Story courtesy of Mark Weaver & Associates | Photography by Karyn Millet
For the past thirty years, Mark Weaver has designed interiors and restored homes across the United States and beyond, from luxury yachts and airplanes to historic estates in Nantucket and Santa Barbara.
When one of Weaver’s long-term clients and friends asked him to design another of their properties, this time in Malibu, he was, of course, delighted to proceed. The clients envisioned an intimate modern house that was suitable to their social beach lifestyle. To achieve this goal, Weaver decided to start from scratch, tear down the original home, and build a new structure altogether with the help of his team at Mark Weaver & Associates (MWA).
“It began as a modest 1950s beach cottage, and we transformed it into a modernist, cubist statement and stunning waterfront retreat,” Weaver says.
The stainless-steel cladding by Marmol Radziner drives home the newly designed structure’s statement as a modern home with a nod to cubist art and design. The four-thousand-square-foot beachfront home features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gymnasium, and a beautiful patio for the homeowner’s al fresco gatherings. Weaver’s Los Angeles background, Italian heritage, and extensive European travel all played important roles in his design of the home, which is fresh and contemporary while being grounded by classical touches.
“Weaver’s Los Angeles background, Italian heritage, and extensive European travel all played important roles in his design of the home...”
A longtime supporter of the arts in LA, Weaver is a founding member of MOCA, a member of the Decorative Arts and Design Council at LACMA, and a patron of the Los Angeles Opera. His artistic acumen can be seen via the elegant accessories surrounding the interiors, which Weaver and the clients chose. The front door art is by sculptor Jon Krawczyk. One can find artwork by Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, and others throughout the home.
The living room’s sliding doors open so the exterior blends with the interiors, taking full advantage of the glorious location on the Pacific. Art on the left wall by Damien Hirst brings a playful splash of color with his signature dots design. The coffee table by Therien, chair by Michael Taylor Designs, and silk cocoon light fixture—made from actual silkworm cocoons—ground the space with neutral tones yet stand out thanks to their varying textures.
The large Roy Lichtenstein art in the dining room offers a modern juxtaposition to the more rustic bronze sculpture on the dining table by Raphael Scorbiac and the bronze chandelier by Jean de Merry. The Roman-inspired dining table, reminiscent of Ruhlmann, was a custom design created by MWA. The firm also designed custom upholstery and more throughout the home, including custom benches and a night chest in the master bedroom. The stepped benches were created specifically for the homeowners’ West Highland white terriers, Mulligan and Tasha, for climbing onto the bed where they can enjoy the unobstructed view of the ocean.
Outside, the sustainable teak deck and outdoor dining area are protected from winds by a clear glass wall, ensuring beautiful vistas from any spot, indoors or out.
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