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94 A SOULFUL SPACE When Xorin Balbes Renovated A 1926 Architectureal Gem As His Personal Home In Los Angeles, He Also Healed The Spirt Text by Candace Ord Manroe Photography by Mary E. Nichols
104 MODERN ENVELOPE A Scultpure’s Residence And Gallery Is Born Of A Lemon Packing Yard Pump House Text by Vanessa Kogevinas Photography by Kelly Teich
112 CHANGING PLACE Interior Designer David Desmond And Architect Richard Manion Work Together To Sreamline An Elegant Beverly Hills Homes Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Erhard Pfeiffer
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The entry of a shingle style home in San Francisco, modernized by the Wiseman Group, shows a archival pigment print of a cloud like image of starlings swirling across the Roman sky, by artist Richard Barnes. Art was purchased from San Francisco’s Hosfelt Gallery. See story beginning on page 86. Photograph by Mathew Millman. ABOVE
The cover on this issue features the living room at the home of award-winning architectural conservator, designer and developer, Xorin Balbes. See story beginning on page 94. Photograph by Karyn R. Millet.
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This 20th anniversary issue of California Homes is dedicated to every writer, photographer, advertiser and all others— too numerous to name—who have made it possible for us to survive and grow. When California Homes was launched 20 years ago, our mission was to portray California architecture and design at its best. We are now considered one of the most important regional magazines in the country and have developed an international reputation for editorial coverage of California. Yes, it has been 20 years since our first issue came out, in May 1997. The response was overwhelming and we knew then that we could probably make this work. So, in spite of economic ups and downs, stern competition and many other challenges, here we are—20 years later. Again, a sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to our success. You know who you are and how much we value your work with California Homes. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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Vanessa Kogevinas’s career in publishing and management has spanned over nineteen years, with a focus in the interior design industry. Her resume boasts positions with Architectural Digest, California Homes, Veranda, Luxe Interiors + Design and The Hollywood Reporter. Vanessa is founder of Vanessa K. Productions, which produces high-end interior design events including show houses, conferences and social events. Her firm provides a unique, unmatched production experience for clients and through their professional yet personable approach they deliver superior outcomes and, as a result, secure repeat clients. See her story on Aristides Burton Demetrios’ Montecito home beginning on page 104.
MARY E. NICHOLS Mary E. Nichols is one of the best known and longest working architectural and interior photographers in the industry. Her photos have appeared in virtually every shelter magazine and many books. The Brooklyn Museum is currently using some of her photos for their exhibition on Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern. Mary has a love of restoring antique houses and has saved 11 houses (several now on the Historic Register) in her Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park. See her photography for the cover story featuring Xorin Balbes’ Los Angeles home beginning on page 94.
ERHARD PFEIFFER Erhard Pfeiffer’s photographs of Architecture and Interior Design have graced many covers of leading publications worldwide. He specializes in high-end residential and hospitality. For more info please go to www.erhardpfeiffer.com. See his photography on Beverly Hills home by architect Richard Manion and designer David Desmond beginning on page 112.
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Full Spectrum: Paintings by Raimonds Staprans will be accompanied by an extensive, full-color catalogue with essays by Paul J. Karlstrom, art historian and former West Coast regional director of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art; David Pagel, art critic for the Los Angeles Times and chair of the Art Department at Claremont Graduate University; Nancy Princenthal, writer and art critic; Ed Schad, associate curator at The Broad, Los Angeles; John Yau, art critic and poet; and Scott A. Shields, associate director and Chief curator at the Crocker Art Museum. Full Spectrum is on display from June 25, 2017 until October 8, 2017. For more information please call 916.808.7000 or visit www.crockerart.org.
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On display until May 29, 2017, Laguna Art Museum is proud to present Stanton Macdonald-Wright: The Haiga Portfolio. Following World War II, this distinguished figure of the American avant-garde became fascinated by Japanese art. In 1966-67 he spent a period in Kyoto and worked with a master of traditional Japanese woodblock techniques, Clifton Karhu, to create a portfolio of twenty haiga, or illustrations to haiku poems. For more information please call 949.494.8971 or visit lagunaartmuseum.org.
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de – Young Museum is proud to present Stuart Davis: In Full Swing – the first major exhibition in 20 years dedicated to this key figure in the development of American Modernism, on display until August 7, 2017. Approximately 75 works will show Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the imagery of popular culture and advertising, with the rhythms of jazz into colorful works that hum with infectious energy. Works are being loaned by the Whitney, MOMA, the Met, and the Hirshhorn; it’s a rare opportunity to see career-spanning works by Davis, who ranks with Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper as among the most important American artists of his generation. For more information please call 415.750.3600 or visit www.deyoung.famsf.org. LEFT
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One block and a world away from the hustle-bustle of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s celebrated Ocean Avenue, the Nancy Dodds Gallery is home to the work of some of Northern California’s most engaging contemporary and plein air artists. “Light and airy, open and unconfining,” wrote one critic, “the Nancy Dodds Gallery offers a cheerful refuge from the often overwhelming world of Carmel Art Galleries.” Simply put, Nancy’s imaginative collection is a must visit for all Carmel gallery-goers. Please come by - we think you’ll agree. The Gallery is located at 75h and San Carlos, Carmel, CA 83821. For more information please contact the gallery at 831.624.0346 or visit www.nancydoddsgallery.com.
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Laura Korman Gallery is pleased to present Submerged, a group exhibition featuring works by Katherine TzuLan Mann, Yukari Kaihori and Tatyana Murray. The exhibition will be on view through April 30th 2017. Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann creates spectacular paintings that churn with the dynamic energy of creation and destruction. Utilizing rich colors, decorative linework and lush textures, Mann’s surfaces become sites where opposing ideas converge - connecting and clashing into hybrid forms that appear to be frozen in flux. Yukari Kaihori’s large scale paintings explore the relationship between intention and chance. Tatyana Murray is fascinated by the connection between urban and natural landscapes. Her recent “Light” series confronts the relationships between industry and nature. The gallery is located at 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite D-2, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For more information, please call 310.828.1833 or visit laurakormangallery.com.
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With Shane Townley’s work and search for artists, he travels the world looking for inspirations of his journeys through social interactions with the local people, foods and cultures of which he’s visiting. Townley’s choice of the artists’ work is often described as having deep meaning, feeling, emotion and a story behind each artists’ concept bringing the viewer on a journey of meditation, calmness and peace which Townley strives for and has said to be his own healing process in the subjects he chooses. All the art work Townley represents is original and one of a kind whether its mixed media, enamel on wood, or oil paintings or acrylic paintings with texture on canvas. The Gallery has a new artist reception opening on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9PM. The gallery is located at 266 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, 92651. To view the next show visit www.townleygallery.com or instagram.com/shanetownley, please call 1-888-9-FINEART. Jan Lord Urban Landscape Mixed media on canvas 48 x 48 inches 34 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
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Michael Taylor Collections launches a new furniture brand that is uncompromisingly forward thinking, Fusing Michael Taylor’s original sensibility with glamorous materials and finishes, the collection speaks to 21st century interiors. Clouse Sofa: Banded in a Limed Oak finish surrounded by over scaled and plush upholstered detail. Torres Lounge Chair: Limed oak finish with loose seat and back cushions. Please visit www.michaeltaylorcollections. com for showroom locations.
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1. AFTER GIOVANNI PAOLO PANINI (ITALIAN 1691-1765)
“I have always loved Panini’s fanciful capriccio’s of Roman ruins and this one of a coliseum truly captures the feeling of a lost Empire that once shown so brightly. This lovely painting would provide a quiet grandeur to any room.”
“The colors and overall design of this lovely stained glass would cast a magical glow over any room whether it were hung over a large window or were lit from behind in an installation. Despite the classical setting, the piece has a startling, almost modern feeling to it. And how can one not be taken by the name: The Sleeping Love?”
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2. AN AMERICAN LEADED AND PAINTED GLASS WINDOW; THE SLEEPING LOVE ATTRIBUTED TO TIFFANY STUDIOS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
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“This charming painting cannot help but draw one into the idyllic valley scene of central France. Friesz’s use of colors and composition are reminiscent of Cézanne and Corot. One cannot help but feel a sense of calm when gazing at this lovely painting.”
