Painter Sam Francis' Home Boasts Updates by 'Brangelina' Architect (House of the Day)


Artist Sam Francis house
Artist Sam Francis house

The former home of artist Sam Francis was recently listed for $18.75 million. Pay that whopping price and you'll bag a property packed with features and designs so exquisite that it's easy to see why the renowned abstract expressionist once cherished it.

There are two houses on the residence -- located in Santa Monica, Calif. -- and both are said to reflect Francis' fascination with Zen. Sheltered behind a 60-foot "waterfall wall," radiant Japanese gardens dotted with sculpture span the premises while glass walkways straddle streambeds filled with lily pads.

The home was recently updated by Chris Sorensen, an architect who has designed homes for celebrities including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Sorensen preserved the home's earthy vibe by using natural materials, including 500-year-old reclaimed teak for floors, walls and cabinetry and hand-carved stone for vessels and baths. The kitchen even has "pebble stone pool beaches."

In tribute to Francis, who died in 1994, Sorensen jazzed up the interior with furnishings evocative of Francis' paint-splashed studio.


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