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Prices, terms, promotions, features, options, floor plans, elevations, designs, specifications, square footages, and descriptions are subject to change without notice. Prices shown refer to the standard house and the plan and do not include any optional features, upgrades or lot premiums. Square footages are approximate and may vary in construction and depending on the standard measurement used. CPD PL Calle Messina, LLC (“Owner”) reserves the right to make changes to its home plan and the project design and layout. Any information such as but not limited to community or neighborhood benefits, features, descriptions, open spaces, and school information are not guaranteed, are subject to change or modification at any time. Owner does not guarantee that any specific level of energy utility costs or savings will be achieved or maintained. All renderings and floor plans are an artists’ conceptual drawings and will vary from the actual plans and homes as built. Home images, colors and sizes are approximate for illustration purposes only and may not represent the standard homes in the community. Images show model homes displaying options/upgrades and upgraded landscaping which may be available at predetermined stages of construction for additional charges. Models also display many decorator items and furniture which are not available for purchase. Visit the community or speak to our representative for additional important disclosures for the community and the home. Images do not reflect any racial preference. Maps may not be to scale. Equal Housing Opportunity. Offered via Terra Nova Professionals CA BRE 01142554.
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Architect Andrew Mann Transforms A San Francisco Edwardian Text by Kendra Boutell Photography by Paul Dyer 80 FULL SPECTRUM The Translucent Light Of Sea And Sky Illuminate This Santa Barbara-Style Family Home In Newport Coast Text by Kathy Bryant Photography by James Brady
90 EMBRACEABLE VIEWS
Every Room Of Marc Appleton’s Carmel Architecture Rises Organically To Frame Breathtaking Views Text by Candace Ord Manroe Photography by Matt Walla
100 FAMILY-FRIENDLY IN MARIN
Designers Heather Brock And Jennifer Wundrow Create A Clean And Classic Home For An Expanding Family Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Thomas Kuoh
Features MARCH/APRIL 2018
ABOVE Architect Marc Appleton’s Carmel project features a hallway painting by well-
known Bay Area artist and friend of homeowner Nancy Forster, Nathan Oliveira. Called The Jogger, “He knew I loved jogging as well as the complexities he brings out here –notions of running from activity to activity in our daily lives,” Nancy explains. See story beginning on page 90. Photograph by Matt Walla.
Architect Homer Oatman, interior designer Errol Dejager of Dejager Design, Inc and Rick Henricksen of Pridemark Contractors worked together to give the homeowners a perfect vision of their new home. The colors for the living room on the cover were chosen to compliment the soft color palette of the walls, furniture and area rugs with their taupe, grey-blue and sea foam green palette. See story beginning on page 80. Photograph by James Brady. RIGHT
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Departments MARCH/APRIL 2018
32 CALENDAR California Museums And Galleries BY CATHY MALY
37 NOTEBOOK 37 Visionary | Nicky Kehoe 40 Places | NoMad Los Angeles 42 Showrooms | Doors & Inner Garden’s 44 Product | David Phoenix 46 Product | Pennoyer Neuman 48 Cloth & Paper | Martyn L. Bullard for Cole & Son
52 THE ENVIRONMENT
Randy Martin’s Company, Trailscape Enhances The Environment
BY EVA DUELL
54 BOOKS Color Me Floral: Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements For Every Season BY KIANA UNDERWOOD
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56 ART MATTERS
Downtown Los Angeles
BY KATHY BRYANT
60 A TOUCH OF ITALY
Landscape Architect Anna Hoffman
BY KAVITA DAWSANI
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MANOLO LANGIS
66 EVENTS & AFFAIRS
Exciting And Prestigious Events Throughout The State
BY CATHY MALY
Taste Blindness And Its Remedies
BY KEN FRIEDENREICH
Wisconsin Has Finally Paid Its Respects To Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
BY ANTHEA GERRIE
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Welcome to the March/April 2018 issue of California Homes. The features within reflect the variety of architecture and design in this state and the natural beauty of our land. I know you’ll enjoy the homes in Carmel, Newport Coast, San Francisco and Marin County. This is the start of a busy time for events in California. Beginning with the Pacific Design Center’s WestWeek, March 21-23 when California Homes , along with Witford LA will present a panel
KATHY BRYANT Kathy Bryant has been writing about art, design and travel for over 20 years. She has been a contributor to the Orange County Register, Art and Antiques and the Los Angeles Times. In the LA Times she had a weekly design column. Currently she is the art editor for California Homes Magazine and free lances for TravelAge West magazine. See her story Art Matters beginning on page 56.
featuring interior designer David Phoenix, architect Richard Manion, landscape architect, Anna Hoffman and builder Mauricio Oberfeld discussing the main theme of Westweek, Design is Global, and how design in California influences or is influenced by international design. LCDQ’s Legends is May 8-10 and California Homes will hold a discussion with interior designer Barclay Butera and architect Erik Petersen on Outdoor Living, we hope to see you at both events. Please don’t forget the 54th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design begins April 22-May 20 and California Homes is proud to again participate as a media sponsor. This House of design is always a favorite. You can order tickets by visiting pasadenashowcase.org. And of course the San Francisco Decorator Showcase House runs April 29-May 28. Please visit decoratorshowcase.org for further details. For more information on events in California go to our Events & Affairs section on page 66. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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JIM BRADY Jim Brady is an architectural, interiors and landscape photographer based in Southern California. After leaving architecture school for art school he realized his real love lay in visual exploration of the built environment. His work has appeared in Dwell, LUXE, Residential Architect and California Homes. He feels his parents’ trust regarding his career change was justified when he was able to send them to the National Building Museum to see his work included in an exhibition about affordable housing. See his story on a Newport Coast home in this issue beginning on page 80.
ANTHEA GERRIE Anthea Gerrie travels the world in search of inspiring homes and buildings, and writes on architecture, food, wine and travel for a variety of international publications. An expat in California for eight years, she is now based back in the UK. See her story on Frank Lloyd Wright beginning on page 110.
Thank you for the wonderful cover (January/February 2018) on the home in San Francisco designed by Shirley Robinson. We are new subscribers and look forward to each issue. Janice Holland San Rafael, CA We loved the desert story on Martyn Lawrence Bullardâ€™s project in your January/February issue. He is really a very creative designer. I would like to see more desert features. Marilyn Walker Palm Desert, CA Last year you ran a recipe in your Fall issue on the best cranberry sauce we have ever tasted. I have lost the recipe. Could you resend. Thank you. Pamela Oâ€™Neill Binghamton, NY Absolutely loved your January/ February issue. The art in the Los Angeles home is amazing. Cynthia Robinson Redlands, CA
Pamela, That recipe ran two years ago and I will forward to you. I make it every holiday season but could eat it year round. It is delicious!
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Prices, terms, promotions, features, options, floor plans, elevations, designs, specifications, square footages, and descriptions are subject to change without notice. Prices shown refer to the standard house and the plan and do not include any optional features, upgrades or lot premiums. Square footages are approximate and may vary in construction and depending on the standard measurement used. EHOF II Redondo Beach, LLC (“Owner”) reserves the right to make changes to its home plan and the project design and layout. Any information such as but not limited to community or neighborhood benefits, features, descriptions, open spaces, and school information are not guaranteed, are subject to change or modification at any time. Owner does not guarantee that any specific level of energy utility costs or savings will be achieved or maintained. All renderings and floor plans are an artists’ conceptual drawings and will vary from the actual plans and homes as built. Home images, colors and sizes are approximate for illustration purposes only and may not represent the standard homes in the community. Images show model homes displaying options/upgrades and upgraded landscaping which may be available at predetermined stages of construction for additional charges. Models also display many decorator items and furniture which are not available for purchase. Visit the community or speak to our representative for additional important disclosures for the community and the home. Images do not reflect any racial preference. Maps may not be to scale. Equal Housing Opportunity. Information sources: http://www.visitredondo.com/ and http://thewaterfrontredondo.com/. Offered via Terra Nova Professionals CA BRE 01142554.
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In the charming southern-most tip of Orange County, lies the San Clemente site of the future mixed-use project Ten10 Santiago.
