Better Homes and Gardens (Part III)

Better Homes and Gardens


The Jack Pickens Coble "Contemporary" House

Source: Official Souvenir Book, New York World's Fair 1964/1965, p.70, by the editors of Time-Life Books, Time Inc.,
New York

Architectural Model

With its four distinct units, its pavilion roofs and carefully detailed walls, the third World's Fair house embodies the Jack Pickens Coble ideal: a realistic plan coupled with the imagination it takes to make a house pleasant to live in - and with.

Coble Home - Exterior

Under the pyramid roofs is a plan that conforms to today's living patterns. A central core houses the living room, with a dining-kitchen wing on one side and a bedroom-study-family room on the other.


The inner court of the Coble house, centered around a pool, seems almost to float above its foundation. Because of the cantilever design, the rest of the steel-frame house has this same light quality.

Coble Home - Poolside

The view from the covered deck illustrates the way this house surrounds the outdoors. Pool surface reflects both sky and walls, lightening the scale of the house; a deck beyond opens living room to the inner court.

Coble Home - Interior Court

The Coble House Interiors

Dede Draper, Dora Brahms, Michael Greer, F.N.S.I.D., and Arturo Pini Di San Miniato
for the National Society of Interior Designers
Coble Home - Living Room

The living room of the Coble house, with its spaced-oak chimney rising to the skylight, sets the pace for the rest of the rooms - and matches the dramatic design of the exterior. Surrounding the skylight well is an oak-plank ceiling, magnifying the spacious simplicity of the well.

In the decorating, there is a restrained but vibrant tone. The furniture pieces are solid and comfortable, proportioned to the scale of the room. Without being conspicuous, each piece contributes to the warmth of this central entertaining room.

Coble Home - Living Room
From the opposite side of the living room, the red chairs appear to blend with the rug; beyond, the red-and-yellow pattern of the sofas serves as a tie between the walls and rug. Bordering this central area is a parquet floor, its textured surface complementing the lines of the ceiling wood. Besides edging the room with light, the clerestory windows relieve the solid wall surface.

Coble Home - Entry Foyer
The timeless good taste of the interior design reappears in the entry, where the combination of woods is even more pronounced.
Texture and color dominate in the dining room. Rug, deck, and court wall repeat a single design that sets off the unadorned furniture, while the deep gold of the rug and drapery makes the dark wood appear even richer than it is. Coble Home - Dining Room

Throughout the Coble house interiors runs a sense of unified design, a harmony of basic architecture and interior decorating skills. From this artful blending come rooms that belong to no single period, nor owe their appeal to any fad, either in materials or styles. Just like the rooms shown on the preceding two pages, these exemplify the durable appeal that depends on good lines, good design, good workmanship. Each has a sense of solidity and purpose that is missing in so many rooms today.

Coble Home - Study

The guest-study of the Coble house typifies this coordination. The architecture suits the purpose of the room, with solid walls for seclusion, and well-screened windows for viewing a quiet court. Clerestory windows provide even light and add depth to the room. Above, acoustical tile creates a subtle texture.

Bright primary colors, set against neutral walls and floors, give the room a dynamic flair. The black rocking chair, mellow woods, and the paintings soften the total impact.

In a house where color is a prime decorating concern, the master bedroom carries unusual impact. Its bright gold bed, yellow walls, olive-green settee, and dark rug are a lesson in color contrast. Coble Home - Bedroom
Coble Home - Study

Built into the other side of guest-study is a bright storage wall. In its red alcoves are freestanding pole units that serve the dual-purpose room; the shelves hold books and art objects; the teak chests and cabinets store music equipment, clothing, and a compact home office.

The light panels are mounted flush with the ceiling beams, surrounding the serving and work areas with glare-free illumination.

SOURCE: Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, September, 1964 (unless otherwise indicated)

The family room of the Coble house is another display of tasteful decorating - and demonstrates another use of color.

Here color helps separate areas where there is no major structural change; blue defines the main conversation center, while black outlines a music-book corner.

Coble Home - Family Room
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