Todd Eberle/Architectural Digest.
Like many mid-century architects working in California, Neutra tried to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor space. He used the same materials -- stone, glass and metal -- on both the interior and exterior.

vidal sassoon houseInside the living space. Photo: Todd Eberle/Architectural Digest.
The Sassoon's decorated the home in mid-century furniture and art that could have been in the home when it was first built, including Visiteur armchairs by Prouve, a Perriand cocktail table and an Alexander Calder sculpture above the fireplace.

vidal sassoon houseThe couple was able to save the kitchen's built-in cabinets designed by the architect. A Saarinen Tulip Table and swivel chairs by Knoll are the perfect white pop for the room. Photos: Todd Eberle/Architectural Digest.

The home's terrazzo floors had to be re-poured throughout. left, the hallway is used as a gallery with a striking sculptural work by Etienne Hajdu mingling with an Ellsworth Kelly and Lucio Fontana sculpture. The benches are by Perriand.

vidal sassoon houseThe master bedroom was added when the couple renovated the home. Photo: Todd Eberle/ Architectural Digest.

The lush fur bedspread is a sexy and luxe touch to the platform bed, which is original to the home. The sculpture is by Harry Bertoia and the floor-to-ceiling curtains allow for some privacy.

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