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ISSUE 8 | 2020

A R C H I T E C T U R E • D E S I G N • A R T • L I F E S T Y L E • R E A L E S TAT E


14 News and Notes

A celebration of culture and cuisine at South Coast Plaza and architectural visions of the past, present, and future at museums and galleries in California and New York.

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24 The OC Scene

The best fundraisers, fashion shows, and philanthropic events in town.


34 Blue Notes

OC designers are playing blue on their social media feeds and looks they love.

38 Art Without Borders

Travels in Mexico and Artemio SepĂşlveda at Laguna Art Museum.



44 Mexico Modern

A look at the design-forward wave of new hotels and resorts in Mexico, from Los Cabos to the Yucatan.

56 Exhibiting Equality

Global museums great and small are featuring female artists in major 2020 exhibitions. Here are a dozen or so of the most intriguing shows.

85 Design Matters

Tips, trends, and aesthetic advice from design insiders and interior experts.




66 Real Estate Gallery

Blue Door Magazine members offer the most exclusive real estate listings in coastal Orange County.


108 Villa Balboa

A 1928 masterpiece from the most revered architect of Hollywood’s Golden Era sits regally on the waterfront in Newport Beach.



118 Vanity Flair

Iconic images of movie stars, powerbrokers, and a loving couple from Orange County are on dislplay in L.A.

128 Bayadere Believer

Developer Mike Close creates a unique compound in the CdM community he knows best.

144 2020 Vision

Blue Door Magazine members cast their expert eyes on the coastal real estate market for the coming year, with resolutions, predictions, and more.


156 Featured Properties

A look at stunning homes on the market in coastal Orange County.

160 In Closing

The mysteries come forward in waves.

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CONTRIBUTORS Alexandria Abramian is a writer and magazine editor who has contributed to OC Register, Los Angeles Times, and other publications, writing hundreds of articles covering home design, architecture, and real estate. She has also written for Elle DÊcor online, Veranda, Sunset, The Financial Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and was a columnist for House Beautiful. Alexandria has appeared on numerous design and real estate panels and has volunteered for Upward Bound House, a Los Angeles-based shelter that provides long-term housing for homeless families. In 2016, Alexandria wrote Nathan Turner’s American Style: Classic Design and Effortless Entertaining for Abrams Books.


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Gillian Dundas, Designer Gillian studied graphic and fine art at the Norwich University of Arts in England. She has worked in design with several publications, notably Village Voice Media in Phoenix, for which she won several awards.

Elaina Francis is a lifestyle photographer and mother of four children, eight and under. It was through the beauty of motherhood that she discovered her love of photography, as she first captured moments, big and small, as they happened with her own children. She specializes in families, newborn, and documentary-style shoots, including birth photography. Her work has also been seen in OC Family magazine and in South Coast Plaza at 50, a coffee table book published by Assouline. Follow her work at @elainafrancisphoto on Instagram.

Jamie Gwen is a Culinary Institute of America & Le Cordon Bleu graduate, a Celebrity Chef and Syndicated Radio Host, a certified sommelier and a seven-time cookbook author. She can be seen sharing her passion for food on national TV shows and she brings the best to radio with her weekly Syndicated Radio Show. Food lovers worldwide follow her delectable social media posts @ChefJamieGwen.

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Kedric Francis is a veteran print and digital editor, writer and consultant who has set the standard for California luxury media for two decades. He has founded or co-founded six awardwinning publications focused on travel and tourism, luxury lifestyle, dining, arts and culture, and philanthropy. Blue Door Magazine makes seven!

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ON THE COVER Brett Hillyard (aka “Hilly”) is a Southern California native with a Fine Arts Degree from USC. Hilly is a freelance documentary and advertising photographer known for capturing black and white candid photographs. Influenced by the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliot Erwitt, Hilly shoots and processes his own film and finds a genuine richness in the analog process. Hilly resides in San Clemente where the ocean plays a big role in his life, both as a surfer and openwater swimmer. If you would like to learn more, please visit HillyCollective.com. 8


The photo was taken by Brett Hillyard. “I tried several times to get the shot Kedric and I wanted to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and the OC locals lost in the tragedy: Sarah and Payton, John, Keri and Alyssa, and Christina. I tried several times over several weeks, but it wasn’t right. Then we had a random day of rain. I rushed down to the courts. The reflections and the water drops on the court felt reminiscent of the sadness of the loss. The beach-side court that is never empty was a ghost town that afternoon. The sky shifted between dark clouds and bursts of light. This particular shot stood out for its simplicity… the emptiness, the rain, and the reflection.” Contact 949.257.9011

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This beautiful community we call home has so many fantastic events happening all around us at all times. Lucky us.

I am beyond excited to be attending the Table for Ten event on March 8 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa benefiting Make A Wish. The culinary event features top chefs offering signature dishes prepared tableside, each chef cooking for just ten guests. At each table chefs create unique awe-inspiring table designs, cuisine fit for a king, and exquisite wines perfectly paired for each course. I cannot wait! The culinary scene in the OC is constantly evolving and getting more interesting. Next time you are at South Coast Plaza, be sure to stop into The Hall to taste the latest creations from Top Chef alum Amar Santana and Ahmed Labbate. This 8,000-square-foot gastronomic paradise of food halls is a winner. On my last visit to South Coast Plaza, I bellied up to the bar with a friend and devoured a cheese plate with honeycomb that rivals any that I have ever had. One of my favorite evenings of this new year was spent at the Laguna Art Museum’s California Cool Art Auction. There were over 400




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people in attendance, and the event raised more than $350,000 in philanthropic impact thanks to the generosity of artwork donors, sponsors, artwork bidders and buyers, and Compass Agents for Art. Kudos to Carol Lee and her commitment to this amazing organization, Agents for Art, and thank you, Maura Short, for inviting me along. Agents for Art is a network of Compass agents who are committed to connecting colleagues and clients to distinctive art resources and exclusive events that demystify and illuminate art. It was so fun to see my friends, Frank and Deidre Campbell buy a piece painted by my former Quiksilver colleague, Robert Redding. Who knew he was an artist? I hope you enjoy our piece on 1633 Bayadere Terrace in this issue. This spectacular home built by Mike Close of Spinnaker Development continues their tradition of building and designing cutting-edge architectural sensations. A most coveted front-row location gives this property maximum privacy and views. The latest venture is an incredible collaboration between Brandon Architects and Michael Fullen Design Group, Inc. From all of us here at Blue Door Magazine, we hope 2020 brings happiness, health and prosperity, and healing to those in pain. As always, please feel free to reach out with story ideas, comments, feedback, and interest in advertising. maria@bluedoormagazine.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE from Kedric Francis

I’ve never liked Calabasas. It’s an animus with no real basis in experience or fact—like too many we as humans develop on our own, or are influenced by others to adopt. I’ve never been there, saw no reason to visit. Why do so many stars and wealthy folks live in Calabasas, I long wondered, when everything that people move there for is better in coastal Orange County? It always seemed like a lesser version of here. Hills and nice houses, sure, but where’s the beach? Not to mention the art, culture, and commerce. The town’s biggest employers are The Cheesecake Factory and Harbor Freight Tools. Its most famous residents are the Kardashians, or maybe now it’s Drake or Justin Bieber. I hear the Pumpkin Festival is fun. editor’s note

Then came that Sunday. Of course I can’t blame Calabasas for the helicopter crash that took the lives of OC’s much-loved locals. That’s like blaming the fog, or the hill. But I sort of do. It’s just that for me, Kobe was the anti-Calabasas. He could have lived anywhere with his family, but he chose here, with us. We’ve had athletes, actors, and musicians buy homes in Newport Beach, Shady Canyon, and Laguna Beach over the years. They’d come, and they’d go. Kobe and his family, they stayed. Like many, I’d see Kobe, Vanessa, and their daughters around town. There is a clear image in my mind of a little Bryant girl in a pink tutu, sitting with her family in the first rows of the orchestra section for a ballet at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. That was before I had kids of my own, but on that night I knew one thing for sure: good dads take their daughters to the ballet. I’ll be at the ballet with Rosey for the ABT world premiere in a few days. Going to the ballet together has been our thing since she was small. Rosey and I were coming back from a dad and daughter road trip to Mt. Shasta that Sunday morning when I heard the news about the crash. We’d been at a family reunion for a favorite aunt’s 85th birthday, with a stop to see my dad at the Redding Veterans Home. There had been fog on the drive up the Friday morning before. My dad calls it Tule fog, the kind that settles in thick in the



San Joaquin Valley—though not as often as in years past. Pollution, the experts say. We drove into it a few miles after the Grapevine, where the 5 and the 99 split. I couldn’t see very far in front of us. My strategy in those situations is to find a vehicle that seems to be traveling at a safe speed, and follow close enough to see just a bit of its red lights so I can judge how thick the fog is in front of me, but far enough back to slow down or evade an emergency if needed. Driving in fog takes a measure of faith—in your own judgment and abilities, and in others driving nearby. You have to be safe, but going too slow can be just as dangerous as driving too fast. And you hope and pray no one panics and comes to a stop in the middle of the lane. The most prudent move is to exit the highway, and wait for the sun to warm and the fog to clear. Most don’t, though. There are schedules to keep and miles to go before we sleep. With Rosey in the car, I drove on, but more aware of the risk. Thankfully, the fog thinned and then cleared after a whiteknuckle drive of an hour or so. For the rest of the 10-hour trip, Rosey and I chatted, sang, and looked for goats, sheep, and deer in the green fields of the valley. It was good. The next time I make that journey with my family and we encounter thick fog, I’m going to battle my urge to keep going. We’ll find a little café and have a Basque breakfast, or stop at one of Punjabi food trucks I’ve seen and read about, the ones that Sikh truck drivers like. Maybe we’ll take the 99 and not the 5. It’s slower, with more places to linger. We’ll take our time. Stay safe. Life is short. Hug your kids. Make every moment count. That’s what’s been posted and said in a million ways in recent weeks. That will be Kobe’s legacy, for me. The NBA championships and the business success, the Mamba mentality and the Olympic gold medals are all amazing. But to be a great dad helping to raise strong and kind kids— that’s what life is about, no matter if that life is long, or far, far too short. kedric@bluedoormagazine.com




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The annual Lunar New Year event at South Coast Plaza was the biggest and best yet. That’s saying something, since executives and ownership at South Coast Plaza have long recognized and honored the significance of the celebration.

