Home View: Craftsman


If the Gamble House is Charles and Henry Greene's most widely recognized home, their DeForest House is the most obscure -- largely because it has been owned by the same family for more than eight decades. Built for a Manhattan socialite in 1906 for $8,000 (roughly eight times the going rate), this winter bungalow was soon sold to the Tabor family, who spared it the roughshod remodeling suffered by many Craftsmans over the years. The original lighting fixtures are intact and the wood finishes remain pristine. The four-bedroom, two-bath home (which includes maid's quarters; a full basement with private entrance; and three attic areas, each with separate entrance) was recently updated in keeping with the architects' original vision. Unlike most showplaces, this one has no traditional front entrance and is virtually undetectable from the street. Between the craftsmanship, Japanese gardens, stream and koi pond, who needs a weekend getaway?
-- 530 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; $2,295,000; Peter Martocchio & David Goldberg, Sotheby's International Realty, 626-644-6011, 626-792-0086, with Lee LaPlante, Coldwell Banker, 310-317-8370

Expert Realtor:
Not many folks could endure living through more than one home restoration. But Peter Martocchio's pursuit of architectural perfection was a calling that took him from Venice to West Hollywood and beyond. "I loved buying vintage-style properties and restoring them to their original glory," says Martocchio, who settled in Pasadena because of its high concentration of pedigree properties. After buying a rundown revival-style apartment building, however, he realized that renovating wasn't something he could do indefinitely. "I began teaching clients how to do it. I'd refer them to the resources, without being responsible for the final outcome."     One great perfectionist deserves another. Martocchio met his match in David Goldberg, with whom he formed a partnership. Although the Sotheby's International Realty duo don't deal exclusively in Craftsman homes, they've earned the moniker "craftsmen in real estate" and sit on the board of Friends of the Gamble House, the nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of one of Charles and Henry Greene's ultimate bungalows. E-mail: pmartocchio@earthlink.net

Master artisan:
Coppersmith: Aspiring to be an artist since picking up his first pencil, James K. Davies grew to prefer art that was functional and switched his focus to furniture design. Upon graduating college with an art degree, he landed a job as a coppersmith at a design house specializing in handworked copper lighting. "The owner took me under his wing, which was a blessing because it takes a long time to learn and there's no guild or any systematized training," says the 37-year-old, one of just a handful of coppersmiths working today. After 11 years, he opened Craftsman Copper, dedicated to design in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement. His shop is located in the back of his house in Olympia, Wash. A typical floor lamp takes about 60 hours to create, he says, using tools that existed in the early 1900s. The minute irregularities that come from being hand-shaped aren't apparent to the naked eye, but they create a liveliness to a completed piece. Lamps fetch around $3,000, not unreasonable when you consider each is a handmade sculpture. Davies' only self-promotion consists of ads in three national quarterlies, but his work is back-ordered for a year. "I'd love to hire assistants but don't have the time to train them." Web site: craftsmancopper.com

Must-have products:
Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Workshops in Syracuse, N.Y., are well-known, but equally prodigious was the Roycroft craft community in East Aurora, N.Y. Through a special agreement with the Roycroft Foundation, Stickley has reissued some favorite and treasured Roycroft pieces, like this cellaret; $4,635. Available at stickley.com.

Nobody loves home and hearth more than the family pet, and the popularity of Arts and Crafts has extended to its domain. Crafted from quartersawn white oak using the traditional mortise and tenon method of joinery, the Mission Bed (pictured) brings new meaning to "It's a dog's life"; $369-$449. Available at bungalowpet.com.


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