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Thurston/Boyd Interior Design, located in Laguna Beach, California, is known for expressing the client’s personal preferences and interpreting their individual needs and lifestyles. They are a full service design firm offering architectural details, cabinet, kitchen and bath designs along with specifications of plumbing fixtures, tile designs and also offer review of architectural plans from an interior designer’s perspective. Thurston/Boyd‘s reputation and practical experience has earned them clients not only from the local scene, but as far away as Maui and Great Britain. From the initial consultation through presentation and final installation, this design firm maintains a personal relationship with clients. Thurston/Boyd Interior Design, Inc., 1476 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949.376.0477, email@example.com
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM, PALM DESERT
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, is pleased to announce Pat Lasch: Journeys of the Heart exhibition on display until October 15th 2017. The artist’s first major museum exhibition, Journeys of the Heart surveys 43 years of work by Pat Lasch. Driven by personal stories and influenced by feminist practices, Lasch’s oeuvre incorporates a range of media, from ceramic, bronze, and cut paper to wood sculpture and lace-making. Featuring the delicate cake and pastry sculptures for which the artist is best known alongside little-seen stitched canvas panels and an array of intimately-scaled bronze sculptures, Lasch’s beautiful work is intensely biographical. For more information please call 760.423.5260 or visit www.psmuseum.org.
Pat Lasch, Wedding Tower, 2012 Collection of Meredith Ward & Debra Wieder Photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch Arrangement of pastry sculptures, 2012-2017 Photograph by David Plakke
ASIAN ART MUSEUM, SAN FRANCISCO
Kato Tsubusa (Japanese, b. 1962). Untitled, 2014 Porcelain with ce¬ladon glaze Collection of Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner and Dr. David D. Stein. © Kato Tsubusa. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.
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The Sculptural Turn looks closely at how Japanese women ceramicists are taking the (typically male-dominated in Japan) art form in a new direction. The pieces are sensual, unusual in their spiky allure, sometimes prickly but always masterfully crafted with an eye towards moving ceramics closer to sculpture. This represents a major gift to the museum from a prominent collecting family (the Kempner-Steins), with most of the pieces never having been published before and is another addition to our expanding contemporary program. This exhibit is on display under June 4, 2017. For more information please call 415.581.3500 or visit www.asianart.org.
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Calendar Japanese, late 19th–early 20th century Cherry Blossoms on Dark and Light Streams Mulberry paper with persimmon tannin and silk webbing Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Virginia Tobin Japanese, late 19th century Large-patterned Leaves on Striped Ground Mulberry paper with persimmon tannin and silk webbing Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Lockwood de Forest
SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART
Carved Paper: The Art of the Japanese Stencil exhibit is on display at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art until May 7, 2017. Japanese paper stencils, or katagami, are the pattern-bearing tools used in a resist-dyeing textile process known as katazome. Despite their utilitarian role, katagami, with their striking patterns, have long captivated Western collectors and artists. Stencil designs were not intended to be viewed as isolated compositions, but as repeated, rhythmic patterns on the fluid surface of cloth. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the selected stencils were produced in the late Edo and Meiji periods (1850–1912). For more information please call 805.963.4364 or visit www.sbma.net.
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Calendar Ansel Adams Point Sur, Storm, Big Sur, CA, 1946 Gelatin silver print 34 x 28 inches Images printed courtesy of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART
Fragile Waters: Photographs by Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, is on display at the San Jose Museum of Art, Friday, March 17, 2017–Sunday, August 6, 2017. Water is very much on the minds of Californians after six years of drought. Fragile Waters celebrates this precious, essential resource and encourages dialogue about water conservation. One hundred and seventeen black-and-white photographs by three artists whose works span a century create a powerful collective statement. Ansel Adams’s early prints, made from 8-by-10-inch glass plate negatives, are some of the most iconic images in the history of photography. The exhibition will feature thirty-seven works by Adams— including rarely seen historic images from his family’s private collection—along with photographs by Ernest H. Brooks II and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly.
Ansel Adams Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, WY, 1942 Gelatin silver print 22 x 28 inches Images printed courtesy of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
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THE IRVINE MUSEUM
Elizabeth Jaynes Borglum (18481922) Façade of Mission San Juan Capistrano, circa, 1885 Oil on canvas 16 x 22 inches The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine William Wendt (1865-1946) An Echo of the Past Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine
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The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine presents Along El Camino Real, an exhibit that explores the history of the California missions. These outposts were connected by El Camino Real (the Royal Road or the King’s Highway), which today approximates Highway 101. The first mission in what is now California was founded by Spain in San Diego in 1769. Over the next 54 years, 20 more were established, stretching as far north as Sonoma. By 1850, when California became the 31st state of the U.S.A., most missions had been abandoned and were in ruins. It wasn’t until the 1890s, when artists began to portray them as relics of California’s romantic past, that a serious effort was made to preserve and restore the structures. Along El Camino Real is on display through May 18, 2017. For more information please call 949.476.0294 or visit www.irvinemuseum.org.
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The resurgence of Classicism in garden design proves that what’s old is new again BY MARY JO BOWLING
| PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ZETERRE
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT JARROD BAUMANN believes
that gardens trying to copy Mother Nature are merely a pale echo of the real thing. This aesthetic belief has drawn the founder and CEO of Zeterre Landscape Architecture to classicism in his work, and an appreciation for symmetry, order, and traditional forms. “It’s very, very difficult to mimic nature effectively in gardens. This is why I don’t do things like rock waterfalls—to my eye, they look fake and out of place,” he says. “The better way is to make gardens more classic and structured in form, rather than to create a faux environment.” We asked the landscape architect why he’s drawn to garden design and traditional motifs.
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Bold and modern are words to accurately describe this award-winning Los Gatos garden that Jarrod Baumann, right (with Duchess) designed soon after founding the company in 2006. Contemporary characteristics such as the sculpted lawn, the steel plated wavy retaining wall, and various zen details make the tiered garden seem much like an art installation.
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Unique Balinese temple gateway with a Japanese basalt stone lantern leads into a Black Bamboo garden. RIGHT Spring exploded in this garden that has over 400 varieties of rare plant specimens.
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Q: I understand you grew up in the country. How did the natural landscape influence your career choice? A: “My grandfather purchased land in
Catheys Valley, located in the foothills near Yosemite. I grew up there, and it’s so very beautiful. l hiked the land every single day, and I grew to appreciate the beauty of nature, such as the breathtaking sight of wildflowers in bloom on a hillside. I started planting things outside of an old sheep herder’s cottage when I was 13. I saved all of my money and bought plants for my garden. Nature has always grounded me and I’m happiest there.”
Q: Today, much of your work is classic in nature. Why?
A: “When I was in in school, I used to argue
in favor of classicism in design. The reason is that I think modern garden design will date, but classic gardens never will—thanks to attention to sightlines from the main windows and doors, axial relationships, and timeless shapes. I think that you can have it both ways, and I’ve started writing a book called The Modern Formal Garden. It talks about how honoring the principles of classic design (symmetry, balance, proportion, and axial relationships) but cleaning up the traditional shapes can make classicism more contemporary.”
Q: Do you think garden classicism is trending?
A: “It think it’s slowly getting more popular. There have always been periods in art and design when there’s a rebellion against the
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thing that came before it. We’ve seen a period where very hard lines are popular in garden design, and I think there’s a movement away from that. I think people are yearning for authenticity, and classic gardens have that and some colder gardens are lacking it.”
Q: We’ve all seen classic homes with
modern gardens. Can classic gardens go with modern homes?
ABOVE Classical Mediterranean home gets Meyer Lemon trees planted in terracotta pots that were imported specially from France. TOP Beautiful Atherton home gets a formal makeover with classic sculptured plantings, but also fun surprises. Baumann added lowhanging brass and steel plated lanterns at the entry that automatically turn on with the outdoor lighting and a steel plated water feature at the end of the driveway with a cascading fountain that cars can drive over.