There were performances, entertainment, food, and cocktails, as well as remarks by local and global VIPs. Jewel Court was decorated festively for the party with a stunning two-story-tall display that included some 20 whimsical rat figures (this is the year of the rat in the Chinese calendar) and other cultural symbols. 16


With nearly 1,400 attendees, the food and drink stations were popular, as one might imagine, offering tastes from the new Hall Global Eatery, TERRACE by Mix Mix, and Din Tai Fung. Those in the know congregated near the beautiful Moet Hennessy pop-up bar at one end of the party area, which was expanded this year to extend from Jewel Court well into the Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue Wings. The crowds were lighter there, the specialty cocktails flowed, and it was next to the Din Tai Fung counter. Thanks to the smart set-up and generous offerings, we finally had enough Xiao Long Bao—a first for us when it comes to the delicious (and addictive) soup dumplings.

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DESIGNING THE FUTURE Architects and artists are planning for today and tomorrow




Museums and galleries in California and beyond have thoughtful, fanciful, and futuristic exhibitions of architectural creativity and vision on display this season. Plus, Renzo Piano’s new Academy Museum in L.A. builds a bridge (literally!) between yesterday and tomorrow.

FUTURE SHOCK Architects by nature are constantly planning design solutions for tomorrow. In a Bay Area exhibition, a dozen or more artists, architects, and design professionals present ideas to help make a better world—or help people survive in this one. Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design through May 20, 2020, explores ways that creative individuals are addressing issues of climate change. The projects and design concepts in the exhibition highlight housing designs that are flexible, resilient, and adaptable to survive the future effects of a changing environment. How do we design and retrofit our built world to adapt to increased uncertainty and do it affordably? Ideas on display include six soaring towers of green and glass dubbed “farmscrapers” by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut. Entitled Asian Cairns, the towers are planned as independent, solar-powered, and sustainable ecosystems, complete with floors devoted to growing all the food that residents need. Talk about farm to table. The exhibition offers more sobering solutions as well, such as emergency cardboard shelters that are big enough for two people to sleep in and can fold up small enough to carry. Designed by Tina Hovsepian, a 2009 USC architecture graduate, the project, titled Cardborigami, has inspired a nonprofit of the same name.

Above: Asian Cairns, Sustainable Megalith for Rural Urbanity, 2015, Vincent Callebaut. Image courtesy of the artist and Artworks for Change.

Architect Mitchell Joachim and Terreform ONE, a nonprofit architecture and urban design research group, include a touch of humor while designing for dystopia. Their prototype offers shelter along with sustenance from an unusual source: crickets that live and grow in the walls. Recipes already created for the project—called Cricket Shelter/A Modular Insect Farm—include cricket-infused vodka (protein!) and cricket-flour bonbons with fruit and nuts. BlueDoorMagazine.com


Also on display at the Museum of Craft and Design is Linda Gass: and then this happened. The Bay Area artist/activist is known for her labor-intensive stitched paintings that evoke both topographical maps and comforting textiles. Informed and inspired by her extensive research on the impact of changing waterways, sea-level rise, fire, and drought in California and the American West, Gass’s work uses beauty to shed light on these challenging issues. The exhibition includes three new artworks by Gass showing sealevel rise in the Dogpatch neighborhood where the museum itself is located. The textiles offer aerial street views of the area as it looks today, how it would change after the impact of three feet of sea-level rise, and the devastation after six feet of sea-level rise.

Top: Dogpatch: Impact of Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise, 2019, by Linda Gass Above: Cricket Shelter: A Modular Insect Farm, 2016, by Terreform ONE and Mitchell Joachim



Through May 20, 2020 Museum of Craft and Design 2569 Third Street San Francisco 415.773.0303 sfmcd.org


GEOGRAPHY OF THE GOLDEN STATE As part of an ongoing series called Cal Conversations at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMFPA), undergraduates from UC Berkeley curate a themed collection of art they choose from the collection of the museum, which includes more than 28,000 works of art, and the Bancroft Library. The exhibition, Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California, features more than 40 paintings, photographs, maps, works on paper, and sculptures that explore themes of continuity and change across California’s 180-year history, and how the state’s geography has shaped the lives of its communities past and present. Top: Hippies Sitting on a Car, San Francisco, by Ruth-Marion Baruch Above: Map of the ranchos of Vicente & Domingo Peralta, surveyed by Julius Kellersberger, 1857, courtesy of the Earth Sciences and Map Library, UC Berkeley

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KOOLHAAS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE Architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas will fill the Guggenheim Museum’s spiraling rotunda with a multimedia installation focused not on the city, but the countryside. Half of mankind lives in the city, drawing the attention of most architects and urbanists, the latter by definition. But the other half doesn’t. In Countryside, The Future, Koolhaas presents decades of thought and research, revealing how little attention has been paid to the rural world and how it is rapidly transforming. For the innovative architect and global thinker, the countryside is a place of potential that offers the possibility of change. As former architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff writes in Smithsonian Magazine, Koolhaas’ vision “exists at the tipping point between the world as it is and the world as we imagine it.” Through August 14, 2020 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Avenue New York 212.423.3500 guggenheim.org

Above: A glass house from the Countryside, the Future exhibition.




MOVIE MAGIC Imagining the world as it is and as it might be is the realm of architects, and also filmmakers. So it’s fitting that one of the world’s most influential architects is designing a museum for the art and science of moviemaking in Southern California. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano, will open later in 2020 on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. The museum’s design includes the ambitious reuse of a former department store—the iconic 1939 May Co. building known for its Streamline Moderne architecture. Now known as the Saban Building, the 1939-era, six-story structure will include exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and store. It will be connected by glass bridges to the new spherical section of the museum, home to the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater. That bulbous new building includes 13,000 tons of concrete. It is flattened on top to create the Dolby Family Terrace, a rooftop public space and special-events venue offering sweeping views of the city and the Hollywood Hills. Piano is esteemed for his museum design, which includes Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, designed in the 1970s with Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Insiders and longtime OC residents recall that in the late 1980s Piano designed a new home for the then Newport Harbor Art Museum that would have transformed the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and PCH in Newport Beach. That museum was never built, but as Piano’s Academy Museum nears completion, the grand new Orange County Museum of Art rises at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. On schedule and meeting construction milestones, the new museum designed by Thom Mayne and Morphosis will debut in 2021. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 6067 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles academymuseum.org Left and above: Renderings and drawings of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop



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I love it when the chairs of the annual Candlelight Concert have a strong and well-defined design aesthetic, because it shows in the beauty and impact of the décor. The mother and daughter team of Marta Bhathal and Lisa Bhathal Merage chaired the 46th Candlelight Concert. The dynamic duo certainly brought their aesthetic A-game, as expected, given their highly successful careers in fashion. Guests were entranced with the cool and contemporary winter white décor during the reception, and of course the Veuve Clicquot Champagne offerings were appreciated. The concert hall continued the monochromatic motif, where Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers performed for the appreciative crowd. Martin and his bandmates are highly-skilled musicians, the songs are well-written, and for anyone who was worried that humor would not make the cut, Martin’s betweensongs patter was hilarious. The stage reveal was dramatic, dinner from Patina was delicious, and the after-dinner band The Revolution, Prince’s former band, was divine, keeping the dance floor filled with a welcome touch of funk. All that creativity came together for one of the most enjoyable Candlelight events in memory. And successful! More than $2.79 million was raised to support the Center’s array of stellar programs. Thanks to guests, underwriters, and sponsors, including presenting sponsor Lugano Diamonds Presenting Sponsor, Platinum Underwriters included Marta and Raj Bhathal, Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Jane and Jim Driscoll, Shanaz and Jack Langson, Elizabeth and Paul Merage, Terry and George Schreyer, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Sally Segerstrom and Toby Andrews. 26




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1. Marta and Raj Bhathal 2. Kevin and Kim DeAllen 3. Anton and Jennifer Segerstrom. 4. Steve Martin 5. Dancing to The Revolution 6. Richard and Lisa Merage 7. Tiffany Modica and Sandy Segerstrom Daniels 8. Dee Higby, S.L. and Betty Huang 9. Dinner on stage 10. Britt Meyer and Carol Perry

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2 This year’s Friends of CASA Luncheon and Fashion Show chaired by Jennifer Gonzales Oxen, Sandi Marino, and Debbie Masek was a recordbreaker for the sixth year in a row—with a net of $475,916 raised. The funds will go directly to supporting CASA’s mission of providing a powerful voice and a meaningful connection for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and abandonment, mentoring and representing them in the courtroom and other settings. The fashionable gathering was held at Monarch Beach Resort, and the fashion show was presented by Kate Spade New York and South Coast 28


Plaza and produced by Deborah Keillor. The event was hosted by former NFL and USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, who greeted guests at the start of the program with CASA CEO Regan Phillips, before walking the runway with his two-year-old son. The event began as a tea 24 years ago, and has brought in over $4.5 million since 1995. The opportunity drawing was provided by Lugano Diamonds, also the Diamond Starfish Sponsor for the event.





1. Luncheon Chairs Debbie Masek, Sandi Marino, and Jennifer Gonzales Oxen. 2. Regan Phillips (CASA-OC CEO), Mark Sanchez, and Lori Jackson (Friends of CASA President). 3. Melissa Rohani. 4. Moti and Idit Ferder. 5. Kimberly DeLamar Matties, Molly Jolly.






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Some 290 Orange County community and business leaders attended the 10th Anniversary of Celebrate Leadership event at Fashion Island Hotel in support of Girl Scouts of Orange County. Honorees at the event recognized for being champions of girls and women were Carole Moreno, Co-Owner, Angels Baseball; J. Allen Brack, President, Blizzard Entertainment; Isabella Madrigal, 17-yearold Girl Scout Ambassador from Orange County School of the Arts; and Orange County United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund. Experian, Gensler, and Kaiser Permanente were recognized as top OC companies advancing women in leadership.


Each Celebrate Leadership honoree was paired with a current Girl Scout (K-12 grade), providing tomorrow’s leaders with opportunities to connect and mentor with the leaders of today. The Girl Scouts, ranging in age from 7 to 17, shared how their honorees inspire them to accomplish their goals and pursue their dreams. “At Girl Scouts, we are in the business of building strong, confident leaders, and we know we can’t do it alone,” says Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp. “Over the past decade, Celebrate Leadership has recognized 81 extraordinary local Girl Scout alums

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and Orange County trailblazers who are making our world a more welcoming and equitable place so that all girls can thrive. We are so proud to recognize these champions of diversity and inclusion, who are showing the world that there are no limits to what girls and women can achieve. Their leadership and passion to make our world a better place serve as inspiration for Orange County’s nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts and the 13,000 volunteers and adult members who support them.”

The event committee, co-chaired by Julie Farbaniec, Blizzard Entertainment, and Roberta Swanson, Western Digital, led the event to the highest revenue raised in its 10-year history: some $380,000. The funds will go to support Girl Scouts’ leadership development programs for nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts representing every zip code in Orange County.

1. Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp with Girl Scouts. 2. Anne Bretaña, Ashley Brewer, Julie Miller-Phipps, Isabella Madrigal, Vikki Shepp, Carole Moren, Karen Whitney, Mary Ford, J. Allen Brack, Laurie Dubchansky, Sue Parks, and Artyn Gardner 3. Co-Chairs Julie Farbaniec and Roberta Swanson with Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp. 4. Celebrate Leadership Emcees Alivia Seard and Kayla Teng with Sabine Lerner. 5. Honoree Carole Moreno with Molly Jolly. 6. Carole Moreno with Girl Scout Junior Izzy Silberman. 7. Ashley Farias dances Folklorico with Troop 1918 from Santa Ana. 8. Megan Loh with J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment. 9. Board Chair Molly Jolly, with Board Members Roberta Swanson and Julie Farbaniec.

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Photos by Tony Lattimore and Peggy O’Donnell The Women of Chapman’s 33rd Annual “Christmas at The Ritz” luncheon is a long-standing favorite event in the community. As much a holiday gathering of friends and family as it is a fundraiser, the event is sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit. And to be sure, spirits are part of the appeal for some of us! The bar is always open early. Held at Fashion Island Hotel, guests were warmly greeted by Daniele Struppa, Chapman University President, and Wylie Aitken, Chapman Board of Trustees Chairman, and beautiful wife Bette. Santa and Mrs. Claus, Dickens Carolers, and men and women dressed engagingly as toy soliders, snow sprites, and other seasonal characters were also on the scene. The opportunity drawing action was fierce during the champagne and martini cocktail reception, as the always charming Chapman students in red jackets urged us all to buy more tickets. Event chair Kristen Martin and Women of Chapman president Anne Manassero spoke—and Anne danced, joining the Chapman University Tap Ensemble on stage at one point. There was a fashion presentation by Grayse, Fashion Island, with Kelly and Marie Gray present, and lunch that included the inconic Ritz Egg, topped with caviar. The luncheon drew some 305 guests and raised net proceeds of nearly $270,000, adding to the more than $8.5 million that the Women of Chapman have raised at Christmas at The Ritz over the years. The event has helped build and support new facilities and programs, helping advance Chapman’s rapid evolution into a leading university.



5 1. Chapman President Daniele Struppa with Chair Kristin Martin. 2. Michael Penn and Ashleigh Aitken with Honorary Chairman Shannon Argyros 3. Committee members Jane Bigcas, Toni Redman, and Amber Bennett.

6 4. The Chapman University Tap Ensemble entertaining with Women of Chapman President Anne Manassero. 5. Underwriters James and Laura Baratta. 6. A fashion look from Grayse, Fashion Island.







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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and wife Deidre Pujols hosted the inaugural Amuse Bash at The Renaissance in Newport Beach. More than 200 supporters gathered together to raise nearly $250,000 to elevate the life-changing work of Open Gate International. Founded by Deidre Pujols, the organization helps mentor those in vulnerable life situations with training in the culinary arts and life skills.


6 1. Deidre and Albert Pujols. 2. Wende Zomnir and Doug Collier. 3. Stephanie and Mark McGwire. 4. Amar Santana. 5. Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols and Jose Viscaino. 6. Ed and Elaine Chan. 7. Khi and Liz Evans.


“We are proud to be part of a community that shares our belief in the value of helping survivors find their way,” Deidre Pujols says. “With their support, we will be able to provide even more individuals with a path to stand on their own and create a future for themselves.” The event kicked off with a VIP meet and greet with both Albert and Deidre Pujols, followed by a cocktail hour featuring Albert Pujols’ private wine label from Engine House 25. Open Gate International began its vocational training program in January 2017 with a Culinary Skills Program at The Hood Kitchen in Costa Mesa. More than 132 individuals have graduated through the 12-week accredited program and transitioned into the culinary field, alongside author and leading life skills mentor Judy Lamborn, who now serves as Executive Director of Open Gate International. “I have big dreams and goals for our headquarters in Orange County and beyond. There is more work to be done,” Lamborn says. “132 students have graduated from our program in Orange County, and I would love to stand in front of you next year and say that hundreds more have successfully graduated with the skills and tools to succeed, locally and around the world.”




It’s not too early to plan for the 2020 holidays, and here’s a hot tip: If you want the coolest tree in town—while helping a crucial cause—buy a ticket to what will be the 38th Annual Holiday Tree Fantasy Event, and enter to win one of the incredibly designed and themed trees at the luncheon. I attended the 37th annual event in support of Child Guidance Center of Orange at Balboa Island Resort in December for the first time (Where have I been?), joining some 300 Orange County business, philanthropic, and community leaders. The trees were incredibly detailed and fun, referencing classic stories such as Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, and Peter Pan. There were lots of additional goodies included with each tree package, thanks to donors. Presented by sponsor The Colton Company, the event was a fundraiser for the life-saving treatment services that Child Guidance Center provides: comprehensive mental health services to over 4,500 children, teens, young adults, many victims of abuse and violence.

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6 1. Toy Story tree by Stacy Gassman. 2. Presenting Sponsor David Colton CEO of The Colton Company & Lori Pack CEO of Child Guidance Center. 3. Mateo (age 5), who won the Toy Story tree package. 4. The Gassman Family. 5. George Searcy, COO Jamboree Housing. 6. Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer Zack Krone. 7. Karen and Brooks Francis. 8. Gabi and Stephen Herman.


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We checked in with OC designers for Insta-ideas on turning true blue.



“Because we live near the beach and are so lucky to have such incredible weather (blue skies), we seem to incorporate blue into most of our designs. We love a deep, dark blue, and we also love a faded and washedout blue! Our accessories and art typically have blue—we love indigo and batik—and you can never go wrong with a navy stripe!” BIG OR SMALL POPS?

“We are usually a bit more subtle, but we love a good built-in or front door or even a bathroom vanity or island in a great shade of blue!”






BEST BLUE VIBES? “Although navy is always in style, we love to use chambray, indigo, cerulean, and aquamarine. Since we live in Southern California, colors that reflect the ocean are always inviting and bring an organic feel to the home.” BEST AVOIDED? “We tend to stay away from royal blues and any blues that

have a purple undertone as they may feel too overpowering and people will tire of them over time.” @designworkshome





“I love a good-old dark navy blue… Very nautical without being too theme-y.” BEST AVOIDED?

“Baby blue... just screams nursery to me.” ACCENT OR STATEMENT?

“I’m into going big with blue... It’s dramatic like charcoal or black, but a little more fun.”





LINDYE GALLOWAY Lindye Galloway Interiors


“We use mostly deep shades of blue and some blue-grey color combinations for a more neutral approach to adding color. I find that these color hues are the most versatile and classic for any style.” COASTAL TONES

“I don’t play with baby blue or turquoise. Those are often thought of as the go-to colors for coastal designs, but we enjoy bringing a more mature and neutral pop through timeless deeper blues.”




ART WITHOUT BORDERS Travels in Mexico and Artemio SepĂşlveda at Laguna Art Museum Laguna Art Museum continues its long-standing relationship with the renowned collection of Newport Beach lawyer Gene Crain with the exhibition Travels in Mexico: Watercolors from the Diane and E. Gene Crain Collection, February 20-May 25, 2020.

Brassy Day, 1939, by Millard Sheets. Collection of E. Gene and Diane Crain.






In recent years, the museum has included works from the Crain collection in well-regarded exhibitions such as California Holiday, Rex Brandt: In Praise of Sunshine, and Travels with Millard Sheets. The next Crain-centric Laguna Art Museum exhibition focuses on a small selection of works from the collection that were not painted in California like the majority of the work, but when the artists traveled to Mexico—at times accompanied by Mr. Crain. Crain began collecting work by the artists in the 1960s, when he met Rex Brandt at the artist’s home in Corona del Mar. Through Brandt, Crain met Phil Dike and Millard Sheets, with whom he also formed close friendships. “The bellwether fact of anything that I have collected has to do with the absolute touch point that I knew the artist,” Crain says in an oral history interview by Susan Anderson for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in 1999. These three artists introduced Crain to the many possibilities of painting in watercolor and became his guides in developing the collection of work from the California School, a West Coast watercolor movement that arose during the Great Depression. “The name California School came up very, very early in the 1930s,” Crain says. “They had a certain feeling of spontaneity, and a whole lot of Disney influence, in the way that pigment was applied to paper or canvas.” Most of the nearly1,000 works in the Crain collection are watercolor paintings. “It’s the best medium available for capturing the…pureness, the beauty, the uniqueness of Southern California,” he says. “If you’re going to paint water and sunshine, the best medium for it is water.” Crain’s family moved to Orange County in 1942, when he was a boy. “When I came to Southern California, Costa Mesa had exactly 1,100 people in it,” he recalls in the oral interview. “Greater Newport Beach 42


had 5,000 people. My parents bought the third nicest house in Costa Mesa and five and a half acres of land, and they paid $2,500 for the whole thing. One of my earliest memories of California is watching them agonize over whether or not they wanted to go into debt to buy this.” A few year later, in 1954, Crain recalls being “astounded at my then boss, who owned a malt shop, and he was building a home in Corona Del Mar. Everything cost $35,000. The home, the land, the plans, the turnkey. I thought, ‘The man is crazy. How could anybody spend this much money?’”


Above: The Variety Store, Guaymas, c. 1937, by Millard Sheets. Collection of E. Gene and Diane Crain. Left: Windswept, 1940, by Millard Sheets. Collection of E. Gene and Diane Crain.



ARTEMIO SEPÚLVEDA Alongside the Travels in Mexico exhibition featuring the work of California artists working south of the border, Laguna Art Museum will also feature the work of Artemio Sepúlveda, a Mexican artist who lived and painted in California. The exhibition, which will include a large-scale charcoal drawing recently acquired by the museum, includes paintings created in Laguna Beach from 1977 until 1999. It’s the first U.S. museum show of Sepúlveda’s work in 20 years. As a young artist, Sepúlveda was an assistant for the renowned Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, assimilating the influence of Picasso and the German Expressionists. In the 1960s, he was associated with Nueva Presencia, a group of figure painters working in expressionistic styles. During the 1960s and ‘70s, Sepúlveda showed his work in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Mexico. In 1977, he moved to Laguna Beach with his American wife and their two children, but the couple parted. Sepúlveda remained in Laguna until 1999. He taught at the Laguna Beach School of Art (now Laguna College of Art and Design), and sold his work at the Festival of Arts, the Fine Arts Gallery on Lumberyard Plaza, and the Diane Nelson Gallery.

Above right: Pamela Wearing a Pearl Necklace, 1987, by Artemio Sepúlveda. Private collection. Above: Mother and Child on a Bench, 1988, by Artemio Sepúlveda. Private collection. Opposite: The Artist’s Father Holding a Spoon, 1997, by Artemio Sepúlveda. Private collection.



