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D E S I G N D I S PAT C H The little black book of all things new and fabulous in the local community.

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AS TOLD TO Luxe gets personal with three A-list talents on their design starts and what’s energizing them now.

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CHANGE MAKERS Ethical production and artisan communities are the cornerstone to these growing luxury decor brands.

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R O U N DTA B L E Pros weigh in on the spaces that ignited their passion for interiors and architecture.

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M AT E R I A L Brimming with inspiration, four arbiters of style share their playful mood boards.

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TREND Decorative surfaces from bygone eras continue to intrigue today.

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SPOTLIGHT Classically celebrated furnishings shine through a modern lens.

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Mastering Minimalism

Country Life

Material Culture

Wide Open Spaces

The seamless collaboration between design team and client yields a one-of-a-kind Manhattan Beach abode.

An Agoura Hills ranch house embraces both the California landscape and classic East Coast style.

Inside a West Adams storefront, a Los Angeles creative combines her textile library and a shop devoted to worldly finds.

Palm Desert’s unique scenery inspires a thoughtful, modern vacation retreat.

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ON THE COVER: Designer Joe Lucas chose a vibrant Fromental wallcovering in the breakfast room of an Agoura Hills residence by architect Erik Evens. Draperies in a Walfab fabric pick up the yellow hues—and the lively palette continues through the rest of the home. Page 176

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Fifteen & Fab! WOW! It’s been 15 years since we launched with one magazine in Colorado. The past decade and a half, we have grown into the largest design network in the country, with 14 regional editions. I am incredibly proud to lead a brand that champions local design on such a grand scale. To celebrate our birthday, Luxe Interiors + Design is looking boldly toward the future. We have a new logo, and a fresh updated look. While we evolve, our tenets remain: Home is your greatest luxury. Good design lives around your corner. Design professionals are invaluable. The built environment is the foundation. We believe there is power in diversity and authenticity. Finally, and most importantly, design is life-enhancing. A heartfelt thank you to our team (past and present), to our beloved design community, to our advertising partners and to our valued reader. With love and optimism for the days and years ahead.

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JOINT ADVENTURE RO ROCKETT DESIGN

When Jason Ro and Zac Rockett met in architecture school, they had an inkling they might work together one day. Their instincts were right, and in 2011 they opened their firm, Ro Rockett Design, in L.A. and the Bay Area. On the eve of the company’s 10th anniversary, Luxe caught up with Ro to find out what’s new. rorockettdesign.com Office vibe: We work together, sketching, drawing, critiquing and value collaboration. Everyone has a say, and Zac and I allow ourselves to be outvoted by the team. What makes a well-designed home? For us, it’s that one can remain in the house all

day—appropriate to these times—yet not feel “stuck.” There should be proportional, visual and sensorial comfort, where the day and its passing can register itself in each space. What’s been in the works? Renovations in Palos Verdes, a new home in Manhattan Beach, a townhouse in Venice and homes in the Bay Area, plus our first mixed-use project in Sausalito. Goals for the next decade? Expansion in the public eye, with schools, museums and restaurants. But we’ll always hold residential projects close to our hearts.

L’ATELIER PARIS

You don’t have to be a Francophile to fall under the spell of L’Atelier Paris’ heritage designs. The company’s new L.A. showroom (8925 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood) has key pieces on display, but what makes its approach unique is that every aspect of each order is custom. “There’s no adapting to our product—we adapt to your space,” says CEO Ricardo Moraes. “No two kitchens are alike in color, trim or dimensions.” The unmistakably French styling is designed to encourage a more cultivated cooking experience. “Food is an intricate part of our culture, and our heritage inspires us— joie de vivre, the look and feel of Provence,” he explains. “Aesthetics are important to a meal—a beautifully plated meal tastes better— and what we do is based on that notion.” With a wide range of color, trim and customization options, the result is a kitchen that would make even the marchands-merciers, luxury dealers of 18 th-century Paris, take note. leatelierparis.com

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WHO: San Diego-based interior designer Nikki Klugh is known for creating what she calls “sacred spaces” for her clients, restorative rooms that invite calm and healing. Lately, her focus has been on turning out “money spaces” and home offices that boost her clients’ confidence and success. WHAT: Images of Klugh’s SoCal projects mix with photos of her travels and time spent in nature, plus reposts from her favorite designers, architects, artists and craftspeople.

ARCHITECT PAUL REVERE WILLIAMS In an extraordinary gift to Los Angeles, the archive of renowned midcentury architect Paul R. Williams (above) has been jointly acquired by the USC School of Architecture and the Getty Research Institute. Williams’ granddaughter, Karen Hudson, has long maintained the archive herself, but the transfer now ensures a new era of preservation and study. “The work contained in this archive tells many stories. It contains the creative expressions of an architect working across many different constituencies in a socially complicated time,” says Milton S. F. Curry, Dean of the USC School of Architecture. “It also contains evidence of stunning innovations that reimagined the programs of public housing, hotels, and residential design and civic space.” At USC, the archive will be a central feature of the forthcoming USC Center for Architecture + City Design; at the Getty, it will form a cornerstone of the African American Art History Initiative launched in 2018. arch.usc.edu; getty.edu

IN HER WORDS: “We love colorful, sophisticated and comfortable spaces, and believe that everyone deserves great design that shields them from a hectic and chaotic world.”

WELCOME TO THE CLUB THE BRITELY

This December, the Pendry West Hollywood will debut its new social club, The Britely, perched high above Sunset Boulevard. To engage a diverse clientele from different backgrounds and industries, Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki was tapped to come up with a vibrant design that is youthful yet rooted in old Hollywood style. “I hope it will offer members and their guests a feeling of escapism and fantasy,” says Brudnizki. “It’s fun to design a scheme that has surprises,” he adds, noting the gold ceiling and pink ostrich-feather lamps. “These lighthearted touches enhance the ambience, and the result is a place that feels sensual, tactile and seductive.” Club amenities include a music venue, screening room, bowling lanes, three private lounges, a gym and spa, a rooftop pool and two members-only restaurant concepts by none other than iconic chef Wolfgang Puck. thebritely.com

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exploring the archives photos: top, portrait of paul r. williams, photography by julius shulman, © j. paul getty trust. getty research institute, los angeles (2004.r.10); bottom, beverly hills hotel addition, photography by julius shulman, © j. paul getty trust. getty research institute, los angeles (2004.r.10). post master photos: top, courtesy nikki klugh design group; center and bottom, brady architectural photography. welcome to the club rendering: courtesy the britely.

EXPLORING THE ARCHIVES

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I love a welcoming outdoor space that puts you at ease. Teak Warehouse is my go-to for amazing outdoor pieces that make comfy living spaces under the sun possible.

o get inspired, T I listen to James Blake any day and all day. Al Green, someone my grandmother used to listen to, brings back warm memories and makes me think of home. –BRIGETTE ROMANEK

I have a 1950s Venini curvilinear light fixture in my dining room that I purchased at John Salibello Antiques in New York. It sparkles when it’s on, creating a showstopping reflection of the bar in the windows. I would feel glamorous under its glow even while wearing sweatpants and an old T-shirt. –ALISON PALEVSKY

Indian pink, polenta yellow (the color of straw) and green are all calming. I mix my own paint shades with Old Fashioned Milk Paint. They’re powders, and you can create the most ravishing colors. –PETER DUNHAM

–RAILI CLASEN

One of my biggest indulgences is our den sofa. It’s a deep-cushioned, customdesigned piece upholstered in a dark forest-green suede from Moore & Giles. We live on it and so does our dog!

A key lesson learned this year is patience. Good things take time and are worth the wait. Planning for future projects requires longer timelines and most people are understanding about it.

–JAMIE BUSH

–RON WOODSON

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Toasting our 15th anniversary, Luxe celebrates the power and influence of feel-good design.


THREE LUMINARIES CONTEMPLATE DESIGN. AS TOLD TO MICHELLE BRUNNER

Bunny Williams in the sample library at her Manhattan office.

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Doyenne of Decor

My memories of growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia, were of constant company. I lived out in the country, and everyone—my great aunt, godmother, parents—went to each other’s houses. Having a dinner party or a cocktail buffet was a regular occurrence. There were libraries stacked with books and dogs constantly running in and out. It instilled in me the belief that houses should be welcoming, but not so precious that someone might feel uncomfortable. I’ve often said that starting a project is like embarking on a new romance—that feeling of seeing someone across the room at a dinner party and your heart races. I fantasize about the house, imagining what it’s going to look and feel like finished. Like all affairs, there are the highs and lows, the traumas and dramas. There are exhilarating moments when you go shopping and find the perfect piece. Then there are the times when you’re dealing with budget constraints or something goes wrong. When I finish a house, I get incredibly sad. It’s time to move on to the next affair, but it’s hard because that project lived in my head for so long. Working for Sister Parish and Albert Hadley taught me so much. I was just 24 years old, when I was lucky enough to experience the taxi-cab yellow drawing room they did for William Paley’s apartment. It had beautiful French furniture, a Coromandel screen and paintings by Van Gogh and Gauguin, yet the room was so comfortable. It was a perfect juxtaposition of grand and simple. I’ll never forget that space. Interestingly enough, people tend to think that I mostly do chintz rooms, but I believe one of the most beautiful things is to have a very severe background with an incredible piece of 18th-century furniture and a modern painting. No matter the style, it’s got to be comfortable, and that’s especially important now. Eight people should be able to sit in a group and talk to each other with a place to rest their drink. Coming out of this period, people will either want cozier houses filled with furniture and objects, or they’ll be compelled to edit and simplify. Everybody wants an easy answer, but there’s never been just one way in design.

photo: lesley unruh.

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Ken Fulk

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This past year taught us that design isn’t just a pretty picture; it’s a vital component of our lives. We all like to believe that our homes matter. Certainly, I do—after all, I have a business based around that idea. But the importance of the spaces that we live in was magnified during the pandemic. When we look at gatherings that are more intimate, it makes experiences more valued and important. Though I’ve been sheltering in Provincetown, Massachusetts, I generally think of San Francisco as my home. There’s a common thread that draws outsiders and nonconformists there, whether it’s artsy bohemians or the tech folks; it’s a community that relishes quirkiness and eccentricity. You get the feeling that even the blue bloods in San Francisco have some wonderful tawdry tale in their past! It’s the kind of place where a leather daddy, a drag queen, a tech gazillionaire and a doyenne with a neck full of diamonds can all sit at the same table. It’s part of what drew me there, and what adds a sense of otherness or fearlessness to our work. When I was younger, I was desperate and excited to learn about design. Growing up in Virginia, I recall the impression family trips to Monticello or The Greenbrier had on me. As I got older, I became interested in designers who built totally immersive environments. The first time I went to Hotel Costes in Paris I was enthralled by Jacques Garcia’s ability to create transportive spaces. Similarly, Tony Duquette and Renzo Mongiardino had this gift for crafting rooms in an incredibly theatrical way. For us, every project starts with a story. There’s literally a written script for every job we do. The story provides a guidepost so we don’t lose sight of what we’re trying to achieve. Not every project comes with a rich narrative, but sometimes you get lucky, which happened with our revamp of the Cloud Club, (the legendary lunch spot in the Chrysler Building). It’s one of the most iconic buildings in the world. We want to honor the building’s past as well as the optimism of its era. That’s what’s so special about working on this building at this particular moment. I think we all want to feel optimistic about something right now.

