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Contents 66 RETAINING INTEGRITY IN PALM SPRINGS
Designer Suzanne Furst Fills This George Alexander Home With Her Favorite Color Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Mary E. Nichols
74 CARMEL GETAWAY
TWG Reimagines A Family Home
Text by Kendra Boutell
Photography by Aaron Leitz
82 DESERT RIPOSTE
Barclay Butera Eschews The Strictly Casual Conventions Of Desert Design To Create A More Lushly Appointed Palm Springs Home That Reflects His Clientsâ€™ Interests Text by Candace Ord Manroe Photography by Nathan Schroder
90 A HOUSE WITH A HISTORY
Jan Turner Hering Designs A Dream Home On Linda Isle Text by Kathy Bryant Photography by David O. Marlow
98 PATTERN MAKER
Berkeley Designer Lane Mcnab Adds Bold Color And Big Geometrics To An Alameda Home Text by Jennifer Blaise Kramer Photography by Aaron Leitz
106 AN UNUSUAL REQUEST
Designers Audrey Dunn And Ladd Mcrae Lambert Create A New Contemporary House Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Darlene Halaby
ABOVE Designer Lane McNab added bold colors such as in the entry hall where a vintage bench from nearby Alameda Point Antiques is paired with a sheepskin for a soft spot to pull off shoes. See story beginning on page 98. Photograph by Aaron Leitz.
The pool area of this LaQuinta home designed by Barclay Butera. Umbrellas from Santa Barbara Designs. Chaise lounges from Summer Classics. See story beginning on page 82. Photograph by Nathan Schroder.
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52 EVENTS & AFFAIRS
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56 FURNITURE PROFILE 34 CALENDAR California Museums And Galleries BY CATHY MALY
39 NOTEBOOK 39 42 44 46 48 50
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60 BOOKS Canadian Contemporary; The Northern Home Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design REVIEWED BY SUSAN MCFADDEN
62 DESIGN PROFILE
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Martin Young Designs BY KENDRA BOUTELL
The homes featured in this issue are all about diversity in California design. We included a mid-century by designer Suzanne Furst for Palm Springs Modernism Week, but also found a more traditional desert second home designed by Barclay Butera in La Quinta just to show you can have either or in the desert. Back in Orange County we have two choices; a beach front contemporary by Jan Turner Hering or a sleek contemporary in a valley about ten miles behind Laguna Beach by designers Audry Dunn and Ladd McRae Lambert who faced many challenges. We just had to showcase a remodeled beach front property in Carmel by Paul Wiseman and the Wiseman Group, and designer Lane McNab creates a vibrant and colorful home in the east bay. It is almost the end of the year and as we wrap up this January/ February 2019 issue we want to thank our readers for your continued interest in California Homes. I also want to thank all our writers and photographers for supplying us with well written stories and beautiful photography. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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NATHAN SCHRODER Whether it’s a fashion model, an interior or architectural detail, you can tell you’re looking at a photograph by Nathan Schroder. He has a distinct point of view. The way he sets up a photo to tell a story-to capture it essence – turns an empty parking lot into an elegant spacescape. A graduate of the University of North Texas with a BFA in Photography and a minor in Psychology. See his photography on designer Barclay Butera’s La Quinta project on page 82.
MARY E. NICHOLS Mary E. Nichols still enjoys Shooting architecture and design after a 35 plus year career working all over the world.... ( continue using her copy below including the part about the George W. Bush museum in Texas. the George W. Bush Library and Museum is doing a special exhibit in 2019, Away From The Whitehouse and will be displaying the LBJ Ranch that Mary shot in Texas. See her photographs of Suzanne Furst’s mid-century home beginning on page 66.
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 on designer Jan Turner Hering’s home on Linda Isle beginning on page 90.
Just received my Nov/Dec issue and thank you. I’m always impressed with your covers but this one is exceptional. I noticed you are not featuring gardens as often. Hopefully you can do a few more next year. Carole Bonner Santa Rosa, CA
Thank you for the wonderful story on Alison Pickart’s family home in Ross. I am trying to freshen up my desert home and this feature gave me some great ideas. Johnelle Walker Rancho Mirage, CA John De Bastiani is featured in the Nov/ Dec issue of California Homes and so is my art. He purchased one of my early Etruscans 90”x48” Ink on Paper 2009 from Gary Gibson. I am deeply honored to be included in this spread. Soaring gratitude. S. Lee Robinson Los Angeles, CA Happy to see a more contemporary hi-rise home in San Francisco by designer Tineke Triggs. While the condo is described as low maintenance the
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THE CRAFT & FOLK ART MUSEUM – LOS ANGELES
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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile, an expansive installation featuring pioneering American artist Robert Rauschenberg’s magnum opus The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981–98). Completed over a period of 17 years, The 1/4 Mile is composed of 190 panels that, combined, measure approximately 1,000 feet—or nearly a quarter mile—in length. Signifying the distance between Rauschenberg’s studio and his home on Captiva Island, Florida, the quarter-mile span is representative of the artist’s central belief in working in the “gap between” art and life. The piece comprises an eclectic array of materials including various textiles, images culled from mass media, and photographs by the artist that are interspersed between bold passages of paint, while everyday objects such as chairs, cardboard boxes, and traffic lights add sculptural depth. The 1/4 Mile is on view until June 9, 2019. For more information, please call 323.857.6000 or visit www.lacma.org.
Robert Rauschenberg The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (detail), 1981–98 Mixed media TOP RIGHT
Hushidar Mortezaie and Jiyan Zandi The Brotherhood, 2018 Digital photograph BELOW
Erik Kessels 24HRS in Photos, 2011
The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation present the juried exhibition Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video. Focus Iran is a series of biennial exhibitions that features distinctive perspective about Iran through photography and video works. This year’s theme puts a lens on Iranian youth culture. An international panel of jurors selected forty-two photographs and videos that will be displayed in a group exhibition from January 27 to May 12, 2019, with an opening preview reception to take place on January 25 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The exhibition will continue to the University of California, Irvine’s Viewpoint Gallery from October 5 to November 5, 2019. For more information please visit www.farhang.org.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The exhibition snap+share gives visitors a new way to visualize — and experience — how photographs have become so ubiquitous in our daily lives. Whether through early examples of 1960s and ’70s mail art, physical piles of pictures made up of those uploaded to the Internet over a 24-hour period, or a working refrigerator that allows participatory meme-making, visitors can trace the evolution of sharing photographs. Spanning the history of mail art to social networks, the show presents a variety of artists working in various media, from framed paper-based art to immersive installations. Snap+share, transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks is on display from March 30 through August 4, 2019. For more information, please call 415.357.4000 or visit www.sfmoma.org.
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The Erin Hanson Gallery invites you to the Anniversary Event, celebrating two years in San Diego. After operating in Los Angeles for five years, the gallery relocated to San Diego and has been enjoying the city’s beautiful and diverse environment ever since. Erin Hanson’s impressionistic landscapes have been received by our new city with open arms, and we are proud to celebrate a very successful second year in San Diego. Visit The Erin Hanson Gallery on Saturday, February 9th from 5:00-9:00 PM to experience Erin’s most recent works along with wine, and live music. The gallery is located at 9705 Carroll Centre Road, San Diego, CA 92126. For more information please call 858.324.4644 or visit www.erinhanson.com.