He is still active as a painter, living and working in a rural community outside San Miguel de Allende. Although he is represented in numerous private and public collections, notably the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, he has not received the recognition he has earned, especially outside his native country. Artemio Sepúlveda and Travels in Mexico: Watercolors from the Diane and E. Gene Crain Collection February 20-May 25, 2020 Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive Laguna Beach 949.494.8971 lagunaartmuseum.org








A new wave of cool is crescendoing across Mexico, taking hotels and homes into new architectural terrain. By looking to Mexico’s rich past as well as its future, a group of pioneering architects, designers, and hoteliers is redefining Mexico’s very own luxury groove. One&Only Mandarina






MANDARINA The Riviera Nayarit may not have the name recognition of other Mexican resorts, which is entirely by design. Mandarina, a new low-environmental-impact, high-luxury resort and residential development takes full advantage of this exceptional jungle-by-the-sea setting. “This is an amazing area with truly raw, untouched land,” says developer Ricardo Santa Cruz of the 640-acre community located 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. The sprawling resort will include a five-star One&Only Hotel and branded residences, as well as nextlevel services, features, and amenities, all set within a pristine environment focused on preservation. A polo and equestrian club, beach club, and gardens are all surrounded by miles of trails, rainforest, and unspoiled coastline. “It will be the lowest-density high-end resort in Mexico,” says Santa Cruz. The architectural scene-stealer? It just might be its series of 54, nature-embracing homes designed by Rick Joy, architect of the cult-coveted Amangiri Resort and Spa in Utah. The homes incorporate both jungle vegetation and dramatic views of the Pacific while maintaining the lowest of nature profiles, with colors and materials selected to best camouflage into the jungle. Carretera Federal Libre 200 Tepic-Puerto Vallarta Nayarit, Mexico 63724 866.552.0001 discovermandarina.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


NOBU HOTEL LOS CABOS Mexico’s first ryokan-style retreat, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, brings clean-lined Japanese design to a beautiful beachfront location in Cabo San Lucas. Offering a near-total departure from other resorts in the area, Nobu’s striking stone and concrete design makes for extreme minimalism. The result is a contemplative environment that never feels cold, with architectural restraint activated by views of the Pacific, which come into play from the hotel’s many pools, restaurants, and guest rooms. The hotel’s arresting architecture— designed by California architectural firm WATG with interiors by Studio PCH, also based in California—is a starting point for a full-sensory experience that includes everything from wooden soaking tubs to Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature fare. 23473 Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur Mexico +52 624 689 0160 loscabos.nobuhotels.com 50





CHABLÉ RESORT YUCATAN Spread across 750 acres of remote Yucatan jungle, Chablé Resort offers a high-contrast study in then-and-now Mexico: Consider its combination of glass-and-concrete stand-alone villas that come outfitted with plunge pools and smart technology with an architectural ruin artfully blended into the compound. Ancient Mayan-inspired spa treatments take center stage at its wellness center while the Temazcal Ceremony offers a shaman-led journey involving chanting, rocks, fire, and teas. Tablaje #642, Chocholá Yucatán México +52 55 4161 4262 chablehotels.com






CASA DELPHINE Classic colonial design gets the modern-day treatment at Casa Delphine, a recently opened boutique hotel in San Miguel de Allende. Southern California-based jewelry designer Amanda Keidan reimagined the twostory, high-ceilinged space into an intimate five-room boutique hotel where original architectural details meet minimalist luxury with a bohemian twist: Think hand-laid boveda ceilings and hand-carved stonework paired with luxurious bedding and brand-new bathrooms. Located in the heart of the city, Casa Delphine offers wellness cooking courses, meditation retreats, as well as design and architectural tours of San Miguel de Allende. Calzada de la Presa 69a, Centro San Miguel de Allende Mexico 37700 +52 415 152 2461 casadelphine.com









FOUR SEASONS RESORT LOS CABOS Once the land of low-key villages, Baja Peninsula’s East Cape is morphing into a magnet for people seeking a laid-back, entirely scene-free setting. Leading the transformation is Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos, part of a 1,000-acre private beach-front resort community. Situated on a stretch of swimmable beach, all rooms and suites in the hotel commune with the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. All have views of the sea—one of the most biodiverse in Mexico with more than 900 species of fish, and some effortlessly connect with the beach via private plunge pools that look onto the sand. With six pools, five restaurants and no shortage of contemplative corners, the resort offers a prime perch to decompress amid stunning minimalist design. C. Eureka s/n, 23570 La Ribera, B.C.S., Mexico +52 624 689 0292 fourseasons.com/loscabos



EXHIBITIONS OF EQUALITY Global museums great and small are featuring female artists in major 2020 exhibitions. Here are a dozen or so of the most intriguing shows.

The international art world has long suffered from a serious case of gender inequality. In the last decade, only 14 percent of exhibitions at 26 major American museums were of work by women, according to studies by ArtNet.com. Museums are not buying work by women, either. Of the 260,470 works added to permanent collections since 2008, only 29,247 were by female artists. The year 2020 marks a century since women were guaranteed the right to vote in the United States. Beginning in the 1800s, women organized, petitioned, and protested to win the right to vote, but it took decades. Overcoming an unbalanced art world will also take years. Art lovers can attend exhbitions featuring female artists to demonstrate they’re a draw. Collectors can bid on the works. Philanthropists can address the imbalance in permanent collections by donating the work of women to their favorite museums. And media that covers art and culture can do its part by championing female artists and featuring museum exhibitions and gallery shows of their work.







NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS Washington, D.C. February 28 – May 25, 2020 Renowned as one of the most influential contemporary Latin American photographers, Graciela Iturbide creates nuanced insights of her native Mexico. Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico is the artist’s most extensive U.S. exhibition in more than two decades, including 140 signature black-and-white prints presenting nuanced insights into the communities she photographs. They include compelling views into the daily lives and customs of indigenous men and women, representations of processions honoring the dead, and lavish fiestas that highlight Mexico’s pre-Hispanic and Spanish heritages. Also included in the exhibition are Iturbide’s haunting snapshots of Frida Kahlo’s personal items left at her home, Casa Azul, after the artist’s death. National Musuem of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 202.783.5000 nmwa.org






Mujer Ángel (Angel Woman), Sonoran Desert, 1979, collection of Elizabeth and Michael Marcus, © Graciela Iturbide, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Pájaros en el poste, Carretera (Birds on the Post, Highway), Guanajuato, 1990, © Graciela Iturbide; Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Saguaro, Sonoran Desert, 1979, Courtesy of the artist, © Graciela Iturbide.

Angelita, Sonoran Desert, 1979; Courtesy of the artist; © Graciela Iturbide; Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Autorretrato como Seri (Self-Portrait as Seri), Sonoran Desert, 1979, Courtesy of the artist, © Graciela Iturbide; Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.



Mexico City, 1969–72, Collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, © Graciela Iturbide, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.







THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON April 6 – July 26, 2020

Clockwise from top left: Danaë, about 1612, Saint Louis Art Museum Judith Beheading Holofernes, about 1612-13, Napoli Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte. Judith and her Maidservant, about 1623-25, The Detroit Institute of Arts.



One of the most famous artists in 17th-century Europe, Artemisia Gentileschi “was the maker of her own image, the hero of her own life,” as one 21st-century critic wrote. Born in Rome in 1593, she was a master of Baroque painting and was the first woman to be admitted to Florence’s exclusive Accademia delle Arti del Disegno (the artists’ academy). Raped at the age of 18 by a mentor and tortured at his trial to “prove” her truthfulness, she responded by depicting strong women in allegorical masterpieces (often self-portraits), such as the bloody Biblical scene Judith Beheading Holofernes. The Natonal Gallery Trafalgar Square London +44 20 7747 2885 nationalgallery.org.uk

Above: Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, about 1615-17, Š The National Gallery, London.



This page: Betye Saar, A Loss of Innocence, 1998 courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects Los Angeles Š Betye Saar Photo courtesy Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art by Tim Lanterman.



Clockwise from left: Installation photograph, Betye Saar: Call and Response, at LACMA © Betye Saar. The Edge of Ethics, 2010, Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects Los Angeles, © Betye Saar. Installation photograph, Betye Saar: Call and Response, at LACMA © Betye Saar. Betye Saar, Sketchbook, 1970–1972, Collection of Betye Saar, courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, © Betye Saar. Betye Saar, Sketchbook, 2013, 2013.

BETYE SAAR LACMA, LOS ANGELES Through April 5, 2020 Born in Los Angeles in 1926, Betye Saar is known for her assemblage and mixed media work that deals with issues of race, protest, spiritualty, grief, and gender. Comprised of found objects she’s gathered in Southern California and during her world travels, her work has included controversial and racist images like Aunt Jemima, reclaiming them as symbols of empowerment. As part of her artistic process, Saar fills small notebooks with sketches, drawings, and colorful notes from her travels, as well as ideas for work. Betye Saar: Call and Response at LACMA looks at the relationship between her finished works, those preliminary sketches in small sketchbooks, and her travel notebooks. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles 323.857.6000 lacma.org



Artist Portrait with a Candle (C), from the series Places of Power, 2013. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović.


ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON September 26 – December 8, 2020 Since the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has been exploring the relationship between artist and audience. The Yugoslavian-born conceptual artist used her own body to perform many of the often painful and physically exhausting pieces. In The Artist is Present (2010), she sat silently at a wooden table for hours a day as visitors took turns sitting across from her and staring into her eyes. Over three months and 730 hours she met the gaze of 1,000 strangers. Marina Abramović’: After Life at the Royal Academy—the first female solo show in the British institution’s 250-year history—will include photos, video, and work created specifically for the exhibition. Plus, there will be reprises of her most acclaimed performances by volunteers and protégés, including Imponderabilia, in which she and her then-partner Ulay famously stood naked within a gallery doorway. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House Piccadilly, London royalacademy.org.uk








ZANELE MUHOLI TATE MODERN, LONDON April 29 – October 18, 2020

PITZER COLLEGE, CLAREMONT September 12 – December 11, 2020

“I refused to become subject matter for others and to be silenced,” says Zanele Muholi, the South African photographer-activist who confronts the politics of gender, race, and representation in self-portraits and other photographs. Tate Modern in London will host the first major survey of Muholi’s work, while Pitzer College Art Galleries in Claremont will exhibit a self-portrait series by the artist. “The series is giving affirmation to those who doubt when they look in the mirror,” Muholi says in an interview in Aperture.org. “To say, ‘You are worthy. You count. Nobody has the right to undermine you—because of your being, because of your race, because of your gender expression, because of your sexuality, because of all that you are.’” Tate Modern Pitzer College, Nichols Gallery Bankside, London 1060 N Mills Avenue tate.org.uk Claremont, California pitzer.edu/galleries

Opposite: Ntozakhe II, Parktown, 2016

Above, clockwise: Roxy, 2017 Miss D’vine II, 2007 Aftermath, 2004 Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson Cape Town Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson © Zanele Muholi



Opposite: Gego installing Reticulárea. Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas. 1969. Photo: Juan Santana ©Fundación Gego


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Julile I, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2016 Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson Cape Town Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson © Zanele Muholi



With works drawn from local museums, a private collection, and the Getty’s own collection, True Grit provides two vibrant surveys: one of early 20th-century American printmaking and the other a complementary photography display. Compelling depictions of the time convey a broad view of American culture that includes dance With works drawn from local museums, a private collection, and the Getty’s own collection, True Grit provides two vibrant surveys: one of early 20th-century American depictions of the time convey a broad view of American culture that includes dance With works drawn from local museums, a private collection, and the Getty’s own collection, True Grit provides two vibrant surveys: one of early 20th-century American. The Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles 310.440.7300 getty.edu



SHEILA HICKS HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE June 24 – October 20, 2020 Considered one of the most important contemporary textile artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, Sheila Hicks is an American artist based in Paris who has used the art and craft of weaving as the basis of her work for more than 50 years. Hicks’ love for architecture and design is seen in her large-scale installations that respond to the architecture of the museum or gallery in which they are exhibited. Her major commissions have included work in the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in New York, now a hotel. Her “innovative, thread-based oeuvre,” as described by writer Alina Cohen, will be on display at The Hepworth Wakefield, a river-side museum designed in the Brutalist style by architect David Chipperfield, located some 50 miles from Manchester, England. The Hepworth Wakefield West Yorkshire Great Britain hepworthwakefield.org

Right: Saffron Sentinel, 2017 © Sheila Hicks. Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery, London. 74




Above: Brothers to a Garden, 2017 Š Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and CorviMora, London. 76



TATE BRITAIN, LONDON May 19 – August 31, 2020

Recent portrait-like paintings by contemporary British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye are on display at The Huntington Art Gallery in The Hilton Als Series: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, curated by Pulitzer Prizewinning author Hilton Als, staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker magazine. Widely considered to be one of the most important figurative painters working today, Yiadom-Boakye is celebrated for her enigmatic oil paintings of fictional human subjects. Each of her works is created from a composite archive of found images and her own imagination, raising questions of identity and representation. Later in the year, Tate Britain will present Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in the first major survey of the artist’s work. The Huntington Museum 1151 Oxford Road San Marino 626.405.2100 huntington.org Tate Britain London tate.org.uk Clockwise from top: Harp-Strum, 2016 Medicine at Playtime, 2017 Greenhouse Fantasies, 2014 © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Corvi-Mora, London.



Gego installing Reticulárea. Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas. 1969. Photo: Juan Santana ©Fundación Gego


GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK October 9, 2020 – March 21, 2021 Gertrude Goldschmidt (1912-1994), known from childhood as Gego, was born in Hamburg, trained as an architect in Stuttgart and fled Nazi Germany for Caracas in 1939 while in her late twenties. It was in Venezuela that she became an artist, creating intricate sculptures that she painstaking constructed by hand with industrial and found materials. The results are ethereal forms of line and grid that hang from the ceiling and wall, casting shadows that add to their complexity. Some are large-scale installations made up of various types of metals that bend and fold in space, forming clusters, nets, and meshes. The exhibition Gego at the Guggenheim (the first major New York museum retrospective of her work) will include some 200 works from the early 1950s to the early 1990s displayed on the first five ramps of the circular rotunda in Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece museum. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Avenue New York 212.423.3500 guggenheim.org 78




Above: Interior view of The Tarot Garden, Garavicchio, Italy Š 2019 Fondazione Il Giardino Dei Tarocchi. Photo by Peter Granser




NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE MOMA PS1, NEW YORK April 5 – September 7, 2020 “Long before Women’s Lib became fashionable, or even plausible, Niki de Saint Phalle was performing her own acts of liberation.” So said a 1972 story in the Brussels Times of the artist who was known for her ebullient sculptures of flying women, sculpture parks, books, paintings, jewelry, perfume, and political activism. Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life at MoMA PS1 will include 100 objects from her career. Born in France and raised in Europe, Saint Phalle moved to La Jolla in the 1990s. “California has been a rebirth for my soul and an earthquake for my eyes,” she said. “I have embraced another way of life and have let my discovery of this land manifest itself in my work.” MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue Queens/Long Island City moma.org

Right: Tarot Garden. 1991, © 2019 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. Photo by Ed Kessler






Opposite: Marxist Girl (Irene Peslikas), 1972, Daryl and Steven Roth © The Estate of Alice Neel.

Left: Andy Warhol, 1970, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Gift of Timothy Collins © The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy The Estate of Alice Neel, and Victoria Miro, London/Venice.


CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS June 10 – August 24, 2020 From her home studio in Spanish Harlem, Alice Neel painted the life of midcentury New York in a commitment to figurative art that defied the styles of the era. Dubbed by an art critic as a “collector of souls,” Neel portrayed an extraordinary variety of sitters, from the anonymous to the highly recognizable. The exhibtion Alice Neel Un Regard Engagé at Centre Pompidou brings together some 70 paintings and drawings by the artist. Neel was known for painting without sentimentality, as demostrated by her portrait of Andy Warhol, depicting him with his eyes closed and shirt removed, exposing his scarred body and the supportive corset he was forced to wear after being shot in 1968. There is an intimacy in the likeness of the artist as a wounded man. Centre Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou Paris centrepompidou.fr BlueDoorMagazine.com






THE GETTY, LOS ANGELES April 2 – July 26, 2020 During the 1930s, Dora Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of Surrealism. She took assignments in fashion and advertising, travelled to document social conditions, and made wildly inventive images that came to occupy an important place in Surrealism. Maar became one of the few photographers—even fewer women—included in the major Surrealist exhibitions shown during the 1930s. She inspired photographers, the Surrealists, and Pablo Picasso, photographing him while he was working on Guernica. Unfortunately, her relationship with the artist, who created a series of portraits of Maar, The Weeping Woman, has become a main element of her biography. Refocusing on her art in this major exhibition at The Getty (after exhibtions at Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern) is welcome. J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr. Los Angeles 310.440.7300 getty.edu

Opposite: The years lie in wait for you, 1935, The William Talbott Hillman Collection. Clockwise from above left: Model in Swimsuit, 1936, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Untitled (Hand Shell), 1934 Centre Pompidou, Paris. Untitled (Fashion photograph), 1935, Collection Therond. BlueDoorMagazine.com


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What is it about your showroom that you love the most. What I love about our showroom is the prime location; we were lucky enough to get a space in the SOCO design center. It’s very centralized, bringing in a variety of traffic. Designers have the opportunity to show their clients our luxurious brands in a setting that helps them visualize a home.

Amir Kazerani is a design industry expert and has been involved in the industry for 18 years. He started his career in New York where he worked with some of the top European brands such as Flexform, Poliform, and Ligne Roset (some of the companies that he now represents). Amir’s expertise in the design industry allowed him to open a Ligne Roset and Poliform showroom in La Jolla in 2017, and a second showroom location in Costa Mesa soon after.

Pick two design pieces that you love right now and tell us why. One design I love is the Scavolini LiberaMente kitchen line. Elemental silhouettes, clear-cut and functional geometric shapes, an attractive design, minimal styling (thanks to the absence of handles), and open-fronted modules for the most diverse configurations. Indeed, the focus lies on materials. The next piece I love is the Ruche Sofa. Ruche brings together the unusual and the traditional. The Ruche is designed throughout, giving you the ability to flout it in any room and create an incredibly comfortable and functional art piece. What are you most excited about in 2020? We are most excited about introducing new European lines as well as new collections for the lines we currently carry. Kaz Design Group SOCO 3323 Hyland Avenue, Suite A Costa Mesa 657. 900.2225 kax-designgroup.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


3225 OCEAN BOULEVARD Corona del Mar | $7,500,000

Unparalleled Views Spanning from Arch Rock to Catalina Island


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22 BAY ISLAND | NEW LISTING Newport Beach | $6,195,000 | 22BayIsland.com Picturesque and historic Bay Island, is the location of this classic Craftsman-style, bay front cottage with a private 55 boat dock and side-tie. Accessed by a private pedestrian bridge, off of the Balboa Peninsula, Bay Island, the harbors only natural Island, originally began as a gun club in 1903; where its earliest owners shot ducks on its northern tip. Today, Bay Island is one of Newport Beach’s most exclusive addresses - a private 5.5 acre sanctuary of 23 waterfront homes that commonly own a tennis court, parking structure, wide sandy beach, grassy lawns, mature trees, and lush botanical and cutting gardens. Originally purchased by William H. Burnham, a banker engaged in developing the Balboa Peninsula, 22 Bay Island, is one of the earliest homes built in Newport Beach and features spectacular views of the Balboa Pavilion, Peninsula shoreline and Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs mooring field . Its classic interior, stylish architecture and vintage character will invoke your fondest memories of days spent at the beach with the whole family: think swim suits, t-shirts, bare feet, swimming, sailing and nights filled with cousins, cook outs and playing on the beach to the wee hours. One of Southern California’s most gracious locations, this premier property, available for the first time in 53 years, is a once in a lifetime opportunity of ownership. Live in the home as-is, remodel or redevelop this 4,400 square foot lot with a new home of up to 5,700 square feet.

42 BALBOA COVES | NEW LISTING Newport Beach | $4,195,000 | 42BalboaCoves.com This “turnkey” Balboa Coves traditional style, bayfront home is one of the largest in the neighborhood with over 4,500 square feet of living space and features an oversized lot, great entertaining floorplan and a spectacular waterfront view of the cove and channel. The lower level of the home features a great room with a fireplace, entertainment center, formal dining area, wetbar, wine refrigerator, a bedroom suite with a marble bath, powder bath, laundry room, three car attached garage, and an abundant kitchen with professional grade stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a large pantry. The upstairs of the home is highlighted with a luxurious water view master suite with a fireplace, sitting area, bayside deck, marble bath, and an extraordinary walk-in closet; in addition, there are two bedroom suites, one with a private bath, a hall bathroom, loft office with built-ins and a third story loft area and huge rooftop deck. The home also features two zones of air conditioning, high ceilings, marble floors, an outdoor firepit, Jacuzzi, Paddleboard storage and a private boat slip to accommodate a 37’ yacht. Balboa Coves is a private gated community of 68 waterfront homes that features private boat slips, grass areas & children’s play park. All of the fun of Newport Harbor is out your door think paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, boat or stroll to the new Lido Village or taking the Duff y out for cocktails or to one of the many waterfront restaurants in the harbor.