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Ken Fulk on a balcony at the Saint Joseph’s Arts Society in San Francisco.


L I G H T C R E A T E S shadow. S H A D O W re veals light . The Kintsu Bath Collection TM

in the new BrillianceÂŽ Black Onyx finish showcases the diametrical interplay of darkness and light. E X PLO RE T H E F ULL C OLLECTIO N AT B R I Z O.C O M


Celerie Kemble

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Growing up in Palm Beach was a unique experience because it was all folly and fantasy. Every aspect of my childhood home was magical. I grew up in a turreted-shingled church in the middle of a garden filled with orange blossoms and bougainvillea. It’s a place where you can paint vines up over your walls and ceiling. It’s personality-forward decorating. That love of theatrical design, the integration of indoor/outdoor spaces and a laid-back approach to entertaining carry through my designs, no matter where I’m working. Though I hadn’t planned on becoming a designer, I didn’t know how to not make design a priority. Deep down I just really like to find things and shine a light on them in a way that shows their potential. To illustrate, I’m not a morning person—there’s very little you could do to get me to wake up before 8:30 a.m. But if a friend said, I’ll give you $300 to go to the flea market to buy things for my house, I would be up at 5 a.m. shivering in the rain with a sense of anticipation that rivals Christmas morning. I get this feeling when I walk into an antique store or turn down an aisle at a flea market. I think we’re all led to things by our joy and if we’re lucky that can be our career. When I look back, the buildings could burn down and the houses could be sold, but what matters is the people I’ve come to love or be changed by. It’s funny—you think your career is about what you do, but it’s mostly about who you do it with. An unforeseen and often uncelebrated highlight is that I get to work with my mother (interior designer Mimi McMakin). She’s the designer I’ve learned the most from, and it’s not just what she’s taught me professionally per se, but also the constantly evolving, beautiful home she provided for us. The past year has given us all a chance to reconsider our priorities and what makes our homes distinctly ours. The pandemic, the stopping of work, having been stuck in our houses—it’s made things that matter mean much more. Personally, it has made me more focused on antiques, vintage items and things that have history. It’s beauty with deeper roots, meaning and authenticity.

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Celerie Kemble in her New York City apartment.



FOR A NEW WAVE OF HOME DECOR BRANDS, GOOD BUSINESS AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUS GO HAND IN HAND. W R I T T E N BY G R AC E B E U L E Y H U N T

“Consumers are becoming more discerning about investing in brands with purpose,” says Jodie Fried, co-founder of Armadillo. Of the brand’s artisan and weaver community (shown here), she adds, “We consider them extended family.”

Being confined to our spaces like never before has shed light on every facet of our homes: the look, the function, the comforts— and with renewed potency, the intentions behind the items we live with. While consumer activism gained fresh credence in 2020, a rising tide of young design brands have been defining a new model of ethical production at scale for years. Unable to find fine, handmade rugs that aligned with their value set, Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst founded Armadillo with community enrichment and fairtrade practices as key DNA pillars. Not a decade into business, the duo established The Armadillo Foundation, which supports free medical clinics and funds an elementary school in their weaver village in India. “We have a team on the ground and our artisans know that if they have a

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financial or medical need, they can come to us,” says Fried. For Los Angeles-based Block Shop, kinship was a similarly integral principal. Helmed by sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman, the cult favorite design studio was born on relationships Lily had developed with a family of next-generation block printers while studying overseas. Recognizing kindred spirits in these artistic entrepreneurs, the sisters hatched plans for a graphic block print brand whose success champions wages two to three times higher than the national average and dedicates 5% of proceeds toward health care initiatives in the Jaipur artisan community. “A familial sense of decency has always been our core ethos,” says Hopie. Like the Stockman sisters, Christina Bryant too found the spark for St. Frank,

her luxury home goods brand, while abroad. Living in rural Rwanda, Bryant became enamored with the exquisite Agaseke baskets made in her village. So spurred a business model that works with artisans in under-resourced communities to design and produce product lines. (To date, St. Frank supports jobs in more than two dozen countries.) “We showcase traditional craft as art form,” says Bryant, adding that her Oaxacan embroidered tablecloths take four women an entire month to create. “Our model is the opposite of exploitative. We make a premium product that the handiwork deserves.” As with anything shown affection, the impact is palpable. Notes Hopie, “When human care and thoughtfulness flow from creator to object, you sense that intention when you hold it in your hand.”

photo: courtesy armadillo.

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A-LISTERS RECALL THE SPACES THAT HAVE LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK. W R I T T E N A N D P R O D U C E D BY B R I T TA N Y C H E VA L I E R M C I N T Y R E

Alexa Hampton's sitting room for the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

“In 2014, I did the Kips Bay Decorator Show House at the famed Villard Houses. It was a Mudejar fantasy of a sitting room that was really elevated by the architecture of this NYC landmark.” –ALEXA HAMPTON, ALEXAHAMPTON.COM

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“I have a few rooms I continually fall back on for inspiration. I love Nancy Lancaster’s ‘buttah-yellah’ drawing room on London’s Avery Row and Billy Baldwin’s La Fiorentina in the south of France— both for their mastery of furniture layouts and comfortable style.” –DANIELLE ROLLINS, DANIELLEDROLLINS.COM

“ If I had to choose one building as being the most important to my work, it would be the Renaissance palazzo Villa Rotonda designed by Andrea Palladio. Studying it helped me discover the tenets and discipline of classical design and the proportional principles of Vitruvius.” –TOM STRINGER, TOMSTRINGER.COM

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“My favorite room is the grand salon of the late designer Hubert de Givenchy in Paris. It taught me the importance of creating multiple ways to use a room, the joy of mixing wildly disparate elements together, and that a space shouldn’t appear perfect, but rather that it has effortlessly evolved over time.”

When designing the grand salon in his former residence, Château du Grand-Lucé, in France’s Loire Valley, Timothy Corrigan turned to Hubert de Givenchy as inspiration.

–TIMOTHY CORRIGAN, TIMOTHY-CORRIGAN.COM

–FERN SANTINI, FERNSANTINI.COM

“My first ‘pinch me’ moment was when Luxe ran my Palmolive Building project on its Chicago and National covers in 2012. It was a game changer for my confidence and gave me assurance that I was really capable of hanging with the best designers in the country.” –SUMMER THORNTON, SUMMERTHORNTONDESIGN.COM

“Last year, I designed a bedroom suite for a showhouse inspired by my mother, a breast cancer survivor, with the intent of renewal for anyone going through treatment. Colors, textures and patterns were all inspired by my heritage, and once the room was complete, I knew I had created something that would take me to the next level.” –GAIL DAVIS, GAILDAVISDESIGNSLLC.COM

The foyer of Summer Thornton’s Chicago project featured in Luxe Interiors + Design in 2012.

timothy corrigan photo: eric piasecki. summer thornton photo: nick johnson.

“Three years ago, my career changed when I was hired for the interiors of a Mayan-inspired house by Paul Lamb Architects. Not only did the clients have a love for the Mayan culture, but also a fascination with Art Deco. It was my first chance to put a collection together that embraced several centuries— everything from Biedermeier to Ruhlmann to Giacometti to now. It was scary, but oh so rewarding!”


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–KATHRYN IRELAND, KATHRYNIRELAND.COM Kathryn Ireland’s textile Breakfast nook designed collection displayed by Charlotte Lucas in her original Santa Monica home.

“Many years ago, I designed the main bedroom and bathroom for a showhouse that changed my career. At that time, I had several articles written about my love for color and pattern. While I do love both, I felt like I was being pigeonholed as “the pattern guy.” So, I designed a neutral room. It certainly helped me gain a whole new level of clientele.” –JAY JEFFERS, JAYJEFFERS.COM

“Ca’Liza, our version of Heron Bay in Nassau, was on a magazine cover and changed my career forever.” –AMANDA LINDROTH, AMANDALINDROTHDESIGN.COM Mark Sikes’s room for the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

“ Designing the dining room for the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House was a big step. It was classic and timeless but bold. The room was inspired by Marella Agnelli. It was the first time East Coasters and editors could see and experience a space by me.” –MARK D. SIKES, MARKDSIKES.COM

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Amanda Lindroth’s island getaway in Nassau, Bahamas.

kathryn ireland photo: tim beddow. mark sikes photo: amy neunsinger. amanda lindroth photo: tria giovan.

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“Since Los Angeles was void of anything resembling the British Isles in the early ’90s, I opened a tiny shop in Santa Monica. With my collection of lighting, pillows, tartan throws and other accessories flying off the shelves (all 10 of them), I realized I had arrived!”


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A breakfast nook designed by Charlotte Lucas.

–CHARLOTTE LUCAS, CHARLOTTELUCASDESIGN.COM

“Growing up in New York, I was starstruck by the magnitude and beauty of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now, whenever I begin a project, I think of its grandeur and scale, its enclosure and how specific pieces will relate to the space and create just enough tension to make it interesting.”

“ My great-grandmother’s house in the small village of Péronne in France has the thing I find most beautiful in a building: a deep sense of being grounded, having been in one place for so long that it feels like it belongs as much as the hill that it sits on. The building’s stone is the same color as the earth of the courtyard and the vineyards that surround it. It feels organically connected, almost as if it sprouted up on its own.”

–JOY MOYLER, JOYMOYLERINTERIORS.COM

–JESSICA HELGERSON, JHINTERIORDESIGN.COM

Patrick McCarthy’s Miami living room designed by Thom Filicia. Thom Filicia's living room design for Patrick McCarthy.

“Fashion publishing icon Patrick McCarthy’s Miami apartment was one of my first projects after opening my firm. I was able to push creative boundaries with the space—custom pieces blended with antiques and his incredible art collection. The design made sense for Miami and McCarthy’s lifestyle, while pushing the limits a bit.” –THOM FILICIA, THOMFILICIA.COM

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charlotte lucas photo: laurey w. glenn/southern living. thom filicia photo: jason schmidt.

