For the family retreat in California, the celebrity Will Smith called on Stephen Samuelson to design an residence full of intimate spaces, organic forms, and handcrafted details.
The home of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith had hundreds of master woodworkers, plasterers, metal smiths, stonemasons, and upholsterers contributing with their expertise to this deeply personal project.
The 25,000 square foot house has a surprising intimacy created by the spirit this celebrity power couple and their children: Willow, Jaden, and Trey, Will’s son from his first marriage.
Hackman’s home, designed by local architect Stephen Samuelson, had been published in Architectural Digest, in April 1990, as had another Samuelson Santa Fe residence, the adobe retreat of Carol Burnett in December ’96. The photos convinced the Smiths to contact the architect, and their collaboration took off in the following year, when the couple acquired a ranch nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains near Calabasas, California.
Given the environmentally sensitive landscape and the area’s regulations, the building-permit process dragged on for four years. Construction finally commenced in 2003.
The architect and a small army of workers build this two-story home, which curves around itself, encompassing a motor court.
Ancient cultures are referenced due to the Smiths’ collection of antique carved panels, doors, and architectural details from the Middle East, Africa, the American Southwest, and Asia, including the house’s monumental front door, which once provided entry to a fort in northern India.
The Smiths first consulted designer Waldo Fernandez to do the interior design and later Los Angeles based decorator Judith Lance.
This organic home is a work in progress, it keep changing thought the years like this family.
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