Designer Randolph Duke has dressed so many Hollywood starlets that he actually alphabetizes them on his website, presumably to avoid showing favoritism. And while we have no way of knowing whether his designs are lucky charms come awards season, the fact is that Angelina Jolie, Hilary Swank and Marcia Gay Harden all rose to the podium in Duke's designs.
Now Duke is turning his attention to selling his award-winning house. Listed at $8.25 million, his Hollywood Hills home won the AIA award for best residential design in 2007 and was recently featured on the cover of Architectural Digest. The modern architectural home, designed by XTEN Architecture, is set on a promontory and seems to float above the city. The 4,800-square-foot house has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. There is an additional 6,500 square feet of usable outdoor terraces, decks and gardens and hundreds of feet of electric glass walls that open to them: Push a button and the glass wall retracts and the room is open to the out of doors. Sure beats the bother of opening a window.
And you can tell there is a designer in the house. The outdoor dining area, built into the hillside, has tables and loungers constructed of natural driftwood -- and an ornate chandelier hangs from a tree. The pool is made of mirrored-glass tiles, and there is a meditation-yoga garden.
Duke gained international fame in 1996 as creative director and designer at Halston. Besides dressing Hollywood, he brought his designs to the mass audience, selling his "The Look" line on the Home Shopping Network. He has appeared as a fashion commentator on numerous TV shows, including "Oprah," "Good Morning America" and "E!"
Brett Lawyer of Sotheby's International Realty, Sunset Strip, has the listing.