Clive Wilkinson is made the renovation of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.,this affair made him a design star. The 53-year-old architect had never designed a house before he started on his own, in West Hollywood.
Mr. Wilkinson designed a home that mixes intimacy with openness and the industrial with the natural. On a narrow land, he arranged intersecting structures containing the master bedroom, kitchen/dining area, and living room around a mini-park of a yard. An outdoor Weblon drape screens the living room.
A terrace designed with the local landscape is made of metal rods, which were threaded through bamboo to make balustrades and window screens in a few hours. The chair is by Artifort.
In his studio, Mr. Wilkinson gathers a chair by Ligne Roset, a flower cushion by the artist Takashi Murakami and his own painting of a figure.
Inexpensive ceramic pennyround tiles by Dal-Tile – usually seen in old kitchens – were “draped” around the tub’s edge.
On the living room’s nubby wool carpet, designed by Mr. Wilkinson, a white Tod coffee table by Zanotta and a black Patricia Urquiola table sit by a screened cabinet hiding the stereo system and cable box.
The Notte pendant lamp is from Prandina Lighting.
Google‚Äôs base in Mountain View, Calif., which Mr. Wilkinson redesigned in 2006.
At the School of Fashion and Design Merchandising in Los Angeles, he created a conference room that was encased in blue glass and suspended on 8-foot-tall pillars.
In his own home, he turned the home office upside down, with plank wood on the ceiling and a ceiling-white floor of rubber, a move that also created a dramatic contrast between rough and sleek. An office desktop is suspended from beams, for a floating effect.
Mr. Wilkinson designed the flowing indoor-outdoor public spaces, which converge at platform “porches,” largely to facilitate socializing.