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A: “If anyone out there wants to do one, I would love to design it. The two styles can absolutely live together. My adopted mother has a traditional home and a completely contemporary garden, and it has a wonderful feel to it.”
Q: You take yearly pilgrimages to great
gardens in Europe. Where do you go and why?
A: “It started back in school. My instructors teaching history of landscape architecture classes would often show slideshows of their vacations, and it left me with an incredible bucket list. I love European gardens, and there are many classic gardens in Italy, Portugal, and France that aren’t to be missed. These are the classical gardens that have truly stood the test of time, and I love to analyze their beauty and what makes them successful. www.zeterre.com
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SFA Design’s Partner-President shares her process for success BY VANESSA KOGEVINAS
ONCE IN A PROLIFIC WHILE, a perfect fit leads to enormous inspiration, innovation and success. That is the case with Kara Smith, who eighteen years ago joined SFA Design and has not only achieved the role of Partner-President, but has curated the company to bring a current, modern and sophisticated look to every project. With a background in fashion and event planning, Smith attributes part of her success to being at once highly entrepreneurial and business driven, yet consciously prioritizing design. “It is really important to allow the time to be creative, because that is what fuels the other part of the business,’ says Smith. “There is so much meeting with clients, managing deliverables, managing your brand,” she continues, “but in the end, it
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is about good work and that leads to more work, so we try to make the creative focus a big part of what we do.” SFA Design, founded by Sue Firestone in 1996 and with offices in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and New York, serves both the residential and commercial markets with a staff of almost thirty. “One of our goals has been to brand the company as a lifestyle contributor to our clients,” says Smith. “Helping to craft and build a look and lifestyle that they are seeking.” Clients include Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills; The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal; Above the Penthouses - W Hollywood; Windhoek Plaza Hotel, Namibia; and multiple private residences in New York, Montecito, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara—to name a few.
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All featured spaces by SFA Design. OPPOSITE An A. Rudin green velvet upholstered sofa is paired with four Andy Warhol prints in a New York City residence to create a living room seating area that is at once comfortable, colorful, sexy and sophisticated. OPPOSITE BOTTOM Kara Smith. ABOVE Luxurious materials and soft hues—dusty purples, pale dove grays, velvets and silk—create a refined and inviting living room in a Los Angeles residence. RIGHT A tufted leather headboard is flanked by side panels comprised of polished chrome steel trim over shagreen-covered ‘shadow boxes.’ Leatherupholstered side tables and a purple velvet bench complete the glamorous look.
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LEFT Stellar white marble with black motherof-pearl inlay was selected for the flooring in a bathroom at the Viceroy L’Ermitage Hotel Beverly Hills. A black zebra wood marble, polished nickel, and lacquered vanity finish the space. BELOW Siberian oak flooring, a seamless slab waterfall island top, and bronze metal stools come together to provide an industrialinspired, yet naturally holistic environment in a Vetrina Lofts, New York City, kitchen.
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A typical day for Smith begins with design collaboration meetings with her teams. “I like to be creative in the morning and I like to review all the projects that I am particularly interested in.” She also, on most days, will meet with a client for two to three hours—presenting, connecting, collaborating. Getting inspired is a daily ritual. Smith makes it a point to read magazines, go to museums, visit stores, review new products. “I spend a lot of time just focusing on general, lifestyle awareness,” says Smith, “getting an understanding of where products are going. I think that the biggest thing that we can offer our clients is an awareness of what is timeless, sophisticated and forward, but not current and trendy.”
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Never one to be stagnant, she has a ‘couture lifestyle product’ line in the works—intricate throw pillows, floor cushions, accessories. She also wants to bring art to a more accessible level—not just in price point, but by developing an artcurated program that is shoppable, of the moment, interesting and purchasable. “I really do not have one lane, and I truly find it enjoyable to be inspired by unique moments and settings and then bringing them to life,” she notes. “I think that is one of my greatest strengths. I know how to execute, how to deliver a certain sense of taste and quality, and I am genuinely excited by where my clients want to take their life.” CH
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Events & Affairs Paso Robles – 35th Annual Wine Festival The 35th Annual Wine Festival kicks-off Thursday, May 18, 2017 with Winemaker Dinners. On Friday, May 19, select wineries feature their Library, Reserve, White/Rosé, and Futures complemented by fresh and local gourmet bites at the RESERVE Event. Start your morning on Saturday, May 20 with a fun and educational Winemaker Seminar. Following the seminar, more than 80 wineries come together in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park to showcase their wines during the Grand Tasting. Wineries at the Grand Tasting will be arranged by “regions” for a seamless and focused tasting experience: Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Zinfandel, Burgundian-style, Italian varieties and Other Wild Wines for your tasting pleasure. For more information please call 805.239.8463 or visit www.pasowine.com.
Dwell on Design 2017 Dwell on Design brings together the brightest people, latest products, and curated content in modern design under one roof. Held each year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the exhibition and conference showcases the best in modern design materials, furniture and accessories, home technology, garden and outdoor materials, kitchen & bath, and international design. Comprised of one trade day and two consumer days, Dwell on Design features world-class speakers, product demonstrations, continuing education classes for design professionals, and trend talks for designseeking consumers. The next Dwell on Design will be held June 23-25, 2017. For more information please visit ladwelldesign.com.
LA Cienega Design Quarter – LEGENDS LEGENDS is a 3-day celebration of design that brings together thousands of VIPs and tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, decor, art, fashion and architecture. LEGENDS features receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, book signings, personal appearances and numerous other opportunities for people to see and engage in a dialogue about design. The LEGENDS 2017 theme “Your True Colors” will be expressed in the 60+ windows of the member LCDQ shops, showrooms and galleries. The window designers have been invited to express originality and diversity in the vignettes they create. LEGENDS begins May 9th–11th, 2017. For more information visit www.lcdgla.com.
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Thomas Cooper Studio + LA Design Festival The LA Design Festival celebrates this city’s rich design culture. Join California Homes Editor-in-Chief Susan McFadden as she discusses “The Significance of Lighting in Interior Spaces” with an A-list panel of industry experts: Thomas Cooper Studio’s husband/ wife design team Jason Cooper and Sally Thomas Cooper, Interior Designer Nicole Sassaman and Architect Mario Romano at the Thomas Cooper Studio factory/showroom on Saturday, June 10th at 4pm. The studio event will include personalized factory tours and a design reception with open bar and refreshments from 2-4pm. The Thomas Cooper Studio is located at 3400 Medford Street, Los Angeles, CA 90063. For more information please call 323-227-9207 or visit www.thomascooperstudio.com
9th Annual Claremont Film Festival The Claremont Film Festival began in 2009. Originally it featured short films interspersed with an occasional 5 second snippet! The festival has grown to a four-day event, from May 18 thru May 21, 2017, that features the finest in entertainment. This year’s theme - WE. THE WORLD. - exemplifies the international flavor of the event. Come for the day. Come for the weekend. Explore the Claremont Village with their unique shops and restaurants before or after the shows. Meet the filmmakers at the receptions at the Le Pain Quotidien Restaurant a favorite among the locals. The event kicks off with the screening of “Meru,” the documentary about climbing the most difficult peak in the world. Friday night the 19th they welcome film maker Kerry Candaele showing “Love & Justice: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Rebel Opera.” For more information please call 909.477.1747 or visit www.claremontfilmfest.com.
Festival of Arts, Fine Art Show As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts has offered a breathtaking showcase for artists and art lovers for 85 years.The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. This is the place to find that perfect art treasure for your home or business.From early July through the end of August, the Festival of Arts opens its doors daily for visitors to not only enjoy the award-winning work of exhibited artists, but also demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For more information please call 949.497.6582 or visit www.foapom.com.
