A midcentury Scottish house designed by Peter Womersley has gone on sale for the first time, priced at £795,000.
The single-storey Selkirk dwelling was commissioned by textile designer Bernat Klein as his private residence and built in 1957. It sits atop a grassy knoll surrounded by trees some 35 miles south of Edinburgh, where the Serbian-born designer built his reputation supplying fashion houses such as Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
Klein House is now offered for sale via The Modern House and it’s been preserved largely in its original state, which includes its colourful external tiling.
But the midcentury property’s scene-stealing feature is its living room, which includes floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out onto the 3.25-acre grounds, as well as exotic idigbo, rosewood and walnut panelled walls, travertine floors and a polished obeche ceiling.
Step through the dining room into the kitchen (complete with its original units) and you’ll reach a second family living room, which could be used as an extra bedroom, in addition to the four existing suites.
On the opposite side of the house is a studio added in 1982, which has glass walls and views of the countryside for inspiration. Though it wasn’t designed by Womersley, it did get his seal of approval and fits seamlessly in with the original modular design.
Klein House is one of the Scottish Border’s most revered buildings and was awarded Category A listing by Historic Environment Scotland in 2007. Womersley is now considered one of British Modernism’s greatest talents.