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32031 ISLE VISTA, LAGUNA NIGUEL $3,495,000




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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2020 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. (17502821)

IMPECCABLE COMPOSITION OF SETTING AND DESIGN Reveling an opportunity to reside on a corner lot in the prestigious village of Corona Del Mar this picturesque coastal residence is the perfect composition of modern design and sophistication. Recently renovated the home showcases quality craftsmanship and designer touches that are displayed throughout the thoughtfully planned interior. The property displays hardwood flooring, a kitchen space that opens to the living and dining areas, and three separate outdoor patios — to enjoy the serene view of the flower streets. Authenticity flows graciously through each quarter of the home. A heavenly master suite features high

Presented by The Halton Group beamed ceilings, a gas-fireplace with a custom tile wall and an oversized walk-in shower with frame-less glass. The third level offers a guest bedroom and full bathroom while preserving the originality of the Corona Del Mar lifestyle with direct access to your private rooftop deck. High-end amenities include a new saltwater system, surround sound and updated windows and doors throughout the home. With its premier location, world-class boutiques and local eateries are within easy access. As your main residence, a vacation home, or an investment property 701½ Marguerite is easily one of the best buys in coastal Orange County.


FEATURED PROPERTY Just Listed | 701½ Marguerite Avenue, Corona del Mar Call to schedule a private appointment to tour this impressive property.



JUST SOLD $920,000 705 Avocado Avenue, Corona del Mar Remodeled 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom.

IN ESCROW $809,000 715 Avocado Avenue, Corona del Mar 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom with serene ocean views.



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2065 San Remo Drive Laguna Beach Offered at $2,095,000

Refined and sophisticated yet designed for the

year long. Just off the kitchen, a large Ipe deck

casual California lifestyle, 2065 San Remo is a

is where you’ll sit back and enjoy the quiet and

coveted single level ocean view residence with

natural beauty Laguna Beach has to offer. You

impeccable style and spacious layout. With clean

will experience peace and serenity from this

mid-century architectural lines, the residence has

finely crafted residence. The private master offers

been extensively updated. Filled with natural light

a large closet and sumptuous master bath with

and access to the outside makes this home live

glass shower, brass fixtures and basket weave tile

bigger than its footprint. The kitchen is the heart

floor. Each room of the residence remains cool

of the home and is anchored with a large waterfall

all summer with the three zoned temperature

edge quartz island with plenty of bar seating for

controlled by Nest. The landscape is picture

entertaining the impromptu dinner party. Top of

perfect providing privacy from the street. Make

the line appliances including a Wolf range, Sub

this your forever home because once you come

Zero refrigerator and U-Line wine frig equip the

you may never want to leave.

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7 Shoreview Newport Coast l Offered at $11,880,000

616 Vista Lane Laguna Beach l Offered at $6,750,000 31371 Via Santa Maria San Juan Capastrano l Offered at $2,570,000

1144 Katella Street Laguna Beach l Offered at $2,970,000

705 Marlin Drive San Juan Capistrano l Offered at $2,695,000

Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478

320 Emerald Bay Laguna Beach l Offered at $5,295,000

Nick Hooper 949.939.7083 nick.hooper@compass.com DRE 01962012

1214 Anacapa Way l Laguna Beach Offered at $2,450,000

1266 Morningside Drive l Laguna Beach $1,499,000

340 Magnolia Street l Costa Mesa $2,095,000

Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. DRE 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal without notice.

705 Marlin Drive l Laguna Beach Offered at $2,695.000

7 DOLOMITI, NEWPORT COAST | $3,195,000 4 BEDROOM | 3.5 BATH | 3929 SQ FT HOME | 8591 SQ FT LOT Recently redesigned and updated with new plumbing, painting, and landscaping – this four bedroom estate is located on a quiet cul-de-sac within the prestigious guard-gated, community of Coastal Canyon. sevendolomiti.com

CASEY LESHER 949.702.7211 caseylesher@gmail.com caseylesher.com CalRE# 01795953


The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. Š2020 Coldwell Banker Realty. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Realty fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. (18141848)

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Exact dimensions can be obtained by retaining the services of an architect or engineer. This is not intended to solicit properties already listed. *Total volume includes current pocket listings which are not under contract with agent.

sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate.

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VILLA BALBOA A WATERFRONT ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE continues to make waves in Newport Beach. By Kedric Francis




What architect has had the most influence on residential design in coastal Orange County, ever? If one were to ask historians, design aficionados, and architects themselves to name the most architecturally significant home, the consensus would be clear: 1242 West Oceanfront on the Balboa Peninsula. That’s the address of the Lovell Beach House. Completed in 1926, the concrete beachfront home designed by renowned architect R.M. Schindler is said to be one of the most important examples of residential Modernist design in the world. BlueDoorMagazine.com


But, if the Lovell Beach House built nearly a century ago is so significant and influential, contrarians might wonder why Newport Beach did not evolve as a center of Modernism, with hundreds of historic homes designed with a similar aesthetic. Perhaps the experts are mistaken, and the 1920s-era home with a famous design pedigree that better represents the past, present, and perhaps even the future of architecture in Southern California is just two miles away, at 1707 E. Bay Avenue. With hand-hewn beamed ceilings, arched doorways, thick plaster walls, tile floors, fountains, wrought-iron accents, and a lavish use of colorful Malibu tiles, the Peninsula Point villa designed by architect Wallace Neff and completed in 1928 is an exquisite example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. “It’s irreplaceable historically and architecturally—and the views are some of the best you’ll see,” says Steve High, the president of Villa Real Estate, who has the $8.75 million listing for the one-of-a-kind home. Indeed, the views from the 4,200-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-story home are stunning, especially from the rooftop deck. Clockwise from right: Views from the Crow’s Nest, rooftop deck, and second level of the vintage villa.






A look at the home from the docks on the harbor. The arched rooms were originally desiged for dry-docking boats.






Here, the often-evoked, rarely realized term “wrap-around views” is exactly that. The home’s 360-degree unobstructed views of the ocean, harbor, and hills are the best on the peninsula, by definition. That’s a statement that’s difficult to argue, given that the villa is the tallest residential structure in the area. Ground-level vistas aren’t bad either. Built lot line to lot line, the home is larger than current code allows, and open onto the bay to one of its most enviable amenities: a private pier with slips for two boats, including one where a craft up to 60 feet long is able to dock. The street entrance of the home is through a hidden courtyard with a fountain and a vintage outdoor shower complete with a whimsical foot-wash fountain. There’s a lower-level game room, a huge outdoor tiled patio with tiled water features, a second-floor living area with a fireplace emblazoned with a whimsical crest, an outdoor dining area, a large period kitchen, a family room with a fireplace, five bedroom suites, a waterfront master suite, and a fanciful “crow’s nest” room.



The original villa was masterfully restored by the owner in 2003, adding modern safety, conveniences, and luxury, while maintaining its romantic charm and historic landmark status. Touring the home today, it’s nearly impossible to tell what is original and what was added in the remodel. All the doors and windows are the original mahogany for the house. When new tile and cabinetry was added in the kitchen, for example, the owner went to great lengths to match Neff ’s aesthetic by researching his other homes. High retained an architectural historian to confirm the design provenance of the home, including via Neff ’s own business records, and the owner also deserves credit for restoring, safeguarding, and improving the property. The villa is believed to be one of only two residences designed by Neff located in Orange County, despite the architect’s prolific output: He designed hundreds of estates and villas in the 1920s and 1930s elsewhere in Southern California, including the famed Pickfair, home of the film stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks


Sr. that was one of the most famous homes of the era. His clients included Hollywood royalty like Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Katherine Hepburn, the Marx Brothers, and other one-percenters of the era. In those days as well as today, the aesthetic whims and wishes of actors, directors, and other members of the Hollywood elite were influential. And while modern architects including R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra were trending among intellectuals, artists, critics, magazine editors, and others of influence, Hollywood loved Neff. He is often described as an expert in “Period Revival” architecture—think Tuscan, Tudor, Santa Barbara, Spanish, Mission, and Mediterranean styles—but that’s not how Neff thought of his own work. “Houses which satisfy the needs of Californians should be ‘Californian,’ no more, no less,” he once said, emphasizing that he built “California homes for California people.” One of them was C.W. Hopkins, who hired Neff to design the Balboa home. Hopkins was a real estate investor and architect who lived in the Sacramento/Davis area. He spent a summer in Newport Beach, and is said to have loved it so much that he never went back. Neff, a quintessential Angeleno, had Orange County connections beyond his two projects here. He often collaborated with Laguna Beach landscape architect Florence Yoch, wellknown in the movie business for creating the landscape of Tara in Gone with the Wind, as well as other iconic films. His brothers John and Bill Neff moved to Laguna Beach to pursue the art and craft of pottery manufacturing. And his son, Wally Neff, lived in Orange County and was in real estate for many years before his death in 2013. Today, the Spanish Mediterranean architecture style is the dominant Orange County aesthetic. Buildings designed and created for the 1915-1917 California-Panama Exhibition in San Diego’s Balboa Park served as early inspiration for the

Opposite: The Crow’s Nest offers fine views of the harbor, sea, peninsula, and hills, but the view from the rooftop deck is even better. Left: Fountains, generous use of Malibu tile, and interior courtyards are often found in Wallace Neff-designed homes. BlueDoorMagazine.com





Spanish style in Southern California, and are still in place today. In Orange County, Ole Hanson deserves credit for popularizing the style via his 1920s-era San Clemente real estate development, complete with restrictive deeds maintaining the Spanish-style of structures in the city. The development of the Irvine Ranch has taken the aesthetic strongly into the 21st century. So while Neff didn’t invent the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture that is such an important part of the Southern California landscape, he perfected it. Biographer Diane Kanner (Wallace Neff, Architect to the Stars) describes Neff ’s “never-ending desire to unite a formal plan with country vernacular styling, the juxtaposition of classicism and informality which few period revival architects knew how to pull off.” Also, during World War I, Spain was one of the few places where architectural students could go during the requisite “European tour,” hence the preponderance of that architecture here during and soon after that era. As the Los Angeles Herald Examiner said at the time of Neff ’s death in 1982, “Neff ’s style defines the elusive meaning of California as a place. California today would somehow be less California without his architecture.” In coastal Orange County, there are many homes influenced by Neff ’s architectural style, with marketing that prominently mentions his name. Fans can find his homes for sale in San Marino, Pasadena, and throughout Los Angeles. But there is only one opportunity to acquire a Wallace Neff “Californianstyle” home on the water in Newport Beach—because there is only one. Steve High and Evan Corkett Villa Real Estate 450 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100 Newport Beach 949.717.6000 villarealestate.com

Left: The harbor view from the home. The towers of Newport Center in the background offer a city lights vista at night.