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THE LIGHT FANTASTIC
The new Thomas Cooper Limited Edition Collection pushes boundaries and breaks hearts BY ANN LINGLE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL DELEON
YOU’VE HEARD IT A MILLION TIMES : We just don’t make things in America anymore, certainly not in Los Angeles, where the dominant industry is entertainment. Movies, yes; things, no. But when the husband-and-wife design team of Sally Thomas Cooper and Jason Kai Cooper moved to L.A. in 2002, they had a vision. “Instead of importing beautiful lighting fixtures for our clients, we wanted to start making them,” Jason remembers. “Right here.” The “right here” meant an old building in a deserted industrial section of the city with nothing but a bunch of 18-wheelers kicking up dust all day. “To put it bluntly, it was an uninspiring mess,” Sally says of the 85,000 square foot building. “But even then, we could see the promise hidden inside. So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work to build a beautiful space for creating beautiful lighting fixtures.” After more than a decade of success creating
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The Rough-hewn blades of hand-cast glass of the Mr. Tom wall sconce.BELOW Illuminated elements of the Brutale chandelier are suspended with glamorous fine jewelers chain.
Lighting “QUALITY LIGHTING IS ALL ABOUT SETTING THE RIGHT TONE AND FEELING WITH POOLS OF LIGHT. “ —SALLY THOMAS COOPER
The Abba Chandelier features stunning alabaster fins. MIDDLE Flash-cracked and fire-blown glass of the Ovovo pendant shines. BOTTOM Stunning slabs of cristale glass form the Mon Coeur. TOP
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iconic lighting fixtures for both the residential and commercial markets—Lusive, Luxe Light and Home, Elements of Design—Sally and Jason were craving creating something even more artisanal. “We were so busy growing the business, we never found time to design for ourselves,” says Jason. “We finally said this is our year. We pulled out all the little notebook sketches we’d been saving, gathered our favorite artisans and makers, and created our very own Limited Edition Collection of lighting fixtures.” The new Collection is heavily influenced by Sally’s and Jason’s backgrounds. Before starting Lusive with Sally, Jason was an award-winning designer who worked for years in the entertainment industry doing lighting design for Bruce Springsteen, Hard Rock Hotels, the Mark Taper Forum and many others. Sally worked as an interior designer with a celebrity clientele and also designed notable hotels and resort projects throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Combined with their always-evolving artistic vision, their vast experience infuses the Collection with confidence and boldness. “These are our most personal pieces by far—edgy, serious and modern,” says Sally. ”We’re just thrilled we finally took the plunge to create them.” The new Collection pieces are as much sculptures as they are lights, a perfect alchemy of form and function. They’re
handcrafted in the most elemental way, using natural materials—stone, alabaster, rock crystal. But they also have a modern, industrial edge. “It’s handmade-meets-machine-age,” says Sally. Both designers have their favorite piece in the new collection. “Mon Coeur is my current favorite,” says Jason. “The exterior of the cristale collonade of glass is cool and slick, but the inside glows with warmth, like Paris’ Crystal Palace lit up on a spring evening. The glass is impressively thick—two inches—and hand-cast by one of our favorite artisans in Northern California. When it’s lit, the interplay of shadow and texture is simply stunning.” Sally loves Abba. “Each fin or lens is carved by hand from beautiful Mexican alabaster and connects organically to the metal and wood rim outfitted with a modern, energy-efficient LEDs,” she says. “We think this piece would look gorgeous in a loft space, the alabaster glow offering warmth to a cool, modern interior.” One new discovery both designers are excited about is Portuguese glass. “Though we’d worked with Murano glass before, we hadn’t heard of Portuguese glass,“ says Jason. “When we went on a scouting trip to Portugal, we learned that the craft is hundreds of years old. We found some amazing artisans to work with there, and they’re now crafting gorgeous glass for us, glass that just can’t be reproduced anywhere else in the world.” In design, nothing is static. So the Coopers continue to look for new challenges and new inspiration. At the recent Palm Springs Modern Design Week, for example, they fell in love with mid-century modern jewelry. “Classic designs are classic for good reason, but we love freshening classic looks by incorporating evolving trends,” says Sally. And given their history and this new Limited Edition Collection, it’s clear: the Coopers won’t ever stop evolving. CH To learn more about the limited edition collection, visit ThomasCooperStudio.com
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COMMUNITY OF THE VINE
A Celebration of Food & Wine in Napa Valley with Honorary Chairs the Coppola Family BY HEIDI GERPHEIDE
“Like families throughout Napa Valley, our roots run deep in this place we call home. We’ve raised our family here, we’ve gone to public schools, we’ve made whole again one of Napa Valley’s most historic winery estates. We’ve shared bottles of wine and meals with neighbors and friends. Although our lives and careers have taken diverse paths, we collectively know one place as our family home: Napa Valley.” “Eleanor, Francis, Sofia, Roman and Gia Coppola”
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LIKE MOTHS TO LIGHT EVERY JUNE wine lovers converge on Napa Valley to celebrate the bounties of the region and raise money for the community. The Napa Valley Vintnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association has been producing the auction for thirty-seven years. To date, NVV has given $170 million from Auction proceeds to the local community, including a recent $6 million grant to help build the new OLE Health South Napa Campus, which is expected to serve the healthcare needs of more than 15,000 Napa County residents annually when it opens in a couple of years.
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The Honorary Chairs this year are the Coppola family. Each family member is “directing” an aspect of the weekend events - Eleanor is overseeing the Napa Valley Barrel Auction on Friday at Inglenook; Roman is leading on the Live Auction production at Meadowood; Gia is managing the after-party on Saturday night; Sofia is hosting the private welcome dinner; and Francis himself is cooking the Saturday night post-Auction dinner. Some highlights from this years event include: New Wine Pavilions at Auction Napa Valley Barrel Auction; six areas
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focused on wines made from Napa Valley’s top-planted grape varieties perfectly paired with dishes prepared by six chefs from Francis’ and Eleanor’s favorite local restaurants. Approximately 40 lavish Live Auction lots; 100+ Barrel Auction lots; +/-200 E-Auction lots up for bid. I am sure guests can expect several surprises from the Coppola family to make it a truly memorable weekend. CH 37th annual Auction Napa Valley June 1-4, 2017. For ticket information: www.auctionnapavalley.org
THE WISEMAN GROUP MODERNIZES A SHINGLE STYLE HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW MILLMAN
In the entry, a cloud like image of starlings swirling across the Roman sky hangs above the settee. The archival pigment print by Richard Barnes was purchased from San Francisco’s Hosfelt Gallery. OPPOSITE DomA Architects replaced the existing side entrance and stairway with a new front entry at street level. On the staircase, Heidi Draley McFall’s enigmatic portrait of a woman hovers midair.
A pair of Christian Liaigre’s open metal Terral FloorLamps with round paper shades flank the client’s existing sofa in the living room. TWG modified the sofa’s design utilizing local upholsterer Hilde-Brand Furniture. OPPOSITE Fabric Walls installed slatted Roman shades fabricated in a sheer textile from Great Plains above the window transoms in the living room.
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O R A S A N F R A N C I S C O H O M E featuring modern art, designer James Hunter incorporated the owners’ heirloom cowhide covered settee into the white paneled foyer. “Why not use inherited pieces to imbue a sense of the familiar in a contemporary environment?” the Principal at The Wiseman Group asked. The Shingle Style house built in 1911, suffered an insensitive remodel in the seventies. TWG teamed with DomA Architects to restore the building’s classic structure while reconfiguring its interiors for a 21st century family. Ascending the formal staircase, a haunting black and white pastel chalk portrait by Heidi Draley McFall greets visitors. In the living room, Hunter and Associate Principal Shannon Jue echoed the symmetry of the exterior architecture. A pair of custom corner sofas upholstered in a sun-tinged fabric from Laura Lienhard flank a minimalist mantle. In front of the fireplace, the designers installed a four-piece coffee table comprised of Bianco Namibia marble tops with walnut bases. Golden hued textiles cover a tailored sofa and quartet of lounge chairs. Accents of persimmon, bronze, and ebony pierce the luminous shell. The adjacent dining room showcases a crimson lacquered sideboard surmounted by conceptual artist John Baldessari’s “Six Colorful Gags (Male).” Hunter advises, “Choose furniture to make a statement where you need it most. An otherwise simple room gets extra panache from the custom cabinet,” Rose Tarlow’s restrained Ice Cube dining chairs upholstered in
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“To create a light, bright, and fresh color palette, we incorporated at least one white or ivory element into the rooms punctuated with yellows, oranges, reds, and, purples.”
