Deeply Connected


McClean Design and Lindsay Chambers Design curate a modern marvel that blurs the lines between the indoors and out

The expansive pool stretches across the property. Photos by Jim Bartsch and Simon Berlyn.

“With a McClean home, you know you are receiving volume and transparency and connection with the environment which is also very important to me. You will see seamless boundaries between indoors and outdoors, ” says architect Paul McClean founder of McClean Design on his doctrine to modern design. Since 2000, his dignified work has danced along the hills of Southern California, defying standards with his complex and prolific style.

Sofas and tables from Holly Hunt complement the hand-blasted travertine from Italy.
Photos by Jim Bartsch and Simon Berlyn.

It’s this coherent connection with the outdoors that drew developers to McClean’s work when embarking on a 11,000 square foot property in Southern California. “Even though the site itself was large, we did not have much buildable area to work with. I am proud that despite this, we still found a way to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors and encourage the homeowner to connect with nature,” says McClean. “Some special features of the home include an entry courtyard, sunken courtyard, large water display, transparent entry bridge, garden, gym and bar.”

John Pomp pendants shed light on a beautiful faucet from Dornbracht.
Photo by Roger Davies.

McClean collaborated with local designer Lindsay Chambers to make this home truly one -of-a-kind. “I have collaborated with the most renowned architects that are willing to working with me and executed the interior design and interior architecture design and finishes to the highest level,” notes the designer. “I want to push the envelope on design while keeping the homes warm and inviting.”

The master bedroom floats atop the pool. Photo by Roger Davies.

In true Southern California style, McClean and Chambers focused on bringing the outdoors in. Each room takes advantage of the surrounding landscape, vistas and lavish water features with walls that retract. This is a house defined by a journey from solid to glass: the heavy limestone brick of the home transforms as you cross the glass entry bridge to become a study in transparency and light,” says McClean.

Another view of the master and the seamless retractable glass doors.
Photos by Jim Bartsch and Simon Berlyn.
Pendants from Holly Hunt hang over aa custom vanity.
Photo by Roger Davies.
A custom theater room. Photos by Jim Bartsch and Simon Berlyn.
Calacatta Marble from Italy adorns the master spa bathroom.
Photos by Jim Bartsch and Simon Berlyn.

Thoughtful, luxurious spaces for the prospective buyer were installed including a spa bathroom and exquisite garage. “Los Angeles buyers at this price point often have a considerable car collection, so we did not skimp on the garage square footage and instead made it feel like a gallery,” Chambers notes. 

A view of the lounge and stairwell at night, illuminated by a chandelier from Una Malan.
Photos by Jim Bartsch and Simon Berlyn.

Recently purchased by high-profile clients, McClean ensures, “We have been informed that the owners are very happy with their purchase. They are especially grateful for all of the outdoor space and the respite and reflection it provides.”