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“Designing a house for my sister-in-law and her family was a turning point. My style has evolved since this 2016 project, but the hallmarks of my work— combining old with new, taking chances with pattern and color, and being practical yet creative about space— ring true to this day.”


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FIRE MAGIC Constructed in Southern California from the highest-quality stainless steel with unsurpassed attention to detail and cooking performance, Fire Magic grills are built by people who demand the best ... for those who demand the best. firemagicgrills.com

EL LØVAAS El Løvaas works from intuition with intention to amplify the energy in the painting’s space. Her work is layers of feelings and stories without words. When a piece is complete, it’s left open to the viewer’s interpretations. ellovaas.com

KELLY FERM Kelly Ferm’s refreshed Claremont boutique is filled with the most timeless pieces, from custom Kelly Ferm Home pillows, to new furnishings, lighting and home decor. kellyferm.com

MODERN HACIENDA Modern Hacienda offers an inspiring mix. The 1954 Hans J. Wegner-designed Mama Bear chair, recently launched by Carl Hansen & Søn, is shown here alongside pieces from contemporary superstars Adriana Hoyos, Trica, Herman Miller and Knoll. Priced as shown at $4,620. modernhacienda.store



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FORTRESS SEATING As families are spending more time at home, it’s essential to have the sanctuary of a home theater. Let Fortress Seating, manufactured in Southern California since 1934, help you achieve your dream. fortresseating.com

GLOSTER FURNITURE Like the beams of sunlight breaking through gathering clouds, the Ambient Ray lantern illuminates and inspires. Expertly crafted from teak and topped with a natural leather handle, this striking, yet practical light is the perfect addition to any outdoor space.

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Flexform’s 2020 collection introduces new products by Christophe Pillet. His new Echoes chairs are made with a stylish, light metal structure and natural cord, crafted entirely by hand in Italy. 33sixty.com

PALMPRING ORGANIC MATTRESS This 100-percent certified organic mattress is made with all-natural materials and is completely chemical- and metal-free. It is a hypoallergenic and breathable mattress, which resists dust mites, bacteria and mold. Sustainably handcrafted in Los Angeles, it is made to order with custom sizes and options available.

DAO

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Established in 2003, DAO has been on the forefront of utilizing unique, organic elements to produce modern and organic, functional art pieces. Its extensive collection of woods and petrified-wood material is available for customization.


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LILLIAN AUGUST FOR HICKORY WHITE The new Lillian August Outdoor Collection includes this elegant retro-modern Barbarosa Chair. With its teak and stainless-steel frame and comfortable performance fabric, this chair is a sophisticated statement for both indoor and outdoor settings. lillianaugustfinefurniture.com

TEAK WAREHOUSE Teak Warehouse features the stunning and refined SoHo Teak Collection paired with the sophisticated Oslo tables for a modern, minimalistic style certain to impress. For all of the company’s inspirational, coastal modern collections, visit teakwarehouse.com. teakwarehouse.com

MONOGR AM APPLIANCES At Monogram, it’s not one detail, it’s many— creating appliances that look, feel and perform as if designed for you. Through passion and precision, Monogram is redefining the world of luxury appliances one detail at a time. monogram.com

PARIS CER AMICS Paris Ceramics is the supplier of timeless and beautiful flooring materials. Visit one of its showrooms to see this Hammered German Silver tile, as well as its large range of products. Contact Paris Ceramics at 888.845.3487 for more information and samples. parisceramicsusa.com


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LIEBHERR APPLIANCES US HUBBARDTON FORGE Reliable American makers—that’s Hubbardton Forge. Today’s homeowners want to know where their products come from; what hands have touched, shaped and brought them to life. Hubbardton designs, engineers, forges, finishes and assembles, all under one roof.

Introducing the latest addition to its column collection— the Monolith wine preservation system features two or three adjustable temperature zones and innovative technology, like Wi-Fi monitoring capabilities. home.liebherr.com

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NOBLESSA Noblessa brings elegance to even the most practical details. Through its designs, one can discover drawers and pullouts with glass sides to instantly find utensils and ingredients. noblessa.com

THEODORE ALEXANDER The polished-brass metal cube top of the Joseph Cocktail Table is captured within a quartered oak-veneered, pierced pyramid frame, and features Theodore Alexander’s Smokehouse finish. Style and function join beautifully with this modern, edgy design. theodorealexander.com

SCANDIA HOME Scandia Home brings exceptional Europeanstyle comfort into discerning homes across America. For nearly five decades, its Scandia Down heirloom-quality pillows, comforters and foundations have set the luxury standard. Discover the Scandia Down Difference. scandiahome.com


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LUXE ASKED FOUR DESIGNERS TO CREATE MOOD BOARDS WITH PUNCHY PATTERNS AND TEXTURES.

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FRANCES MERRILL, REATHDESIGN.COM

Clockwise from top left: Agra Knot Rug / usa.armadillo-co.com. Field Tile by Architectonics / waterworks.com. Primula Arborea Tile / emeryetcie.com. Qajar Stripe / soane.co.uk. 5015-501 Wallpaper by Mauny / zuber.fr. Dish / richardginori1735.com. Teatro Fabric / maharam.com. 9666 and 472 Wallpapers / zuber.fr. Regimen Stripe Fabric / dedar.com. Velvet Fabric / kirstenhecktermann.com. Mohair Supreme Fabric / maharam.com. Background: Baldwin Fabric by Jeffrey Bilhuber for Le Gracieux / johnrosselli.com.

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LOVE. JOY. BLISS.

AVAIL ABLE NOW! UniversalFurniture.com/MirandaKerrHome

As someone who loves the sanctuary of being at home, it has been a dream of mine to create my own collection of furniture that not only is aesthetically pleasing, but also promotes a warm, positive, and loving energy in the home. Many of the small, daily moments of my life served as inspiration for this collection — I hope you love it as much as I do.

*Must have an approved Universal To The Trade account. Offer is valid per account, not per person. 20% discount is available on orders of $2,000 or more. Orders must be placed online or through a customer service or Universal Sales representative. Promotion Code LUXE20 must accompany the order. Discount applies to all Universal products. Offers cannot be combined. Offer ends at midnight on December 31, 2020.


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SARAH BARTHOLOMEW, SARAHBARTHOLOMEW.COM

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Clockwise from top left: Aussellet Darl Fabric by Nicholas Herbert / claremontfurnishing.com. Botanic Garden Fabric / soane.co.uk. Somerset Openwork Braid Trim / samuelandsons.com. Melaya Fabric by Jasper / michaelsmithinc.com. Sitaron Fabric / namaysamay.com. Somerset StriĂŠ Braid / samuelandsons.com. Tatting Stripe Fabric / bennisonfabrics.com. Shiraz Fabric / fortuny.com. Limbury and Hector Fabrics by Colefax & Fowler / cowtan.com. Background: Rainforest Raffia Wallcovering / phillipjeffries.com.


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Custom Closets For Every Size, Style & Budget. Schedule your free design consultation today or (try our new Virtual In-Home Design) at containerstore.com/custom-closets.


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SEA GREEN

Clockwise from top right: Sakana by CW Stockwell. Cimaruta / zakandfox.com. Catalina by Moore & Giles. Orange & Leaves by Jennifer Shorto. Saga / meridastudio.com. Midnight Mademoiselle by Jennifer Shorto. Cashmere by Johnstons of Elgin. Bishop by Jeffrey Bilhuber / legracieux.com. Anni Stripe by Imogen Heath. Kinkead by Ferrick Mason. Whistler by Moore & Giles. Bromley by Jeffrey Bilhuber / legracieux.com. Mosaic Weave / thibaut.com. Speakeasy / fabricut.com. Wallpaper & Fabrics: Harbinger / harbingerla.com.



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ANISHKA CLARKE AND NIYA BASCOM, ISHKADESIGNS.COM

Clockwise from top center: Brazilian Nut Beads and Kenyan Miniature Baskets / nyumbani.org. Classic Mud Cloth Fabrics / stfrank.com. Vintage Japanese Napkin. Return of the Rudeboy by Dean Chalkey and Harris Elliott / antennebooks.com. Figure Sculpture by D. Gabbidon / theolympiagallery.com. Background: Macramé Wallpaper / arte-international.com.

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The Scandia Down Difference

HEIRLOOM QUALITY DOWN COMFORTERS & PILLOWS

EUROPEAN BED & BATH LINENS

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Pay close attention and Portugal’s complex history comes to life via its masterful legacy of intricate tilemaking. Individual geometric and colorful patterns can be credited to the Moorish influence dating back to the 13th century, whereas blue-and-white scenic motifs were first introduced to the country by Italian artists. This detailed scene decorating a Porto railway station illustrates a storybook narrative—we take it these walls can talk!



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The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

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Step foot inside Beijing’s Forbidden City, constructed some 600 years ago, and a sense of reverence immediately sets in. The palace’s precise and complex carvings and bas-relief detail—all handmade—showcase exceptional craftsmanship and artistry. Vibrant hues of red, gold and green bring the ornamentation to life—a centuries-old palette that still feels remarkably modern in today’s world of design.


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LOW PROFILE The low-slung slipper chair was in vogue during the Victorian Era when ladies needed a comfortable place to put on stockings and shoes. While this design has certainly withstood the test of time, Brooklyn-based maker Eny Lee Parker nixed the petite scale of the slipper silhouette with her * Chair in favor of a more substantial approach. Upholstered in mohair, the rounded shape of the piece is meant to resemble an O and accompany Parker’s Stitch Stool for an XO effect. enyleeparker.com

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ON A LIMB The Vintner Table by Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger of Ironies provides a refreshing spin on the classic drinks table, which was introduced in the 1920s when cocktail hour became de rigueur and occasional surfaces were needed. This piece has a cast-brass base antiqued by hand and decorated with a charming fauxbois pattern, while the shagreen top is applied in a starburst motif. ironies.com

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PASS THE TORCH During the mid-20th century, palm tree lighting gained popularity with many pieces produced in the opulent Hollywood Regency style. The goal for Iatesta Studio was to reintroduce the design as more refined and architectural for contemporary interiors, and the result is the sculptural Palm Tree Torchiere. Constructed of forged steel and done in a soft-aged zinc finish, each large-scale, wallmount lamp has more than 130 leaves that are hand cut, rolled and shaped before being welded to the frame. iatestastudio.com Amoir Fou fabric throughout, dedar.com

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MUSINGS + MAKINGS: A Q+A WITH RUMLEY How has your 20 years in design shaped this new collection? One learns to ‘speak a lot of languages’ as style, fashion and form have evolved. I love references to classic design and the excitement created when traditional and modern forms are mixed with soft silhouettes and architectural forms.

