Take A Virtual Tour: Former Honolulu Home Of Fashion Designer Geoffrey Beene For Sale At $14M

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The home’s three expansive stories hug the lower slopes of Diamond Head crater as they meet the water’s edge.


Tucked away on the front slopes of the Diamond Head landmark in Honolulu is a Malibu-style house once owned by one of America’s most iconic fashion designers, Geoffrey Beene. The luxurious home at 3311 Beach Road is on the market with a $14 million asking price.

You might have to pinch yourself to be sure the stunning surroundings aren’t a dream as you view the beachfront home’s three stories hugging the lower slopes of Diamond Head crater as they meet the water’s edge. Stepping foot inside the custom kiln-formed textured glass entry door will likely confirm your feelings that this impressive home is indeed a retreat from the outside world.

Built in 1988, the residence features four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms in 4,878 square feet of living space. Beene bought the property in 1992, and it was gifted to the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2003. The home was sold in 2005 to its current owner, who undertook a major renovation in 2014, the result of which is a serene, Zen-like haven.

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The handmade textured glass entry door was designed by a local artisan.


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Famed American fashion designer Geoffrey Beene owned the residence from 1992 until 2003.


The house is built of glass, concrete and steel. Walls of glass maximize the breathtaking sunrise and unparalleled Pacific Ocean views that one can experience in almost every room. The south-facing beachfront home’s unique position captures views of the Diamond Head Lighthouse on the side of a cliff.

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The home’s position provides views of the Diamond Head Lighthouse on the side of a cliff.


Julianna Garris and Patricia Choi of the Choi Group with Hawaii Life are co-listing agents for the property.

“The moment you walk in the house you see an expansive view of the ocean, and it’s just gorgeous,” said Garris.

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Spacious living/dining room combo


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Eat-in island, custom cabinetry and Thermador appliances lend a sleek backdrop in the kitchen.


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The luxurious master bathroom includes floating vanities and walls covered in glass tiles.


The residence features smart home technology, a sound system, oceanside spa, central air-conditioning and a photovoltaic system to transform Hawaii’s abundant days of sunshine into energy.

“There are 16 outside cameras, and you can remotely control the house from anywhere in the world,” Garris said.

An elevator and stairs provide access to all three levels of the home where one can admire imported limestone that was used extensively indoors and out. The bathroom walls are finished in an iridescent glass tile that’s a blend of sea salt and beige hues. Subdued shades of sea salt green paint on the bedroom walls provide a restful ambience.

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The master suite is a peaceful retreat.


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Ground-floor guest bedroom


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Oceanside Jacuzzi


The oversized garage can be accessed from Beach Road, its entrance tucked seamlessly into the home’s privacy wall.

“The wall creates a buffer between you and any public viewing,” said Garris. “When someone drives past, you can’t see into the house.”

A Jacuzzi and small, well-manicured yard are on the oceanside ground level.

The home is just steps from the white sandy beach and a few dozen paddle strokes away from some of Oahu’s most popular surf breaks. Honolulu’s business district and public and private schools are nearby.

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Upper landing of the three-story home


The popular hilly five-mile loop around the base of Diamond Head takes you through some of Oahu’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Or you could hike to the peak of the Diamond Head Summit Trail from the entrance to Diamond Head State Park and Recreation Area, just five minutes away.

Fine dining, boutique and luxury retail shopping, nightlife and every possible convenience are available in Waikiki, less than two miles from the home’s front door and an easy stroll along the water’s edge of Kapiolani Park.

“Diamond Head is a coveted area,” said Garris. “Not many people could afford to buy in this area. And then to be on a beach with a beautiful sandy coastline, that’s pretty darn rare. It’s an opportunity for someone who wants the best of the best on this island.”


Acclaimed fashion designer Victoria Cascajo’s home sale sewn up

The East Gippsland home of a late fashion designer whose daring design shocked the White House will be restored to its former glory following its sale.

A Melbourne couple snapped up Victoria Cascajo’s six-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 105 Mathiesons Rd, Eagle Point for an undisclosed price after being wowed by its “magical location”, Elders Real Estate Bairnsdale’s Adam Bloem said.

The 2.5ha property overlooking the Gippsland Lakes, named Riverside, most recently had a $1.4-$1.6 million price guide.

Cascajo designed this daring white dress, worn by Sonia McMahon at a White House dinner hosted by US president Richard Nixon. She accompanied husband William McMahon, then-Australian PM.

Cascajo designed this daring white dress, worn by Sonia McMahon at a White House dinner hosted by US president Richard Nixon. She accompanied husband William McMahon, then-Australian PM.Source:Supplied

Cascajo ran the popular Balencia Couture in Toorak.

Cascajo ran the popular Balencia Couture in Toorak.Source:News Limited

Mr Bloem said the buyers had started a business in East Gippsland and would be moving to the area over the coming months, with plans to rejuvenate the house and its vast gardens.

“They’re looking forward to enjoying this magic location and the surrounding Gippsland Lakes, rivers, beaches and mountains,” he said.

Cascajo owned the property from 2014. She died in 2017.

105 Mathiesons Rd offered striking lake views over a 25m infinity pool.

105 Mathiesons Rd offered striking lake views over a 25m infinity pool.Source:Supplied

Inside the Mediterranean-inspired house.

