Each floor has its own personality," Rios explains. The former studio has become a spacious playroom for the family, and glass sliders have replaced the small windows on the canyon side. A sheltered deck links this pace to a library at the top of the tower, a retreat that
opens up to a distant view of the ocean. The colors are warm,
and a flower-like Wendell Castle coffee table does double
duty as a piece of sculpture.
At the middle level, the stairs broaden onto a landing that
is anchored by a glass-fronted wine cooler, in which the rows
of bottles are silhouetted against backlit white onyx. The same
ethereal material is a backdrop for a marble-topped bar that
serves the living room. Rios intended that this area should be
open and polished—a great place to entertain. Furnishings
are an eclectic mix of new and old, plain and patterned.
Gold cushions and playful side tables from Holly Hunt play off
brown and taupe sofas by Minotti and Christian Liaigre, with
an antique Agra rug to spice the mix. An oil-rubbed bronze
fireplace adds luster to the linen-covered walls. The entire
room opens to a wrap-around deck with an outdoor table
and chairs by Patricia Urquiola.
The staircase and a structural X beam are glimpsed a piece
at a time as though they were angular sculptures. "We painted
the entire frame in black bean—a favorite color of mine that
contains an element of brown," says Rios. Beyond the core is
an open dining room with an Armani Casa table and vintage
Milo Baughman dining chairs reupholstered in varied tones of
red silk velvet. A small family room adjoins the sleek Bulthaup
kitchen, and—as a theatrical contrast to that cool expanse of
white cabinetry—there is a powder room with a gilt-framed oil
portrait mounted on gold-accented faux-bois wallpaper. To
the rear of the living room is a pair of guest rooms.