Top: HC3014-05 Parker Sofa, HC3013-14 Joel Chair, HC3007-55 Jim Wing Chair, HC3086-70 Bill Lamp Table, and HC3085-10/HC8030-02 Grace Table base. Artwork by Jim Koch. Above: HC3003-06/96 Kate Sofa, HC3004-27 Susan Swivel Chair, HC3006-21 Wayne Lounge Chair, and HC3080-70 Krystal Cocktail Table. All photography courtesy of Hickory Chair

What inspired your approach? With inspiration from fashion, jewelry and fine art, I created this collection of bedroom, dining and living room furniture with a deep understanding of the desires of the Hickory Chair customer. It was important that each piece have beautiful proportion and scale, a dynamic shape and be made from an interesting array of materials.

What materials will we see? American walnut and ash along with mahogany, marble, glass and customdesigned hardware were used in the creation of the wood products. Optional tops, finishes and Customer’s Own Hardware COH®, as well as a new Made 2 Measure™ table group provide an exciting palette ready for personalization. The new upholstery collection includes signature chairs and sumptuous sofa and sectional groupings, as well as hand-tufted pieces.


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Thomas O’Brien’s Library House started with a vision for the kitchen. As the story goes, when the building next to his current Bellport, New York, home—a former 1830s boys’ school, which he shares with husband and designer Dan Fink—became available, O’Brien purchased it and started fresh with a ground-up build. “We both love to cook and dine in and when planning this house, we decided it was finally time to create a wonderful kitchen like we do for our clients,” he says. aerostudios.com Talk to us about the floor plan. The kitchen had to be both beautiful and functional and was laid out to accommodate two small rooms flanking the main cooking space, which sits at the top of a large, layered library. Both adjacent areas can be closed off allowing the main space’s kitchen island to shine. Inspired by an actual English table several hundred years old, the substantial island features clipped corners, lots of storage and a beautiful stone surface. What was the starting point for the design? I love marble and the way it looks in traditional homes. I had originally bought slabs of marble for the kitchen but on a trip to the stone yard I came across this Connemara marble I had never seen before. Sourced from the coast of Ireland, the veining reminds me of a vivid green landscape, which I knew would look lovely in the kitchen. It completely changed the space and became the total inspiration for the room. That table is so inviting! The dining table is the ideal scale for two or four people and is an old English design that falls into the category of brown furniture no one wants anymore, but it’s kind of perfect. The way we set it up is that the cook sits in the chair, for easy access to the kitchen, and the other gets to relax on the settee, but we mix up duties all the time. This whole area feels easy, even if it’s a bit fancy! The backsplash transforms the space. Why a mirror? The moment the mirror went in, it changed everything. It not only opens up the kitchen but functions as a window bringing in and reflecting light, which is important in this slightly darker Library House. You can see what’s happening behind you, so the mirror acts as a tool to see the full picture.

In Thomas O’Brien’s kitchen, a custom walnut island by Aero Studios, his design laboratory, takes center stage. The Art Deco drawer pulls are from Le BHV Marais found on a trip to Paris. A Visual Comfort & Co. ceiling fixture and Galia Century stools, both collaborations with O’Brien, complete the arrangement. On the previous page, the designer’s dogs, Dally Mae and Totie, pose on the dining settee upholstered in Owls & Fruit by GP & J Baker for Lee Jofa. The French linen tablecloth is from Copper Beech and the large tumblers are by Baccarat.

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Clockwise from top: A vintage boxed set of sterling silver flatware by Tiffany & Co.; Iced Marble by Benjamin Moore decorates the nostalgic pegboard, which houses the designer’s cookware collection; Irish Connemara Marble, available at BAS Stone, creates a stunning backdrop for an assortment of objets.

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An assemblage of new and antique copper cookware decorates this charming nook off of the main kitchen area. Furniture pieces purchased on an excursion to Lillie Road in London add character.

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“There’s too much to enjoy in this world to not have variety. I love collecting silver, crystal and serving ware. Plus, we use it!” –THOMAS O’BRIEN

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Past Perfect CHARACTERFUL AND COMFORTABLE, THERE’S NOTHING DATED ABOUT THE NEW HISTORICAL HOME. W R I T T E N A N D P R O D U C E D BY G R AC E B E U L E Y H U N T

There’s something soothing about a house that has stood the test of time—layers of soul, a testament to enduring materials and beneath it all, a suggestion of simpler days. It is these and so many other attributes that have intrigued design devotees young and old to seek out historic homes. As Summer Loftin, designer, antiques dealer and lucky inhabitant of this preserved 1920s carriage house, keenly observes, “Nostalgia is making a comeback and everybody loves a great story.”

In her own Atlanta living room, designer Summer Loftin chose Benjamin Moore’s Summer Blue to create “a calm yet vibrant” setting for original architectural features, including black-and-white checkered floors and preserved dentil moldings, to shine. Adding interest, Loftin’s personal collections of blue-andwhite porcelain, early 20th-century Dutch oil paintings and antique furnishings build a unique and storied tableau. summerloftin.com

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ORIGINAL FLAVOR Brooklyn-based architect Elizabeth Roberts built an empire around gently injecting turn-of-the-century homes with contemporary perspective. Here, Roberts waxes poetic on balancing old with new and the appetite for historic charm in the luxury market. elizabethroberts.com Natural niche: As an undergrad at UC Berkeley, I spent summers on an archeological dig in Crete, which opened my eyes to the layers of history found in architecture. At the time, Columbia University’s Architectural Historic Preservation graduate program offered a Design Sector degree that focused on the reuse of historic buildings.

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I’m so happy this brought me to New York. I’ve restored more than 50 townhouses here, the vast majority more than 150 years old. Reno rule: With an addition, it’s respectful to create a clear demarcation where the old building ends and new one begins. I will not design “fake old.” Never update: Original handrails. Solid mahogany is irreplaceable and when restored, incomparable to any other wood. Always update: Lighting and paint. Dream digs: An old Parisian apartment with high ceilings and plaster moldings everywhere. Characterful refresh: Minimize sheetrock by installing painted or unpainted wood paneling on the ceiling or walls. Finding balance: If there is an authentic detail, I’ll try hard to work around it—and not just in prewar buildings. For a current 1980s renovation, we decided that the unusual roof and double-story fireplace should stay. We’re replacing the lava-stone panels on the chimney breast with handmade tile, but decided the shape and form were important to retaining the feel of the original structure. Always chic: Authenticity. I spend an enormous amount of time creating unique homes that sit well within their context.


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RUTH DAVIS, FOUND HOUSTON, TEXAS

In-store: Conversation pieces with personality— unique furnishings, new and vintage art and creative accessories. Personal aesthetic: I’m drawn to antiques with a contemporary feel and look for pieces with very clean lines. That being said, I also love rococo. It’s all about the mix. Signature pieces: Mirrors. Even in a contemporary house, an antique mirror looks fresh, and we sell a lot of them. We also love a great gilt wood chair which we’ll usually upholster in something fun, like chartreuse felt. Two cents: The designer Miles Redd once said that the success of a project depends on how many “yeses” he gets. My advice is to hire a great designer and say “yes” a lot. foundforthehome.com

CRIS BRIGER AND CHARLES PEED, CASA GUSTO WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

Old with new: We offer antiques, art and exclusive contemporary pieces, including Mexican Talavera pottery and papier-mâché botanicals. Recent favorite: A 19 th -century Irish mahogany settee, which arrived in a very stiff blue silk. We reupholstered it in a brown stripe and added chocolate ribbons for spunk. Totally Pride and Prejudice worthy. Secret sauce: We like opposing fabrics, like mattress ticking upholstery for a formal bench to change its attitude—like a day dress for evening. Why antique: Furniture, like architecture, should pass the test of time, evoking where it came from, and bringing a story to a room. getthegusto.com

MICHAEL TRAPP, MICHAEL TRAPP INC. WEST CORNWALL, CONNECTICUT

Sweet spots: 16th- to 20 th-century textiles, furniture, carpets, ceramics, natural history, paintings, chandeliers and more. Latest score: 16th -century Ming Swatow porcelain plates from a shipwreck discovered off Sumatra. I covered the walls of my sitting room with over 300 of them. Timeless means: Good proportion, quality materials, solid construction and a nice patina. In demand: Dutch Colonial furniture from the 19th and 20th century; simple pieces with strong lines. Mantra: I search the world for beautiful objects. It doesn’t matter who made it or when—just that it’s beautiful. michaeltrapp.com


For a decadent dose of old-world style, look no further than de Gournay’s new Cabinet of Curiosities wallcovering. Drawing inspiration from the 16 th -century Wunderkammer craze, the design depicts an array of collectible objects—all hand-painted and custom curated per client—set within the illusion of decorative cabinetry. Think of it like your own miniature museum immortalized in silk. degournay.com

ROOTED IN PLACE Residences by architect Gil Schafer are an inimitable cocktail of timeless style and modern comfort. Whether designing his own Greek Revival farmhouse in New England or a sprawling Mediterranean Revival in Montecito (as seen in this sketch), according to Schafer, the following three considerations shape every ground-up project from outset to install day. gpschafer.com Siting. The most successful home design sits on its site in a way that feels inevitable. It nestles into the land, taking cues from its contours, embracing the views and creating seemingly effortless fl ow between inside and outside. Context. A new historic house’s authenticity really depends on how well it relates to its context—both natural and historical. What style it is, its proportions, how the windows look, its details—all of these elements send subliminal messages to the mind’s eye that tell you whether to believe the design or not. Decoration. Never leave thinking about decoration until the end of the project— it should be right there at the beginning along with the architecture and the landscape. In the most successful schemes, the furniture sits effortlessly in rooms designed around them, and the colors and textures of the fabrics enhance the architecture, connecting with the residence’s sense of time and place.

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While the exact origin story remains unconfirmed, the rocking chair is widely held as an American contribution, first favored by Colonial mothers, later decorating porches from the Great Plains to the White House and always being reinvented anew as a dynamic design statement. Handiwork of Asheville, North Carolina-based chairmaker Brian Boggs, the Cio rocker—available in maple, walnut and cherry— speaks to both the resurgent chic of clean-lined brown furniture and the enduring appeal of a quintessentially American staple. brianboggschairmakers.com

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DESIGNER DAVID KAIHOI TELLS THE TALE OF A GRAND OLD 1810 FEDERAL THAT LURED HIS FAMILY TO THE HUDSON VALLEY.