ABOVE For the fireplace, Hunter and Jue selected Tuell & Reynolds’ Ketchum fire screen in iron and hammered bronze. Tauba Auerbach’s Mesh Moire V, 2012, color aquatint etching surmounts the mantel. TOP RIGHT A channel roll and pillows decorate the corner sofa. TWG chose textiles from Rogers & Goffigon and Kravet, trimmed with Samuel & Sons. OPPOSITE The extensive remodel of the home included a new kitchen. TWG worked with DomA Architects and Plath & Co General Contractors to implement the design.
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pomegranate leather surround a rectangular acacia wood table with bronze base. Linen sconces from Ludwig & Larsen softly illuminate the space while a hand knotted hemp rug grounds it. The streamlined aesthetic follows into the kitchen, which serves as the focus of family life. Hunter and Jue commissioned local artisans Thomas Sellars and Jafe Custom Finishing to fabricate the walnut dining table for casual eating. Practical straw colored indoor and outdoor fabric cover Geiger’s sculptural dining chairs designed by Khodi Feiz. At the kitchen island whimsical wood and leather counter stools, provide additional seating while glass cylinder lights dance overhead. On the third floor, the private rooms include a gracious master suite. Hunter and Jue selected Holly Hunt’s massive Sorraia four-poster bed as the focal point for the master bedroom. Joseph Jeup’s dark walnut cabinets frame the bed dressed in ivory fabrics. A nocturnal photo
LEFT A fantastical bronze cast sculpture by Adam P. Gale graces the dining room’s sideboard. BELOW In the master bath, Conrad’s handwoven ivory grasscloth shades filter light while slatted Roman shades in Pollack fabric add privacy. TWG placed Phoenix Day’s Glass Cylinder Wall Brackets horizontally above the vanity. OPPOSITE A pair of cream painted Edwina Hunt Rumba table lamps provide bedside light. At the foot of the bed benches upholstered in wool cashmere and accented with polished nickel bases add luxury and function.
by Michael Light, Los Angeles, #11 Untitled/ River Stars, adorns one of the pale walls. “A study in contrast materials makes this master bedroom inviting,” Hunter says. The inviting tone continues in the luxurious master dressing room and bath. Jue reflects on the finished project, “To create a light, bright, and fresh color palette, we incorporated at least one white or ivory element into the rooms punctuated with yellows, oranges, reds, and, purples. At our clients’ direction, we worked to maintain a mid-century sensibility without being literal and to keep things modern, clean-lined and functional. ” The result is a signature TWG design combining custom furnishings, showroom sourced pieces, and vintage finds as the backdrop for family life and an evolving art collection. CH
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WHEN XORIN BALBES RENOVATED A 1926 ARCHITECTURAL GEM AS HIS PERSONAL HOME IN LOS ANGELES, HE ALSO HEALED ITS SPIRIT TEXT BY CANDACE ORD MANROE PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY A. NICHOLS
Old-growth olive trees frame discrete outdoor living areas homeowner Xorin Balbes designed in the front of his renovation. He added the quatrefoil window above the arched entry.
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O R I N B A L B E S is an award-winning architectural conservator, designer, and developer, but what sets him apart from his peers is a profound belief in his calling as an architectural healer. (That won’t surprise anyone familiar with his book, SoulSpaces: Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life, co-authored with Marianne Williamson.) “I’m called to older homes to heal them, be it on an energy level or a physical level,” Balbes says. Typically, it’s both. A convincing testament to this special gift is his own home in Los Angeles’s gated Laughlin Park in the Los Feliz neighborhood, directly across the street from the Cecil B. DeMille estate. In restoring the architectural integrity of the 1926 Spanish Revival/Italianate hybrid, he also renewed its spirit. If his renovated house is anything, it is soulful. “For me, the architecture is the art,” says Balbes, founder and CEO of TempleHome design and architecture firm. “Furnishings are important as the place to view, experience, and appreciate the architecture.” His sensitivity to architecture is evident at the front façade, original except for an exquisite quatrafoil window ornamented with roundels and placed directly above the entry archway. “I just wanted to add this embellishment to make the exterior more interesting,” explains the homeowner. The gracefully shaped window so effectively breaks up the mass and opacity of the stucco exterior it seems inevitable, the missing piece that makes the façade pleasing and whole—and healed. Inside, Balbes retained original features like the living room’s rustic beamed ceiling. “The drama of the living room—the ceiling and the scale—is the same. One of the archways is original, but I created additional arches into the dining room and breakfast room to enhance the flow,” he explains. One of the most compelling interior architectural features is the lyrically scrolled wrought iron that appears at the staircase and on double swing doors within one of the archways. An improvement added by Balbes, the lacey ironwork visually oxygenates spaces. Previously stifled, the new airiness helps to dissolve the boundary between indoors and out. “Connection and
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flow from inside and outside are important to creating harmony,” says Balbes. “When the home is harmonious, balanced, and has a strong connection between inside and outside, the person living there is supported in being in balance and harmony and connected both internally and externally in a profound way,” he explains. Balbes is no stranger to important vintage properties in need of help. With over 35 restoration projects under his belt including Lloyd Wright’s 1927 Sowden House, and Talmadge Villa, the Italianate mansion of silent screen star Norma Talmadge, he had the confidence essential for buying his current redo, sight unseen, upon a phone-call recommendation from a friend. “He said, ‘this place is for sale, and it has your name all over it,’” Balbes recalls. And given what happened next, it did. When Balbes finally did a walk-through of the property, he froze in place and experienced a moment akin to deja vu. As he gazed across the property ’s three arches to the
ABOVE A detail from Alexander Rosenfeld’s massive painting, Unity: The Unification of Humanity, shows a pyramid-shape Mayan temple that may be Balbes’s previous, nearby home. Objects on the coffee table are antiques collected on his travels. OPPOSITE Wrought iron added in the renovation opens up the living room.
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Balbes picked the living room sofasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; color from the painting. His reliance on symmetry for a feel-good harmony is evident at the leaded-glass window: its flanking mirror images include subtle gray-brown wing chairs that keep the emphasis on the architecture. Artifacts on the sofa table and coffee table include pre-Columbian pieces.
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These metaphysical connections underscore Balbes’s belief that his home and those nearby are “a little enclave of specialness.” step-pyramid Mayan temple-style home (where he had once lived) beyond the DeMille mansion, he realized all were features in a huge painting by Alexander Rosenfeld that he had purchased seven years before. “The painting was begun by Rosenfeld in 1926 [the same year Balbes’s home was constructed] and completed in 1927. Rosenfeld had been Cecil B. DeMille’s favorite artist. I believe the artist did the painting while he was a guest at DeMille’s estate. My current home and my previous one are both in the painting!” he enthuses. Not only did his new home have “his name all over it,” its
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large-scale living room meant he could finally display the enormous artwork. And if the painting made his purchase of the home seem preordained, the home served likewise for the painting. “Rosenfeld had never sold this piece of art. It had remained in his family all that time until I became its first owner. I believe he painted it for me,” opines Balbes, looking to his home’s representation in the painting for validation. These metaphysical connections underscore Balbes’s belief that his home and those nearby are “a little enclave of specialness.” Editing out the unessentials, both in architecture and design, is a tenet of Balbes’s philosophy. This house was no exception. He scaled back its original 3,500 square feet to 1,500, then built it out with spaces more meaningful for his lifestyle for a total of 8,000 square feet. He kept furnishings and finishes neutral to ensure the architecture’s appreciation as art. The plaster walls are clean white; furniture upholsteries (often soft velvets) are gray, brown, white, and blues so deep and subtle they appear neutral. New wide-plank
Date palms and sleek chaise lounges enhance enjoyment of the pool. OPPOSITE Archways connect the dining room to other interior spaces as well as to the outdoors. “It’s a very strong house for entertaining. It’s spacious, glamorous, and has a connection to nature. It flows,” says Balbes. Shapely mirrors are new.
