Free entrance at Maria Sharapova’s Modern House in LA
Maria Sharapova is already known for her talent for tennis but, today, you will find that she has another one: interior design. Together, we will see her modern house and her taste for contemporary design.
According toMayer Rus fromArchitectural Digest, anyone who worked with Maria Sharapova on the interior design, construction, and decoration of her discreetly ravishing home in Los Angeles and their responses invariably follow the same themes: that the tennis star maintained a resolute vision of how she wanted the modern residence to feel and function from the earliest phases of the project; that she was one of the most intellectually curious and committed clients they’ve ever encountered and that her style and spirit animate every inch of the property.
Every centimeter of Maria Sharapova’s dreamy Los Angeles modern house is a testament to the tennis great’s style, spirit and focus. Sharapova is one of only 10 athletes in the history of the women’s game to achieve a career Grand Slam, winning all four majors. Off the court, Sharapova has flexed her business muscles through a broad array of endorsements and sponsorships, the creation of her signature apparel line for Nike, the launch of Sugarpova, her premium candy–and–chocolate company, and other ventures. At present, she is developing sports and training venues keyed to principles of holistic health and wellness.
“Maria’s work ethic is astonishing. She’s competitive as hell, in the best possible way, and she was involved in every single aspect of this house, down to the most minute detail and material permutation,” – Grant Kirkpatrick, the architect of KAA Design, who oversaw the project in tandem with his partner, Duan Tran.
The three-story house is located on a sloping site with expansive ocean views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. A luminous double-height entry gallery, defined by walls of sleek, panel-formed concrete and punctuated with a stair and bridge, opens out to an expansive pool and alfresco entertaining area. The central volume is flanked by two wings—one for the open living, dining and kitchen sweep on the ground floor and the master suite above, and the other allocated to guest quarters, with bedrooms on the lower level and a well-appointed suite on the upper. There’s also a kick-back basement lounge with a bowling alley.
For all its lean beauty, however, the home has no shortage of warmth, soul, and delight. A sculptural wood screen—which penetrates the façade as it undulates between outdoors and in—throws an organic curve into the largely rectilinear composition, modulating the influx of sunlight and providing privacy from the street. Even the positioning of the pool is calculated as a giddy surprise. When the sliding doors of the living/dining area are pulled away, one can simply turn around from the modern dining table or sofa and hop right into the water.
When the time came to furnish the house, Sharapova turned to interior designer Courtney Applebaum, who curated a mix of rough-hewn antiques from Asia, Africa, and Europe, all set against a strategic array of refined midcentury classics. “The texture and patina of the furniture create a bit of tension with the crisp, new architecture,” Applebaum says. “Maria is super-perceptive and detail-oriented. There’s not a chair or table that came into the house that she didn’t analyze, dissect, and discuss. She pays attention to every stitch and groove.”
“I kept telling everyone that I want this to be the best house they’ve ever done. I tried to push their vision because I believe in all of them and want to see them shine, I’ve traveled all over the world and enjoyed lots of incredible spaces. But my home is my absolute favorite. I think that’s the way it should be.” – Maria Sharapova
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Photography by Douglas Friedman Styled by Lawren Howell