We got the itch last April. A friend insisted we crash at his 19 th-century farmhouse in upstate New York, and that’s when my wife began aching for a country home. She always wanted a Jane Austen fantasy: an old house with good bones and stories. But it was only an abstract notion with architectural flourishes—a crackling fireplace, a proper staircase, gutsy millwork, worn floors and wavy glass windows. Maybe a kooky attic. Something rough around the edges with strong, redeemable character. Our hearts are in New York City’s East Village, where we haven’t tired of our fifth-floor walkup. Our two kids share a bedroom and we colorfully negotiate use of a single bathroom. It’s an adventure that keeps us tight and mindful. We weren’t necessarily in a position to buy, but we love a project—and entertaining the idea had become a preferred dinner conversation. Where could it be? What might it look like? We were open to all scenarios, but that weekend directed our focus to a historic home in the Hudson Valley.

We’d ogle listings of romantic piles, sigh to ourselves and think, ‘too much work,’ or ‘too much money.’ It was heartbreaking! Death by a thousand listings. But then, one stopped us cold. You know that feeling when it starts to hurt? That’s love, I think. We fell in love. The house was in Columbia County and since we were in the area over the New Year, we planned a drive-by; a tempt of fate. We snooped around and peeked through windows. As we feared, it checked all boxes: history, scale and gentle layers of quirks from owners past and present. We contacted the broker for a closer look, and you know the rest. For now, the rooms are empty and the echoes couldn’t make us happier. It will be a long, slow burn, collecting stories and writing the next chapter in the history of this house. reddkaihoi.com

The new neighbors—goats from an abutting horse farm—offer an unconventional housewarming for designer David Kaihoi, wife Monique, daughter Mirabelle and son Anders, as they settle into their recently purchased historic home in Ghent, New York.


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GROUNDBREAKERS Groundbreaker, innovator, pioneer—no matter the term, the people, products, companies and concepts on the following pages have made an indelible imprint on their respective fields. From striking aesthetics and unique perspectives to signature skills and materials that make their mark, these groundbreakers all share one mission: to inspire and aspire. Mastering their “it” factor to leave a lasting legacy in the world of design.


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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “We work within a historical and regional continuum.”

STARS GIVEN NEW LIFE Since the firm’s founding in 1976, Appleton Partners’ architects have reinvigorated some of the most revered properties in the state of California. Look them up, and be in awe. • Florestal, a magnificent Santa Barbara estate • San Ysidro Ranch, a luxury hotel and resort •R osewood Miramar Beach, a paradise tucked between the beach and mountains •H otel 850 SVB, a 1918 bungalow turned modern-day getaway

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acific Palisades Village, a destination for •P dining, entertainment, shopping and more

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It takes a special kind of team to attentively restore iconic, historic properties. Enter, Appleton Partners LLP. Led by founder Marc Appleton, as well as partners Ken Mineau and Andrew Scott, who operate the Santa Barbara and Santa Monica offices, respectively, the architecture firm stands apart from others in its niche of renovating well-known custom residential, institutional and historic commercial projects. “We do not create ‘signature styles,’ as each project is tailored to the environment, the site, the topography and its distinctive landscape elements,” Appleton says of the philosophy behind their work. “Experiential elements play a more significant role in our design inspiration and influences. We are informed by history, architecture, books and travel.” Lately, when its creatives aren’t enveloped in an in-house project, they are collaborating with nearly 200 other design pros on AIA Santa Barbara’s 2020 Design Charrette.

Top: As with most estancias, the main residence is oriented to engage its surroundings, allowing spaces to extend outside. Far left: This structure opens to the expansive rear lawn, affording uninterrupted views. Left: From the recreational loggia to a stream beyond, this view is stunning. Many of the buildings abut surrounding native landscape. Above: These remodeled stables face one of many open courtyards. Simple detailing and materials, the use of salvaged barn doors and the landscaping all convey the spirit of traditional estancias. All photography by Matt Walla


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BEAUTY + STRENGTH In choosing the highest quality of wood, AG Millworks carefully matches it for grade, density, color, texture and compatible grain patterns. Then, it is used in superior stile and rail construction for stress-balanced components and maximum resistance to warping.

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“In 2019, we proudly introduced the ultimate solution to your prescriptive energy needs: the Energy Solutions bifold,” Eletel says. In 2020, an entire line of slider and French swing door systems followed suit. “These options are compliant with Title 24 prescriptive standards, and are currently available in clad, all wood and solid Accoya, in custom sizes and with various glass and sill options. Additionally, we use lowVOC factory finishes to keep our community and your family safe, and we give back through a carefully executed wood waste recycling program that has been in operation since 1992.”

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Privately owned, skillfully managed and independently operated since 1986, AG Millworks produces handcrafted, custom-built bifold, multislide and French swing doors with incredible attention to detail, combining luxury and innovation to create systems that transform an ordinary living space into an indoor-outdoor paradise. “Great design, extraordinary customer service and a fair price are the foundations of our practice,” says Richard Eletel, the company’s president and founder. Alongside its unparalleled designs and superior production standards, AG Millworks offers its door and window systems exclusively through 450 authorized, highly trained dealers located throughout the western United States. With factory-installed retractable screens, custom finishes, multiple sill, stile and rail options, and built-up frames delivered ready to install, AG Millworks leads the industry in truly unique, quality door and bifold window products.

Top: With simulated lites, these 25-by-8-foot bifold doors make for an effortless, open-air lifestyle. Far left: California-style living is at its best in this home, with a matching set of bifold doors opening to a relaxing outdoor space. Left: A beautiful multislide door system with factory-installed retractable screens provides easy, yet elegant access to this patio. Above: Striking bifold doors match a radial bifold pass-through kitchen window. All photography courtesy of AG Millworks



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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “I love a welltraveled look, a home that tells a story and has a sense of humor. Nothing should be too serious or unusable.”

DESIGN DISCUSSION •G reatest source of inspiration? My grandmother, an artist, was not only worldly in her approach to art but fearless in her work. She produced art for 50 years, and it ranges from sketches that look very European to modern, Cubist art. ew and noteworthy? •N I am working on releasing a wallpaper/fabric line using my grandmother’s art as inspiration. I am also working on my personal home project in Santa Barbara and look forward to expanding my work in Southern California. oid in the market? •V I would love to see designers be given easier access to create their own products.

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The soul of Andrea Schumacher’s aesthetic is echoed in her “nothing should be too serious or unusable” approach. Exquisite patterns, bold use of color, spaces infused with texture and materiality: these are the hallmarks of the Schumacher touch. Her creativity and emotive designs were fostered during her experiences in television and cinema—her work today reveals a captivating narrative, telling the story of a home and its owners through the world of interiors. “I am a true student of the living, breathing world. I believe texture and form affect everyone, through all phases of life,” she shares. “Set design is ingrained in my sensibilities and stands true today: space, form and architecture are backdrops to work magic with color, textures and materials.”

Top: Custom wallpaper and dainty crystal chandeliers are the jewelry in an opulent, yet distinctly casual kitchen. Left: Filled with light, this living room features an absorbing blend of old and new objects, expressing the well-traveled homeowner’s story. Right: Mixing traditional and modern styles results in a rustic contemporary feel in this home bar—one will want to sit and relax a long while. All photography by Emily Minton Redfield


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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “We are unwavering in our commitment to quality, beauty and transparency.”

FONT OF PHILANTHROPY Before Jon and Megan established Boswell Construction, they had spent some years along the Gulf Coast, rebuilding homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. They primarily worked in Biloxi, Mississippi, before moving to Covington, Louisiana, where Jon served as director of construction and Megan as logistic coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. The spirit of giving still guides their attitude and ethos today.

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Jon and Megan Mut got their start in the building industry through a desire to better it. After spending years in the nonprofit sector, building hundreds of communities for those in need, the husband-and-wife duo recognized how their love of people might be needed in the custom part of the industry. “I had turned to the private sector and quickly became disillusioned with the processes I was seeing,” Jon says. “Profit was continuously being favored over

•S haping culture: “We are lucky and grateful to do what we love,” Megan shares. “We want to leave behind a legacy of teamwork. We hope that each of our relationships resonates in a positive way, so that each experience fosters collaboration in the next generation.” •O utreach, always: Boswell Construction is busy developing stunning custom homes, but even still, giving back is top of mind. “We strive to support an awareness of the need for housing for everyone within the city,” Megan says. “We participate wherever we can.”

client needs.” So, he set out to create a company that crafted beautiful projects while structuring its approach with the client in mind, making the process less overwhelming and more fluid. “Our teams are built as cohesive units supported by a larger mission,” says Megan, who joined Jon shortly after he founded Boswell Construction. “We aim to be a partner in every build, by developing long-term relationships that serve the client’s needs and bring maximum value to their home.”

Top: Called Hedge House, this design won an award from AIA Los Angeles.



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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “We build each safe as the treasured heirloom we know it will become.”

IN VOGUE + SECURE Brown Safe shines at the intersection of state-of-theart technology and timeless aesthetic design. Some of the key features in most all of its products include … • Ballistic armor plating •P roprietary fire-resistant cladding • Premium paint finishes

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Growing up, Lynel Brown often heard her father utter a phrase his own father instilled in him, “Build it for your children’s children … and teach them the same.” Frederick Brown, who founded Brown Safe in 1980, certainly passed the mentality on successfully. “This is now a mantra of sorts for our family

• Exotic hardwoods •F ine leather interiors with hand-stitched detailing •C ommercial-grade systems for monitoring and granting access, including biometric fingerprint-reading locks, bolt lock indicator sensors, silent signal alerts and home automation integration

and company, and we honor it each day through a steadfast commitment to excellent craftsmanship and long-term reliability,” Lynel says. Yet even as it maintains these values, the creator of high-design, high-tech safes and vaults innovates, consistently introducing some of the most exquisite, well-performing and one-of-a-kind products in the field. Brown Safe’s best seller perfectly exemplifies the result of such duality. “Our Gem safes offer the same security and functionality of our military-grade products, with added beauty, elegance and convenience that make them a must-have for the home.”

INDUSTRY FIRST: THE CHRONOS Brown Safe’s Chronos design is the sum total of everything the company has learned about safe design, cutting-edge technology, advanced materials manufacturing and mechanical engineering. “It retains the Brown Safe DNA, but does everything in a whole new way,” Lynel says. “The Chronos model was the first safe anywhere to be completely built out of military-grade ballistic armor plating. It also sports a completely original interlocking door design and mechanical system that allows for solid-titanium locking bolts on all four sides, for silky-smooth operation.” Accessed via fingerprint and abundant with other luxurious features, Chronos truly stands apart.

