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GLENN OF CALIFORNIA barstools pull up to the kitchen island; a vintage Double Posa Counterweight pendant lamp by FLORIAN SCHULZ hangs above.
In the foyer, a vintage Spanish bench upholstered by ZAK+FOX; a lamp from LUCCA ANTIQUES on a LAWSON-FENNING LF Collection side table.
Brazilian artist VIK MUNIZ’s Zebra, after George Stubbs (Pictures of Magazines 2) hangs above a Mucki bench by Brazilian furniture designer SERGIO RODRIGUES in the foyer, which also features reclaimed Spanish marble flooring.
A painting of Kate Moss by KATHERINE BERNHARDT in the living room.
Atop a midcentury Italian chrome and leather cabinet sits a lamp from vintage parts, both from LUCCA ANTIQUES.
In the master bedroom, a quiet sitting area boasts a vintage round caviuna wood coffee table by GIUSEPPE SCAPINELLI and a vintage SERGIO RODRIGUES Kilin armchair, both from THOMAS HAYES GALLERY. Nataf purchased the Series 01 leather floor lamp by ADAM OTLEWSKI from FAIR NYC.

A Classic Hancock Park Home is Reimagined

by C California Style

Franck Nataf creates a warm gathering place for family and friends

EXQUISITE SURFACES co-owner FRANCK NATAF used vintage roof tiles from Bordeaux for his Hancock Park home, built in 1925.

EXQUISITE SURFACES co-owner FRANCK NATAF used vintage roof tiles from Bordeaux for his Hancock Park home, built in 1925.

Nataf stands in his Shrader-designed yard.

Nataf stands in his Shrader-designed yard.

Having already purchased, renovated and lived in three homes throughout Los Angeles, Franck Nataf “was very particular” as he set about searching for his next abode, which he would share with his 8-year-old twin daughters, Mia and Inez. Two non-negotiables at the top of his list: It must be Spanish-style, and it must be in Hancock Park.

“The house had perfect bones,” he says of the period revival-style structure he eventually settled on, which was built in 1925. Since buying the property in 2009, Nataf has reimagined the space to showcase materials from Exquisite Surfaces, the renowned company he runs with his brother, Alexis, which they founded with their mother, Paula. Collaborating with landscape designer Scott Shrader, and most recently David John Dick and Krista Schrock of DISC Interiors, the home has become the warm, elegant gathering place for family and friends Nataf always envisioned.

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Landscape designer SCOTT SHRADER transformed the outdoor space, incorporating a covered outdoor dining area.

First came the gut remodel, which Nataf designed and oversaw himself from start to finish, incorporating reclaimed roof tiles from Bordeaux, French terra cotta for the kitchen floor and Spanish marble installed in the entryway. “Those are very special,” Nataf says, pointing to the antique French oak boards that comprise most of the flooring, laid in a herringbone pattern.

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The open-plan kitchen is appointed with reclaimed vintage French terra cotta floors, a reclaimed wood table and vintage French rattan chairs from LUCCA ANTIQUES.

To enhance the connection between the house and the pool, as well as to realize the 20,000-square-foot lot’s potential, Nataf brought Shrader on board. (Shrader’s lush, much-admired patio at West Hollywood’s Gracias Madre restaurant is an Instagram celebrity in its own right.) “It changed our life,” Nataf says emphatically of the end result. “He created a home outside,” with extraordinary elements such as a water feature anchored by a well that dates from the 19th century.

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The media and family room features what DISC INTERIORS’ DAVID JOHN DICK describes as a “tone on tone, green on green” scheme. The comfortable space includes a Pernilla lounge chair by BRUNO MATHSSON, and a custom leather and iron coffee table made by CASAMIDY in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

“The floors were stunning, the yard was amazing, but something was missing,” Nataf recalls. The challenge was “how do you take something and make it better?” Understanding the limitations of his own not insignificant skill set, when it came time to upgrade the inside of the house he hired DISC Interiors last year, with whom all decisions “clicked fast,” Nataf says.

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“We wanted it casual but very sophisticated and elevated,” Dick says of the living room. Custom swivel chairs by DISC INTERIORS, a DMITRIY & CO. sofa, a JEAN GILLON armchair and DOS GALLOS side tables surround the 1970s Italian stone table with copper insert from LUCCA ANTIQUES. The vintage rug comes from MARC PHILLIPS.

“Our goal is to make spaces feel like they have always been there, and we wanted to match the quality of Franck’s finishes,” Dick says. Thanks to the high bar their client already had in place, they could “bring in eclectic pieces and have them blend in and not be showstoppers.” He and Schrock worked with Nataf to arrange his art collection—Vik Muniz’s Zebra, after George Stubbs (Pictures of Magazines 2) is a highlight—and sourced wide-ranging statements including a  Brazilian Caviuna armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, a 1970s Italian stone coffee table with copper insert, a ceramic lamp by local artist Meredith Metcalf, and a vintage Spanish bench upholstered with Zak+Fox fabric, from such local resources as Lawson Fenning, Blackman Cruz, Noir and Lucca Antiques, coining a broad, Mediterranean-meets-local feel, and merging influences that are “Spanish, French, Italian and Californian,” Schrock explains. “The house is serious, but there are a lot of playful moments that feel slightly fantastical.” Nataf may have finally struck the perfect balance.

Photography by  SAM FROST.
Written by  JESSICA RITZ.

 

This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of C Magazine.