Robb Report: The Real Deal - Face Value
The owners knew what they wanted: something by turns comfortable and glamorous, fit for entertaining more than 100 people every so often and hosting a constant stream of small groups of friends. Their goal was a good-sized home (the main dwelling measures just under 10,500 square feet) that would be nonetheless homey and intimate, and they thought that a Spanish-style exterior like those prevalent in California, where they once lived, would beautifully complement the Malaysian landscape. They also wanted the home to look as if it had been there for decades.
Landry’s range impressed them. Having seen examples of his work in his book Modern to Classic: Residential Estates by Landry Design Group, they hired him and his Los Angeles–based team, as well as a broader group that included the Kuala Lumpur–based interior designer Jeffrey Wilkes, local builders and landscapers, and metal artisans in California. The project—Landry’s first in Malaysia (he has completed others in nearby Singapore)—concluded four years after its start and propelled him to this, his fifth Ultimate Home award.
Certainly Landry’s latest win underscores his gift for architectural flourishes and attention to detail; his firm, for example, designed the intricate limestone railings crowning the second level and had them hand-carved in India. Yet his consistent successes stem from his commitment to putting his clients first. “Richard spent so much time trying to understand how we live,” says the wife. “He created a home while creating a beautiful house. It’s not easy to get those both right.”