KEN TOMITA, CO-FOUNDER:
I was really excited to reconnect with old friends and hear about their next adventures in design.
We sort of felt like we were collaborating with the original architect.
“We feel that art should inspire people in different ways. We wanted our vision for this house to inspire others as well."
COLE GERST: It’s funny because Lea Anne saw a sparkle in my eye when we first saw the house. I don’t remember feeling that way but she reads me well. I think it took me a few days to get the bravery to tackle such a big project, so my excitement felt subdued. Once we dove in we definitely had many moments of feeling like things were clicking.
Cole and Lea Anne’s leaps landed them in a sweet spot. What you see when you walk into the Oregon Coast Modern is the way the outside comes in, the way natural materials surround you and dark accents bring them into relief. The way the house invites you to come in and sit down, or adventure up the stairs, or reach out and touch the nice things all around you. Speaking to what’s essential in us: comfort, curiosity, play.
The Gersts put in a year of effort to make it effortless for the person walking in. To make it so the person walking in experiences the moment of spark.