Actor Vincent Kartheiser’s Hollywood Pad | Funn Roberts
A few months ago we posted a couple photos of Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser’s Hollywood home on our facebook page, generating quite a lot of interest. Now the small house is for sale so we can get the full tour courtesy of listing agent Tregg Rustad.
When Kartheiser bought the 1912 bungalow, it was a divided into several small rooms. After living in it for several years, he began a complete renovation of the 603 ft2 (56.0 m2) house with designer and craftsman Funn Roberts. They gutted the interior and remade it as a loft-like space with what Kartheiser calls a “Japanese industrial” aesthetic. Many of the fixtures and furniture pieces were designed and built by Roberts.
Removing the interior walls resulted in a floor plan that is open from the custom steel entry door to the back wall. The space is divided into three zones, a sitting area just inside the front door, the teak kitchen and dining area in the middle, and a multi-use space at the far end. The multi-use space is primarily used as a bedroom but the bed can be hoisted to the ceiling to free up more living space. A system of pulleys and a 300 lb counterweight hanging in the closet make it easy to raise and lower the bed. The headboard, a slab of redwood hinged to the wall, becomes a desk when the bed is up.
Storage closets and the bathroom facilities are arranged along one side, concealed behind shoji-inspired sliding screens made from translucent fiberglass panels in steel frames. The black slate bathroom features a sink that was carved from a large boulder.
Steel and glass patio doors lead out to a private courtyard between the house and what used to be a single-car garage. Since Kartheiser rarely drives and the bungalow is in a walkable area of Hollywood, he turned the garage into a spa with a dry sauna, steam room and showers. It also houses the laundry facilities and a half bath.
The sauna ceiling is composed of 2,500 short pieces of wood. It was likely time-consuming to assemble but provides a rich look using humble materials. Anyone with moderate DIY skills could use this technique to dress up a room, either on the ceiling or a feature wall.
Enjoy the photo tour!
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Photographs © Tregg Rustad and Peter J. Maurice, courtesy of Tregg Rustad.
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