A radial conversation area surrounds a firepit in the front of the home. The gray wood furnishings with white upholstery introduce the neutral palette that continues indoors. OPPOSITE New European white oak flooring added throughout the home in the reno continues into the master bedroom, where four sets of French doors open onto a Cinderella balcony for maximum “closeness to nature,” says Balbes. A small round window opens up the fireplace wall. Art above the fireplace depicts Icarus’s fall from grace.
wood floors are European white oak. “The neutrality does two things: It highlights the space itself, and it highlights the people within it.” Most furniture arrangements are symmetrically balanced, ensuring a sense of well being. One of Balbes’s favorite features is the collection of outdoor rooms he designed to correspond to spaces indoors. “There’s an indoor dining room and an outdoor dining room; an indoor living room, an outdoor living room. These are essential to creating connectedness and to celebrating the California climate.” Old-growth olive trees frame an outdoor conversation area with a firepit in the center and a fountain to one side—a favorite new space that somehow reflects the home’s old, and elementally beautiful, soul. CH
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In the gallery, which runs along an entire side of the house, rests a Roche Bobois sofa. Across from it are three bronze sculptures by the owner of the residence, Aristides Demetriosâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Lovers (bottom left foreground), The Tenor (middle) and The King and Queen.
A SCULPTOR’S RESIDENCE AND GALLERY IS BORN OF A LEMON PACKING YARD PUMP HOUSE
TEXT BY VANESSA KOGEVINAS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY TEICH HEN ARCHITECT THIEP CUNG
of Montecito-based architecture and interior design firm, The Warner Group Architects, was approached by world-renowned sculptor, Aristides Burton Demetrios and his wife Ilene Nagel, to transform their recently purchased cottage—formerly a pump house of a now defunct lemon packing yard—into a working gallery residence, he was at once taken aback and intrigued. The clients required three things: a gallery-like layout and ambiance, a working studio for the sculptor, and to use it all as a primary residence. It also had to be exclusively white. Looking at the 2,000-square-foot 1920s stone cottage in the tony Montecito-located Birnam Wood Golf Club community— he thought, ‘How can I fit an art gallery into this project? How can I work with this building?’ “I remember I stood there,” he says, “and it almost reminded me of someone handing me a 1920s Model-T Ford and asking me to make it go eighty miles per hour.” Cung came up with what he refers to as the ‘wrap around concept’, where he embedded the existing structure in a new contemporary exterior. Then they added a living room, a large open plan dining and kitchen area, and an office/studio for Demetrios—with a gallery hall connecting all the spaces— bringing the square footage to 4,170 square feet. “Everything on the interior is white,” says Thiep, “with lots of steel and aluminum windows and pocket doors, sometimes as tall as thirteen feet, and fifteen foot ceilings. It creates a gallery feel and brings the gardens to the interiors.” In fact, two entire walls in the living room disappear as pocket doors, literally erasing any indoor/outdoor divide. Travertine flooring throughout only enhances it all. SPRING 2017 | 105
The residence is filled with masterfully curated sculptures and artwork—most created by Demetrios. “He is the most prolific sculptor I know,” says Cung. At eighty five, the sculptor is producing one work a day—vividly colored wall art created with a three-dimensional monitoring software; the artist’s answer to tired joints. “The work is very ‘au courant’’ notes Nagel. Sculptures ranging in size and material—everything from brushed bronze to bold-hued lacquered steel and sharp angles to soft rounded edges—are displayed on pedestals, consoles, in pocket gardens. The lighting and furniture are just as inspiring as the art and architecture. “We have a passion for architecturally classic pieces,” says Nagel. Work by Frank Gehry, Patricia Urquiola for Morosa, Le Corbusier and Issey Miyake were all chosen specifically for the home. “Whenever I enter I feel the peace and tranquility of the interior space with all the beautiful pieces,” says Cung. It doesn’t hurt that the
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The dining room (foreground)—with the living room directly off of it—boasts a chandelier from FLOS and Frank Gehry-designed dining chairs from Knoll. ABOVE A red, powder-coated steel sculpture, A Celebratory Dance by Demetrios, bursts from the coffee table in the living room. OPPOSITE Generations, by Demetrios, is a steel sculpture about families and his Verging Ribbons, in red powder-coated steel, sits beside it.
The white stucco-finished home was designed by architect Thiep Cung to view art and furniture pieces from virtually every window looking in. Celebration, by Demetrios, is displayed in a pocket garden by the rose garden, which flowers three hundred of the blooms.
“Everything on the interior is white,” says Thiep, “with lots of steel and aluminum windows and pocket doors, sometimes as tall as thirteen feet, and fifteen foot ceilings. It creates a gallery feel and brings the gardens to the interiors.”
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Red sculptures, Joyous Revbackdrops are the erie (right) and A Merry Morning Santa Ynez moun(left)— both by Demetrios—flank tains and a golf a B&B Italia sofa in the master course. In the end, bedroom’s sunroom. Wassily the architect—in chairs and a Louis Poulsen chanclose collaboration delier complete the space. with Nagel and Demetrios—successfully designed a contemporary, modern house programmed to compliment the illustrious sculptor’s works while fitting into a more traditional community and at once preserving one of the lands’ first buildings—a lemon packing yard’s pump house. “My husband is thrilled by the home,” says Nagel. “The way the architecture and art complement each other so perfectly and seamlessly.” CH
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INTERIOR DESIGNER DAVID DESMOND AND ARCHITECT RICHARD MANION WORK TOGETHER TO STREAMLINE AN ELEGANT BEVERLY HILLS HOME TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERHARD PFEIFFER
that Los Angeles interior designer David Desmond saw the sprawling ‘Little Holmby Hills’ home he would be consulting on, he was struck by the artwork, use of color and elegant spaces. But his client wanted a change - not a dramatic redo, but a noticeable facelift. Desmond to help with the placement of pieces and fabrics that the client had selected. “She wanted to change the feeling of the house - to make it brighter, fresher, younger and to incorporate more modern things,” he said. The client is a lifelong collector of art and antiques, and shares the home with her financial industry executive husband; they have four children between them who are, she said, “in and out of the house.” “My daughter and son-in-law were buying a house in Hancock Park and I gave them some pieces,” said the client, HE FIRST TIME
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a doctor and entrepreneur who is now engaged in a non-profit jewelry venture with a patent pending. “It seemed like the perfect time to upgrade my place. It had begun to feel too serious. I wanted to lighten it up and make it more midcentury and sunnier.” A substantial renovation in 2010, helmed by architect Richard Manion and contractor Richard Holz meant that the upgrade was purely cosmetic. Desmond worked with the client to move pieces around, acquire new rugs and lighting and reupholster existing furniture. Statement items in the approximately 11,700 square foot home include a brass and glass table by M a st e r c r a f t i n t h e l i v i n g r o o m , purchased at Galerie Sommerlath in Culver City and the Alain Delon occasional tables for Maison Jansen in rare mahogany, chrome, brass and glass. A tessellated marble console table in the entrance hall is also from Maitland Smith.
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Carpet runner from Jamal’s Rug Collection in Los Angeles: Turkish Oushak 1980 rug. Tessellated marble console table from Maitland Smith acquired at Galerie Sommerlath. Painting is ’The Jeweled Hills’ by Joseph Kleitsch. Ottoman is Heywood-Wakefield refinished in textile found at F&S Fabrics For The Home in Los Angeles. OPPOSITE Painting over fireplace is from George Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles and is from Helen Heller, 1939. Red chairs by Harvey Probber.
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“Over time we realized that because we had really lightened up the house so much and redone the architecture, maybe it was time to examine the many pieces she has, to look at the colors, rugs and artworks and take it up a notch.” —ARCHITECT RICHARD MANION
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Empire chairs with turquoise leather from Edelman. Hand made peacock feather plates by Bodley from Elise Abrams Antiques. ABOVE Brass and glass table by Mastercraft purchased at Galerie Sommerlath. Abalone side tables by Michael Taylor. Hand woven silk and wool Mayfair Hays Mews rug by Samad. Tables flanking the white sofa against the wall are Alain Delon occasional tables for Maison Jansen in mahogany, chrome, brass and glass acquired at Habite Decor in Los Angeles. Sconces are Murano 1980s from Galerie Glustin Luminaires in Paris through 1st Dibs and large paintings by Franz Bischoff and Roland Petersen.
