Ray sits at the central hearth on the north end of the comfortable sunken living area of the Los Angeles home he built for himself and his wife, Shelly. From this perspective, you can see how the interior spaces flow into one another, passing one half-level up into the breakfast nook and kitchen and out from there onto the overgrown hillside. The various built-in furnishings have all been there since the house's construction.
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Ray and Shelly in the open living room of their home.
A soaring ’80s-era Kappe–designed house on the Strand in Manhattan Beach.
Kappe sits on a sofa in the media room of the Manhattan Beach house, which continues the semicircular curve. “The form came from the [original] client’s preference,” he notes. He returned to the project to help the new owners piece together the original design intentions.
Kappe's Strimling house in the Los Angeles Valley, which preceded his own home and, he says, which informed some of the design schemes.
The Strimling House includes a second, open living room with bedrooms downstairs. The restoration and interior design was done by Sarah Rosenhaus. The house was on the Dwell Canyons and Valley Home Tour in 2013.
Kappe designed Steve Glenn's own LivingHome.
The living room of Glenn's home evokes some of the same modernist principles as Kappe's own home.