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Prices, terms, promotions, features, options, floor plans, elevations, designs, specifications, square footages, and descriptions are subject to change without notice. Prices shown refer to the standard house and the plan and do not include any optional features, upgrades or lot premiums. Square footages are approximate and may vary in construction and depending on the standard measurement used. PV CAPE San Clemente, LLC (“Owner”) reserves the right to make changes to its home plan and the project design and layout. Any information such as but not limited to community or neighborhood benefits, features, descriptions, open spaces, and school information are not guaranteed, are subject to change or modification at any time. Owner does not guarantee that any specific level of energy utility costs or savings will be achieved or maintained. All renderings and floor plans are an artists’ conceptual drawings and will vary from the actual plans and homes as built. Home images, colors and sizes are approximate for illustration purposes only and may not represent the standard homes in the community. Images show model homes displaying options/upgrades and upgraded landscaping which may be available at predetermined stages of construction for additional charges. Models also display many decorator items and furniture which are not available for purchase. Visit the community or speak to our representative for additional important disclosures for the community and the home. Images do not reflect any racial preference. Maps may not be to scale. Equal Housing Opportunity. Offered via Terra Nova Professionals CA BRE 01142554.
Calendar MUSEUMS & GALLERIES Laurie Reid Up the stairs into the warm night,’ 2016
HAMMER MUSEUM – LOS ANGELES
UC BERKELEY ART MUSEUM
Way Bay is a sweeping exploration of the creative energies that have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area over the past two centuries. An innovatively organized exhibition of art and film, plus poetry, performance documentation, and archival materials, Way Bay features nearly two hundred works that reveal the depth and diversity of artists’ engagement with the region’s geographic, social, and cultural landscape. The exhibition takes a nonlinear form and is organized around diverse poetic themes that cut across time periods, media, styles, and artistic cultures, bringing together voices from a wide range of practices and representing diverse communities and sensibilities. Way Bay is view through June 3, 2018. For more information please call 510.642.0808 or visit email@example.com.
THE SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM
The Santa Paula Art Museum is going Hollywood with its upcoming exhibition, Setting the Scene. The exhibit will feature paintings by famous background artists who worked for film studios like Disney, MGM and 20th Century Fox during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The colorful exhibition will explore the relationship between the artists’ fine art paintings and their commercial work for film. Viewers will learn more about American Scene Painting, the evolution of the watercolor medium, the history of Disney Studios, and the process of creating an animated feature. Art by contemporary animators will show how animation continues to inspire California artists today. Setting the Scene will be on view through June 17, 2018. For more information please call 805.525.5554 or visit santapaulaartmuseum.org. 32 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
Los Angeles-based artist Sam Falls fills the Hammer’s lobby walls with lush landscape paintings made in all of California’s National Forests. For California Flora (National Forest Condensation Wall), Los Angelesbased artist Sam Falls traveled to all nineteen National Forests in California to create a map of sorts that depicts the state’s flora, from the ocean to the desert, from volcanic topography to the forest floor. Working outdoors, Falls covers large canvases with vegetation from the sites he visits—Ponderosa pine trees, California buckwheat, deer fern, and wild bluegrass (to name a few)—and sprinkles them with dry pigments ranging from vibrant blues and bright yellows to more earthy hues, and then leaves them outside, exposed to the environment overnight. The exhibition closes April 29, 2018. For more information please call 310.443.7000 or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu. ABOVE
Sam Falls Untitled (Hudson, NY, Sumac Tree I), 2014 Pigment on canvas 138 x 162 inches LEFT
Sam Falls Untitled (Venice, CA, Birds of Paradise drawing 2), 2014 Pigment on canvas 24 x 18 inches FAR LEFT
Emil Kosa, Jr. The Loop, 1948 Watercolor on paper
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Calendar | MUSEUMS & GALLERIES R & D – LOS OLIVOS
Jewelry designer Diane Dorsey and acclaimed jazz musician Ron Helman have partnered to open the artisanal boutique R&D in central California’s upscale wine region, Los Olivos. Situated in a charming cottage on the western town’s main drag, the gallery offers a highly edited collection of original works of art, jewelry and home accessories unique to the Santa Ynez Valley. Dorsey’s own collection of hand-cast 18 kt. and sterling jewels are featured along with pieces from fine jewelry designers Scott Diffrient, Anthony Lent, Amyn Rahimtoola, and Holly Masterson – each selected for their master gold and silversmithing skills and their remarkable voice in design. Exclusive to the Santa Barbara County area, R&D represents works from award-winning contemporary Native American potter Glen Nipshank and Zuni fetish artist Salvador Romero as well as fine art photography by Robert Stivers. Distinct lifestyle items include their proprietary Vineyard Rose tea and candle blended for R&D as well as natural perfumes created by Metropolitan Opera conductor and perfumer Fabio Luisa. The gallery is located at 2446 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, California 93441. For more information please call 505.999.7752 or visit www.randdlosolivos.com
CODA GALLERY – PALM DESERT
In an innovative partnership, the one-of-a-kind jewels of cult jeweler Daria de Koning will be installed as the featured artist in the award-winning Coda Gallery on Palm Desert’s opulent shopping destination El Paseo from March 17th through April 9th. The exhibition coincides with the prestigious Fashion Week El Paseo, the west coast’s largest and most luxurious annual fashion event. Fashion Week El Paseo, March 17-24, 2018 is the largest consumer fashion show on the West Coast, held at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert. This premier fashion event offers a platform for both renowned and emerging designers to showcase their work. Fashion Week El Paseo attracts audiences from all walks of life where they can even attend free custom fittings with the designers, enjoy cocktail receptions, trunk shows, meet and greets. CODA Gallery is located at 73400 El Paseo and Lupine Lane, Palm Desert, CA. For more information please call 760.346.4661 or visit www.codagallery.com.
PACIFIC EDGE GALLERY – LAGUNA BEACH Pacific Edge Gallery has been featuring the finest Laguna Beach artists since 1987, including Contemporary Impressionist Maria Bertran. Bertran is originally from Venezuela, and established her studio in Laguna Beach 40 years ago. She travels most of the year to paint on location in plein air, primarily in Europe. “Apricots In Bloom” was painted last Spring in Provence, France. Pacific Edge Gallery is located at 540 South Coast Highway, Suite 112, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For more information please call 800.477.5630 or visit www.pacificedgegallery.com. ABOVE
Maria Bertran Apricots In Bloom Near St. Saturnin Oil on Linen 24 x 34 inches 34 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
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SPRING AND A NEW OUTDOOR COLLECTION from the LA based design team Nicky Kehoe has arrived. Nickey Kehoe Outdoor is a suite of outdoor furnishings that celebrates life in the garden with lovers and friends. Inspired by the laid-back, indoor-outdoor Southern California lifestyle, designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe envisioned Nickey Kehoe Outdoor for greenthumbs with a year round affinity for sunshine. Luscious spindle-back armchairs with open silhouettcreates a lightweight feeling and reveals expert
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1. Scalloped Potting Shelf 2. Black Metal Windsor Chair 3. X PicnicTable 4. Strap Lounge Chair 5. Spindle Back Viewing Settee & Tile Coffee Table 6. Spindle Back Viewing Chair
craftsmanship, and whimsical bucket chairs lay a fertile foundation for an afternoon with cherished friends or your favorite dog-eared book. Standouts from the collection includes a tidy green potting bench with scalloped accents. CH 7221 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323.954.9300, www.nickeykehoe.com
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Notebook | WHAT’S NEW PLACES
Sydell Group and Jacques Garcia restore a neoclassical landmark with integrity and create an exceptional addition to downtown NOMAD LOS ANGELES, created by the Sydell Group, continues
in the spirit of the New York flagship hotel by taking residence in a historic landmark, Giannini Place. Formerly known as the original Bank of Italy. Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, The color palette is drawn from the property’s fully restored gold and blue Italianate ceiling located in the lobby. Each room is appointed with custom designed furnishings and original artwork with many also feature freestanding pedestal bathtubs. Much of the building’s neoclassical style, such as its Doric columns, ornate golden ceiling, and marble floors, have been preserved and incorporated into the new design. The original vault that once housed 12,000 safety deposit boxes and 50-ton door have been kept intact alongside the coffered ceiling and square pilaster columns topped with Corinthian Capitals located in the lobby and restaurant areas. CH
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Notebook | WHAT’S NEW SHOWROOMS
LOS ANGELES DESIGNERS and clients have come to
Two new showrooms open with one thing in common; a reputation for quality and innovation
PIRNAR DOORS RECENTLY OPENED their new US flagship showroom in the Laguna Design Center offering integrated LED Lighting, keyless entry options with fingerpint scanners and some of the most sculptural and beautiful doors available today. The German engineering and influence of Italian style are the perfect marriage in the creation of these award winning highly artistic doors. With elegantly hidden handles, hidden fingerprint reader, magic night illumination and beautiful handmade smooth surfaces, each door is a masterpiece for itself. “Rather than quality entrances, we want to manufacture masterpieces,” says the owner and CEO Roman Pirnar. “We want to push the boundaries of what is possible. An exterior door gives the first impression of the house and the owner, which is why we want it to be admirable, wonderful and an impeccably manufactured technological gem.” The new Pirnar location is also proud to be an outreach location for Bang & Olufsen and Chris Justice art. CH
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love Inner Gardens Culver City showroom and now Inner Gardens owner/president Stephen Block has acquired another coveted location right in the heart of Malibu. For the past forty years, Nagel Nursery on Busch Drive in Malibu has been a destination for Los Angeles-area plant lovers. Now that Inner Gardens has hung a shingle here, the nursery will expand to offer the full-service design, installation, and maintenance you’ve come to expect from Inner Gardens. You will also find Inner Gardens’ rare collections of antique, vintage, and new planters, as well as furnishings and accessories. The 1.3-acre nursery offers 20,000 square feet of greenhouses, including a 25-foot tall greenhouse, one of the tallest in southern California.
