In Southern California, we have the Malibu in the family home of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. They have a 25,000-square-foot adobe style home built on a 150-acre parcel of land that was initially comprised of several properties in the Santa Monica Mountains near Calabasas, California. It was important to the couple to have both a sense of intimacy in their residence and a home that related back to the land on which it was built. It took four years to obtain their building permit due to the sensitivity of the surrounding environmental landscape and the many building regulation in the area. They were granted the building permit and subsequently have created a home that reflects their passions and sense of connection to history and the world around them. Everything in the home was handmade by master craftsman and much attention was paid to exquisite details, such as the river stones in-laid into the wooden floors in the form of spirals and the infinity knot. Exposed ceiling beams were salvaged from old barns and homesteads and a hammered wrought iron railing leads to the second floor.
The couple meant for the home to be somewhat of a physical manifestation of their commitment to one another and their family. It is filled with organic shapes and there are no “dead ends” although the spaces are still filled with alcoves and nooks designed to create a sense of peace and tranquility. The home is filled with open breezy spaces complimented by fine details. The decor pays tribute to many cultures and the unorthodox geometries of the rooms allow them to graciously flow from one to another. The home is continuing to evolve with the family as they grow together and their needs as a family change, but the one thing they feel is that the home remains as constant reflection of craftsmanship as it relates to their union.
Source Architectural Digest
Architect Stephen Samuelson
Decorator Judith Lance and Waldo Fernandez
Photography by Roger Davies
Portrait by Art Streiber