VANITY FLAIR Celebrity culture on display in Century City

The glossy magazine Vanity Fair reveres portrait photography, especially images of actors, athletes, celebrities, and other members of California’s creative class.

Some 130 images of Hollywood royalty from the publication will be on display at The Annenberg Space for Photography’s current exhibition: Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling – The Stars, the Parties, and the Powerbrokers. Curated by Vanity Fair’s creative development editor David Friend and the magazine’s former director of photography Susan White, the exhibition features work by 50 photographers, from George Hurrell, the one-time Laguna Beach artist who was Hollywood’s go-to portraitist in the golden era of film, to the magazine’s current principal photographer, Annie Leibovitz.

Hilary Swank, Vanity Fair March 2005, by Norman Jean Roy






Above: Chris Rock, Vanity Fair September 1997, by Sam Jones Opposite, clockwise from upper left: The Culkin Brothers, Rory, Macaulay, and Kieran Culkin, Vanity Fair April 2001, by Julian Broad. Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, and Ellen Barkin, Vanity Fair 1999, by Dafydd Jones Lady Gaga & Mark Ronson, Vanity Fair April 2019, by Justin Bishop

“The extraordinary artists in this exhibit have done so much more than chronicle celebrities; they’ve helped define our popular culture, as Vanity Fair itself has done,” says Wallis Annenberg, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Annenberg Foundation. “Their photographs have inspired magazine readers and defined the careers of Hollywood’s most successful actors. This exhibit shows why the allure of Hollywood is impossible to ignore.” The show includes every Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue cover and portfolio, as well as photos from the annual Vanity Fair party on Oscar night. There is also an interactive photo






opportunity that replicates one of photographer Mark Seliger’s famous sets found each year at the Oscar party. Museum visitors can take their own selfies there. The photo exhibition runs through July 26, 2020. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is free; parking is validated. Annenberg Space for Photography 2000 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles 213.403.3000 annenbergphotospace.org

Above: Sean Connery and Michael Caine, Vanity Fair April 1999, by Michael O’Neill, Right: Tom Hanks, Vanity Fair December 2019, by Peter Hapak Next page: Michael B. Jordan, Vanity Fair November 2018, by Cass Bird









Vanessa and Kobe Bryant, Vanity Fair 2018, by Mark Seliger



BAYADERE BELIEVER MIKE CLOSE creates a unique Irvine Terrace compound in the CdM community he knows best By Alexandria Abramian




Mike Close is no stranger to Irvine Terrace, the coveted Newport Beach enclave of just under 400 homes, many of which come with sweeping, unobstructed ocean views. In fact, the president of Spinnaker Development has called the neighborhood home for more than a decade. Taking full advantage of its location, this Irvine Terrace home offers full indoor/outdoor living both upstairs and down.





MEMBER FEATURE So when an opportunity came to reimagine a home on Bayadere Terrace, one of Irvine Terrace’s most desirable streets, Close moved quickly. “This street is one of the premier addresses in Corona del Mar,” he says. “It has oversized view lots, and different architectural guidelines than the rest of the community.” Among those critical differences is the ability to excavate below street elevation and open the internal floor plan to the rear slope. In this recently completed home, that means a sprawling below-street-level floor of the home seamlessly opens onto a private garden and pool via disappearing glass walls. “In all the other addresses in the community, people have done basements where you have to open a center courtyard in the home. That means you don’t get the kind of indoor/outdoor access that we get with this home,” says Close. It’s a critical difference when it comes to the bottom line: Recent land sales on the street have fetched between $7.5 and $8 million, while finished homes sell for between $15 and $20 million, according to Close. Left: The exterior architecture’s modern design is softened through both the scale and warm materials. This page: In the main-floor living room and throughout, designer Michael Fullen layered neutrals to create a home that has drama as well as an inviting feel. On the lower floor, the bar flows from the wine room into the billiard area.



Seamless indoor/outdoor flow is achieved with disappearing glass walls that connect the lower level with the backyard area. “The sunken cabana was a key concept from the very beginning and allowed us to keep the cover low enough that it didn’t compete with the cantilever deck above.” ­-Architect Christopher Brandon






When it came to deciding what style of home would best work within the community that was originally built in the 1950s and ‘60s, Close was no less of an expert. Experience told him to target modern, without straying too far into cold contemporary. “You can almost shrink your buyer pool by going too modern,” says Close. But given the community’s single-story rules, the low, wide roofline coupled with his desire to create a home with big spaces and high ceilings, he automatically leaned towards a more minimalist, modern approach. The key, says Close, was to look towards the area’s midcentury roots. “I knew I didn’t want something that would look trendy. So the idea became to utilize natural building materials to make a home with strong, modern and clean lines, while at the same time, creating something with curb appeal that you don’t have to drive by three times to figure it out.” Close assembled a team of top Newport Beach design talent to realize his vision, tapping architect Chris Brandon of Brandon Architects and interior designer Michael Fullen. The result is an



8,000-square-foot high-tech, low-flash compound where ocean views and outdoor living take center stage. Both upstairs and down, Brandon created sweeping, open-plan spaces that are trained towards the outdoors. From the main living level, an oversized balcony looks onto expansive ocean views that flood into the kitchen, dining, and living areas, while downstairs, skillfully shifting materials—not walls—create a series of unique spaces: Bar, wine room, home theater, and gaming area all look onto the back garden where a sunken cabana, pool, and raised infinity-edge spa are far more resort than residential. “The main level is fairly clean, crisp, somewhat monochromatic,” says Close. “It’s more of a stark and modern feel on the main level. The big wow factor comes when you enter the basement: There’s a floating staircase, and about halfway down there’s a massive, dramatic open space with gold and walnut accents, stone flooring and huge ceilings. From the street, you only see a single-story house. Then all of a sudden you’ve got 3,000 square feet of unexpected space. It takes a second to comprehend it all.”


“The daylit basement gives the feeling of a two-story home, without the massing and compromising the views of the surrounding neighborhood,” says Brandon. “This lot in particular has a much larger bluff edge, which allowed us to expand the yard space farther out, creating more usable space and filtering much more natural light into the home.” That expanded yard also gave Brandon space to create what’s arguably one of the home’s true showstoppers: the sunken cabana surrounded by a swimming pool. “The change in elevation makes the space feel special and cozy, which is exactly what you want for an outdoor seating area…” says Brandon. “Bringing the water around the sunken cabana allows you to look across the water at eye level and turns the pool into more of a water feature.” Emphasizing the inherent drama of the architecture, Fullen’s work went far beyond traditional staging. The designer is also responsible for material selection, layout, ceiling details, interior doors, lighting, and finishes. When it came to selecting art, furniture, colors, and accessories, Fullen created what Close refers to as a “furnishings package.” For the interior designer, that’s a critical difference. “In staging, you get what is available from the warehouse inventory. In this case, we made everything specific to the home,” says Fullen. “Area rugs were made appropriately sized for the spaces and furnishings were dimensionally adjusted. It creates a far more custom product and allows a buyer to move right in and begin using the home at closing.” In the case of this home, Fullen’s vision brings in more color and more dramatic design statements than your typical spec project. Throughout the five-bedroom house, details like the massive vein cut quartzite fireplace surround in the living area flanked by floating shelves and the downstairs brass-backed walnut cabinetry elevate the experience far beyond your typical luxury spec product. The goal? To “avoid an overly Opposite: Walnut wood is used to create a warm frame for the television while brass sheetrock that backs the shelves provides a touch of glamour. Above, left:The dramatic staircase connects the main floor with the open-plan, light-flooded lower level. Left: Mike Close, president of Spinnaker Development.



The extended bluff-edge lot allowed for a larger-than-typical Irvine Terrace yard, which Brandon used to create more outdoor space and to flood the lower floor with natural daylight.






Vein cut quartzite flanked by open shelves provides a dramatic focal point in the living room. All Miele appliances and white Macaubus Quartzite surfaces keep the kitchen ultra spare, while orange leather used on the California craftsman stools provides a pop of color.




neutral palette and add more color in decorative items and art,” says Fullen. “We strive to maintain a true sense of design and create a uniqueness that many people haven’t seen in a spec home.” It’s a goal shared by Close, even as he recognizes the risks inherent in such a design approach. He explains, “We try to be unique and cutting-edge without doing something so polarizing that people can’t get past it, but in the end what I’ve learned after more than a dozen transactions in this area is that you can’t play it safe.” $17.995 million Mike Close Spinnaker Development 428 32nd Street Newport Beach 949.544.5800 spinndev.com Arbor Real Estate Ron Millar Debbie Millar 425 30th Street, Suite 1 Newport Beach 949.233.8080 arborrealestate.com Brandon Architects 151 Kalmus Drive Costa Mesa 714.754.4040 brandonarchitects.com Michael Fullen Design Group 1742 Coast Highway Laguna Beach 949.715.1633 michaelfullen.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


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BLUE DOOR MAGAZINE MEMBERS look at the past, present, and future of the coastal OC real estate market





Mark yourself out of 10 to rate how the market actually performed versus your insights from last year. We are giving ourselves an 8.5 out of 10 score for our 2019 predictions for last year. We would likely have been 100 percent correct about the market had things not slowed so much that the Federal Reserve decided to reduce interest rates. So we are happy we were off with our predictions, but thankful to the Federal Reserve for reacting quickly to a slowing housing market. How will 2020 be different from 2019? What are your tips for buyers and sellers? We are starting 2020 with a robust market compared to last year, thanks again primarily to interest rate cuts. Our recommendation for sellers is to price their properties realistically because there is a far greater likelihood of lower prices in the future, than significantly higher; so now is your opportunity to sell at premium prices. New decade, new resolutions: What are yours? Work hard, play hard, exercise hard, stay healthy, enjoy life; be thankful, respectful, helpful and kind; spend as much time with family as possible because our time with them is always too little. shigh@villarealestate.com • ecorkett@villarealestate.com 949.874.4724 • 949.285.1055 • highcorkett.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


TIM SMITH How will 2020 be different from 2019? Inventory is the lowest we’ve seen in years and dramatically lower than we’ve seen in 2019. Interest rates are near historic lows and we could see another tick-down which is increasing a buyer’s purchasing power by 12-15% from 2017/2018. Buyers should take advantage of low interest rates and when a property comes up that you love, our recommendation would be to buy it—the opportunity might not present itself again. Sellers should trust their agent with regard to price positioning—homes that are priced right are selling quickly. What is a resolution that you did not achieve in the last decade that you will in the 2020s? A resolution I did not achieve in the last decade that I will achieve in the next is buying an NBA basketball team.

