Between being lauded for her role in the great Goliath of sitcoms, Friends, and owning recent roles in edgier shows like Dirt and Cougar Town, Courteney Cox is known to retreat to her Malibu hideaway to escape and unwind. It takes a very pleasant, refined and grounding aesthetic to create a haven for a hard-working celebrity who’s always exposed to the public eye.
As you can see, natural light is a key component of this sunny, white kitchen sitting area. A spindly French lamp hangs over the modern cocktail table, a perfect accompaniment for any late night card games. Most of the features you’ll see in this photograph have been designed by Haenisch, keeping the whole space tidy with an organised and clean aesthetic, including elegant additions from the likes of Bourgeois Boheme and Hans Wegner. Oh, and yes, of course there’s a sleek Samsung television fitted into the flagstone fireplace for good measure.
Colourless though it is – save the drooping flowers – this adjacent sitting area is anything but dull, with a circular, white Minotti cocktail table and a semi-circle of deep-seated armchairs, as well as a long sofa. You can see another Haenisch floor lamp, adding a touch of geometry, whilst also giving the space a modernistic feel, enhanced by the low Christian Liaigre stools. There’s also a large, evocative Massimo Vitali photograph framed against the back wall – as if the eye was being starved of delights.
The kitchen gleams with a white, almost medical sheen, offering smooth, wide countertops for those messy, cluttered meals. You might also notice the inclusion of Caesar Stone ovens and a refrigerator you could probably hide inside – if you happened to be so inclined. Personally, we love Gaggenau’s stainless-steel sinks and the otherworldly light fixture, which is almost invisible and seems to be orbiting three vintage barstools.
Finally, we come to the crowning highlight, this custom-made banquette surrounding a stunning take-and-steel lava rock fire pit. We can just imagine Cox reclining here as the sun sets over the offing and the stars emerge overhead in the darkening sky. Who wouldn’t feel at peace in an elegant, unpretentious retreat like this?