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Location: La Jolla, Calif.
The Skinny: High atop a bluff in La Jolla, Calif., is the Ray house, wherein designer Wallace Cunningham has once again created a sleek modern home featuring his twin trademarks of curves combined with glass walls and airy free verse pronouncements in Architectural Digest on What It All Means. "When you touch clay, the shape of your hands leaves arcs, sometimes spherical, sometimes vertical. Clay is a vessel. This house is a vessel containing lives," a particularly florid 2006 AD writeup on the house quotes Cunningham as cryptically uttering—which, as far as poetic syllogisms go, is sort of shaky, but we get the idea. It's an interesting structure in that it gives every appearance of circularity while filling its expensive rectangular lot almost to the property lines. The whole of the house radiates out from a central, fully glassed-in courtyard surrounded by living quarters and the dramatic public areas of the home, which address the ocean through 20-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows and feature a cantilevered gas fireplace with a crushed-glass firebox floor. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom home is asking $6.2M, though the listing helpfully notes that the owners will go as low as $5.5M.