PHOTOS: Take a virtual tour of ‘CSI: Miami’ actor Jonathan Togo’s house
In 2008, when
Togo’s agent tried to discourage the purchase by labeling the property too small. But the actor was captivated by the canyon, live oaks and eucalyptus trees outside the ceiling-to-floor sliding doors. “This is like a little tree house, and oddly, it fits me,” Togo says. “The view is everything — it’s like a giant piece of art.” (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
“When he was little, I’d drag him with me,” Sheila Togo recalls in a telephone interview from her home in
The 9-foot-long, vertical-grain trestle dining table is a custom piece fabricated by combining an Urban Hardwoods slab with a forged-steel base. It’s surrounded by Eames chairs in white. Togo and Johansson spent $350 on the chrome-and-steel industrial light fixture and mounted it like a pendant from a bracket of pipe-and-elbow plumbing pieces. Rickety aluminum-framed sliding doors were swapped for new custom dual-glaze glass. The balcony, accessed by every room and spanning the length of the house, was upgraded with steel cable railings that don’t compete with the canyon view. The ceiling’s tongue-and-groove boards extend over the balcony, blending indoors with outdoors.
Walnut-stained bamboo flooring replaced vinyl. An inherited fireplace dominated the main living room wall, so it was removed. Johansson recommended covering the surface with a nubby wool-and-hemp cloth. Its mossy tones complement the plush chenille area rug and “bring indoors the natural feeling of bark and texture that’s going on outside,” Johansson says.
A 14-foot-long banquette serves as a bookcase and provides additional seating. While a slender television screen now hangs above, its presence is balanced with a montage of framed prints and photographs that
“Ali Wins,” a 1964 Harry Benson photograph of
Original transom windows tucked under the roofline on the east and west walls of the house “allow the light to flow through from both sides,” says Johansson, who runs the
A long hallway leads to the rest of the house. Abundant windows and new creamy paint on once-dark ceilings keep the entire space bright. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Factory parts with uncertain origin appear as design solutions throughout the house. Johansson conjured a pair of reading lamps for
As cool as his bedroom looks,