HEATHER JAMES FINE ART – PALM DESERT
An exhibition of paintings by the acclaimed California artist Sam Francis on view at Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, through April 29, 2019. Comprising over 28 paintings and works on paper, spanning from 1955 to 1994, Sam Francis: From Dusk to Dawn includes works from the Sam Francis Foundation, and Kaare Berntsen Collection, among others. Featuring 18 paintings completed shortly before the artist’s death in 1994 placed alongside more than 20 seminal works from 1955 through 1986.
JOANNE ARTMAN GALLERY – LAGUNA BEACH
Bursting with life, form, and color, America Martin’s compositions pioneer a reaffirmation of life and the human experience. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present, America to Me, an exhibition featuring both new and retrospective work rooted in Martin’s investigation of the human form and its context. America to Me: A Retrospective Featuring America Martin on display from Feb 7 thru April 30, 2019, with an artist reception on February 7th, 2019 from 6-8 pm. Exploring the identity of both her namesake and country, LA-based America Martin draws inspiration from her Colombian heritage and the human figure to represent a diverse portrayal of what and who America is. With resounding vulnerability, Martin showcases a reflection of self and of country while simultaneously addressing her individualism and nationality. Refusing to universalize the American dream or experience, she instead meditates on the importance of individual narration and on her own ability to navigate these ideas through artistic outlet. The gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For more information please call 949-541-5481 or visit www.joanneartman.com
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Erin Hanson September Dawn 40 x 30 inches Oil on canvas ABOVE
America Martin Woman at Rest with Book Oil and acrylic on canvas 52 x 100.25 inches TOP RIGHT
Sam Francis, Untitled, 1976 Acrylic on Paper 29x23 inches BOTTOM RIGHT
Sam Francis, Untitled, 1994 Acrylic on canvas, 24x15 inches
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Each fabric has been inspired by pieces in Luluâ€™s own personal collection of antique, decorative textiles, art and jewels.
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Lulu grew up in the English countryside in an atmospheric house filled with animals and antiques. As a child she was fascinated by the exotic, and a trip to Egypt when she was seventeen opened her eyes to the richness of oriental culture. Studies in Egyptology and Ancient History at University College London followed, instilling a lifelong love of Middle Eastern art and design. Every Soane Britain design is made in Britain in small workshops that excel in traditional crafts, such as iron forging, chair making, precision engineering and saddlery. Soane Britain’s design and production teams work closely with the craftsmen to ensure exceptionally well-made, classic and enduring products. Orders are made with the client’s choice of materials and finishes from Soane Britain’s in-house collection of woods, stones, metals and leathers. Soane’s collection of plain and patterned fabrics are woven and printed in British mills and workshops. Each fabric has been inspired by pieces in Lulu’s own personal collection of antique, decorative textiles, art and jewels. Ageold patterns are studied and their compositions and colors sensitively reworked to create new designs. Lulu Lytle will be the keynote speaker at Design San Francisco on February 5, 2019, 10:00-11:00am. CH 2 Henry Adams t, No. M-47, 415.590.3260, www.soane.co.uk | www.sfdesgincenter.com
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Notebook | WHAT’S NEW PLACES
THE WILD A One of a Kind Luxury Retreat in Jackson Hole’s Teton Village
THE CALL OF THE WILD IN THE RUGGED TETONS of Wyoming will be calling your name from the new luxury property, Caldera House. Designed by Los Angeles based Commune and local firm Carney Logan Burke, jointly they have cultivated a warm aesthetic that blends European style with American craftsmanship, creating a modern chalet. The all-suites property includes four contemporary 5,000 sq. foot four-bedroom suites with wood burning fireplaces, chef’s kitchen, steam showers and soaking tubs and four 1,500 sq. foot two-bedroom suites are an updated version of a classic cabin with European furnishings, custom millwork and fireplaces. Caldera House offers many of the same services of larger properties, a restaurant, café, private bar, lounge, locker room, ski valet, The Mudroom ski shop, a spa that features an infinity hot plunge, dry sauna, state of the art fitness and yoga studio. In addition to the hotel, Caldera House also serves as an exclusive alpine club, memberships include ski tuning and demos at The Mudroom, coveted ski valet, parking, state of the art lockers and access to Caldera House members lounge and fitness facilities. CH
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Notebook | WHATâ€™S NEW SHOP
New York Design Studio Apparatus Opens in Los Angeles THE IMPRESSIVE 5,000- SQUARE-FOOT SPACE
is a beautiful canvas in itself with subtle lighting and plaster work that showcases the coveted brand. The location is a homecoming for co-founders Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson who met in Los Angeles seven years ago before setting up their lighting studio in New York. Studio Apparatus, 1021 N McCadden Place, Los Angeles, 310.935.4575, www.apparatusstudio.com
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Notebook | WHAT’S NEW SHOWROOMS CALIFORNIA CLOSETS
Located in Corona Del Mar’s downtown area along Route 1, the California Closets Corona Del Mar Showroom is nestled among quaint, local shops. Guest can experience the one-of-a-kind custom closets and storage spaces created by California Closets’ professional designers and explore design and material options in the stateof-the-art Design Studio. The team will also help guide visitors through the variety of exclusive finishes, accents, accessories and lighting design options available, helping guests find the perfect match for their aesthetic and budget. Products on display beautifully showcase the company’s high-quality workmanship, including dovetail drawer construction, undermount slides, soft close door and drawer mechanisms, various pullout storage options, hanging rod styles, slat walls and more. California Closets, 2854 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.652.7480, www.californiaclosets.com
A Neighborhood local and City Flagship Bring Two Designer Brands Closer to Home
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The British paint and wallpaper brand Farrow & Ball has opened a two story, 2600 square foot flagship showroom in Los Angeles. Located in the La Cienega Design Quarter, the new space was designed by Isacc Resinoff and Sandy Yum of Project Room. “With this new showroom, we wanted to create an innovative space and rethink what a paint and wallpaper showroom can be” explains Farrow & Ball CEO Anthony Davey. Through a special magnetic system developed by Project Room, customers have a more tactile and personalized way to view subtle differenced and pair color schemes. The showroom also will be an exhibit space for local talent and gathering space for the LA design community. Farrow & Ball, 741 N. La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, 310.652.6846, www.farrow-ball.com 46 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
Notebook | PRODUCT 2. WITFORD Cognac leather with dark bronze finish chair
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An homage to renowned Italian architect Gio Ponti, travertine panels are intercut to create this bold, dramatic wallcovering.
Luxury British Firm Fromenthal Blends Historic Classicism with Cutting Edge Cool to Crate Timeless Interiors
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Events & Affairs WESTWEEK 2019 – PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER
CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR – OAKLAND
PDC’s annual Spring Market is the West Coast’s showcase for global design. Each March, WESTWEEK debuts an array of luxury furnishings and interior resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators. The two-day event, March 20 and March 21, 2019, features keynote programs, product introductions and showroom happenings, complemented by presentations from the nation’s leading shelter publications, editors and tastemakers. WESTWEEK attracts 3,000+ trade professionals from across the West and around the globe. While at Market, discover new introductions spotlighting the impact of international trends on the interiors industry as the latest offerings from among 2,200 product lines are presented by 100 boutique to international showroom manufacturers. For more information please visit www.pacificdesigncenter.com.
PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN The 55th Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be held at the Boddy House on the grounds of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge from April 21 - May 19, 2019 (Showcase House is closed Mondays). The Hollywood Regency style, 12,000-square-foot mansion was designed by James E. Dolena and will be reimagined by 26 designers. Tickets $35 - $45. Includes free parking at shuttle service. Don’t miss the fabulous Shops at Showcase featuring 29 vendors and “pop-up shops”. Plus, Showcase design talks and an art gallery dedicated to California painters. Patina Restaurant is on site. Tickets go on sale Jan 31. Proceeds benefit arts and music programs throughout Southern California. For more information please call 714.442.3872 or visit www.pasadenashowcase.org.
The 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, recognized as one of the world’s largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California, Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring the collections and rare treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day Book Fair offers a rich selection of manuscripts, early American and European literature, modern first editions, children’s books, maps and autographs, as well as antiquarian books on history, science, law, architecture, cooking, wine and a wide range of other topics. This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit by the Book Club of California, an active association of over 800 major California collectors with interests in rare books and manuscripts of all types. Founded in 1912, the Club’s library is dedicated to collecting and sharing works of California fine printers; resources on book making, book design, and book history; and books of historical significance. Joel Harris, a local member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, will be loaning a portion of his collection for a curated exhibit of first edition books by L. Frank Baum and the subsequent authors of the “Wizard of Oz” series. The theme of a Saturday lecture jointly sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the Bibliographical Society of America will be Cyclone on the Prairies: The Magic of the Land of Oz. For more information, please visit www.cabookfair.com.
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TECHSTYLE ART BIENNIAL In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched its signature event, the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its fourth incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community. Opening reception, Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00pm.
Marie Bergstedt Madamme 2018 Mixed fiber media wallwork 59 x 56 inches TOP LEFT
Kaori Takamura Between Shapes 1617 Acrylic on wood, laser cut, silkscreen, stitching 45 x 43 inches
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COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2019 The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. The 2019 festival goes down April 12th-14th and April 19th-21st. Coachella was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live. The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. For more information please visit www.coachella.com.
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SOUTH BAY SAVVY: REAL ESTATE SEMINAR In this fast-changing real estate market, everyone wants to know how to improve the value of their most important investment. On Saturday, February 2nd, 3:00-5:00pm, a panel of residential experts -- including architect Joe Spierier, designer Phil Norman, realtor Bill Ruth and a builder–will engage in a lively discussion at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Whether it’s a new build or a renovation, the panelists will discuss the top ten tips for intelligent design options of residential properties and how to create elegant, smart spaces for harmonious family living and, ultimately, maximum resale value. Homeowners will learn where to spend, where not to spend, and how to take the neighborhood comps into consideration. There is more to the picture than meets the eye. Admission free. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS Furniture impresarios Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Together Had A Vision That Came True BY KAVITA DASWANI
IN THE SUMMER OF 1987, Mitchell Gold was working
for a large furniture company and Bob Williams in the graphics promotion department of a teen magazine. They both happened to walk into the same New York City bar one evening, and began dating. Shortly after their relationship began, they started talking about having their own company. “We didn’t know what it was going to be. We just liked the idea of doing something together,” recalls Gold. They bought a Christmas tree farm and vineyard outside Bedford, Virginia. But then Gold got transferred with his company to North Carolina, Williams accompanied him, and in 1989, the design brand of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams was born. Now on the cusp of its 30th year, the furniture impresarios now employ 600 people at its million square foot factory and corporate headquarters in Taylorsville, North Carolina (up from the 23 staffers it started with.) In addition to the design milestones achieved by the duo, they are proudest of a few other things - such as providing on-site childcare to the almost 80 kids who are offspring of their employees. There is a free health center staffed by registered nurses, a gym for employees, weight loss programs, a garden where kids can plant and pick fruit and veggies.
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ABOVE The brand prides itself on its aesthetic of modern luxury, carefully cultivated over three decades. LEFT An extensive range of accessories is designed for almost every room in the home.
“It’s not only about the way something sits in a room, but how a person sits on it, how comfortable friends and family feel. We don’t want to stuff your home with furniture that is precious or formal that you can’t sit back and relax on.” - BOB WILLIAMS
“Our vision was to have a factory that cared about its employees,” said Gold. Indeed, this is a brand that has, from the outset, been ahead of its time; the designers were early pioneers of using environmentally responsible wood from quick regrowth forests. “We were disruptors before that was a word,” laughed Gold. In celebration of its 30th year in business, the designers are launching some small-scale, or ‘petite’ chairs, as part of its spring 2019 offering - such as the Fifi, a petite modern Tibetan Fur Chair and the Poppy, in a yellow diamond jacquard. “We’re doing them in an exciting way, one that will resonate with
consumers,” said Gold. “We feel like they will be an extra piece of added jewelry to the home, while still being functional.” That is a combination that the duo have prided themselves on since the beginning. Now with 29 freestanding stores in the US, and more in San Juan and Montreal, the brand first launched with upholstered dining chairs and “eclectic” glass-topped tables at an accessible price; the chairs back then were $195 to $295. “Bob and I felt that people were entertaining at home more, and we offered them upholstered dining chairs in beautiful fashion fabrics like florals and rich velvet stripes, and they were an immediate hit,” he said. “We were delivering faster than any other company,
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and selling to people in high traffic areas. We were able to offer a 25-year warranty on the chairs and the wood frame was cut out of a single piece of engineered and environmentally responsible hardwood. Nobody else was doing that.” Williams recalls that even in those early days, comfort was paramount in everything they touched. “It’s not only about the way something sits in a room, but how a person sits on it, how comfortable friends and family feel. We don’t want to stuff your home with furniture that is precious or formal that you can’t sit back and relax on.” The company’s range is vast, extending to furniture for every room in the house (except kitchen and bathroom), as well as rugs, window treatments, bedding, textiles, lighting, mattresses and sophisticated offerings for your bar cart. These days, said Gold, they are
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working more with performance fabrics, upholstery that is kid and pet-friendly, which he says was partly borne out of memories of his own childhood, when many households had rooms that children weren’t allowed into. “The whole family needs to be able to enjoy all the furniture in every room,” he said. The duo have every right to be optimistic about the decades ahead, and say that optimism seeps into everything they do. “One thing we’ve noticed over the years,” says Williams, “is that what’s going on around the world affects how people buy furniture. When times are tough, they are conservative with their style choices. When signs are better, they are adventurous, looking at things that are brighter and happier. Our goal has always been to brighten up someone’s life at home, no matter what they are dealing with.” CH