Inner Gardens Malibu, 6432 Busch Drive, 310.457.9091, www.innergardens.com
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David Phoenix brings his signature timeless elegance to Hickory Chair
LOS ANGELES BASED DESIGNER David Phoenix’s new collection for Hickory Chair personifies his own polished and dapper demeanor and exhibits his distinctive thoughtful, American perspective. He focuses on meaningful, well-appointed choices, transporting us to a time when simple daily rituals were elevated and celebrated. The award-winning designer’s inaugural collection is a comprehensive offering to include living room, dining room, bedroom, upholstery and leather goods, as well as his debut introduction of decorative accessories, lighting and furniture accents. CH
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1. Edition Bookends 2. Palazzino Cocktail Table 3. Barnsley Table Lamp 4. Athina Sofa 5. Watch Hill Round Side Table 6. L’Horizen Lounge Chair
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San Francisco Based Landscape Architect Katherine Webster shares one of her favorite planter sources “PENNOYER NEWMAN HAS BECOME one of my favorite
choices for planters. The diversity of the line, combined with the muted palette, at good price points makes for a compelling container choice. In addition to the replication of historical planters, Pennoyer also offers customization and options to pare down detailing for a more modern look. Overall, there is a nice selection of decorative items, emphasizing this purveyor’s preservation of design principles.”
Pennoyer Newman, 212.839.0500, www.pennoyernewman.com Katherine Webster, 415.757.0794, www.webstermla.com
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“My collections capture my passion for travel, for the exotic, for the unexpected, for the eclectic and ultimately strengthen the will to design with worldly abandon.” - MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD
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THE MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD collection is
as culturally diverse and conceptually global as it is committed to the quality found in British heritage designs. The deep respect that both interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard and wallpaper designers Cole and Son have for traditional craftsmanship is eloquently reflected in the intricate, hand-rendered designs of this collection. Everything from the vibrant Hollywood palm to the ornately intricate British botanical print to the romantic rediscovery of the Moroccan ornamental is discoverable in this new Cole & Son collection. The decadence of the prints come from Martyn’s uninhibited exploration of colors; including blush pink, leaf green and print room blue. The individualism of each pattern encourages a stylistic playfulness and the development of a truly unique interior. CH
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THE 54TH ANNUAL PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR
APRIL 22 - MAY 20, 2018
the 50th annual pasadena showcase HOURS OF ENTRY house of Sunday, design Saturday, Tuesday through Thursday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Property closes promptly at 6:00 pm)
house & garden 10:00 am – 9:00 pm tour (Property closes promptly at 9:00 pm)
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Randy Martin’s Company, Trailscape Not Only Enhances The Environment But Is An Important Protection From Fire BY EVA DUELL
WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO TO HAVE lots of natural wild land behind or around your home and not be able to enjoy it. Trailscape, the innovative company started by Randy Martin makes sure owners have the opportunity to walk the land and enjoy the outdoors. Randy Martin has a unique talent. He can take your steep, brush- covered land and fashion it into wonderful trails for walking, running or biking so that you can enjoy every part of your property. Whether the house is surrounded by a huge tract of land, or just unused property behind the home, Randy can bring it to life and the owners can enjoy it in a new way. While offering the property owner a way to take part in recreational, fitness and social activities, Trailscape’s creations also serve a more serious purpose: protection from forest fires. “With all of the fires we’ve had lately, we have discovered that our trails can make for a great firebreak,” Martin says. Trailscape truly creates an enriching experience on your land and is extremely important to the safety of the surrounding communities. CH
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Books REVIEWED BY KATHY BRYANT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN UNDERWOOD
Color Me Floral Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements for Every Season By Kiana Underwood Photographs by Nathan Underwood There are legendary monochromatic gardens like Vita Sackville-West’s white garden at Sissinghurst Castle and Ganna Walska’s blue garden in Santa Barbara’s Lotusland. In her new book “Color Me Floral,” Kiana Underwood is taking that concept and illustrating how it can be brought into the home.
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“The arrangement possibilities are endless and the beauty is intoxicating and addictive,” Underwood writes.
Organized by seasons, the book contains 40 splendid floral arrangements with step-by-step instructions on how to dramatically create single-color masterworks. However, as the book’s hundreds of images show, single colors are not just one color. Be it red, yellow, purple or even black, it’s the subtle hues within the color and their sizes textures, and shapes that make a dramatic statement. In the introduction to the book, Underwood says that it was memories of her grandfather’s gardens in Tehran that kindled her love for flowers. The love continued while she worked at a think tank doing research and writing. “I didn’t have much passion for what I was doing,” she writes. After getting married and having a family, she and her husband established Tulipina, her floral design business in San Francisco in 2011. It was then that she found her true passion, flower arranging, which she feels was a natural transition for her. “The arrangement possibilities are endless and the beauty is intoxicating and addictive,” Underwood writes. This love for flowers is found on every page of this book and, as she said, not a single flower goes unnoticed by her eye. Although she does admit to a preference for ranunculus and poppies. Luckily for readers of this book, she is willing to share her design secrets that can be used by both a beginner or a veteran designer, making the book both beautiful and useful. It is possible to follow her online at @tulipina. CH Color Me Floral Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements For Every Season By Kiana Underwood Photographs by Nathan Underwood 240 pages Hardcover: US $30.00 ISBN: 978-1-4521-6117-4 Chronicle Books San Francisco MAR/APR 2018 | 55
ABOVE Jasper Johns, Flag, 1967, is on view until May 13 as part of the exhibition Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth at The Broad. RIGHT The Broad was founded by Eli and Edythe Broad and designed by Diller Scofidio+ Renfro in collaboration with Gensler.
Downtown Los Angeles is pulsating with new galleries and museums BY KATHY BRYANT
GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS ARE POPPING UP in downtown Los Angeles
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(DTLA) so fast that it makes your head spin like a whirligig, an occurrence that has had a long gestation. The area has been attracting art aficionados since the 1970s with the Museum of Modern Art (MOCA) showing cutting-edge works for nearly 40 years, and their companion museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, housed in a former police car warehouse in the Little Tokyo Historic District, exhibiting major artists. These two museums were the original major anchors for the area along with Sci-Arc, an important center for architectural innovation. Recently with the arrival of The Broad museum in the west side of DTLA and the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in the funkier east side, the area is exploding. Now art lovers are lined down 2nd Street and Grand Ave waiting to get into the Broad and see some of the 2000 works in the Broad collection. Lines continue inside with viewers waiting to step into Yoyoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room. Escalators whisk patrons upstairs to see Basquait paintings, walk under Robert Therrien’s gigantic table and chairs in Under The Table and take selfies in front of Jeff Koons’ colorful pop sculptures. After enjoying a special exhibit of works by modern master Jasper Johns at The Broad, we walked over to their hip restaurant, Otium, a perfect place to people watch as we enjoyed a beet salad and fettuccine with mushrooms and spinach. The nearby Omni Hotel is ideal for anyone who wants to walk to nearby museums, theaters and restaurants, as I’d discovered on another art-viewing day.
