Ray Kappe – Easy Living Mid Century

Ray Kappe is my third mid-century discovery of recent months. He brings a whole new meaning to the concept of easy living mid-century-modern-style. His most famous, and for many, best, building is his own house where he still resides, in the Pacific Palisades, Sothern California. Built in 1967, and dominated by a wonderful open plan multi-layered / multi-living space, a sunken living room which links towers that house bathrooms and other functional spaces. He describes it far better than I ever could. Take a look at this little film where the man himself talks us beautifully through the design. As the film points out, most of us feel that most modern living spaces, filled with glass, end up feeling cold whereas this house is the complete opposite of cold. I find myself truly transfixed by it’s loveliness.

For me, timeless ‘modern’ design should always be full of warmth.
























About Ptolemy Mann

Ptolemy Mann is a textile artist, designer and architectural colour consultant
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