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Canadian Contemporary; The Northern Home
Forward by Dr. Avi Friedman Edited by Hannah Jenkins Seems that many of us in California feel weâ€™re the center of contemporary design, so here is another part of our world that creates beautiful contemporary architecture. Canadian Contemporary invites you to get lost in the stunning relationship between structure and the outdoors and to explore the latest trends in Canadian living and residential home design. Dive into this gorgeous book which features 33 projects by a selection of Canadaâ€™s leading architects, a forward by acclaimed Professor of Architecture, Dr. Avi Friedman, and stunning full-color photographs that capture the seamless transition from home to the natural landscape that surrounds. Canadian Contemporary; The Northern Home Forward by Dr. Avi Friedman Edited by Hannah Jenkins 192 pages Hardcover POB: US $39.95 ISBN: 978-1864707625 Images Publishing Group
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Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design Text by Adele Cygelman Adele Cygelman’s latest book, Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design is being published in February, 2019, in time for Modernism Week. There will be a series of talks, events and book signings scheduled during the week and Elrod will be receiving a Star on the Walk of Stars outside the Architecture + Design Center. The introduction by Adele states that no one outside Palm Springs knows Arthur Elrod’s name. But everyone knows the Elrod House, created for him by architect John Lautner and completed in 1968. And if you don’t know the Elrod House by name from having seen photos of it published endlessly in magazines or online, then you surely know it from a memorable sequence in the 1971 James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever. Arthur Elrod was the most successful interior designer working in the Palm Springs area from 1954 to 1974. His company, Arthur Elrod Associates, completed countless projects in the desert and across the United States. He designed vacation homes, main homes, second homes, third home, model homes, spec houses and designer showhouses. His rise paralleled the growing modernist movement in desert architecture, and he worked alongside the leading California architects of that day including E. Stewart Williams, William F. Cody, Paul R. Williams, Bluff & Hensman, A Quincy Jones, Wexler & Harrison, Palmer & Krisel, Howard Lapham, Richard Dorman, Edward Fickett and, most famously, John Lautner. Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design Group Text by Adele Cygelman 224 pages Hardcover POB: US $45 ISBN: 978-1423648789 Gibbs Smith JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2O19 | 61
NIGHT & DAY Martin Young Designs Two Dramatic Rooms BY KENDRA BOUTELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSE MANUEL ALORDA
MARTIN YOUNG’S CLIENT, a Francophile busi-
ABOVE In the Salon, the designer surmounted the client’s heirloom settee with Dale Goffigon’s atmospheric photograph “Castle near Antwerp.” Stark’s Khaki wool sisal weave carpet grounds the room.
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cocooned the Study in Farrow & Ball’s, Studio Green paint. In the corner, an antique glass table lamp illuminates the steel and brass gueridon from Maison Jansen.
nesswoman, wanted a couple of rooms designed in her St. Francis Wood home. Young previously worked on the Tudor Revival house while with Steven Volpe Design. Because the homeowner’s family emigrated from France to New Orleans in the 1860s, there were several generations of heirlooms to integrate into the rooms. The designer accomplished this with an elegant, feminine salon, and an equally stylish but more masculine study. For the shell of the rooms, Young orchestrated a color story to give each space a separate identity while providing visual continuity. In the salon, he selected a pale robin’s egg blue for the walls conveying a sunlit ambiance. The color reminded his client of a Bailey & Griffin chintz
ABOVE Donald Kaufman’s, Loft Blue paint creates a tranquil feeling in the Salon. Young split a pair of antique glass table lamps between the two rooms to create continuity.
fabric in her childhood home. In the study, Young chose a deep library green paint reminiscent of Louisiana architect A. Hays Town’s work. The nocturnally hued room showcases books and artwork with an ancillary TV. Both environments share luxurious upholstery fabrics and window treatments; mohair, cashmere, and classic textiles from Pierre Frey and Holland & Sherry. To anchor the salon, Young installed a vintage wood-framed sofa crafted by a New Orleans ébéniste. He combined this with a trousseau cabinet commissioned by the client’s great-grandfather. Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair adds a modern dynamic to the room. In the study, an antique prayer chair from the Filles de la Charité references the home owner’s French ancestry. An eglomise mirror, steel table base, and inherited silver collection infuses the dark space with reflective surfaces. In both the study and salon, Young created rooms that feel au courant while honoring the past. CH
Continuing with the Francophile theme, botanicals by French Royal court artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté decorate the Study. A vintage Cedric Hartman floor lamp adds task lighting. Styling on the curio cabinet includes a charcoal drawing of a ballerina from the collection of the client’s mother.
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The doors from Panoramic Doors in Los Angeles open up to a pool area designed for entertaining. The patio furniture is by Italian brand Nardi, and umbrellas and fire pit chairs from True Value Hardware. The dining table is from Pelago in Palm Springs, surrounded by chairs from Scandinavian Imports. The area is meticulously landscaped using succulents and cacti from Mollerâ€™s Garden Center in Palm Desert.
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RETAINING INTEGRITY IN PALM SPRINGS
DESIGNER SUZANNE FURST FILLS THIS GEORGE ALEXANDER HOME WITH HER FAVORITE COLOR TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY E. NICHOLS
H E F I R ST T I M E S U Z A N N E F U R ST saw the Palm Springs mid-century house she would eventually acquire, she had a clear vision for it. She would retain the integrity of the 1,225 square foot original George Alexander home, built in 1959. “What I love about this house is the combined living-dining-kitchen areas that, along with the high A-framed ceiling, create a feeling of a much larger space, said the acclaimed designer. To enhance the sense of space, Furst, founder of Suzanne Furst Interiors in Los Angeles, opened up the patio-facing walls with chamfered windows over a 16 foot opening, created by using stacking doors. “This allowed views of the mountains into this room and integrated the indoors with the outdoor areas,” she said. Because Furst is a sun-worshipper, she wanted to use yellow in areas throughout the house, and says the color immediately brings a smile on her face when she walks into the home. A bonus: the house came with a 650 square foot ‘casita’ in the back. She styled this in a colorful and playful way. “I’m very fortunate with the way it’s laid out,” she said. “The bedrooms and bathrooms are also larger than most of the Alexander models.” But before any of the fun stuff could happen, Furst had a lot of structural work to do on the property; very little appeared to have been done since the house was originally built.
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In the striking entrance area, Furst added a bronze mirror to backlight a sculpture by Michael Aram. Overhead hangs a chandelier by Arteriors. A painting from the Mark Russell showroom anchors the space.
OPPOSITE TOP In the retro-inspired living room, a sofa customdesigned by Furst is upholstered with fabric from Perennials. The chairs are by Billy Haines in a checkered design from Pindler. The area rug is by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The living area shares space with the dining area; mid-century chairs are upholstered in Perennials fabric, around a table from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Slender wall sconces are by James Magni at Thomas Lavin, and the chandelier comes from Arteriors. The coffee table is covered in shagreen, and designed by Furst. OPPOSITE BOTTOM In the kitchen, the walnut cabinetry and quartz stone countertops were remnants from the original house, to which Furst added a backsplash from Bedrosians Tile & Stone in Palm Desert.
