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Postmodern Ettore Sottsass-designed Woodside home finds buyer

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Mansion conceived by Memphis group founder sells for $11,000,000

postmodern exterior of woodside home featuring shingles and brick. Photos by Bernard André, courtesy of Dreyfus/Sotheby’s International Realty

Featuring six pavilions, a glass atrium, and a barrel-vaulted home office, the postmodern gem at 1250 Cañada Road in Woodside, designed by Memphis group founder Ettore Sottsass, zinged our heart strings when it landed on the market in March of 2017.

What a blast of fresh air, we thought, compared to the scores of midcentury-modern and contemporary homes so popular as of late.

Sadly, not a lot of people think like we do. The kooky yet thoughtful home languished on the market for months—initially asking $14.9 million, then dropping to $13.5 million in November.

According to reports, the home just closed escrow for a still-whopping $11,000,000.

The house, centered around an equestrian center, was built for David Kelley, the founder of IDEO and creator of the first Apple mouse. We will pray that the new owner doesn’t teardown this postmodern treasure, but we shan’t hold our breath.