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The project became, said the owner, a matter of looking at things differently: a Danish HVIDT sofa was moved from the office to the library. VIntage Murano 1980s sconces replaced the 19th century ones in the living room, a Lucite table went from the playroom to the living room, and a heavy antique Chinese coffee table is now in the basement. A Frank Lloyd Wright table is now in the kitchen with stripped down Danish chairs by Lindau & Lindekrantz which were refinished. “We knocked around town and found things online,” she said. Manion stepped in as an advisor during the most recent revamp. “Over time we realized that because we had really lightened up the house so much and redone the architecture, maybe it was time to examine the many pieces she has, to look at the colors, rugs and artworks and take it up a notch,” said Manion. “It was about making things a little more streamlined, which was the direction she was going in. The house had a great neutrality in the sense you can decorate it in a way that is more traditional or more
streamlined very easily and most of the major rooms would become architectural backdrops to feature her collection. She’s able to let the house grow and adjust to whatever she’s collecting at the time, as her tastes change.” Selecting the right rugs was a priority: these include a Mongol Khotan Afghan silk and wool from Jamals Rug Collection in Los Angeles (although the owner is especially partial to an exceptionally rare antique Agra in the den/family room. “The result is dramatically different,” said Desmond, citing how touches like changing the runner in the entrance hall from a more traditional one into something in an icy blue/off white combination with a touch of yellow “makes it modern and brighter. “I was there to be a supportive presence,” said Desmond. “We moved things around the house from upstairs to downstairs and it was a whirlwind. But it has created a different energy, and the more vibrant and newer feeling that she was going for.” CH
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Holiday Nouveau: A Night of Celebration with Snyder Diamond and ICAA On December 14th, over 400 members of the design and architecture community celebrated the holiday season with festive music and dancing at the annual Snyder Diamond and ICAA So Cal holiday party at Snyder Diamond in Santa Monica. Guests enjoyed a delicious caviar bar, live pizza oven demonstrations, assorted hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, an all-girl rock band, and an endless, artful dessert station. 2
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MINI HAPPY RETURNS, SANTA BARBARA
Even Only A Couple Of Days At Santa Barbara’s El Encanto Renders Exponential Relaxation BY CANDACE ORD MANROE
MINI VACATIONS ARE THE NEW REALITY in today’s snooze-means-lose business climate of 24/7’s. With less days to decompress, the right destination is essential: the mini vacay allows no time for mistakes. So when leisure had me on a short leash this fall—a getaway of just four nights was stretching it—Santa Barbara topped my list of reliable go-to’s. Its marinade of glorious gardens, clean beach, perfect climate, Spanish Colonial history and architecture, and ample 126 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
antiques shops gives relaxation a depth of flavor I’ll take any day over the flat, salty taste of beach-time only. How could this mini miss? But just in case that weren’t guarantee enough for a great escape, I tilted the odds toward nirvana by adding something new: a first-time stay at the historic Belmond El Encanto, the fabled resort favored by FDR, Old Hollywood types like Gable and Lamarr, and living legends like Streisand. Even JFK, Jr., spent time here (though El Encanto’s not to be confused with the resort where his parents famously honeymooned; that’s a few miles away, at the San Ysidro Ranch). Built in 1914 and opened as a hotel in 1918, El Encanto reopened in 2013 after being closed for a 7-year, $134 million restoration/renovation that spiffed up original features to pristine condition and expanded lodging with 30 new accommodations built in the Spanish Revival style. This is where I should mention I’m a design and
architecture writer when not scribbling travel pieces. So my critical response to the resort’s renovation? Bravo! One small example of its impressive attention to detail is the tender treatment of 100-year-old wisteria vines that drip down the trellis at the Arbor and Lily Pond, a favorite El Encanto feature that’s been the site of more weddings than anyone can remember. “We dug up the vines and moved them to an off-site location for the restoration,” explained resort manager Shaun O’Bryan. Only after the hardscape restoration was complete, with each brick of the arbor columns removed, numbered, repaired, and replaced exactly where it was to start, were the wisterias returned to their rightful position. That’s the level of authenticity a design writer appreciates. Forbes also applauds the effort made by the Belmond group, which now owns the resort. (Belmond has properties and trains all over the world, the Orient Express being one). It awarded El Encanto its highest,
five-star luxury hotel designation, making it Santa Barbara’s only recipient. Less than 10 miles from the Santa Barbara Airport, El Encanto is a little hard to find. Tucked discreetly off a major road, it’s easy to miss the turn. But once there, the air is clear and fresh, oxygenated by a plethora of carefully tended plants and trees, many more venerable than the century-old wisterias. Twin Torrey pines at the Arbor and Lily Pond are more than 150 years old, and the property includes a third that’s the same age. “They’re the biggest north of San Diego,” said O’Bryan, proudly explaining that the sophisticated watering system requires drilling down to the deep root levels. After leaving the car keys with the valet, I headed for the lobby, where restored areas join seamlessly with expansions like the Terrace dining area, which doubled in size to allow more diners views of the sparkling Pacific at the horizon. Nature-themed art, appropriate for the venue, provides plenty of eye candy, starting at
OPPOSITE For a primer on Santa Barbara, there’s no better place than the Santa Barbara Mission. Start your visit at this beautiful mission to soak up the original Spanish Colonial architecture that has influenced everything you see in SB today. Founded by Padre Fermín Lasuén on December 4, 1786, it was the tenth mission built to convert the Barbareño tribe of Native American people to Catholicism. ABOVE Now head downtown where you’ll halt in your tracks, awed by the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a structure built in 1929 in the Spanish Revival Style. Its design by architect William Mooser III has been touted by later architects as “the grandest Spanish Colonial Revival structure ever built.” SPRING 2017 | 127
Travel the wall behind the front desk, where bronze pinecones by Yoshitomo Saito invite guests to reflect on nature in a new way. At the concierge’s station, Damien Hirst’s “Butterfly Print with Diamond Dust” arranges butterfly wings in a mandala-like pattern that recalls the stained glass of European cathedrals. El Encanto’s connection between the natural environment and art is emblematic of the thoughtfulness of the renovation. An intimate library across the lobby from the front desk features a focal-point fireplace—I’d love to come back in winter and snuggle up to its cognac blaze. Above it hangs photographer Carer Barer’s “Journey to Zaragoza.” Unlike the nature art, this piece addresses the theme of the space itself. It pays homage to pre-tech times when books were the only tools for research. Barer utilized old books and maps to create origami-style sculptures that she then manipulated with photographs. The small scale of the library makes it a delightful retreat for some quiet reading time, perhaps with a cocktail or glass of wine from the adjacent lobby lounge, where more butterfly art appears in a pair of paintings, “About Face,” by San Francisco artist Rob Craig. Accommodations comprise a mix of 92 quintessential California-style Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival style suites and bungalows. The Craftsman bungalows with their deep eaves and shiplap siding are the oldest. But the red-tile-roofed, whitestucco Spanish Colonial Revival buildings are every bit as charming. Private terraces or balconies in each provide relaxing views of nature, whether they’re sweeping vistas into the hills or ocean, or more intimate closeups of the tropical flora. Paths of red brick pavers laid in a herringbone pattern wind around the property and lead to some delightful surprises like light-weight wooden hammock stretched out in the grass, or the old limestone-and-iron wishing well encircled with white roses. Hardwood floors, Dutch doors, and understated decorating gave a throw-back feel to my suite, but the state-of-art shower stall, enormous soaking tub (seriously, it’s so long it was hard to stay upright without sinking— obviously the idea is a tub for two), heated bathroom floors, and every plugged-in
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amenity on the planet reminded me this resort is au courant. I nibbled on a nice selection of smoked meats and cheeses from the charcuterie tray, sampled fresh fruits, and sipped a Santa Barbara chardonnay so good I thought about shipping some home. Then I flung open the top halves of the Dutch doors and settled in for a nap. For dinner, I chose the Terrace restaurant. My first course of grilled octopus embellished with lamb sausage, garbanzo beans, and smoked piquillo pepper relish was interesting, but a little busy—the delicious charred subtlety of the octopus was a bit overshadowed by its spicy companions. The flavors of my entree of local halibut with potato-fennel mash, coastal freckle lettuce, Fresno chili, and Peruvian herb sauce, on the other hand, were beautifully balanced. But what sent my companion and I over the moon was the chocolate souffle we shared for dessert. Meanwhile, the lights of downtown Santa Barbara twinkled in the distance, and the “flying candles” (one employee’s euphemism for the lighted offshore oil rigs) bewitched the Pacific. For pampering, there’s a full spa menu to choose from. The garden views alone make a pedicure worth the price. And don’t deny yourself a dip in the saline infinity pool. Muscles stressed from a 24/7 work schedule unclench into spaghetti in the perfectly heated salt water under a sunny blue sky that reaches all the way to the ocean. If you’re anything like me, you won’t want to leave. So don’t. I lingered and had lunch poolside. Now it was time to relocate 10 minutes away to Summerland. I checked in to the more affordable Inn on Summer Hill located in the heart of the main drag, which is only a few blocks long. A full breakfast (7:30 to 10 a.m.), afternoon hors d’oeuvres with tea and wine (3 to 5 p.m.), and evening dessert (7:30 to 9 p.m.) are all complementary—as well as tasty and filling; no need to dine out unless you want to. I enjoyed the warmth of my knotty-pine paneled room with its vaulted ceiling, electric fireplace, and glass doors that open onto a small private patio with fabulous ocean views. The inn, which reminds me of lodging on the Cape or in coastal Maine, has its own fun vibe.