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“The previous owner’s remodeling was not done to code, and none of the old framing or wiring had been repaired,” she said. “When we opened up the wall, it was a nightmare. We had to gut the house and re-frame, re-wire and re-plumb. We had to replace the water heater, the air-conditioning system and the pool motor. It was basically building a new house. But I feel good about it. Otherwise you don’t know what you’re getting into. I shudder to think that I may never have known what was going on inside those walls.” Given a clean slate, Furst was able to bring a playful and lively aesthetic to the home, while still retaining an elegantly retro feel. The living room has sand colored sofas, accented with pillows in bright yellow, cream and black prints in complementary patterns that add color and texture. Billy Hanes Chairs upholstered in a yellow plaid create the open boundaries of the living room and surround a shagreen covered cube coffee table. Accents, as in a dramatic Regency-inspired Lucite and brass chandelier
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ABOVE The cosy swivel chair and ottoman are covered in a plush fabric from Zimmer + Rohde at Thomas Lavin. Surrounded by a thoughtful assortment of accents, this makes an inviting nook in the master bedroom. RIGHT A mid-century bed
frame is upholstered in Odaka Textiles from Innovations, stacked against a wall covered by fabric from Jim Thompson at Kneedler Fauchere. The mirrored credenza and nightstand are from Modshop, complementing a mirrored armoire custom designed by Furst. The vintage lucite lamps were a find during Modernism Week, working well with the lucite ghost chairs and desk lamp from Kartell. The mirrored desk is by All Modern.
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After a major overhaul, the historic George Alexander home has curb appeal; the shutters from Danmer Custom Window Coverings help shield the inside from the regionâ€™s hot sun. When she first saw the home, Furst was immediately inspired by the open living-diningkitchen space which leads out onto the pool area.
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“I like to design eclectically,” she said. “I believe in not overdoing any one thing, and just adding some accent pieces. That’s what makes a house interesting.” – SUZANNE FURST
over a sleek glass-topped dining table surrounded by fully upholstered Mid-Century cream colored chairs lend a stylishly vintage sensibility to the home. And Furst’s choice of drapes in the bedroom “reminded me of the art of Andy Warhol,” she said. “I fell in love with that fabric, and it guided me with everything I did.” Furst went to some of her beloved sources for pieces, and happily stumbled across others. She found vintage pieces from quaint stores in Palm Springs, and an LED- backlit art piece she named “Fred Astaire” in a store in Santa Barbara. A bronze mirror lit from above is a great backdrop for a Michael Aram sculpture, which greets guests as they enter the house . A pair of crystal James Magni crystal sconces sparkle in the living room. A brutalist wall sculpture over the sofa by a Palm Springs artist adds texture and interest. “I don’t have recessed lighting due to the wood-paneled
ceilings,” she said. “All the light comes from fixtures. I wanted to create a warm, wonderful feeling at night.” Her Palm Springs pied a terre is one of three residences that Furst owns in the Southern California area, and they all have completely different aesthetics. Her 8,500 square foot home in the Cheviot Hills area in Los Angeles’ Westside is inspired by the gracious villas of Tuscany. Her home in Malibu is sleek and contemporary and designed for casual and comfortable beach-style entertaining of family and friends. Her private homes reflect her creative range, and are a microcosm of her design repertoire, which has included sprawling marble-floored mansions in Palos Verdes to a nifty loft studio in downtown Los Angeles. “I like to design eclectically,” she said. “I believe in not overdoing any one thing, and just adding some accent pieces. That’s what makes a house interesting.” CH
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Carmel Getaway TWG REIMAGINES A FAMILY HOME TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON LEITZ
LEFT In the living room, an art piece by Los Angeles lighting designer John Wigmore hides a TV above the fireplace mantle. When the clients are not viewing the natural beauty outside, they can slide the art to watch a film. RIGHT To maintain the stunning ocean view, TWG kept the furniture profiles low. The design firm known for their custom furnishings worked with San Francisco craftsmen Hilde-Brand and Thomas Sellars for this project.
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focused on the majestic beauty of the property’s ocean views. Their clients’ primary residence is in landlocked Kansas, and the vacation house originally belonged to the wife’s mother. Decorated by Thomas Britt in the 1980s, Architectural Digest published his design showcasing its mirrored walls, Bielecky Brothers furniture, Asian antiques and sisal carpet. TWG reimagined the home creating a gathering place for future generations. To preserve their client’s memories, TWG founder Paul Vincent Wiseman and senior designer Luis Alves altered only the interiors, retaining its 1960’s weathered exterior. They selected a minimalist aesthetic to complement the
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restrained architecture. While Britt’s cool grayblue color scheme reflected the sky and sea, Wiseman and Alves chose a sunlit palette punctuated by bold yellows, oranges, greens, bronze finishes, and nuanced textures. In the great room, Satori Light Sculptures’ Japanese style lanterns hang between the vaulted ceiling’s exposed beams. The designers kept one mirrored wall to reflect the cypress framed seascape. Several conversation groupings allow for easy interaction between parents, children, and grandchildren. Wiseman and Alves mixed custom furnishings with contemporary pieces from Juin Ho and Hellman-Chang. A floating bench provides extra seating while not obscuring the exterior vistas. Above the fireplace, a pair of Balinese
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polychrome carved wood dancers interacts with a LED-lit art piece. A wraparound deck blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living. To take advantage of Carmel’s temperate weather, TWG installed Munder-Skiles garden chairs and tables. In the foyer, a sculptural stairway comprised of metal, wood, and glass leads to the private areas. For the master suite and guest bedrooms, the designers utilized the same warm neutral colors and streamlined silhouettes of the public spaces. One of the guest rooms, references Britt’s design of nearly forty years ago with Bielecky Brothers’ classic Billy Baldwin chair. Wiseman and Alves enjoyed the design process. Unlike other projects, they conducted all of their client meetings on site. Driving from San Francisco down the dramatic Pacific coastline to the Monterey Peninsula they paused and reflected. Inspired by the spectacular scenery the design duo arrived calm yet energized. It felt like a vacation each time and set the tone for collaboration. Their happy clients now meet family and friends several times a year in Carmel where they delight in the rugged landscape and share stories of the house. CH
In the kitchen, the clients’ two sons and grandchildren gather for casual dining. TWG updated the mid-century room with new materials and finishes to give it a contemporary look.
LEFT The home is approximately 4,200 square feet but the wraparound deck extends the living space. Landscaping and furnishings artfully compliment the ocean vista without detracting from it.
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LEFT For the master bedroom, TWG paired a modern wing chair with their iconic Robertson floor lamp from Phoenix Day. In addition to the master suite, there are guest rooms for visiting family and friends.
TWG retained most of the original footprint of the ground floor except for adding a powder room. The edited but elegant space continues the neutral palette of the great room.
OPPOSITE The rustic 1960s house reflects Carmelâ€™s casual and creative spirit. TWG maintained that quality while modernizing it for an active family to enjoy the best of seaside living.
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Visual Comfort’s “Natalya” chandelier and a seascape from the homeowners’ art collection bring down the tall ceilings in the living room, grounded by a pale blue Kravet rug.
Dark wood and white upholstery fabric dramatize a corner chair.