Top: With Ultrasuede-lined drawer inserts for jewelry organization, this Gem safe’s interior is the perfect place for precious pieces. Bottom, left: This custom Chronos 4218 watch vault has Damascus steel details. Bottom, right: This Chronos’ creamy interior suits the regality of the jewels within.



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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “Through unique veining, color variation and book-matching, we help to push the boundaries of design.”

POINTS OF PIVOTAL PROGRESS •B espoke techniques. “We made a big shift when we started to do cut-to-size projects in our in-house factories in Shanghai,” You says. “Today, you can find the results in major developments across the United States.”

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The charm of a company evolving from door-to-door sales to international recognition and status as a local “brand name” is lost on no one. The history of Color Marble is just such a story. In 1991, Jemmy You and Susana Jeng founded the company and began taking their passion for tile around the block. Twenty-five years later, their son, Andrew You, runs the purveyor of marble, granite, quartzite and more, and he has stayed true to his parents’ mantra: quality. “We take procurement very seriously,” he says. “We take our time to find the absolute best blocks, slabs, tiles and more.” In close contact with a trusted group of architects and designers, he and his team stay abreast of what’s coming next in design, and ensure their suppliers find exactly what is needed. It’s no wonder local companies and homeowners alike choose to buy from Color Marble rather than importing product.

Top: High-end residential home installations are what Color Marble does best. Everything is customized to the customer’s liking. Right: Eyecatching in every sense of the word, this master bathroom features stunning stone surrounds. Center: Designed by Kim Gordon and featured editorially, this incredible project includes a central fireplace with an exquisite pattern … it almost seems designed. Far right: In the new Thea at Metropolis building, Color Marble’s R&D team customized a quartz color for the islands and countertops. Top & Right: Photography courtesy of International Marmol Inc. Center: Photography courtesy of Kim Gordon Designs Far right: Photography courtesy of Greenland USA

ignature creations. •S “Another major moment was the introduction of our own line, Colorquartz,” You says. “It is now one of the most well-known quartz brands in the world.” oteworthy installations. •N The Thea tower at Metropolis in Downtown Los Angeles is among the projects of which You and team are most proud.



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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “We want our homes to be on the cutting edge and withstand the test of time.”

INSTANT TALENT Corr shares a few of the Instagram accounts he frequently peruses, and why he favors them. •@ mccleandesign “We have done a lot of work with Paul McClean, and his feed showcases many fantastic projects.”

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vantagedesigngroup •@ “Another frequent collaborator of ours, Vantage Design Group posts gorgeous residential shots, as well as behindthe-scenes content, like renderings and drawings.” johnpawson •@ “It’s always interesting to see what catches the eye of this famous architect.”

At Corr Contemporary Homes, the mission is straightforward, albeit easier said than done: to build some of the finest homes with the most talented design teams. And the philosophy is to never stop improving upon its processes along the way. Founded by Irishman James Corr, the company builds large, complex custom homes that demand the most exceptional of high-end finishes. Close partnership with design pros and homeowners alike is paramount to its success. “We strive to take into consideration not just the architect’s specs and plans, but also the intent and ethos behind the project,” Corr says. “It is imperative that the finished product matches what both envisioned.” In pursuit of that goal, he and his team start early, providing extensive preconstruction services, like preliminary estimating, scheduling and value engineering. They also offer property management and maintenance after completion.

Top: Designed by architect Paul McClean in Beverly Hills, this perfectly crafted modern estate has top-of-the-line finishes and the highest standard of construction—the results of an unlimited budget. Left & Far left: This new build in Bel Air was crafted with Quinn Architects out of London. It features quite a collection of pieces from Mass Beverly.


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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “Revolutionary in its design, accessibility and quality, our offering has delighted time and again for decades.”

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“Our business is run by family, and we’re curious people,” Jacob says. “We are all constantly evaluating the world and trends, not just from a style perspective, but inclusive of social changes, too. The exploration into boundless possibilities of glass first set us apart from the crowd. Today, an understanding of wellness and seamlessness of environment has propelled us forward to be the first to introduce collections of full-spectrum, integrated smart home LED fixtures.”

The year was 1960. The place was the United States. The vibe was creative and electric. It was in these circumstances that Jacob Sperling found himself experimenting with the limits of glass and brass to design one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. Today, those roots have grown into a veritable empire of brands. Through parent company Maxim Lighting, Studio M crafts gorgeous solutions for hospitality spaces, and ET2 Contemporary Lighting has brought modern flair with highly unique touches to the home. Created in the ‘90s, ET2 was inspired by the sort of iconic aesthetic pioneered by Gio Ponti in his work for FontanaArte—clean lines, thought-provoking shapes and a striking balance in material use. “We have always aimed to convey the duality of style and quality in ET2’s designs,” says Jacob, who today leads all three of his brands with family members Nathan Sperling and Naomi Sperling. Crafted with the best in LED binning and HPF ballasts, ET2’s products are on the technological forefront, too.

DECADES OF DEDICATION • I nvestments: Ever since Jacob Sperling risked it all to buy the materials he needed to create his first pieces, Maxim and its following brands have upheld a legacy of giving to get. “Investing deep actually allows us to continue to provide value pricing, because we can trust in our quality and the conversion of product as a result of others trusting in it as well.” • Interactions: While its builder division is itself a powerhouse, Maxim’s contract teams utilize different personnel for a concierge service dedicated to architects, designers and lighting procurement agencies.

Top: Alumilux sconces, ET2’s Architectural lights, line this earthy entryway. Bottom, left: The Chimes smart chandelier and matching sconce can be integrated with Bluetooth. Bottom, right: The winner of more than five design awards, the Rinkle collection is a triumph of aesthetic.



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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “Our horticulture experts produce landscapes that grow richer, season after season.”

FOR THE LOVE OF L.A. The West Coast provides design opportunities that aren’t possible in any other part of the country. Its mild climate enables year-round outdoor living, which makes possible the truly seamless integration between interior and exterior, house and garden.

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With its unique mix of seasoned vets, new talent and expertise, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects is being asked to “dance”

FUTUREPROOFING DESIGN “To me, legacy is not about fame, but imparting knowledge onto the next generation. One of the most valuable powers we have as designers and thought leaders is the influence, which allows us to be effective mentors, making sure that younger generations learn how to look, how to see, how to craft a beautiful and permanent landscape or garden.”

like never before. “New cities, regions and coasts are calling our name,” says senior partner Douglas Hoerr. And it’s easy to see why. Hoerr and his team of landscape architects, urban planners and horticulturists craft innovative outdoor spaces that delight on every scale, from private gardens to city streets to public parks. Rooted in the mechanics of installation, HSLA not only designs beautiful landscapes, but ensures their actualization. “We make sure they are built properly, meticulously and sustainably,” he says. “This, along with our plant selections and field project management creates both a beauty and quality that is unparalleled.” No surprise the firm boasts five National American Society of Landscape Architects Awards and 15 Illinois ASLA Awards.

MAD RESPECT “I am drawn to designers who are talented and opinionated, but who are ultimately able to collaborate without ego,” says Hoerr, referring to his go-tos for inspiration: • Bob Stern • Larry Booth • Peter Gluck

Top & Left: Nestled between mountains and ocean, this Montecito home’s 3 acres have undergone garden renovations to create spaces for play and entertaining and quiet refection. Site-wide droughttolerant plantings ensure an enduring landscape for years to come. Far left: The landscape of this beachfront estate was designed to have a variety of garden rooms and experiences, all of which provide the family and their guests endless opportunities for relaxation and play. Top & Left: Photography by Scott Shigley Far left: Photography by Caitlin Atkinson


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“Our work is always fresh, researched and unduplicated.”

While 2020 has been a roller coaster of trials and changes for all, Jake T. Galang, principal interior designer and president of Ilustracion by Jake, Corp., has remained determined to face every challenge head-on, and even, to find growth within it. “I was one of the designers of the 56th Pasadena Showcase House of Design,” she says. “It happened in the midst of the pandemic, which certainly presented difficulties, but the show went on and it turned out to be just what I needed. My designs started evolving, seeking for a safe haven as I myself was.” Galang discovered in herself freedom of expression, creativity, fearlessness and resilience in volumes unrecognized before, and the result is a new mindset and focus. “Sustainability and self-care are now at the forefront of my inspiration,” she says. “I’m thinking a lot about organic textures, prints and materials.”

TENETS OF APPROACH •T eamwork: Since its inception, Ilustracion by Jake has fostered close relationships with not only homeowners, but also real estate developers, contractors and subcontractors, too. “In this way, we ensure that no detail is overlooked, and the best of craftsmanship is achieved.”

•T ech: In their residential and commercial projects, Galang and team provide detailed drawings—done by hand and using CAD— specifications and renderings. “From the beginning, we have been advocates for merging aesthetic visions with the latest technology,” Galang says.

Top, left; Top, right & Above: Shaker-style doors are complemented by industrial cabinet hardware in the 56th Pasadena Showcase home’s laundry space. Fabrics and trim from Kravet brought in a Bohemian flair, while a DXV apron-front sink adds both ergonomics and a sense of elegant simplicity. The backsplash tile from Walker Zanger adds vibrance to the whole look, in mint and forest green. All photography by David Guettler Photography


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I LUSTR USTRA STR STRA ACIÓN is also about livable, appealing spaces with a punch of color.

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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “When furniture is visually quiet, it’s vital that craftsmanship be immaculate.”

DEFINED BY PERSPECTIVE “I’ve never built things because they were on trend,” Joyal says. “That doesn’t interest me at all. I’ve always sketched designs that spoke to me artistically, or that I’ve felt the industry seemed to be lacking when I needed them. This has served me well within my own interior design projects too, because I can always make what I can’t find. I tend to stand out because I’ve remained steadfast in my personal belief that furniture should be of a certain quality and life span. When you remain true to a concept for years, your name will eventually become synonymous with that belief. I’ve kind of always been a zigger in a zagger world; that is more challenging when you’re young, but I’m comfortable with all of it now.”

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In the 1990s, Leslie Shapiro Joyal, then an interior architect, saw a void in the design industry: in the midst of so much furniture production, where were

NEW PARTNERS + OLD PASSION Asked what’s next, Joyal says, “Simon and I are hoping to expand into Europe with small ateliers, as well as endeavor into new materials. I also plan to spend more time painting— my first love.”

the unapologetically minimal, expertly handmade pieces? She decided to make a bold move. “I began to take woodworking classes, and when some of my clients saw my designs and requested their own, I jumped on the idea,” she shares. Within two years of founding Shapiro Joyal Studio (which she now runs with the help of her husband, Simon), she had a steady stream of regulars. Today, some of her first showroom prototypes are still selling, and that longevity is essential to her desired legacy. “Knowing that my work has aged well and will move along to various stewards is very rewarding,” she says. “It’s one of the reasons I signed and dated everything early on. I want to leave behind good work for people to continue to enjoy.”

