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Classic Fickett Design

UPDATED: When Rich Strulson, above, and partner Mike Vollman remodeled the kitchen of their Edward H. Fickett-designed home, they kept the original rock-face breakfast bar. It’s complemented by new dark oak cabinets and countertops made of bright white composite quartz. (Mark Boster / LAT)
ARTFUL: A wall sculpture in Strulson and Vollman’s home was bought at a midcentury furnishing store in Montreal. The piece adds a period touch. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)
MIX-MATCH: A metal clock sculpture adorns the original rock wall in the entry of the Strulson-Vollman house. Fickett favored such rustic materials that fit seamlessly with the surroundings. (Mark Boster / LAT)
BLENDING IN: With walls of glass and clean lines, Strulson and Vollman’s home reflects classic midcentury style. Architect Chris Rudin helped the couple transform an inelegant 1985 two-story addition into a master suite. The first floor has three bedrooms that form an L-shape and shield the backyard pool from sight and sound, and Fickett’s open floor plan lets guests easily circulate. (Mark Boster / LAT)
A peek through the privacy wall reveals an open, airy space that continues to the back of the house. Owner Claude Letessier, above, likens the design to music: “It has rhythm, melody, harmony and style.” (Mark Boster / LAT)
TRADEMARK LOOK: A 1959 Fickett home. (Mark Boster / LAT)