Desert Riposte BARCLAY BUTERA ESCHEWS THE STRICTLY CASUAL CONVENTIONS OF DESERT DESIGN TO CREATE A MORE LUSHLY APPOINTED PALM SPRINGS HOME THAT REFLECTS HIS CLIENTS’ INTERESTS TEXT BY CANDACE ORD MANROE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN SCHRODER
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Interior designer Barclay Butera stands beside Noir’s metal-frame wingback “Allende” chair; drapery fabric is Cowtan & Tout. The sitting area of a guest room illustrates the pillow stories Butera uses throughout the home.
collectors of fine art and antiques, a vacation home in the Coachella Valley desert required just enough pomp to embrace their passions. “It’s really the antithesis of a desert home,” says designer Barclay Butera, “because there’s a touch of formality, especially in spaces like the dining room and office. The clients are huge collectors, and the home is a mix of old and new. It’s a transitional design.” Where a more typical desert design might be scrubbed down to only squeaky-clean lines, these airy spaces are apt to sprout decorative flourishes as ornate as crystal chandeliers. In the dining room, a fine old lamp with crystal drops decorates a new sideboard, and a pair of thickly gilded frames showcase old oil landscapes painted in warm, burnished hues. But the effect is subtle. Butera uses formal elements sparingly—the two gilt-framed paintings are the only art decorating the room. Plus, one entire wall is awash with natural light. Formal nods aren’t limited to the dining room. Even in the loggia, arguably the most casual space given its open-air back side with exposure to the pool, golf course, and the mountains beyond, a pair of overhead fixtures dazzle with dangling antique mirrors that shimmer in the sunlight and sway in the occasional breeze. The idea: to be a true oasis for its owners, the house must support their taste level and interests. “There is a sense of richness in the furnishings,” says Butera, who also designed the owners’ main residence in West Hollywood. “All are done in soothing colors for an overall feel that’s easy on the eye.” Pale blue indoor-outdoor fabric with no pattern or trim brings serenity and a hint of elegance to the loggia’s comfortable wicker-style upholstered furnishings. The loggia seating is thickly padded, as are the multiple conversation areas in the living room, where the palette is white with pale blue accents. “This home is all about comfort,” underscores the designer. “I was given carte blanche and worked with the gentle Mediterranean architecture to create a home that is truly livable and feels friendly.” An absence of pattern on furniture upholstery assures Butera’s goal of serenity. But the designer is known for his layering. “How I layer color and texture is my trademark,” he says, admitting that this house is no exception. “There are pillow stories in every room—in the living room, master O R L O N G -T I M E
bedroom, sitting room, guest rooms, even the loggia. You can add a lot of color and depth through pillows.” Another element of the decorating worthy of a shout-out is the lighting. “We spent a lot of time on the lighting. Each space has its own fixtures that contribute to its unique character.” Crystal-beaded iron pendants define the kitchen island and weave that hard-working space (“the owner is a wonderful cook, and she likes to entertain,” says Butera) into the home’s refined mosaic. The elegant master bath gets a lighter touch with formal chandeliers and sconces that appear airier and more fragile. Two of the most idiosyncratic rooms are the gentleman’s office, where walls enfold in a deep indigo and antiques and art are the crowning glory, and the media room, ashimmer in silvery-gray velvet upholsteries and a graphite-hue grass-paper on the walls. Like any California vacation home worth its property taxes, outdoor spaces are among the most lived-in and important. Palm Springs’ stunning desert sunsets against the mountain backdrop can be enjoyed from multiple seating areas around the pool and fire pit. “In addition to a very rectangular pool there’s a big fire pit with seating that looks onto the golf course and mountains. The back yard is grand, but livable,” says Butera. CH
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A second loggia off the kitchen is set for a cozy al fresco meal. The owners enjoy entertaining with pieces from their antique cutlery and china collections.
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kitchen’s barstools are “Destin” from Design Masters covered in a Schumacher fabric; pendant chandeliers are “Chateau” from Eloquence Home. A round Lexington table is illuminated by Aiden Gray’s “Chan” chandelier.
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Opening onto the pool, the master bedroom is furnished with a Century “Crescent” bed covered in Holly Hunt aqua velvet. Two Baker “Piedmont” chairs are covered in Rogers and Goffigon blue fabric. The “Elizabeth” oval ottoman is from Barclay Butera Home. Wallpaper is Phillip Jeffries.
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House with a History JAN TURNER HERING DESIGNS A DREAM HOME ON LINDA ISLE TEXT BY KATHY BRYANT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID O. MARLOW
Sutherland furniture with Perennials textiles was chosen by Jan Turner Hering Interior Design (JTH) for a sleek, clean look thatâ€™s sustainable on the waterfront.
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U S T T H R E E Y E A R S A G O this Linda Isle house was razed to the ground, even though it had been featured 45 years ago in Architectural Digest, and rebuilt by architect Carlton Graham of Laguna Beach as a contemporary mansion. “The property came on the market just when our clients started searching for a house that was move-in ready. They had just completed a five-year construction period on their main residence and didn’t want to go through that again,” says Jan
Turner Hering, Principal of Jan Turner Hering Interior Design, Inc. in Corona del Mar. The clients’ first call after viewing the property was to Hering to get her stamp of approval on the purchase since Hering had worked with them on their other homes and they trusted her judgement. “We had a few minor construction details to address before the house suited them,” says Hering. “They asked us to furnish it as a special getaway spot. Comfort, family-friendly, and casual were all the buzz words they had in mind and they asked us to design within a short time frame so they could start enjoying it right away.” The clients wanted a restful palette of neutrals so Hering selected grey and beiges so that the bay front views would stand out. Hering
ABOVE The billiard room boasts an Italian glass ping pong table by Impatia. The commissioned artwork is by Casper Brindle.
Polished stainless steel benches from J. Robert Scott in the entry reflect the themes of water and reflection. The art is by Eric Zener. The custom glass wall sculptures represent dropping water on high.
customized most of the furnishings throughout the house, notably the master bedroom bed unit with the integrated headboard and surround. Since this was planned as a vacation home, Hering chose warm, inviting fabrics with plush textures and minimal, if any, patterns. Art work adds a special dimension to the house decor and it was all selected by Hering and her associate Maria Ulwelling. “We utilized several sources and galleries for artwork, including Scape in Corona del Mar, Peter Blake in Laguna Beach and our direct connection with photographer Ben Wood in the United Kingdom,” she says. The art works in harmony with the exterior by enhancing the rooms without detracting from the water views from most windows.
“We went to work quickly and were able to move them in by the temperate spring season when the weather is just magical on the bay,” remembers Hering. And then an unexpected thing happened. Within a year the clients decided that they liked living on Linda Isle so much that they decided to build another property with more room for their grandchildren and pets, so they put the house on the market. The story doesn’t end there though. Within weeks the house was sold again because the new owner fell in love with the property and Hering’s interior design. He bought it fully furnished with all the art and accessories. Escrow closed quickly and he is now the proud owner.
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The living room features custom-built upholstery by JTH which is suited to the clientâ€™s comfort. A J. Robert Scott rotating cocktail table completes the vignette. The custom lamp and table sculpture is by Ron Dier Studio. The dining room encaustic piece is by Julie Easton.
