Thomas Mann House: walk on wood

Thomas Mann House: walk on wood

Wood floors are popular because they're practical, beautiful and come from a sustainable source. This refurbishment of a very special house in LA may well inspire you if you're thinking about flooring

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The Thomas Mann house in Los Angeles was bought by the German government in 2016 and is used for visiting cultural, political, business experts taking part in a scholarship programme to the US. The house was built in Pacific Palisades in 1942 by German architect Julius Ralph Davidson and was lived in for 10 years by the great German novelist Thomas Mann (1875-1955). A low building influenced by the Bauhaus movement, the house has undergone an extensive refurbishment by German architects LenzWerk, with a focus on sustainable materials, notably wood, with LED lighting by German manufacturer Occhio

It may be in sunny laid-back California, but this villa, which bears the name of its most famous resident, has been refurbished and interior designed with German precision and pared-down aestheticw. What you notice most about it is the flooring - wood - and the lighting - LED - and as such it's one of those interiors that is helpful to look at if you're thinking about your own home and interiors.
 
The Bauhaus principle of 'form follows function' inspired the concept for updating the home. Classics from various decades of German design were used to create a timeless, welcoming space and the interior concept focused on maintaining the openness of the villa. In selecting materials for the restoration work special attention was paid to emphasizing the character of the house.
White walls, a beautiful rug and an oak floor - the sitting room is calm and comfortable
The design is a great example of how a clutter free room can inspire a clear mind!
Lighting design is crucial to any interior and Occhio lighting was used to create mood and highlight points of interest
White walls and lots of warm wood is a design combination that's unbeatable
The Thomas Mann villa in Pacific Palisades
no LA home is complete without a pool..
The bathroom is tiled with fairly traditional sanitary ware
The kitchen is very simple in design, despite being well equipped,  with a resilient floor
'We practiced restraint with the interior concept and selected unobtrusive furnishings that establish space to breathe,' explains Ursula Seeba-Hannan, managing partner of the Berlin-based design and construction firm Lenzwerk Holding, which was responsible for the interior design. 'We wanted guests to feel at ease and inspired from the moment they enter the Thomas Mann House.'
 
Occhio lighting was used to highlight particular areas and to bring out the warmth of the oak, walnut and birch woods used throughout the villa. Ceiling spotlights were positioned ot create glare-free ambient lighting in the rooms and hallways, while beams of light have also been used create light and shadow.
 
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