The redesigned pool house is not only physically far removed from the home, but stylistically, as well – and that’s exactly what designer Gina Dill-Thebeau of Dill-Thebeau Design Company intended. After years of designing traditional/transitional homes, Dill-Thebeau wanted to show her ability to design in any style. Instead of hewing to a traditional pool-house style in blues, greens and pinks, she created an artist’s studio filled with high-interest modern furnishings and art.

Before she could enact her vision, however, Dill-Thebeau had to overcome a couple of visual challenges, including an outdated kitchenette that was too far gone to disguise with paint, and an unattractive view of the tennis court. Her solution: Drywall over the kitchen and position a very large custom painting over the window to block the offending view.

The first piece Dill-Thebeau selected was the ultra-contemporary Tantrum fixture, a white angular LED pendant light, which set the tone for the room’s design. Her design plan was heavily influenced by the geometry and familiar color palette of red, black and gray of World War I-era style of Constructivism, which in turn influenced the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements. Those influences can be seen in the iconic Cassina chaise longue, dubbed the “relaxing machine,” designed by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret in 1928. Other special pieces include two 1970s vintage red plastic Artemide chairs (perfect for lounging in after a dip in the pool) and the Cappellini Revolving Cabinet designed in 1970 by Shiro Kuramata. Made of red polished acrylic, the cabinet has 20 drawers that revolve around a vertical metal support creating an unlimited number of distinct profiles.

Alongside such iconic pieces Dill inserted some classic mid-century furnishings, such as the low-profile black leather sofa, a classic Italian design with broad reinforced arms for additional “perch” seating. Statement lighting includes the reproduction Taccia LED table and floor lamp designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, a frosted glass orb called Glow, and the Mary floor lamp, whose low stature works perfectly with the low-profile furniture in the sleek pool house. Accents by Rocio Romero, such as hexagon coasters and a frame candle holder, were also brought in to the interior space.

Custom pieces created especially for the pool house include a three-piece interlocking cocktail table in red, white and black, plus a number of original artworks: “Geisha,” “Tipping Point,” “Dissemination” and “9 Squares” were painted by Dill-Thebeau herself. “Smeared,” a very large black and white painting of a woman’s face, is the work of Pam Motolla. A strategically placed mirror on the opposite wall reflects and distorts the face, creating yet another striking artistic statement. Additional artwork include John L. Seyfried’s “beau organelle II – 1970” and “Finn’s Motel” by Firecracker Press.

Ultra-modern touches also grace the exterior of the pool house, with Rocio Romero’s hexagon fire pit and multifunctional frame end table, which can fill the role of table or stool, with additional storage space underneath for fire wood.

To learn more about Dill-Thebeau Design Company, email gina.dtdc@gmail.com.