The bathroom environment is clad totally in travertine for a clean aspect.
The master bedroom has custom commissioned art by Freddy Chandra in plexiglass and resin. It spans the wall above the custom J. Robert Scott headboard and bed surround.
For the guest bedroom JTH chose Perennials fabrics for bedding.
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LEFT Beads and brass are a nod to the homeownerâ€™s elegant, worldly collections.
In the entry hall, a vintage bench from nearby Alameda Point Antiques Faire is paired with a sheepskin for a soft spot to pull off shoes.
MAKER BERKELEY DESIGNER LANE MCNAB ADDS BOLD COLOR AND BIG GEOMETRICS TO AN ALAMEDA HOME TEXT BY JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON LEITZ
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Every corner of the house is compatible with Scandinavian wood-centered minimalism; Staprans describes the house as a â€œfriendly space for cooks, dogs and books.â€?
Striped Perennials upholstery and a global HRI rug puts sophisticated pattern into an otherwise neutral room.
BELOW Aged brass accents and bright turquoise hex tiles counter the white kitchen counters and cabinetry. OPPOSITE Rattan Palecek chairs and a custom banquette ground a bay window where an oversized Rejuvenation pendant plays with scale.
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knew her East Bay client was a perfect match when they both pulled out the exact same wallpaper at their first meeting. Both women were armed with a common goal to turn a house with great bones but builder grade finishes into a vibrant, colorful home. Plus, the client being a busy entrepreneur and single mother of two was craving an inviting atmosphere for her family. Says McNab: “She wanted to make this house—that had originally felt like a temporary stop on the way to a more permanent dwelling—become the home she had always envisioned raising her children in and making memories.” The designer’s first “messy but worth it” steps were skim coating the walls to remove heavy texture, ripping out tired carpet, and refinishing wood floors. With fresh paint and a clean palette in place, they infused each room with worldly sophistication through upholstery and accents from ticking stripes and tribal prints to African mud cloth and prayer beads. “These vintage geometrics and collected items add a warmth and depth to the space that could be lost if everything is too new and fresh,” McNab says. NTERIOR DESIGNER LANE MCNAB
Sunny Cle tiles and curving wallpaper (Seascape, Winter by Walnut) brighten the bathroom; wood and brass warm up a white display shelf; a beaded chandelier and colorful artwork by Melanie Severin (via Minted) lends pattern play in the formal dining room.
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The living spaces in this nature-inspired contemporary home were thoughtfully designed to be multipurpose with long sight lines and nothing out of place.
Tile was a game changer for offsetting all the new and shiny and spiking the color story. In the new white and brass kitchen, a turquoise backsplash of modern Cle tiles brings wave-like diagonal movement. In the powder room, yellow rectangles from Heath Ceramics create a bold grid on the back wall with black and white triangles underfoot. “It’s a small powder room with a lot going on and if the scale had been off, it would have been overwhelming,” the designer says. Because everything else in this space is neutral—including that Seascape wallpaper they both initially coveted—all the pattern play works. To keep things grounded, wood notes lend layer of earthiness in nearly every room be it a coffee table or cutting board. “Without the addition of warm wood tones, this design would be all bold pattern and color, but lack a grounding element,” says McNab, who added an unexpected reclaimed wood vanity in that pattern plenty powder room. In the kitchen, rattan chairs circle a wooden dining table and a built-in, kid-friendly banquette anchors the bay window. “We wanted the look to be sophisticated and elegant,” she says, “but also fun for two growing boys to call their own as well.” CH
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An Unusual Request DESIGNERS AUDREY DUNN AND LADD MCRAE LAMBERT CREATE A NEW CONTEMPORARY HOUSE TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARLENE HALABY
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Every corner of the house is compatible with Scandinavian wood-centered minimalism; Staprans describes the house as a “friendly space for cooks, dogs and books.”
E S P I T E T H E I R C O M B I N E D 50-plus years in design, Audrey Dunn and Ladd McRae Lambert found a client request fairly unusual. “The clients had just bought a new completely finished tract home,” said Lambert. “They never opened a drawer or stepped on the carpet. But we went in and gutted many rooms down to the studs.” The clients–a family of four–justified their wishes this way; they loved the location of Hidden Canyon in Irvine, less than eight miles from the Laguna Beach coastline. The brand new construction was by Toll Brothers, in a community of semi-customized upscale homes, mostly in the Mediterranean style. “Their vision was for a modern contemporary house,” said Dunn. “So we had to take it down to the drywall, after removing all the cabinetry and fixtures, with nothing but concrete floors and half the walls.” Dunn and Lambert make up the Laguna Niguelbased design company of McRae Lambert Dunn and said they spent two years, until early 2018, completing the project. They worked within the existing footprint of the home, but designed the pool and lanai area, oversaw the interior architecture, added wood
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embellishments and ceiling treatments, and furnished the home. “Visually, they wanted something clean and modern, with light and open spaces that maximized that indoor/outdoor feeling of space,” said Dunn. “They even had an ideas book.” The family, of Chinese descent, had pieces from their art and sculpture collection they wanted interspersed within the home, These included iron sculptures and metal Buddha figures, and a collection of 14 watercolors done by a single artist which the designers placed in a row as if in a gallery. The homeowners brought in two Feng Shui specialists who gave particular input when it came time to work on the green spaces in and around the home. “One of the things they said was that we needed to incorporate water, but the water had to move in a particular Eastern direction or it would be bad luck,” said Dunn. “We had a sculpture with three different pools of water, which poured into a reservoir system.” Other nods to the family heritage; the master bedroom has shades of blue-and-white, traditional in Chinese porcelain; the bedding is white with pale blue accent cushions, against a cobalt blue velvet-padded
BELOW An open great room floor plan integrates kitchen island entertaining with the adjacent living room and dining room. OPPOSITE A custom-designed circular stair railing with Italian chandelier and a display of the clientâ€™s collection of original watercolors.
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The kitchen includes double islands for entertaining numerous guests; incorporated hidden pocket doors that slide away to open up to the lanai for outdoor entertaining. ABOVE
The decorated ceiling treatment defines the living and dining area, along with an eclectic mix of custom furnishings. RIGHT
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BELOW A fretwork screen divides the bedroom area from a comfortable fireside sitting area in the master suite.
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The living spaces in this nature-inspired contemporary home were thoughtfully designed to be multipurpose with long sight lines and nothing out of place.
wall. The rug is blue and white. And a wooden screen that separates the bed from the sitting area is reminiscent of Chinese design. In the master bathroom, floating vanities hover over beds of smooth black rocks, which are also placed under a deep oval tub. The children of the house, 11 and 14, are ardent musicians and golfers, interests that are reflected in their bedrooms–both of which have a youthful hanging wicker chair. Dunn said that other substantial pieces include an Italian chandelier, essentially a large grouping of crystal leaves, which took six months to be finished. A fireplace is done in steel and hand rubbed to a beautiful iridescence. Still, Dunn and Lambert said that even though the brand new original house was torn down, nothing went to waste given that the design duo brought in Renovation Angel. “They go into new homes and homes of high calibre, bring in an appraiser and take everything that is brand new,” said Dunn. “They came into this house and took everything–the sinks, shower heads, all the cabinetry. They’ve all been re-used somewhere.” CH
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ABOVE A Zen-inspired bathroom includes a deep bathtub set atop a bed of smooth black rocks.
