The Kampners had consulted with Clawson Architects about work to their home when Mother Nature wielded her power during a storm toppling a tree on top of this house and forcing the homeowners into a bigger project than had been originally considered.
The clients, who have always been passionate about Mid Century Modern Architecture and collectors of Mid Century Modern Furniture, hired Clawson Architects to work with them to provide expert advice. Clawson Architects developed a master plan to restore the house and showcase their furniture collection.
The three new exposed beams are each 36 feet long and range from 10 to 12 inches in depth. These large beams were created from a single Douglas Fir tree.
Clawson Architects also provided the kitchen design and collaborated with the homeowners to maintain the aesthetics of the mid-century modern look while preserving as many of the original features as possible, like the concealed toaster in the kitchen wall.
The large sphere light fixtures located in the kitchen and stair hall were salvaged from a building Clawson Architects was working on in the Port of Newark and are at home in their new Maplewood location.
The client wanted to re-use the damaged structural beams of the original house as “a salvaged material.” The wood from the beams was repurposed and used for the assembly of the new stairs. Clawson Architects provided consultation for the new cable stair railings.
This house was published in June of 1978 in the New Jersey Star Ledger for its interiors. We think the restorations and renovations are worthy of the next Dwell Issue.