A+D Museum is the only museum in LA with continuous exhibits of architecture and design. On until April 29 is No Taste For Bad Taste. BOTTOM LEFT Pillar of Decay, 1961, by Morris Lewis is in the permanent collection of MOCA. BOTTOM RIGHT Architect Arata Isozaki designed MOCA in 1986 with classical architecture and LA popular culture in mind. On through September 3 is Real Worlds: Brassai, Arbus, Goldin featuring works by these influential photographers. LEFT
When you travel east you encounter the part of DTLA nearer the river, an old industrial area that housed artists from the ‘70s to the early 2000s’. Some artists have been priced out by sleek high-rise apartments but galleries like Hauser & Wirth have moved in. Hauser & Wirth, which anchors surrounding galleries and museums based in redesigned warehouses, occupies 116,000 square feet of space in the turn-of-the-century Globe Mills complex. “Hauser & Wirth was the right creation at the right time in a special collection of buildings,” says Paul Schimmel, whose lengthy resume includes chief curator of MOCA, partner of Hauser & Wirth and current international art curator of projects in London and Qatar. “The energy was there,” he continues. “The opening show was an unprecedented success with over 80,00 viewers.” Along with the main gallery, there are smaller exhibition spaces, two book shops and a large courtyard that they are greening up with a Coast Live MAR/APR 2018 | 57
“Hauser & Wirth was the right creation at the right time in a special collection of buildings,” says Paul Schimmel. TOP LEFT Installation
by Larry Bell, Venice Fog I and Venice Fog II in Hauser & Wirth courtyard. TOP RIGHT The mural in the courtyard is by Mary Heilmann and StudioMLA designed the kitchen garden. LEFT The Hauser & Wirth gallery shop offers a curated selection of artist collaborations and hand-crafted wares from local and international makers. BELOW A large painting by Mark Bradford makes a strong statement in Manuela restaurant at Hauser & Wirth.
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Oak and dining tables. Their trendy restaurant, Manuela, has its own garden nearby with live chickens and organic produce. A fun bonus here is to talk to the restaurant servers since many of them are artists. Schimmel says that the area blossomed when small restaurants and bars started locating here since they drew a younger crowd, allowed for foot traffic and gave a sense of community. Museums and galleries add to the mix giving the area a street life. A new museum downtown is the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). Designed by the firm wHY, it is a 12,700-square-foot facility with 7,500-squarefeet of exhibition space. The Main Museum is another space for challenging exhibitions with a goal towards engaging the public in art discussions. A+D Museum has a mission to promote architecture and design and has continuous architectural exhibits. A few other galleries include DENK which was founded in DTLA in 2017 and features both local and international contemporary arts working in a variety of mediums. Over The Influence Gallery from Hong Kong opened in February with Annihilation, an exhibit of new works by Portuguese artist Vhils (Alexander Farto). A sister gallery is Garis & Hahn billed as a gallery-cum-Kunsthalle. DTLA’s future appears to be as exciting as its present. Scheduled to open this year is a flagship Commes des Garcons store and At Mateo, a mixed-use complex in a series of
ABOVE Over the Influence opened in DTLA in February, a sister gallery to Over the Influence Hong Kong. They will feature local and international artists. LEFT LA artist Cleon Peterson’s works will be seen at Over the Influence gallery. BELOW Annihilation, a series of new works by Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils will be on view at Over the Influence gallery until April 1.
warehouses. “Two projects I’m anxious to see are Michael Maltzan Architecture’s Sixth Street Viaduct and Rem Koolhaas’ 6th Street Project,” continues Schimmel. Times are definitely a-changing. It is possible to walk around this vibrant neighborhood and look up at turn-of-the-century brick structures and new larger-than-life murals and graffiti, but bear in mind that this is an evolving area. It is a cool mix of top-tier galleries and restaurants but there are also gritty uneven streets and run-down buildings. Perhaps that’s what makes it so enticing in this sanitized time of chain restaurants, malls and stores. You won’t find them here, but you will find ways to open your mind to a new art and architecture. CH
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OPPOSITE/LEFT The sound of water from a single fountain faucet brings life to the intimate entry courtyard. Wood elements such as the antique gate add rustic warmth to the garden.
BELOW The view from the pool house looks over the pool and sun lounges to the main house. Pots with lavender, westringia, and Italian cypress around the entry courtyard fountain and loggia.
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Landscape Architect Anna Hoffman Creates the Chic Mediterranean Stylistics Sought By her Client BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MANOLO LANGIS
SET AMIDST THE HILLS behind the iconic Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood is a sprawling private garden ensconced within 20-foot ficus hedges, the monochromatic colors of the paving stones and lounge furniture reminiscent of a beloved Italian resort. The quarter-of-an-acre outdoor space underwent a complete refurbishment recently. The owners had lived in the house next door, and purchased this property with a view to combining the lots, creating a spectacularly landscaped pool house. “Their vision was to create a pool area and outdoor lounge under a covered pergola in the style of their vacation spot in Italy,” said Anna Hoffman, founder of West Hollywood-based Anna Hoffman Landscape Architecture. “I studied the plants, materials and textures from their vacation photos when making my selections so that I stayed true to this vision.” Hoffman said that the aesthetic her client was going for especially resonated with her given her background; she has worked on luxury resorts, palaces, residences for heads of states, in some of the world’s most scenic locales - Portugal, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, Mauritius. Beyond that, over a nearly two-decade long career, she has amassed an exhaustive knowledge of plants that are indigenous to coastal, desert, semi-tropical and Mediterranean regions. “The project ended up being a complete landscape renovation, replanting
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Poolside daybeds and a raised pergola with built-in seating around the pool.
Looking through the birch wood pergola toward layers of planting above stone clad retaining walls.
BELOW Mature olives, hand chiseled stone, and clipped shrubs give layers of texture to the garden. Sculptural Mediterranean shubs like the Pride of Madeira, Echium Candicans, create a colorful purple statement at the end of the pool when in bloom.
“Their vision was to create a pool area and outdoor lounge under a covered pergola in the style of their vacation spot in Italy,” said Anna Hoffman. the whole property, adding a new pool, paving, (an) outdoor pergola with built-in seating, stone retaining walls, terraces with large slabs of paving stone from Exquisite Surfaces,” she said. Working in concert with Oakcrest Landscape and Lighting and McCoy Construction, the garden serves to showcase pretty pieces like the distinctive pots from Inner Gardens, and Zen-inspired chaises from Sutherland’s Poolside collection. But it was in the botanical flourishes that Hoffman was able to truly impart the chic Mediterranean stylistics sought by her client; she brought in mature, field dug olive trees from northern California and planted 20-foot ficus hedges, 18-foot Italian cypresses and 14-foot bay trees. Around the lush green space are lovely French lavender plants, as well as coast rosemary, creeping rosemary, lemon and bay trees, privet and boxwood hedges, bougainvillea, Santa Barbara daisies and the vibrancy of Pride of Madeira shrubs. “Although the planting is Mediterranean, we used contemporary detailing, which gave the final design a very California feel,” said Hoffman. There were several other significant touches hat added an upscale gloss to the surroundings; for example, drains - the bane of every sophisticated outdoor space - are rendered discreet to the point of invisibility. The paving stones come right up to the edge of the pool, obviating the need for traditional pool coping edges. At one end of the pool, the team installed a raised patio, while the pergola has the unique distinction of having posts and beams made from birch tree trunks. And at the entrance to the property, an antique wooden gate welcomes visitors, and opens into levels of terraced planting beside a simple water feature forming a covered porch. There, the homeowners and their friends can relax on balmy Californian evenings, recalling the joys of Italy. CH MAR/APR 2018 | 63
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41ST ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design showhouse event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top interior and landscape designers. First-ever showcase in San Francisco’s Marina District to be transformed by top Northern California interior and landscape designers. The annual benefit for San Francisco University High School runs April 28 through May 28, 2018. For more information please call 415.447.5830 or visit www.decoratorshowcase.org.
In April 2018 Mission Federal ArtWalk will return to Little Italy for the 34th annual celebration of San Diego’s rich arts and culture landscape. More than 300 fine artists will show and sell their work at this annual festival that brings every facet of visual and performing arts together each April. Illustrious artist Grant Pecoff will exhibit his latest series of Alaska paintings as well as paintings from San Diego, Italy and Hawaii. His mission is to promote the artists who celebrate the simple act of waveriding. Little Italy, the backdrop for the festival, is like no other district in San Diego. This vibrant neighborhood is home to art galleries, San Diego’s top dining destinations, and charmingly unique public spaces that invite you to come, linger, and enjoy. The two-day event will be held on April 28 & 29, 2018. For more information please visit www.artwalksandiego.org.