Inside the Mediterranean-inspired house.Source:Supplied

Her most famous creation was a bold white dress prime minister William McMahon’s wife Sonia wore to a White House state dinner hosted by US president Richard Nixon in 1971.

The full-length gown — with side splits on the bodice and arms, held together by rhinestone bands, and to the upper thigh — was dubbed one of the “most talked-about costumes yet to appear in the White House” by The Washington Post.

The Spanish-born designer also dressed socialites, models and Melbourne Cup attendees from her Toorak-based Balencia Couture, becoming a Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame inductee.

The entertainer’s kitchen.

The entertainer’s kitchen.Source:Supplied

The property was most recently priced at $1.4-$1.6 million.

The property was most recently priced at $1.4-$1.6 million.Source:Supplied

Her property features a Mediterranean-inspired house with a wraparound veranda, informal and formal living rooms, a large kitchen with a butler’s pantry, a wine cellar and lake views from almost every room.

A 25m infinity pool, self-contained cottage, orchard and vegetable garden were also part of the package.



The Home Front: Designer Tom Chung advocates for the humble coffee table

Far from going out of favour, the humble coffee table is experiencing its day in the sun, says Vancouver-bred, Toronto-based industrial designer Tom Chung, who launches his new Plank collection at design show IDS Toronto this weekend.

The collection is designed in collaboration with modern furniture company EQ3.

Chung’s first thought, when asked to create a large coffee table with enclosed storage, was to avoid the big bulky coffee table in the middle of the living room scenario.

“They can often be very clunky,” he says. “And if you have a coffee table in a room with a media console, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with blocks of furniture.”

Chung says coffee tables are being used more than ever, particularly in small spaces, where people don’t have the luxury of large dining tables and are spending more time in their common living areas.

“Living in a small apartment in Toronto, it’s actually the most important piece of furniture I own,” he says. “We don’t even use our dining table any more; we just eat on our coffee table. I think everything’s become more casual and so coffee tables are more important than they were previously.”

Chung followed a specific design brief in creating the Plank collection, he says, which was to design a “collection of closed storage”. It includes a media console, a coffee table in three different sizes and a side table.

He says all the pieces have a “universal door size”, so people can customize their orders. The doors, for example, can be ordered in a range of fun upholstered colours, which EQ3 is known for, or with slats, and are available in oak or walnut.

“We really wanted the collection to have a universal appeal,” Chung says. “The version that has slats is perhaps a bit more traditional, but then also having the opportunity to add more contemporary colours with the fabrics and things like that.”

“When I was building the model and doing the rendering, the oak is what I saw it in, although the walnut is also nice, and suits a different customer.”

On first glance, the collection seems to have a slight Japanese esthetic and lightness about it. Chung says he was reading a Japanese book on colour combinations and colour blocking early on in his design process, “and that sort of became how you see the panels in the doors, especially with two sets, you can mix and match colours if you want to.”

Ultimately, though, he says he “wanted to make something really architectural that was an open platform for people to hide stuff away, but also display certain stuff, and be able to fade into the back of a room”.

“Especially when furniture becomes that large,” he says, “you don’t want it to be imposing a certain style; you kind of want it to be in the background.”

Chung graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2012, and moved to Toronto that same year to take up a job at home design and manufacturing company Umbra. He designs lighting, furniture, interiors and exhibitions, currently doing an “experimental ceramics” creative residency at Banff Centre for the Arts + Creativity.

Added to this, Chung has also designed a lamp for Scandinavian company Muuto, which was launched in September and will be available in North America in the next few weeks, and a lighting collection for Danish company Menu with fellow designer Jordan Murphy that also launches this month.

When asked what he’d most like to achieve in the year ahead, the busy designer replied:

“I hope to do more independent projects.”


Designer’s historic restoration project featured in 34th Annual Holiday Home Tour

Todd Yoggy is an interior designer who has designed and owned homes across the U.S. – from Los Angeles to Richmond.

He grew up in Big Flats before moving to California, where his office is now located. In December 2017, Yoggy purchased a historic Tudor home on Hoffman Street, in Elmira’s Near Westside neighborhood. That home will be featured in the 34th Annual “Homes for the Holidays” holiday house tour.

His goal of restoring the home aligns with the goal of the Near Westside Neighborhood Association (NWNA), a non-profit organization based in Elmira which aims to revitalize the area and preserve its history.

Yoggy and some of his childhood friends, who also have houses in the area, approached the NWNA to ask if they could all participate in the holiday tour.

The designer’s hope is that not only does the tour of his home inspire residents to “do something different” with their own homes, but also raises awareness of the NWNA’s goals.

“Hopefully people will get involved and be inspired to save more houses like this and bring them back.  I hope when I’m done with this project that it’s good for the next 100 years, and then somebody else will have to come and do it again. It’s an ongoing process,” Yoggy said.

Also featured in his home is a 13-foot Christmas tree, with a 40-year collection of ornaments. Yoggy purchased the tree from Maple Ave. Tree Farms, which has over 800 trees in its lot.

“I knew if I was going to do the tour, I wanted to go all out[…]I’m a total traditionalist when it comes to Christmas. I want my Christmas tree to be as traditional as possible,” Yoggy said.