Top: This solid maple, original prototype of the KC table is shown in front of a painted three-panel wood screen, also by Joyal. Photography courtesy of Shapiro Joyal Studio



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G ROU N D B R E A K E R S | LOS ANGELES “In the end, the quality that defines a successful design is experiential … and a little bit intangible.”

AN EXHIBITION OF MATERIALS “I believe that, in architecture, the smallest details matter most,” Winick says. “Even as early as my second meeting with the client, I will present a vision for the project by bringing together a color and texture palette for review—a material soup, if you will, to taste, season and perfect.

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While studying at RISD in Rome, Barry Winick developed a love of history deriving from both classicism and modernity. During his time at Peter Marino Architect in New York, he embraced the expansiveness of the city’s endless possibilities and discovered in himself an inventiveness. Later, his namesake firm, Winick Architects, would emerge on the California coast, as part of a westward creative and cultural migration. And today, that Santa Barbara institution is known as one of the most forward-thinking and collaborative architecture studios in the country. “We are creatively oriented, invite the clients to be active participants, and gain strength from an inquisitive process in which we are committed to the seamless integration of architecture, interior decor and landscape,” Winick says. Fascinated by underlying proportions and the imaginative use of materials, Winick and his team design structures that are sculptural and timeless.

Top: A stunning sculpture serves as a focal point, drawing the eye from interior to pool and beyond. Far left: Shown from the viewpoint of the chef’s island, this indoor-outdoor layout impresses. Left: With a view of life abounding and neutral finishes, this bathroom defines tranquility. Above: Innovation in its finest form, this door opens like that of a Chelsea loft to create seamless flow from inside to out. All photography by Paul Warchol


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MASTERING MINIMALISM The interwoven collaboration between an artist and architect yields a soft, contemporary dwelling. W R I T T E N BY K E L LY P H I L L I P S B A DA L P H O T O G R A P H Y BY L A U R E N P R E S S E Y

Architecture: Anthony Laney, Laney LA Interior Design: Anthony Laney, Laney LA, and Peir Serota, Humble Home & Decor Home Builder: Robert Crockett, Jeff Wilson Construction


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Architect Anthony Laney centered the atrium of a Manhattan Beach home around a brachychiton tree sourced from The Tropics and installed by the supplier working with Jones Landscapes. “We were striving for a warm feel with natural materials and a subdued palette of pale grays, tans, bone and white,� notes Laney. The entry door is by Fleetwood Windows & Doors.


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t all started with a tree. The graceful live specimen silhouetted within a Japanese home Peir Serota spotted in a magazine stuck with her. Presented with the chance of building a house from scratch for her husband, Jeff, and two children in Manhattan Beach, she immediately handed the worn clipping to architect Anthony Laney. “I told him, ‘If it can be done, you’re going to design something around a tree— that’s a priority,’ ” Serota recalls with a laugh. Laney, the adventurous principal of a fastgrowing Hermosa Beach firm, takes an allencompassing view of his projects, handling not just the architecture but often the interiors and landscaping. He fulfilled Serota’s wish, placing a 16-foot Australian brachychiton tree—now fondly nicknamed “Brachy”—smack-dab in the middle of the atrium-style entry. It engages visitors the instant they step inside and causes comic double takes from passersby outside too. While undeniably visually arresting, it’s also an organizing element of the home’s layout, providing context for the central double-height space and acting as the pivot point for the primary living areas. And it’s only the first in a series of bold choices that Laney and Serota undertook to create this striking contemporary home. A former art educator and trained ceramicist with a keen interest in design and architecture, Serota dove into the design process with unusual intensity. She enrolled in an interior design course at Otis College of Art and Design to prepare, and ultimately launched her own interior design firm. “We searched for seven years for the right home, and I consider this my biggest life’s work besides raising my children,” she says. “I wanted it to be an expression of us, not anyone else. I thought it was important to be educated and not go into it blindly.” As a result, she and Laney shared a creative partnership that transcended typical client-architect relationships, and she developed a tight friendship with Robert Crockett, who served as the general contractor’s project manager. “We were the architects in every sense, but Peir—this incredibly engaged, well-traveled, design-schooled artist—was the primary driver of the palette and interior design, plus sourced and purchased all the materials,” says Laney. “This home turned out the way it did because of her vision and exceptionally good taste.”

Opting for a reverse floor plan for the structure—poised in the coveted Hill Section of Manhattan Beach—the team positioned the main living spaces upstairs to take advantage of the lot’s sight lines out to the Pacific. To Serota, this seemed like common sense: Why waste great second-story views on bedrooms primarily used to sleep? A similar principle came into play with the sheer number of glass walls, windows, doors and skylights used: Why take anything less than full advantage of SoCal’s abundant natural light? “We always held the conviction that the home deserved a soaring roof with deep cantilevers as well as a lot of natural light. The pocketing walls were the minor supporting element that helped us accomplish this,” Laney explains. The roof commands attention in itself. Dramatically cantilevered eaves and oversize decks ring the upper level, with fully retractable doors extending the social spaces seamlessly outdoors—a key component of Serota’s desire to welcome in light and air. On the ground floor, the secondary living room’s floor-to-ceiling glass doors pull a similar disappearing act, creating an unimpeded flow to a central courtyard entertaining space, sports court and pool. Laney labored to make every inch count with custom furnishings, shelving sized to display curios from the family’s travels and even a fully kitted out ceramics studio. Meticulously selected materials in a subtle, sophisticated yet earthy palette of bone, clay, linen, oatmeal and mushroom unite the home’s various elements and speak to Serota’s affinity for Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt’s minimalist aesthetic and visual romanticism. “The simplicity of a minimalist design is peaceful and helps me stay centered,” she says. Under her eye, repeated use of Bulgarian limestone, bleached hemlock, and white-oak floors nod to the variant tones found in the pottery she makes. “Peir was very disciplined about allowing the same material to be used in multiple places in different ways so that the whole space seems like it’s carved from one mold,” says Laney. “The effect is tranquil, calming and harmonious, without going too muted or monochrome.” Adds Serota, “The intention in the design of our home was for it to be eternally contemporary, which is very Vervoordt. I want it to be relevant today, in 10 years, in 20 years. I think we achieved that.”

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Laney teamed with homeowner Peir Serota on the abode’s interiors. Placed on a carpet from Exquisite Rugs, a Philippe Malouin for Resident coffee table from A+R centers the great room’s custom sectional, covered in Chivasso fabric, and a Four Hands swivel chair from HD Buttercup. The fiber artwork is by Alejandra Aristizábal. A pocketing Sky-Frame door opens to a terrace.

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Right: The family’s cat, Bug, sits by the dining area’s faux fireplace, which was inspired by an Axel Vervoordt design at The Greenwich Hotel. Nearby, a custom 96-inch square table and chairs by Klein Agency provide seating for up to 14 people. Abstract artwork by Melissa Herrington adds a pop of color. Opposite: A Light & Green fixture shines on the Caesarstone-topped kitchen island. Because the space offers some of the best views in the house, the Form & Refine stools are popular seats. Emtek hardware accents the StyleLite cabinetry from Design Support. On the backsplash is Silestone from RioStones. The Thermador range is from Ferguson.

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Right: Stone Source supplied the Cromie Polvere flooring and the limestone on the wall behind the Aquatica tub in the main bath. Sliding doors adjacent to the tub lead to a bridge that directly connects with Serota’s ceramics studio. A ceramic, fiber and hemp artwork by Adriann Leigh hangs from a peg on the wall. Opposite: In the main suite, Portola Paints and Glazes’ Elephant serves as a soothing backdrop for the Croft House bed—dressed in Parachute linens—and night table. Hanging nearby is an airy fixture by Graypants. An Armadillo & Co. rug covers the European white-oak flooring from Finishes.

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Above: Dubbed the “pool room,” this ground-floor space functions as the home’s main entertaining area. On the bar, the striking Antolini Tech gray porcelain runs as a counter-to-ceiling slab. Lining the shelves are entertaining basics as well as items collected from the homeowners’ travels. The chairs are from HD Buttercup. Opposite: A courtyard seating area makes for a comfortable, central spot for relaxation and entertaining. The sectional sofa by Harbour with cushions in a Perennials fabric abuts a Lumacast fire feature. A mix of stucco, glass and Bulgarian limestone from Thompson Building Materials defines the exterior materials palette. Laney and his team designed the landscape in collaboration with Jones Landscape.


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In Agoura Hills, a sophisticated new ranch house melds East Coast style with the spirit of the American West.

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Designer Joe Lucas eagerly embraced the couple’s interests, realizing rooms that “stayed true to the house but also to them, a modern family,” he says. Plus, since the couple kept their beach home for vacations, it meant all their existing furniture stayed there, and Lucas was free to start fresh. One of his first purchases was a mahogany settee, one of a pair he found on a buying trip to the south of France. He chose other antiques (the grandfather clock in the entryway and the George III-style secretary in the living area, for example) to render “an East Coast vibe, but one that isn’t fuddy-duddy,” he says, sharing a designer tip: “You can’t have just one piece of brown furniture, you have to have the right amount throughout the house.” Balancing the period furnishings are new, lighter pieces from contemporary designers like Bunny Williams and Celerie Kemble. The palette, too, was key to establishing harmony. “The wife fell in love with the colors in the Fromental wallpaper we used in the breakfast room, so I knew those could be our through colors,” says Lucas, aided by design director Jessica Spink and senior designer Monique Morales. Blues, yellows and greens now flow throughout the house, going more pastel in the kitchen and main bedroom. “The rooms are sunny and happy,” he notes. And by choosing florals, Lucas has devised interior “gardens” that counter the landscape’s dry brush. “We gave them what they don’t get outside,” he says, though he did pull the breakfast room’s bright yellow drapery from the mustard that blooms across the hillsides each spring. Lucas furnished the outdoor spaces—a loggia that runs along the back of the house and a large pool terrace—with traditional pieces that relate to the interiors, like a suite of rattan furniture that he describes as “preppy but not too preppy.” Evens, too, working with his colleagues at KAA Design Group, including Michael McGowan, brought his ranch house vision to fruition outside with the development of a landscape that includes lawns, an herb garden and fruit trees. “The grounds really are special,” adds Lucas, noting space for a soccer field and one day, perhaps, a barn. “I love that this project let me show my East Coast side and that we were able to have a little fun. All the elements just play off each other here.”