SCOTT MCMILLIN AT DESIGN GALLERY CABANA HOME Cabana Home Interior Design and Home Furnishings Gallery announces the installation of California artist Scott McMillin’s “Salvaged Communication” Fine Art Sculptures from April 11th - May 30th. “We’ve had the honor of exhibiting Scott’s work before, but this collaboration will include an exciting live demonstration of his process,” says co-founder Steve Thompson. McMillin’s sculptures are influenced by the overwhelming importance of the car in Southern California and are composed entirely of upcycled auto body parts. At the installation’s opening on April 11th, sparks will fly as the artist demonstrates the use of a plasma cutter to define and craft sections for assembly as final works. To rsvp contact please call 805.962.0200 or visit www.cabanahome.com.
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Events & Affairs PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN The Pasadena Showcase House of Design, is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. Now in its 54th year, approximately 25,000 guests visit the Showcase annually. The success of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design has enabled Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts to make cumulative donations of more than $23 million to support community music and arts programs throughout the community. This year Showcase will be visiting a 1915 Mediterranean home designed by architect Reginald Johnson. The stately exterior belies the cool contemporary vibe within. It is being restored and updated by prominent interior and landscape designers using the latest color trends, design concepts and products. With beautiful verandas, gardens, and unique living spaces, this home is perfectly primed for California living. This year’s event runs from April 22 - May 20, 2018. The 2018 Showcase House, called “The Overlook”, is a majestic Mediterranean masterpiece designed by the distinguished architect Reginald Davis Johnson. It was constructed in 1915 at a cost of $14,000 for widowed sisters Ruth Hargrove and Mary Emma Baker. For more information please visit www.pasadenashowcase.org.
COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL From delicious food to world class art, Coachella offers numerous experiences to enjoy along with the music. This year’s event occurs April 13 - 15 and April 20 - 22. Each year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival commissions a number of original, large-scale, site-specific art installations to be displayed throughout the festival and campgrounds. They search far and wide to include established and up-and-coming artists, and consider the works an essential element of the Coachella experience that distinguishes each year. This is art as landmark, public space and icon—to be viewed from an infinite variety of perspectives by an ever-shifting audience.
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Mann created a new interior stair to connect the upper main floor with the lower bedroom suite. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. In the dining room Mann continued the soft gray backdrop with Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage on the walls. The dark wood wainscoting and baseboard were refreshed with an application of November Rain.
Modern Craftman ARCHITECT ANDREW MANN TRANSFORMS A SAN FRANCISCO EDWARDIAN TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL DYER
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A feature wall showcases the ownerâ€™s collection of early California Plein-Air paintings. In the corner an Irish Georgian secretaire cabinet holds treasured Native American artifacts.
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RIGHT Shreve & Co’s arts and crafts silver hollow ware is displayed in an heirloom English mahogany and glass bookcase.
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thirty years decided to transform his San Francisco Craftsman into a venue for his acquisitions, he hired architect, Andrew Mann. Mann, a native of New England, understood his client, a Southern gentleman, needs to preserve the buildings architectural vernacular while modernizing it. They also shared an appreciation for California and its topography. Before opening his eponymous firm in 1998, Mann worked with architect William Turnbull, Jr., for ten years. Turnbull’s elegantly rustic buildings etch but never intrude on the California landscape. Echoing the state’s mercurial beauty, Mann’s client’s collection of early California Plein-Air paintings now hang in a series of light, airy spaces. Formerly a liquor store with living quarters above, the two-unit Edwardian was constructed in 1911. Despite its location in the sunny Mission district, the interior rooms were dark and cramped. Mann illuminated the center of the house by maximizing windows in a south-facing light well. At the front of the client’s second floor flat, he maintained the integrity of the entry hall, formal living, and dining rooms. A new axis unites the dining, kitchen, and media room to facilitate entertaining. To construct a master suite, Mann expanded downward into the ground floor storage room. Outside the bedroom’s expanse of glass doors and windows, a terraced garden extends the interior space. Creating a cohesive flow to the rooms, Mann painted the walls and wood paneling warm shades of white. He contrasted this with custom cherry casework used throughout for display walls, kitchen cabinets, master closets, and bathroom vanities. Mann orientated the clean lined cabinetry parallel to the long sides of
the building. The front of the flat boasts views of a lush urban park while the rear enjoys the landscaped courtyard. Against a neutral backdrop, the owner showcases acquired pieces of craftsman furniture along with inherited English and Irish antiques. On shelves, nooks, and cubbies Native American art and artifacts mingle with Japanese earthenware and basketry to delight the eye. The owner’s assemblage of San Francisco’s Shreve & Co. Arts and Crafts silver reflect a love for his adopted city. Both architect and client are pleased with the two-year renovation. “The gallery-like setting, allows the owner to develop tableaus that can change over time, all the while creating a warm, comfortable, richly layered welcoming home,” says Mann. His client agrees, “There is no point in collecting if you cannot enjoy your collections by displaying them.” CH MAR/APR 2018 | 77
To construct a master suite, Mann expanded downward into the ground floor storage room. Outside the bedroomâ€™s expanse of glass doors and windows, a terraced garden extends the interior space.
ABOVE On the lower level, the new master bedroom takes advantage of the existing tall ceiling heights with a large expanse of windows and doors to visually connect to the garden and create a bright, airy space.
The terraced rear yard is treated as an outdoor room, sheathed in horizontal boards. The mid level patio is also accessible from the media room above.
Before moving into this house, the owner never had adequate space to display his collections. They languished in boxes under the bed, in closets, and the garage.
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This family home is true to the 1920s Biltmore Hotel-style found in Santa Barbara, which is what the owners wanted. Homer Oatman designed the massive mahogany entry door and stone surrounds. Mexican influences are also readily seen with the wood beams, red tiles and wrought iron balconies. 80 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
Full Spectrum THE TRANSLUCENT LIGHT OF SEA AND SKY ILLUMINATE THIS SANTA BARBARA-STYLE FAMILY HOME IN NEWPORT COAST TEXT BY KATHY BRYANT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES BRADY
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A custom designed chandelier by Elegance in Lighting makes a design statement in the great room. The owners chose it and the area rug from Rug Resources. Robert Jamesâ€™ coffee and console tables help bring the outside feeling inside. Sofas were custom covered by Daveâ€™s Interiors: the light one in a Kravet Fabric and opposite one in Calvin Fabric. The architectural basket-handle arches add more Mexican influences. All exterior lighting is by Steven Handelman.
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This cozy area off the living room shows a custom sofa by Dave’s Interiors covered in Lee Jofa Fabric. Art work is from Kelsey Michaels Fine Art.
The breakfast room’s table is custom by Gina B and the chairs are from Janus et Cie. Seats are in Perennials Fabric, which is highly durable and easy to clean. All window coverings in the house are by Jeanne Candler designs.
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of Oatman Architects Inc, remembers when he first met with the young couple whose house he was to design. “They wanted a home to raise their two young boys in, a real family home. They didn’t want a monument to their eg os.” Because of this, there is no gaudy staircase or hotel lobby feel to the house. Instead when you enter your eyes are drawn to the spectacular view and the soft calming colors of the sky and ocean. Working with Oatman, interior designer Errol Dejager of Dejager Design, Inc. and Rick Henricksen of Pridemark Contractors on a bi-weekly basis, the owners saw their vision fulfilled. “Homer Oatman has an amazing eye for detail, which worked in perfect harmony with our
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particularities. He understood what we were going for and helped us execute it down to the smallest subtleties in design,” says the house’s owner. “I call the architecture Santa Barbara Spanish Revival,” continues Oatman. There are many Mexican influences in the tiles, balcony, arches as well as the massive mahogany front doors, designed artfully by Oatman. “The entry doors are based on traditional Mexican designs as is the stone surround. It was inspired by the entry to the Ganna Walska estate at Lotusland in Montecito,” he says. He created the other exterior doors in the house as well, including doors to the separate guest cabana and gates to the entry courtyard. Oatman also designed all the wrought iron on the project. The colors for the house were chosen with care. The European oak and limestone flooring compliment the soft color palette of the walls, furniture and area rugs with their taupe, grey-blue and seafoam green palette. They in turn echo the ocean and sky. The effect is to add depth to the space as well as a cool calmness to the light, open areas. “The owner chose the color
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BELOW The kitchen counters are by Neolith which is man-made for a marble look and the island chairs are custom designed by Errol Dejager and produced by POSSE. Ron Drier designed the stunning bowl filled with artichokes.
