We love direction that's specific,
but leaves room for interpretation.
Our clients came to us with a simple brief: Steve McQueen. Naming their
Racquet Club Estates home 'The Landing Pad,' the owners wanted to
refresh their Wexler-designed house to create a McQueen-worthy
bachelor pad vibe.
Problem was, the house was more 90's 'Weekend at Bernie's" than 60's 'Bullitt.'
A series of updates had taken away most of the original sharp angles and
aluminum framing, replacing it with single pane wood French doors and
big box store tile. Without the budget for an extensive remodel, we needed
to think creatively and fold those elements into the mix.
We proposed a masculine mix of crisp lines, saturated colors and graphic punch—
including a plaid bed. We borrowed the idea for an oversized brown
ottoman-as-coffee-table from McQueen's own South Ridge living room,
and created a mural of Brigitte Bardot for one of the bedrooms. Stripping the
ceiling to expose the natural grain took the focus off the floors and gave those
wooden French doors a reason to be.
We borrowed from several decades; kept the elements simple and spare, and
chose vintage pieces with great profiles— from the cantilevered dining chairs
to the Stiffel lamps.
We'd like to think this sequel took it's cues from the original, but played
the scene in a whole new way.
Photographed by Lance Gerber