BELOW A contemporary guest room feels tranquil and cozy by introducing warm natural elements often found in Asian design.
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THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS A Celebration with Bang & Olufsen The Sounds of Christmas, hosted by California Homes Magazine kicked off Bang & Olufsen’s 1 year anniversary celebration at SOCO Costa Mesa. Guests sipped on libations and scrumptious seasonal appetizers from La Creme De La Creme while listening to the best sound system ever. Sponsors included Barclay Butera Interiors, Crawford Custom Homes, Lamborghini, Monark Premium Appliances, Stark Carpet, Swiss Watch Gallery and Fine Jewelers and Tidelli Outdoor Living. Later in the evening Kelli Ellis unveiled the latest new music system, the BeSound Edge Speaker. As the evening came to a close numerous guest won amazing gifts from our sponsors delivered by Santa’s Helpers.
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Junk, Giancarlo Mandelli, Catarina Monnier, Hannah Berbos, Linda McCall, Chris Arnold, Jennifer Wilson, Lauren Van Geem, Kim and Dick Crawford 4 Kelli Ellis 5 Julia Alt, Miko Krisvoy, Bill Elson, Michele
Prata, Giancarlo Mandelli, Elisabeth D’Angelo and Aggie Reyes 6 Stephane Duval, Michele Prata, Stephanie Duval, Martha Grady, and Brittian Mason 7 Lisa Liddi, Gaby Lopez and Minerva Soto 8 Litza Matthews, Shea Diaz, Heather
Ahrens, Gilberto Salmeron and Maricela Lopez 9 Shand Coetzee, Lola Carroll and Olivia Buftea 10 Rebecca Katsampes, Sue and Mike Cassidy and Marie Veronica Tovar
SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO ADVOCARTSY, A Fine Arts Platform Collaborated With Moms Against Poverty (MAP) Over 600 guests attended a remarkable two-day exhibition entitled, ART BRIEF IV: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY SAN FRANCISCO at SOMArts Cultural Center on December 1st and 2nd. ADVOCARTSY, a collaborative fine arts platform created to raise awareness of and engagement within Iranian contemporary art, and its founder, Roshi Rahnama, presented the show after three successful ART BRIEF initiatives in Los Angeles. The work of the twenty-two artists in this exhibition, who are all of Iranian origin, sought to explore the diverse ways in which artists of Iranian background in diaspora create and define â€˜Iranian Contemporary art.â€™ ADVOCARTSY collaborated with Moms Against Poverty (MAP) as its official community and fundraising partner for this event. For more information on ADVOCARTSY and its future shows, visit www.advocartsy.com.
1 Opening Night Overview 2 Farhad Arshad, Mojdeh Zavosh, Omid Arabian, Shilla Shakoori, Fariba Lary, Jinus Moghbeli, Nahal Shakib 3 Dariush Nehdaran, artist, Ardalan Payvar, artist, ADVOCARTSY Founder Roshi Rahnama, Shadi Yousefian, artist, & Alireza Ardekani, guest 4 Opening Night Overview
C.S. WO & SONS A Lavish Holiday event C.S. Wo at SOCO in Costa Mesa held a special event, Home for the Holidays, featuring a stunning preview of C.S. Wo & Sons holiday displays. The lavish event was a showstopper featuring lavish home accessories for the season and beautiful vignettes throughout the showroom of furniture. Guests enjoyed choosing wonderful gifts for the holidays and new ideas for home decoration. Special cocktails and small bites for served to the invited guests provided by Creme de la Creme.
1 Mark & Kelly Andre, Brad Harris and Randi Tucker 2 Linda Tom, Michele Prata, Julia Alt, Aggie Reyes and Miko Krisvoy
3 Joe Harding, Frank Flores, James Schaeffer and Brad Harris 4 Taryn Kabei, Linda McCall, James Schaeffer and Michele Prata
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GATHERINGS KAZ DESIGN GROUP Company Funder, Amir Kazerani Hosts 150 Guests For Grand Opening
Designers, tastemakers, executives from Ligne Roset and Scavolini, and the proprietors of KAZ Design Group recently gathered to celebrate the opening of Kaz Design Group’s newest location at the SOCO Design Center. The 4,500 square foot showroom showcases the luxury brands Scavolini and Ligne Roset. The company’s founder, Amir Kazerani hosted 150 guests who enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, luxury wines provided by Regal Wine Company and music from DJ Jonny. 1
1 Meisam Kazerani, Lilliana Molins and Amir Kazerani 2 Doro Parino, Mohammad Edrisavi Nassir Mahdavi and Alexi Davis
3 Lene Vineyard, Amir Kazerani, Riga Qadir Brianne Butler and Meisam Kazerani 4 Amir and Fabio Pitton
PHX ARCHITECTURE & HILARY STEVENS LUXURY PROPERTIES A Roof-top Halloween Party Was A Great Success Guests in the architecture and design community dressed in festive attire and costumes from the classic Mel Brooks film Young Frankenstein for PHX Architects’ Halloween Party and rooftop terrace screening of Young Frankenstein. Erik Peterson, PHX Architecture and Hilary Stevens, Hilary Stevens Luxury Properties, hosted the event at Studio205’s rooftop patio in Beverly Hills. The event was sponsored by Susan McFadden, California Homes. 1 Reggie Sully, Erik Peterson, Donna Livingston and Bobby Weaver 2 Susan McFadden, Erik Peterson, Krista Everage and Elsbeth Del Pero 3 2
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3 Wendy Williams, Erik Peterson and John Everage 4 Erik Peterson and Hilary Stevens
An Adventurous Life Jarrod Bauman of Zeterre Hosts an Intimate Evening to Celebrate Interior Designer and Author Thomas Stringer The bay area design community attended an intimate and lively event in the magical garden of Zeterre Landscape Architecture Studio hosted by Jarrod Baumann to celebrate the last stop on a book signing tour -An Adventurous Life Global Interiorsfor Chicago based interior designer Tom Stringer. The event included a panel discussion with Tom and Epoca founder Eric Petsinger, moderated by California Home publisher, Heidi Gerpheide. 1 Panelist Eric Petsinger and Tom Stringer with moderator Heidi Gerpheide 2 Heidi Gerpheide and Jarrod Baumann 3 Jimmy Kansau and John Anderson 4 Erik Perez and Eche Martinez 5 Pamela Babey of BAMO and James Hunter of Wisemen Group
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Minta Hsu and Kit Lofgren Tom Stringer and Eric Petsinger Justine McFee and Catherine MacFee Kimberly Childers & Jarrod Baumann
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The Cannery Restaurant in Newport Beach was the setting for a laughter filled dinner party during the holidays hosted by California Homes Magazine for local architects and builders. Guests enjoyed passed hors dâ€™oeuvres and cocktails prior to dinner consisting of steak, lobster and salmon. Everyone enjoyed viewing the boats decorated for the Newport Beach Boat Parade anchored outside the restaurant.
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