scheme,” says Dejager. “She was involved every step of the way. They had moved from a small house to this one. It’s their first custom house so that made it fun for all of us since they were so excited about it.” “When Errol Dejager joined the team he fit in like a glove and immediately captured the essence of the feel we wanted to create,” continues the owner. “He made us feel involved, excited and also very safe in the stressful environment that is the construction of a home.” Working with Oatman’s architecture was crucial to Dejager. “It’s critical that inside and outside connect. The strong Santa Barbara exterior influence continues in the light fixtures, and tiles. The owners want to collect their own art and not fill the house up with accessories, so we kept a contemporary feel to the the rooms.” Since this is a home with small children, much of the furniture is covered in perennial, indoor-outdoor fabric. One surprising area of this 10,000-square-foot house is the sunken
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courtyard with its fountain and tile details designed by David Salkowitz of Land Creative, Inc. Here is a perfect place for entertaining since it’s right off the wine tasting room and adjacent to the home theater. In fact, the house has many areas for entertaining, from the outdoor swimming pool to the pizza oven and bar area to the outdoor seating overlooking the Pacific Ocean, also designed by Land Creative. The owner is a passionate cook so she had a vegetable garden planted near her kitchen that she picks from every day. “They wanted a house that they could enjoy now but also one that they could grow into,” says Dejager. He says the house really comes alive when the couple is entertaining and kids are jumping in and out of the pool and adults are dining and enjoying the views. “Altogether, we truly feel that we hit the jackpot with Oatman Architects and Dejager Design,” says the owner. “We gained a stunning home, but also everlasting friendships.” CH
A comfortable area in the great room is created by this built in seating area.
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Hanging from the ceiling is a sparkly chandelier by Visual Comfort. The owner wanted a bit of bling in the living room to make it a bit more elegant. The coffee table by Madeline Stuart coordinates with the stone fireplace and the vintage mirror and ceramic discs by Ron Drier.
BELOW Cooking is the owner’s passion so landscape architect David Salkowitz of Land Creative, Inc. designed the kitchen garden for her which she uses daily.
“I call the architecture Santa Barbara Spanish Revival.” – HOMER OATMAN, PRINCIPAL OF OATMAN ARCHITECTS INC.
The outdoor loggia furniture is by Brown Jordan while the pool and bar furniture is from Sunset West.
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EVERY ROOM OF MARC APPLETONâ€™S CARMEL ARCHITECTURE RISES ORGANICALLY TO FRAME BREATHTAKING VIEWS TEXT BY CANDACE ORD MANROE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT WALLA
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Limestone steps from the entry lead into the great room, reflecting the architecture’s terracing into the hillside. Interior design by Greg Stewart of Orlando Diaz emphasizes the art collection of homeowners Pat and Nancy Forster.
Architect Marc Appleton’s inclusion of a vibrant orange wall at the entry’s water feature reflects the influence of Mexican architect Luis Barragan. The front door is a Frank Lloyd Wright influence. The walls are a California-quarried stone noted for its warmth and absence of chalkiness.
N H A B I T E D BY M A J E ST I C O L D VA L L E Y OA K S A N D M O R E recently introduced wild boar, the 20,000-acre former cattle ranch in Carmel known as the Santa Lucia Preserve, originally part of a Spanish land grant, protects the rustic landscape with strict architectural guidelines that lean towards a Spanish style like the original hacienda that’s now the gated community’s clubhouse. Architect Marc Apppleton’s clients, Nancy and Pat Forster, wanted something more adventurous for their home. The result: an edgier take on a hacienda inspired by the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragan. “As in Barragan’s work, we used rough-textured stucco plaster walls instead of smooth, and created a strong relationship between the building and the surrounding landscape,” says Appleton, a Harvard graduate with a masters in architecture from Yale. Though the natural materials including an indigenous California stone blend into the environment, the exterior embraces Luis’s flair for color with an orange exterior wall hidden within the courtyard. The free-style,
poetic license of the arrangement of rooms follows no rules or rhythm but its own, yet falls short of an inappropriate modernity by an avoidance of steel-and-glass construction. And yet there is glass in abundance—each room frames a unique view of the natural landscape. The design begins with a circular drive that wraps around a majestic Valley oak, given primacy encased within a round stone retaining wall. A second retaining wall on the other side of the drive inches up from the ground, curving as it gradually rises to full height at the front entry and its water feature. The rounded design continues with the house itself—a series of rooms that interconnect to fashion a sweeping curve, but are built as pavilions, each with its own shape, size, and orientation to take advantage of that space’s best—and in every case, dramatic—view. “These separate spaces terrace with the slope of the hill and step back to preserve five other major existing oak trees, using them to frame views from the house,” notes Appleton. “Key views from the master bedroom and bath, kitchen, and dining and great rooms influenced the form and MAR/APR 2018 | 93
Flanked by oaks, the patio view is framed within a glassed-in stucco wall that serves as a windbreaker. â€œThen we decided to include a fire element in it,â€? says the architect.
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BELOW The circular hallway winds around from the front entry to the garage. Ceiling beams are Douglar fir.
Stone used in the great room’s round walls lends itself to ledger masonry style. Windows embrace panoramic views.
disposition of these separate pieces.” Sunken into the hillside on the north, the house rises up to a higher elevation on the east and west, with its three levels connected by interior stairs. In addition to its stellar views, the great room is dramatic in its own right as a large circular space walled in stone. “Round rooms are tough to furnish,” says Appleton, “so we graded it on the right with flat planes floating within the circle.” This is where the fireplace is housed; a short distance down from the fireplace, on the other side of a narrow stone wall that rises up the wall and across the ceiling, another flat platform floats within the circle as a functional backdrop for showcasing a rustic table and vibrant orange unframed modern art. Above the room, the ceiling also floats, unattached to the walls. “The Forsters collect art, and we designed the spaces around their collection,” Appleton adds. By designing the rooms as pavilions “that could shift in their orientation, we had more flexibility in framing the views. Once the big gesture of the circular plan was developed, we designed the great room and dining room to bring in the panoramic views, whereas the bedroom and bath have more intimate MAR/APR 2018 | 97
BELOW The homeowners’ cache of previously purchased teak was taken out of storage and put to use in the kitchen’s cabinetry and island. The barrel-vaulted room’s breathtaking view includes a sharper focus high on the wall, where a round window spotlights the treetops.
views,” he explains. “We spent a lot of time with the environment. The oak trees were kind of sacred, and we designed around them, but we wanted the house to be integrated into them, not apart.” The all-teak kitchen is designed like a ship and looks out past one of the oaks. The master bath, also teak, embraces the courtyard view and multiples it with mirrors on either side. The master bedroom, repeating the concept of the great room, has a disc ceiling that floats above like a canopy. “It’s hard to describe—it looks like a Cubist painting,” suggests Appleton. The dining room features two round tables. When the couple is alone, 98 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
the tables are separated to allow the dramatic courtyard view of the mountains on the horizon to be centered within the folding glass doors. When they entertain, the Forsters bring the tables together. The dining room, kitchen, and patio all function together. Appleton, whose global residential projects have been featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, works hard “not to be branded. We don’t have a style. We respond to every client and their site uniquely. At the end of the day, it’s about the people. When a job is finished, it dies for me. I hand it over to the clients, and they keep it alive. It’s a wonderful adventure, and the Forsters were wonderful clients.” CH
The master bedroom features an unusual design of multiple planes, including a floating ceiling, that Appleton suggests is akin to a Cubist painting.
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BELOW Shades of blue and white run through the living room; the custom sofa is designed by NDC and the lounge chairs are by Henredon. The custom rug comes from Niba. The coffee table is from Century Furniture, and lighting - sconces floor lamps and table lamp - from Visual Comfort. Custom window treatments by NDC.
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DESIGNERS HEATHER BROCK AND JENNIFER WUNDROW CREATE A CLEAN AND CLASSIC HOME FOR AN EXPANDING FAMILY TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY THOMAS KUOH
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Designers Brock and Wundrow said a key factor in the design of the home was functionality for an expanding family; here, a nook off the kitchen allows for plenty of storage.