Even if you’re not a guest at the resort, the Terrace restaurant at Belmond El Encanto is worth a visit for an alfresco lunch or dinner with unmatchable views of the Pacific. The recent reno doubled its size. BELOW The saltwater infinity pool at El Encanto is so soothing you may not want to leave. So don’t. Resort perks include pool-service—delivery of meals ordered from the Terrace restaurant. LEFT
Stargazing from the patio each night was a treat. Landscaping is lush and creative. A day of antiquing in Summerland is mandatory, as the town is chock-a-block with antiques shops that span the style-gamut from primitive to palatial. You’re not likely to find the fabulous bargains the town once was known for, but hunting for them is great fun. Plan to spend time the most time at Summerhill Antiques or Pine Trader Antiques. The last day I joined friends for lunch at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito. Hummingbirds swarmed the brilliant orange bougainvillea, and a canopy of olive trees shaded the path to the restaurant. I continued with the previous day’s successful California-style comfort food theme, ordering a BLT crowned with creamy avocado and a lightly dressed salad of movie-star gorgeous greens, washed down by another local chardonnay. Take time to snoop around the legendary Plow & Angel Bar, and if you’re with kids, step into the old settler’s cabin just across the path. Five minutes down the road from the ranch we stopped at the San Ysidro Village for an upscale fix of furniture, garden, and antiques shopping. Michael Haskell Antiques has some of the finest Spanish Colonial and Native American antiques anywhere. And William Laman’s shop is a good bet for everything from airy garden pieces to gilded French antiques and European marquetry. While in Montecito, take to the beach. No mini vacation in the Santa Barbara area is complete without it, and the Montecito beaches are the best. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone. Surfers in wetsuits dotted the water, while strollers wandered leisurely along Miramar Beach, where the Rosewood Hotel is building the new Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort. Check out those beachfront houses, while you’re there. My little escape was drawing to an end. The last night I sat on my patio to gaze up at the stars and out at the ocean. Tomorrow I would be plugged in and back to business’s 24/7’s, but I would be different, revived by the well-chosen mini. CH
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THE LONG GOODBYE
Who is in charge of reminding us to drink wine before it goes off the cliff like Thelma and Louise? BY KENNETH FRIEDENREICH
Château Haut-Brion, Pessac, Bordeaux, France
WINES ARE FOOD PRODUCTS, after all,
and they have a shelf life like a can of peas or a loaf of rye bread. Certain wines are made to last a very long time--decades or even a century like Madeira or Port, but these are fortified with spirits to wink at the calendar. Most wines are made, however, to drink shortly after purchase. We recommend you wait at least until you arrive at home. The trade numbers are hardly surprising. California ranks fourth on the planet for
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wine production, according to figures released by the California Wine Institute this past quarter. Now imagine this: Of all wine varieties purchased, 92% are consumed presently; that is, from now until the next weekend. The other 8% finds its way to cellars or storage to enlarge an inventory or a private collection. You can visualize this disparity thus. Of a typical 12-bottle case of 750ml each, not even the equivalent of one full bottle, perhaps four pours, is set aside to mature further on the sidelines.
So, when is wine “ready” becomes an intelligent guessing game, where experience and taste memory help determine choice. Still a number of variables come into play. A chronology is easily followed. But other factors go into knowing when to hold ‘em or fold ‘em as the song refrains. Just one example from the holidays that occurred last Thanksgiving. The dinner had all of the trimmings and good company. A cuckoo clock hanging on the wall reminded me of Harry Lyme and the
film based on Graham Greene’s The Third Man. Here we sat with three Burgundies from 1988, a decent year. Everyone else was hoo-ha-ing the wines that your narrator felt were well over their retirement ages. And every half hour the clock on the wall reminded me that I was in a LALA Land out take. How long are we to hold onto wine and is there a too long? The strange dinner moment answers one question. There is a too long to store wine even when it rests well, as in the cellar under the dining room with the cuckoo clock on the wall. Winemakers and growers will know when a vintage is ready to pick, to separate and de-stem, to crush, ferment, and barrel as needed before the juice ends up on a pallet and shipped in wine bottles and containers. The skin of grapes provides most varietal characteristics, including the potential to age gracefully. Wine fermentation occurs as yeast eats the sugars in the crush juice and when stabilized by intervention, the alcohol content also is set. It preserves the wine it has advanced to this point, and will go on doing so until you drain the glass. The tannins from the skins of the crushed grapes also remain to nearly nil or great effect to preserve the wine and help its future preservation in your cellar. The sugars that remain after fermentation provide a third prop of stability and will help to express the varietal properties when at last a consumer opens the bottle. As much as wine is intended to satisfy consumer demand, it is made to get to market in a hurry, so many popular wines, red, rose, or white made with perceptible flavor profiles that require little contemplation to enjoy now. Others, of course, are made to age and can take years to reveal the integration of its balance and structure. For the consumer who collects wine, do as I try, for example--affix a color label, thumbnail size, to designate intervals at which you want to revisit a particular wine you have purchased by case or half
case. Unless you are color blind, you can remove a wine at a moment you would like to assess how it’s holding up or maturing. Since collectors may forget what they own or lose some bottle in their storage, the color scheme helps with those little lapses of memory. Best of all you can encounter a marvelous surprise. Here are some of my discoveries over time of wines that rested comfortably until they provided that glorious shock of greatness recognized long after the fact. Remember the cuckoo is reminding us to drink the good wine today, or at least before the estate sale. A request: we have long wanted to write about wine cellars in the homes for which this magazine is best-appreciated. If you have a cellar that integrates beauty, function, and wines you cannot readily misplace for eons, let us know by writing email@example.com. Drink the good wine today. Forest Lawn is full of people who are saving a great wine for a special occasion.
SOME OF MY OMG CELLAR MOMENTS INCLUDE: • 2009 Willakenzie Emery Block in 2015 • 1988 Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay in 2009 • 1993 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir in 2011 • 1976 Mayacamus Cabernet Sauvignon in 1994 (magnum) • 1986 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997 (magnum) • 2006 Kramer Vineyards Chardonnay in 2010-11 • 1990 Veuve Cliquot Grand Dame, two cases hammered between 1998-2002 • 1945 Château Haut-Brion in 1995 Yes, and I can recall it as if it was today. A little luck helps; right place at the right time. Yay!
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