A Category A listed iconic home from the 1950s designed by architect Peter Wormsley and built for renowned textile designer Bernat Klein, has been put on the market for the first time and keen buyers and design lovers can soon step inside it for a viewing.
The Klein House in Selkirk, commissioned by the Serbian-born artist in 1956, is being put up for sale by the designer’s family for offers over £795,000.
The property at High Sunderland, which is said to be in “largely original condition” and is situated on a plot of more than three acres, has four bedrooms and views over the Ettrick Valley towards the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills.
It is built on an iconic 1970s design of a rectangle subdivided into eight foot modules, featuring large glass windows.
Architectural historian Alan Powers described it as “a clear rectangle outlined in white painted timber… sitting lightly on a sea of green grass”.
Wormsley was said to have been inspired by the “Californian ‘case study homes” which employed open planned spaces surrounded by shady gardens, according to Historic Environment Scotland’s listing briefing.
It added: “High Sunderland was commissioned in 1956 by Bernat Klein, a well respected textiles designer and prominent member of the Borders art scene who incorporated his own textiles into the original design.
Mr Klein had seen Womersley’s earlier work, the Grade II listed Farnley Hey (1954) in Huddersfield, Britain’s best known example of the American contemporary style.”
London-based estate agent The Modern House, which is marketing the property said: “In 1957 the celebrated architect Peter Womersley designed one of the finest houses to have been built in Britain during the Mid Century period.
“It was commissioned by the renowned textile designer Bernat Klein and situated on a beautiful plot of approx. 3 1/4 acres acres, 35 miles south of Edinburgh, with far-reaching views of the Borders countryside.”
The stylish home consists of; four bedrooms (the master bedroom has a dressing room and ensuite), a living room with study area, dining area, kitchen with original units, shower room, utility room and family room (which was once divided into two bedrooms).
The studio wing at the far end of the house was added in 1982 and although not designed by Womersley, it was added with his approval, not least because adaptability was part of the original design brief.
This is a large, open room with floor to ceiling glazing on both sides and wonderful rural views which could be used as a studio, as was originally intended, or further accommodation.
Mr Klein, whose fabrics were, used by the likes of Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, died in 2014. A Jew, his parents were sent to Auschwitz concentration camp.
Features throughout the home include; travertine floor tiles, polished obeche wood ceiling, bespoke fitted furniture, hardwoods including idigbo, rosewood and walnut and floor to ceiling glazing.
After an international career, Mr. Klein moved to Leeds University to study textile design and came north to Edinburgh for the first time to design ladies’ coat and skirt fabrics for Munrospun.
He later set up his own firm, Colourcraft and went on to buy Netherdale Mill in Galashiels and the Gibson & Lumgair mill in Selkirk.
The new owners can enjoy the property’s peaceful location, whilst still benefiting from the local amenities in Selkirk, Melrose and Galashiels.
The Borders railway, which runs from Galashiels to Edinburgh, is an ideal link for commuters.
Anyone interested in this unique home can soon have a look around as an open viewing of the property has been scheduled for Saturday, 2nd September.