tim@timsmithgroup.com 949.478.2295 • smithgrouprealestate.com 146



MIKE JOHNSON Mark yourself out of 10 to rate your market insights from last year. Always dangerous to self-grade, but if forced I would give myself about an 8. Overall market behavior and trends were pretty spot-on, but my overall expectation of flat sales volume was bucked...volume was up about eight percent! How will 2020 be different to 2019? The start to 2020 will be strong, but major elections always throw a wildcard into the last half of a year. For buyers, inventory is low so it is tougher to find ‘the one’.’ As a buyer, be brave. Be the one to offer on the home you want at the value that makes sense and you should be rewarded. Wait, and you may be competing. Sellers, make the improvements (small and large) to be the standout on the market and price close to the market-recognized value for your home and you will attract buyers. Be patient! What is a resolution that you did not achieve in the last decade that you plan to? Languages fascinate me and yet I only speak one—Americanish—and not that well. I already have my language apps locked and loaded on my phone and hoping to end the 2020s speaking TWO languages...poorly. michael.johnson@compass.com 949.207.3006 • mikejohnsongroup.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


MAURA SHORT How do you look back at last year’s market? 2019 saw a reversal of recession fears buoyed by a strong stock market and the Fed’s lowering of interest rates. The result was a .7% increase in the median price of a home and 6% increase in volume from 2018 to 2019. WOW! How will 2020 be different, if at all? The OC economy has been strong and will continue to perform well in 2020. Unemployment is low and employees are experiencing real wage increases. Many folks may pause in major purchases as we approach the election. However, after that, barring any political crisis or world event, I believe the market will be stronger than ever. New decade, new resolutions: What are yours? In 2019, I definitely tried to slow down my everyday life and really appreciate the here and now but I did not meditate as I had resolved. I will continue to focus on the here and now and be present whether I am alone, with my family, or with my clients.

maura@compass.com 949.233.7949 • maurashort.com 148



CASEY LESHER Mark yourself out of 10 to rate how the market actually performed versus your insights from last year. The market performed just as I expected. People pay for perfect!! Make your property perfect, and it will sell. If it’s not perfect, chances are it simply may not sell at any price. How will 2020 be different to 2019? Buyers spent a lot of time waiting in 2019 for the market to fall out... sellers simply don’t have to sell. So we had a big standoff in 2019. Already, in 2020 and in a big way the market has heated up, rates are down, inventory is low, buyers have learned that the market isn’t going to plummet, and sellers have been more realistic with pricing. As long as sellers stay within reason on pricing, we are going to have a very healthy “normal” market in 2020! New decade, new resolutions: What are yours? I strive to always be my best. I am harder on myself than anyone else ever could be. I am constantly striving to do more and do better in everything that I do, day in and day out. CalDRE #01795953 caseylesher@gmail.com 949.702.7211 • caseylesher.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


JASON BRADSHAW Mark yourself out of 10 to rate how the market actually performed versus your insights from last year. We nailed the insights...a perfect 10 across the board. We told buyers to be patient but swift and sellers to give the market what they want. How will 2020 be different? For sellers, it will require the same cosmetic improvement techniques because buyers are even more discerning today. Almost as important, there is also an absolute razor-thin line between accurate pricing to get the market’s attention vs overpricing and losing your buyer audience all together. New decade, new resolutions: What are yours? We don’t make resolutions; rather, we are constantly progressing with fresh and innovative ideas throughout the year and as the market changes. But there is one consistency, and that is that we continue to hustle each and every day for our clients. To quote the late/great Kobe Bryant, “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses!” #MambaMentality

jason@bradshawresidential.com 949.433.3001 • bradshawresidentialgroup.com 150



KRISTIN HALTON Mark yourself out of 10 to rate how the market actually performed versus your insights from last year. I was spot-on with my forecast. How will 2020 be different to 2019? I will still stand by my word for last year. People pay for perfect and if you want your home to sell quickly, price and condition are major components. My recommendation to both sellers and buyers would be to work with an agent you trust. You are trusting them to delegate one of the most important assets and you want an agent who will fight for your money as if it’s their own. New decade, new resolutions: What are yours? To me it’s always about progress and moving forward. Get better and do better in every area of my life.

kristin@thehaltongroup.com 949.433.3634 • thekristinhaltongroup.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


NICK HOOPER Mark yourself out of 10 to rate how the market actually performed versus your insights from last year. I’d say 9 out of 10. There is always room for improvement. The 2019 market performed quite like I predicted. How will 2020 be different to 2019? Apply each answer as tips for buyers and sellers respectively. The election coming up will definitely slow down our market a little. Traditionally, uncertainty means that people tend not to make big life and financial decisions. With that in mind, I would recommend that sellers list their homes as soon as possible. Buyers, my same advice as always, if you find the right home, act fast because Laguna Beach is so unique that you don’t want to regret not acting. New decade, new resolutions: What are yours? Same as last year and what it seems to beevery year. Get better with social media!

nick.hooper@compass.com 949.939.7083 • mikejohnsongroup.com 152



JON FLAGG Mark yourself out of 10 to rate how the market actually performed versus your insights from last year. I would give myself 8 out 10 as it slightly exceeded my expectations. How will 2020 be different to 2019? I think 2020 will be a very balanced year with slight appreciation. The fourth quarter of 2019 was pretty strong with much of the excess inventory depleted. We are starting the year with low inventory and decent demand right out of the gate. New decade, new resolutions: Pick one you didn’t achieve and explain how will you achieve it. What I did not achieve was my desire to journal more frequently. I simply plan on having the discipline to carve out five minutes daily to track my weaknesses as well as my goals and how to achieve them.

jflagg@villarealestate.com 949.698.1910 • villarealestate.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


CAROL LEE Mark yourself out of 10 to rate how the market actually performed versus your insights from last year. I’d say a 10. How will 2020 be different to 2019? 2020 has gotten off to a very fast start and never really slowed down that much in the fourth quarter of 2019 in Newport (however, it varied by price point). Today, buyers increasingly want that remodeling work done prior to purchasing and punish sellers with low offers if their homes need updated floors, kitchen, or bathrooms. Kudos to Compass for recognizing this and offering to front the money (directly to vendors of seller’s choice) for sellers to update their homes, sell faster, and for more money. For buyers, realize that there is no perfect home. It’s good to prioritize what is important to you and adjust as the home search unfolds. Price is the most important factor. Buyers need to have their budget firmly established and communicate that with their agent to save time. New decade, new resolutions: What are yours? Balance! I am working on that now by incorporating more art, charity, and time with friends with my work as an agent. carol@carolleegroup.com 949.395.3994 • carolleegroup.com 154



HANZ RADLEIN Mark yourself out of 10 to rate how the market actually performed versus your insights from last year. I have to give myself an 8 out of 10. I actually expected it to perform better than it did. How will 2020 be different to 2019? The numbers of homes listed for sale has been low, which can be a good thing for those who wish to sell. I also see buyers taking longer and really weighing their options before moving forward with a purchase. The important take-away is that if you’re going to sell, you need to make sure you put your best foot forward. I discourage testing the market, meaning pricing your home too high where it will end up spending an unnecessary amount of time on the market. I also recommend being open to staging your home. New decade, new resolutions: What are yours? Get in shape, workout more. hanz@radlein.com 949.245.4470 • hanzradlein.com BlueDoorMagazine.com


From the Agent: “What makes this home so rare and desirable is that it sits on the best lot of the most premier street in coastal Orange County. It’s also the work of an unbelievable design team.” TIM SMITH | 949.478.2295 tim@timsmithgroup.com | smithgrouprealestate.com 156



Property Description: 2928 OCEAN BLVD., CORONA DEL MAR 9,600 sq ft | 3 levels | Inspired lifestyle | $24,995,000 Provenance: Designed by renowned architect, Chris Light, built over 3.5 years by Van Cleve Construction, and finished by Slayman Design . Property Highlights: Newly constructed residence is designed in such a way that nearly every room enjoys striking ocean views. A focal point, an art-like staircase greets you as a sculptural form that extends toward the light in a swirl of marine-grade stainless steel. Starphire Ultra-Clear floor panels hug the perimeter of the stairwell, allowing natural light to travel uninterrupted to the lower levels — a theme consistent throughout

the estate. While measuring more than 9,600 SF, traversing the home’s 3 levels and rooftop deck is joyful, given its Italian-made elevator and thoughtful layout encompassing a great room, chef’s kitchen, office, guest en suite and nanny/maid’s quarters on the first level; subterranean media, game, wine room and spa/fitness center; and second level with 3 secondary bedrooms and unbelievable master wing featuring separate full baths and a panoramic-view balcony. BlueDoorMagazine.com


From the Agent: “This home is an extraordinary feat of engineering and design that thoughtfully combines luxurious amenities and modern technology with energy efficiency and conservation. It is truly the way of future home design.”

— Evan Corkett

EVAN CORKETT | 949.285.1055 ecorkett@villarealestate.com villarealestate.com

STEVE HIGH | 949.874.4724 shigh@villarealestate.com villarealestate.com




Property Description: 1301 DOLPHIN TERRACE, CORONA DEL MAR 11,000 sq ft | 3 levels | 4 bedrooms | $22,000,000 Provenance: Likely the largest “green” home in the West, this 11,000 square foot residence spans three levels showcasing spectacular ocean, harbor, Catalina, and night light views. Featured in numerous magazines, the home is Platinum LEED certified by the USGBC, designed for energy efficiency and conservation, generating its own electricity and surplus via a 3,000sf solar array. Property Highlights: This uber-luxurious, Contemporary-style Corona del Mar home, that was six years in the making, is an extraordinary feat of engineering and design. The homes structural upgrades include 32 seventy-five foot caissons, steel framing, light gauge steel walls, and a class “A” cool roof. It includes 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 5 half baths, gym,

executive office, two full kitchens, a kids playroom or potential wine grotto and a million-dollar theater and listening room designed by Keith Yates. Careful design consideration was given to natural lighting and climate control with south-facing walls of glass integrated in “disappearing” solid bronze doors and windows opening the home to the views, ocean breezes, heated terraces, an infinity pool & spa, full outdoor kitchen and fire features. The interiors were thoughtfully appointed by a top designer utilizing the finest materials from around the world including rare woods, Onyx, Jerusalem stone, & more. State of the Art technology includes a home automation system by Savant, commercial grade mechanical, water & lighting systems designed by the best experts in the field. BlueDoorMagazine.com



In Waves


“They move across a faint horizon, the rush of love and the surge of grief, the respite of peace and then fear again, the heart that beats and then lies still, the rise and fall and rise and fall of all of it, the incoming and the outgoing, the infinite procession of life. And the ocean wraps the earth, a reminder. The mysteries come forward in waves.” —Susan Casey, The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean.




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Blue Door Magazine Volume 8 2020  

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