A few days ago I watched a couple of episodes of TV programme called ‘Most Expensivest’. The show is hosted by a US rapper called 2 Chainz (Tauheed Epps) who also is an entrepreneur. Essentially each episode illustrates different ridiculously expensive products that extremely wealthy people purchase. Some of the examples include $1,000 gold leaf doughnuts, $4,900 chicken wings (that are smothered in caviar, truffles, vintage cognac etc.) and even bottled Swiss air. Obviously the sensationalist and tongue in cheek format is designed to attract viewers. It is also very intriguing, thought provoking and entertaining. However, I could certainly think of more interesting ways to spend my money. One of them would have to be one of Steve Hermann’s minimalistic Californian houses.

Recently I have just finished my 6th book about Australian architecture. In contrast to the other two books (‘Luxury Design for Living’, ‘Modern Masters’) I have written about, this subject the residential properties are much more modest. Nevertheless, I do love the scale and opulence of Steve Hermann’s modern dwellings and in particular his masterpiece simply called the ‘The Glass Pavillion’.

Normally when I feature properties on Total Design Reviews they have been created by famous architects.  However, amazingly Steve Hermann has no formal training and is completely self taught. Through determination, drive and an abundance of raw ability he now has an elite list of Hollywood clients. When you look at the exquisite modernistic detailing of the ‘The Glass Pavillion’ it is clearly apparent why.

Certainly over the last few years I have become more fascinated by contemporary design. However, ‘The Glass Pavillion’ is a timeless classic that will always be en vogue. Inspired by the iconic Barcelona Pavilion by Mies Van Der Roh’s this Santa Barbara residence offers buyers 13,875 square foot of extravagant living space. The overall attention to detail, materials etc. are absolutely phenomenal and completely indulgent. This majestic home features 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, wine room, art gallery and cavernous garage displaying the owners prized vintage car collection.