USA Trends Home Trends Vol 32 No 1 USA - Page 47

It’s one thing to copy a traditional style, but something totally different to recreate a passage of time. That’s the guiding principle and philosophy designer Julian Cohen brought to this home he designed in North California wine country. For Cohen, it’s important that clients first identify what’s meaningful for them and, in this instance, he aimed to produce a home that tells a story and expresses a sense of history. What emerged from early discussions was the influence on the owners of a stone building that was one of California’s first wineries – and a haiku the owners wrote. “We wanted to establish what’s really important to them, so their house could be an expression of who they are – something they would feel totally comfortable with. “These gave the essence from which we developed the design of their home.” What evolved in the design process was an L-shaped configuration of two buildings connected by a breezeway. The stone-clad main building appears to be an 1800s winery which has been Above: A breezeway section of this new hillside home provides a sheltered outdoor living area and views northwards over the pool and vineyards. The breezeway connects the two wings of the home, with the main residence on the left and guest accommodation to the right. Designer Julian Cohen evolved the design of the house so that it appears to be an authentic 1800s winery that has been renovated and then extended with a modern addition. search | save | share at