A mid-century Adobe house at the base of a mountain on 5 acres of un-spoilt landscape.
How would you describe The Meltdown in a nutshell?
It’s a dreamy, surreal, art-driven space that is a curated experience in terms of its design. I initially thought that it would be more of a gallery than a house, so I designed it as though you were in an installation.
What is the story behind The Meltdown, what was your inspiration to create it?
The pandemic hit and I wanted a project. Everyone was like “what am I doing with my life?” and I felt the same. I already had a guest cabin at the back of my house in LA, so I came up with the idea to have another rental out in the desert, somewhere that I could express how I was feeling and provide people with a place of refuge. Everyone was stuck inside for so long — they wanted to be out in nature, somewhere that wasn’t congested or filled with people. I could do that through this space, The Meltdown.
Compared to my rental in LA, this was a full property and a much larger project. When I bought it, it looked nothing like it does now and was just a shell. While I had a crew helping out, I was very hands-on in terms of architecture and design — I was up there a few times each week to check it was exactly how I wanted it. I started in 2020 and ended six or seven months later in 2021, which is when I received my first guests.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of The Meltdown?
The existing house was owned by real desert dwellers, people who had lots of motorbikes in their backyard. I was partly inspired by their life there and wanted to create a space that was somewhat of an ode to them. I was also inspired by digital escapism, where you feel like you’re in a rendering and can’t tell if you’re in something that is real or computer-generated. It’s abstract.
Feedback from guests has been great and many say they have been inspired by the space, to make art or write. I think guests who explore the landscape are the ones who are fully integrating with the property and receiving its medicine. When I go, it’s a full recharge. Every time I step in there, my nervous system reboots. I forget how much I need it.
To you personally, what is so special about The Meltdown?
The landscape — it’s the juxtaposition of the stark, white arches and cutouts set against this otherworldly landscape. I love the way that the home frames certain areas so you can really focus on them and enjoy them.