In the ‘man cave’ inspired office - a desk from Pottery Barn, leather chairs are from the client’s existing collection. Area rug by Capel, ottoman by Noir and lighting from Visual Comfort.
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the interior palette the Nantucket-style house they were tasked with remodeling a couple of years ago, designers Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow were united on their response. “Lots of blue and white, throughout the whole house,” said Brock. “The clients love those colors. It’s a classic combination.” The designers, founders of Marin-based NEST Design Co, completed the 18-month long Marin renovation in late 2016, which also involved expanding the home from its original 1,800 square foot size to about 3,000 square feet, collaborating closely with Polsky Pearlstein Architects out of Larkspur and general contractor Jeff Kerr Construction. DEFINE
“When we came in, the client had a general sense of what they wanted to do,” said Wundrow. “We essentially gutted the kitchen and the entire upstairs, and added a family room.” The house went from a two-bedroomed, two bath to a four-bedroomed, three-and-ahalf bath. There is also a mother-in-law suite above the garage. At the time the duo started the project, the client consisted of a couple with an 18-month old son who were moving from San Francisco. Mid-way through the process, the wife became pregnant with twins, reinforcing the original plan to create a space that was “clean and classic but also very family-friendly,” said Wundrow. “It had to be something a young family could grow into and feel like it was their forever home.” The designers achieved this by adhering to their pale blue-andwhite aesthetic while adding vibrant pops of color, and seamlessly integrating the clients’ existing pieces into the space. These include a hefty wooden farmhouse-style table, around which the designers
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A light, bright kitchen features custom cabinetry by NDC and a breakfast nook with custom banquette by NDC, pendant from Visual Comfort and dining chairs by Serena & Lily.
BELOW The designers incorporated the clientâ€™s existing dining table into the dining room, adding chairs by Lee Industries, a chandelier from Arteriors, area rug by Jaipur and sconces by Visual Comfort. Window treatments by NDC.
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BELOW The master bedroom has a bed from Restoration Hardware and bedside tables from Noir, upon which rest lamps from Bungalow 5. The secretary desk is from the clientâ€™s existing collection.
The Nantucketstyle house went from an original 1,800 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft with the renovation
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placed blue upholstered chairs from Lee Industries; at each head is a chair with a dragon print in contrasting blue and red/pink shades. Similarly, an area rug in the living room - which otherwise has blue velvet armchairs and an ivory-colored couch - has a subtle blueand-pink pattern. The rug, from Niba Designs, is a custom creation. For the family room, the designers opted for practical design solutions. “Given that that’s where the kids would be spending most of their time, we didn’t use a horribly expensive carpet that would have to be replaced in a couple of years,” said Brock. “Instead of using a coffee table, we got an ottoman, so the children could bounce around and not hit their heads.” Upstairs, the childrens’ rooms were “straightforward and simple,” said Wundrow. The older boy’s room is in navy and white,
while the twins - a boy and a girl - share a bedroom done in a soft green. Particularly striking is a cozy yet dramatic office space the designers created; the walls were painted Gentleman’s Grey from the Benjamin Moore line, bringing a regal look to the space, which is otherwise filled with a desk from Pottery Barn, leather chairs from the client’s personal collection and a patterned area rug from Capel. The room, like the rest of the house, conveyed the couple’s classically traditional aesthetic. “They were such a wonderful couple to work with,” said Brock. “They were very busy with work and a young son and twins on the way. But they would always ask us, ‘what do you think? Go for it.’ It’s always nice when a client just trusts you, especially when it’s a long project and you become accustomed to working with each other. It creates ease when it comes to making decisions.” CH
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TASTE BLINDNESS AND ITS REMEDIES
Over A Career Spanning A Half Century, MFK Fisher’s 27 Books On Food, Drink, And Conviviality In General Earned Her Prime Position Among American Authors BY KEN FRIEDENREICH
MFK FISHER, (1908-92) though born in Michigan, resided in California except in her ex-pat adventures in France between the world wars. Fisher never lost her vitality or her fascination with America’s table rituals, though at times she was very critical of its ersatz tendencies, putting convenience and speed ahead of enjoyment and quality. Her continued lament describes “taste blindness.” Taste blindness is not an absence of taste; it seems rather a willful denial of its existence. At least we know bad taste when it intrudes.. But being cut off from food life and lore is like being bitten by midges. What causes this myopia? I think the answer is resident in our cultural DNA, with its impulse to get a move on. But there is also something else. We carry a recessive gene of Puritanical prudery that
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casts a long shadow over joyous occasions such as a leisurely meal, with flagons of wine throughout. Because pleasure elicits guilt and woeful spasms of conscience. we fake denial, but don’t shake the blindness, anymore than the Romanovs or the House of Windsor can shake hemophilia. it follows us down the ages. How else to explain the time constraints of “Happy Hour?” Fisher recounts farm-to-table food before American cooking and dining was consigned by modernity to the root cellar and the Mason jar-thus into the Orphic shade of nostalgia. Some of Fisher’s best writing, for example, recalls the rush to harvest, cook, and store bounty for use over the somewhat imaginary long winter of a California homestead. Fisher carries a theme through her food tomes; namely, human hunger-not in the weepy-deeply Sally Strothers overnight cable-TV commercial
way, but as its essence as fuel needed to preserve the race, so as to live and love well. The remedies for taste blindness advocate immediate connection between the farm, the kitchen and the table. Writing a foreword to one edition of Fisher’s collections, James Beard suggests a direct regimen to overcome taste blindness. It entails knowledge, practice, and memory. Since wine is food in a different form, I apply Beard’s judgment to decoding grapes, since it has become too easy in our drinking wine to lose sight of what’s really happening. My suggestions are not arcane. I liken them to making a video of your tennis serve so you can watch it in discrete images to improve your delivery. Pros spend hours on form improvements. So might we isolate the steps in drinking wine. A few ways to follow Beard begins with knowledge. Much, too much, can an enthusiast learn about wine. Let’s take a number, like vintage. Vintages are relatively recent in wine classifications and were intended to help value product with Gallic pride. A vintage year owns some distinctions from other years; for example, the wildfires of 2017 will have some effect on the wines produced. Vintage gives you a starting place to anticipate what a particular wine may offer. If a wine hasn’t a vintage date doesn’t mean it’s bad; it does mean the fruit may have been pressed into blending matter in a prior year resting in the cave until needed. Little waste makes winemakers smile. Champagnes just as often as not
will be non-vintage. Only a cad would pass up bubbles without a date. Let’s assign something to Beard’s practice. We might consider place, You can find the Mall on your GPS, so why not find out where the wine in your glass hales from? The American Viticultural Area designations (over 130 in CA) provides a way to put your palate around certain wine varieties. Sense of place is a big deal in wine joy and anyone touring a wine region will appreciate its manifold attractions. These in transformation, will end up in the bottle and on the label. Why not take tours every time you pop a cork? The last of Beard’s steps entails memory, and I consider taste memory the acquisition most prized in drinking wine. First of all, it redeems time past. Second, it puts context around the wine such as the venue, the company sharing with you, and the food. To reconstruct an occasion will light the present and the time to come. With this memory acquisition comes the finish of the wine, like the sound of beautiful music that gradually fades away. The finish is the cumulative effect of tasting wines and in summing up the visual, aromatic, taste, acid, and sweet sensations, makes a statement we can file for future reference. None of these suggestions intend to mystify. I hope, however, that readers will remind one another that wine, restorative and refresher for thousands of years. is no thirst quencher or Gatorade clone, but a crucial component at our MFK Fisher table. As buds break on the vine, it serves us to see better. CH
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THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRAIL Wisconsin Has Finally Paid Its Respects To Architect Frank Lloyd Wright BY ANTHEA GERRIE
HOW FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT WOULD HAVE LAUGHED. The good and great of Wisconsin had little love for their native son during his lifetime, despite a clutch of masterpieces stretching west from Milwaukee to Madison and south to Racine. But the state has finally paid its respects by establishing a trail to mark the 150th anniversary of the original architect’s birth. It’s worth taking four or five days to cover the 200-mile trail, given Milwaukee and Racine also have world-class art museums and Madison a lively dining scene. Buildings not to miss include not only classics like the SC Johnson headquarters and Wright’s idyllic home, Taliesin, but surprises like affordable homes for workers and a tiny school built on a shoestring; Wright, the notorious spendthrift, dug into his own pocket to bring a simple building which touched him to fruition. Going over budget was one reason Wright didn’t find favour at home;
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it’s partly responsible for his Monona Terrace conference centre taking 60 years to get built in Madison. Opened in 1997,nearly 40 years after Wright’s death, it looms like an elegant spaceship on the shores of Lake Monona. Disapproval of Wright’s morals not only stalled Monona Terrace but led to murder at Taliesin, the home the adulterer built in 1911 for his mistress, Mamah Borthwick, and where he set up his studio and a school still in operation. The couple had three happy years there together before Mamah, her two children and four estate employees died following a fire set by a disgruntled employee who slew the fleeing occupants with an axe. The house caught fire again in 1925 but was improved in rebuilding when Wright extended the living room. With its screens, fretted windows, Oriental art and intimate courtyard gardens Taliesin feels, like many Wright buildings, innately Japanese and way ahead of its time.
Exterior view of Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. TOP Across the Wisconsin river near Spring Green, WI, Taliesin emerges. ABOVE View looking out to the Wisconisin river from Taliesin. RIGHT Aerial view of Taliesin. OPPOSITE
Taliesin, in hill country 40 miles west of Madison, needs a full day if including the Wyoming Valley School at the foot of the hill. This was a school like no other with its bold, futuristic lines and central fireplace. Funds available were negligible, but in memory of his mother, who lived in the area, Wright reached into his own pocket to resite the school into a better position and complete construction without busting the meagre budget. Budgetary considerations were a constraint Wright took on board to create affordable houses in a blue-collar district of Milwaukee - although their distinctive overhangs and other architectural details make them look chic and expensive, even those fraying at the edges compared to the showpiece on the corner. You can cover this stop in 15 minutes if not walking through the one house open to the public on specific dates, but it’s worth taking time to check out the industrial-chic Iron Horse Hotel, named in homage to the nearby Harley-Davidson Museum, and the exquisite art museum whose worldclass collection risks being eclipsed by a spectacular addition by Calatrava. Don’t expect to rush through Racine, either, where Wright’s buildings for SC Johnson take a good half day to explore. The corporate headquarters, still in daily use, is notable for its half-acre Great Workroom supported by tree-like columns and elegant Wright-designed desks. In the Research Tower 43 miles of window are the star, 7000 glass tubes creating a ribbed effect. By contrast, Wingspread feels dark, sombre and not a bit homey, spoiled for the owner by its leaking roof. When HF Johnson Jr. called
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Travel Wyoming Valley School exterior in Spring Green, WI. BELOW Centered upon the roof is the upper portion of the school’s hexagonal plan concrete block chimney mass.
Taliesin, in hill country 40 miles west of Madison, needs a full day if including the Wyoming Valley School at the foot of the hill. This was a school like no other with its bold, futuristic lines and central fireplace. the architect during a dinner party to complain, Wright’s response was a curt: “Don’t you have a bucket?” Leaky roofs were a hallmark weakness of Wright’s work, yet didn’t stop him getting the New York Guggenheim commission. Although Racine seems lost in a timewarp, its charming old downtown deserted, Main Street is home to a world-class craft collection at the Racine Art Museum. Nearby a redeveloped marina is perfect for a waterside stroll, making the Doubletree Harbourwalk the lodgings of choice. From Racine the choice is to continue south and take in Oak Park, the Chicago suburb not on the trail but packed with superb Wright homes including the architect’s own first house, or return to Milwaukee, whose great little airport is much easier to get in and out of than O’Hare. CH 112 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
the most memorable features of the Great Workroom in the SC Johnson Administration Building are the “dendriform” – as Wright called them – (tree-shaped) columns that stretch from floor to ceiling throughout the building. They are made of mesh-reinforced concrete. BELOW The front desk at the SC Johnson Adminstration Building illustrates Wright’s use of light. BOTTOM The pedestrian bridge that spans two sections of the Administration Building.
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PASADENA 2018 SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN The Empty House Party Held January 19th The 2018 Pasadena Showcase House of Design season kicked-off on January 19 with the Empty House Party. Held at a 1915 Mediterranean estate designed by architect Reginald Johnson, the party drew a crowd of 450 design aficionados and patrons of the arts. This yearâ€™s Showcase House belies a cool contemporary vibe with 20+ prominent interior and landscape designers restoring it using the latest color trends, design concepts and products. With beautiful verandas, gardens, and unique living spaces, this home is perfectly primed for California living. Tickets cost between $35-45. More info at www.pasadenashowcase.org or 714.442.3872. Proceeds support music and arts programs throughout Southern California. The 2018 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open to the public April 22 - May 20, 2018.
1 Benefit Chair Vikki Sung with PSHA President Marilyn Anderson 2 Empty House Party Chairs Lynn Mehl and Dana Marevich 3 Showcase Designer Liaison Chini JohnsonTalyor with designers Steve Thompson & Caroline Thompson of Cabana Home 4 Designer Dina Marciano
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PIRNAR NORTH AMERICAN CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS Grand Opening Event Celebrated At LDC
Pirnar Doors recently proudly celebrated their grand opening of the new showroom and North American Headquarters at the Laguna Design Center. Special thanks to Bang & Olufsen who donated two gifts for the raffle; the P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker and the E4 Premium Earphones. Also many thanks to artist Chris Justice for a gift of art, Aston Martin for displaying their cars on the property and California Homes magazine who donated a basket from Hi Time worth $150 and a $100 gift certificate from Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach, all contributions for the raffle. Heather Ahrens, Director of Sales looks forward with great enthusiasm to serving the architects, builders and designers of southern California. Come visit at Laguna Design Center, 23811 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 161, Laguna Niguel, CA. 2
1 Aston Martin of Newport Beach donated two beautiful Aston Martins for display at the event. 2 Kimberly Smith from Crawford Custom Homes, Linda McCall CHM Associate Publisher, Lisa Gallegos Hilton Builders, Denny Muusse Stark Carpet, Patricia Hilton of Hilton Builders and Heather Ahren of Pirnar Doors
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3 Jurgen Praeger Bang and Olufsen, Heather Ahren and Anze Pirnar of Pirnar Doors, Adam Rejino, David Junk, Doug Moore all of Bang and Olufsen and Chris Justine Limited Edition Print 4 Donna Endsley, Audra Wrightson of Audra Interiors and Kathleen Bashian from Tidelli
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NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE GLOBAL EXHIBTION OPENING NIGHT The Institute Français and VIA’s Le French Design Celebrate at the A+D Museum Los Angeles Over 200 guests filled the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in downtown Los Angeles for the unveiling of VIA’s globally-touring NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE exhibit epitomizing the elegance of le French Design. Celebrities, art patrons, design enthusiasts and guests of the French consulate enjoyed wine, hors d’oeuvres, and French-inspired music while touring exhibition scenography designed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac framing the 40 masterpieces on display. The reception included a brief presentation of awards from California Sen. Ben Allen’s office to Mr. Anthony Morey, Director of A+D Museum, Mr. Jean Paul Bath, VIA Director General; and Mr. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles. Exhibition pieces were elegantly displayed in tents organized by the 10 values they were based upon: Art de Vivre, Panache, Elegance and a Hint of Luxury, Audacity, Cultural Openness, Heritage, Balance, Creativity and Industry, Savoir-Faire, and Sustainable Innovation. Curated by a global think tank of 40 tastemakers, the exhibition hopes to help promote and inspire design enthusiasts around the world toward a qualitative design culture in the 21st century. Open to the public from Feb. 24-April 29 at the A+D Museum, 900 E. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. 4
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1 A+D Museum exterior. 2 Mr. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles 3 Art on display. 4 Jim Benaim 5 Anthony Morey, Director, A+D Museum; Lauren Pizer-Mains, Joint Commission on the Arts, Sen. Ben Allen’s office; and Mr. JeanPaul Bath, VIA Director General 6 Art on display. 7 Mike Reagan 8 Lisa Berman, Sculpture to Wear 9 Megan Reilly, co-founder of the
WestEdge Design Fair, with JeanPaul Bath, VIA Director General 10 Dermot Mulroney, Actor; Shaun Thompson, Shaun Thompson PR 11 Tay Trong 12 Astrid Le Moine with Anne Sophie Simenel, Cultural Attachée at the French Consulate of Los Angeles 13 Nancy Levens, President, A+D Board of Directors, with A+D Board Members Mr. Farooq Ameen and wife Sabrina Ahmed
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