The paneled foyer makes a gracious entrance to the great room of an Agoura Hills residence. Designer Joe Lucas crafted custom seating for the living area, covering the sofa in a floral by Lee Jofa and the lounge chairs in a Peter Fasano print. The round antique table is from Harbinger. The entry’s settee sports a stripe by Jasper Furniture & Fabrics.


In the living area, the cushions on a caned Paul Ferrante chair are covered in fabric from Claremont; the chair in a Zak + Fox floral is from Kneedler Fauchère. The coffee table is from Williams-Sonoma Home. Just beyond is a dining table from Harbinger and Bernhardt chairs from MacQueen Home, wearing Moore & Giles leather. The painting is by Amy E. Sidrane. Coleen & Company lighting hangs overhead, while a Swedish rug from Marc Phillips grounds the space.

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Above: The breakfast room, with its vibrant Fromental wallcovering and Walfab draperies, centers on a Bunny Williams Home table and Made Goods chairs. The chandelier is by Visual Comfort & Co. Opposite: Lucas placed cushions in a Chris Barrett fabric on the kitchen’s Williams-Sonoma Home barstools and added pendants by The Urban Electric Co. and brass hardware from Rejuvenation. The countertops are from Stoneland USA; the range is by Wolf. Carrying the blue theme into the space is cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue.


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Above: Lucas continued the loggia’s look on the pool terrace with pieces like the Serena & Lily dining table and Lane Venture chairs with cushions in a Chris Barrett fabric. The chaises are by RH with a Perennials stripe. The umbrellas are also by Serena & Lily. Avanti Pools handled the pool installation. Opposite: Draperies in a Fanny Shorter floral enliven the family room, which includes a sofa in Pindler fabric and club chairs in a Ronda Carman check. The Bunny Williams Home wing chair and ottoman are covered in a Peter Dunham Textiles print and Moore & Giles leather, respectively. The lamps are by Visual Comfort & Co., and an Ann-Morris lantern hangs above. The antique rug is from Marc Phillips.


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Above: The pool bathroom is defined by its Ferrick Mason wallpaper, a pattern the designer also chose in his own home. Above the Kohler sink and faucet are a CB2 mirror and Visual Comfort & Co. sconces. Left: Lucas dressed the William Yeoward for Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture bed with Matouk linens. The Bunny Williams Home armchair and ottoman are swathed in Clarence House fabric from Kneedler Fauchère, and the custom Harbinger sofa is covered in wool from The Isle Mill.


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hink of Joanna Williams as the textile whisperer. For the past decade, she’s sourced exquisite fabrics for luxury fashion houses, interior designers and global lifestyle brands. “I was doing trend consulting, mostly in fashion, and finding pieces and building up a little collection, just for myself,” says the Los Angeles-based Williams. “I was just really in love with textiles. The textures, different weights, prints, fabrications and history all inspired me.” Breaking away from the commercial, trenddriven sector of the industry, Williams carved out a new niche as a dealer. Her company, Kneeland Co., named after her adventurous grandfather who sailed the seas in an 85-foot schooner, focuses on pieces sourced around the globe and includes everything from embroideries and embellishments to yarn dyes and laces. Her holdings (some 20,000 items) represent every major design movement from the 18th century on, as well as exclusive contemporary textiles. While Williams continues to serve her private clients, in March she opened a retail outpost in West Adams next door to her library space, allowing the public a window into her world. “I’d done a couple of successful pop-ups in 2018, just for the fun of it, really, with all of these beautiful things that I’d brought back from my travels,” she says. “So, I thought, ‘Maybe I can offer this other public side of the business.’ ” While the timing was tricky—nonessential businesses closed a mere week later due to the pandemic—the entrepreneur has made the most of the moment, pivoting to appointment-only shopping and launching an e-commerce site. She’s also found a silver lining in social media. “I started doing Instagram videos talking about where the items were made, how I discovered them and their significance,” says Williams. “I would never have done anything like that otherwise.” Of course, the design doyenne longs to return to business as usual, which, for her, entails regularly crisscrossing the globe. The hunt is an essential part of her process, not only for the discoveries themselves but for the connections she makes along the way. “Every fabric has a story,” says Williams. “It’s exciting to introduce clients to work they might have never even heard about and to promote the importance of craft.”


In Los Angeles’ West Adams neighborhood, Kneeland Co. features both owner Joanna Williams’ vast textile library and a retail component, where she offers objects sourced from around the globe, such as hand-embroidered pillows by Kissweh (bottom), pottery from Bulgaria and wood knives from India (below). A monkey by artist Clare Crespo decorates a corner of the space (left), while vibrant Gregory Parkinson textiles hang on display (opposite).

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WIDE OPEN SPACES A design dream team creates a modern desert oasis in the Coachella Valley. W R I T T E N BY M O N I Q U E M C I N T O S H P H O T O G R A P H Y BY M I K E S C H WA R T Z

Architecture: Lance O’Donnell, o2 Architecture Interior Design: Steve Kadlec, Kadlec Architecture + Design Home Builder: Jeff A. Stoker, Stoker Construction Inc Landscape Architecture: Julie deLeon, Groundwork Design

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Architect and interior designer Steve Kadlec and architect Lance O’Donnell joined forces to create this streamlined Palm Desert abode that integrates seamlessly into its environment thanks to an exterior materials palette of limestone, hemlock and metal introduced on the front façade. Landscape designer Julie deLeon opted for minimalist plantings.


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n winter, the light takes on a whole new quality in the vast expanses surrounding Palm Desert, where surreal blue skies meet golden, sun-baked mountains that draw snowbirds from across the country. A Chicago couple seeking warmer climes during the frigid season also felt the pull and imagined a new home that embraced its surroundings, opening wide to every possible vista. To create this luminous oasis, they turned to architect and interior designer Steve Kadlec, having worked closely with him on two Chicago houses. As unapologetic minimalists, they wanted to translate the streamlined sensibility he composed for their Windy City high-rise to their sunny new locale. “We know how to design in gray, cloudy weather,” says Kadlec. The California desert, he notes, “was a different environment. There are so many subtleties that we just don’t have reference points for in Chicago.” A desert modernist advocate and proud fourthgeneration Coachella Valley native, Palm Springs based-architect Lance O’Donnell became the perfect partner for executing this vision. “It was kismet finding Lance,” notes Kadlec. “He knows how to capture the light.” From the beginning, recalls O’Donnell, “both being architects, we had similar sensibilities,” pointing to a shared affinity for clean, modernist design. “Steve quickly supported my decision to select a site with an enormous southern exposure—one where the indoor/outdoor living to the comforting winter sun was achieved,” says O’Donnell. He envisioned a plan consisting of four wings dubbed casitas to give every space in the ambitious program two opposite views. For example, the great room has views to the pool and lanai as well as the interior courtyard. “That was the magic of the plan,” observes O’Donnell. Landscape designer Julie deLeon framed these wings with an elongated berm that “brings some privacy, while also visually burying the house into the landscape even more,” she notes. “It looks like it was a landform that was already there.” Further immersing the home into the landscape, the team, which included general contractor Jeff A. Stoker, borrowed the sun-weathered hues and textures of the rugged environment when selecting

materials. “We took cues from the rock and the brush, and all the colors on hand at the site,” notes Kadlec. For the exterior, they cut the structure’s modular glass-and-steel framework with flanks of hewn stone. More stonework continues inside with brushed limestone on the floor, carefully selected from samples laid out in the sun to find just the right shade that would rest in harmony with the surroundings. “We were constantly going back and forth from Chicago to make sure that we understood the finishes in the actual desert environment,” explains Kadlec. Above, they also paneled the ceilings with warmly stained hemlock wood, where it would be protected from direct rays. Nature also sets the tone for the furnishings, which in shape favored the pristine, sleek lines that defined the couple’s Chicago style. The desert, however, invited the team to rethink “this simple aesthetic with finishes that were more relaxed and textural,” says Kadlec, who composed a mixture of buttery leathers, creamy woven natural textiles, and matte wood grain finishes. Standout light fixtures worked best as airy mobiles, like the David Weeks Studio pieces floating over the main dining area. “We made sure the lighting could both define spaces and speak to the volume of the architecture,” says Kadlec. This vast scale also finally gave enough room for the homeowners’ large artworks. Though not intentional, the wings’ permeable flow creates compelling vantage points to view the collection— providing a close-up gallery experience from three feet away, but also from 50 or 60 feet. This made the artworks by the likes of Michael Wolf and Gottfried Helnwein subtly transform throughout the day, from the diffused morning light filtering from clerestory windows to a nighttime electric glow when “the home becomes a lantern, and all the art inside is on stage,” says O’Donnell. Honoring the ebb and flow of unadulterated rays became the core of this fruitful partnership, providing an expanded canvas for O’Donnell to showcase his beloved landscape, and a whole new playground of palettes and moods for Kadlec to explore. “It was remarkable how much the views changed day in and day out,” recalls Kadlec of those first experiences in the desert. “It was one of these epiphanies, understanding what environment truly means, and how to design for that.”

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Warm neutrals harmonize with the hues found just outside the expansive sliders from United Glass & Door in the great room. Kadlec selected a Liaigre sofa in a Great Plains fabric with back cushions in a Kerry Joyce material and a daybed sporting Jerry Pair leather on the body. The arrangement rests on a Holland & Sherry carpet and is joined by Holly Hunt stools and Jiun Ho coffee tables.

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Dramatic David Weeks Studio light fixtures cast a glow on the custom rift-oak table in the dining area. Gathered around are Promemoria chairs upholstered with Holly Hunt leather. Above the custom wood veneer, lacquer and glass buffet is a piece by Chun Kwang Young. The work in the adjacent living area is by Gottfried Helnwein.

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Above: Following the home’s indoor-outdoor ethos, the main bath faces east to best capture the morning sunrise. Sliding glass panels open onto an outdoor shower area. Left: Alison Berger Glassworks pendants flank the custom bed upholstered with Perennials fabric and dressed with Muse Bespoke linens in the main bedroom; behind is a work by Michael Wolf. The Skram bench is covered with Jerry Pair hide, while the Liaigre daybed’s body is upholstered with Holly Hunt leather. The rope chair is by Christian Astuguevieille; underfoot is a Marc Phillips rug.



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In Southern California, desert life is no act of languish. Imbued with a history of industry-shifting design moments, the region has become a paradise for creatives and trendsetters the world over—be they lovers of the modern marvels for which the area is known, or more traditional or niche vernaculars—and they’ve found a clientele in this ever-changing market. A blossoming destination for owners of vacation homes and retirees alike, the Southern California desert continues to further the dialogue between lifestyle and design. Read on to engage with it yourself, via the perspective of local pros.


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“The high desert is a reflection of past and present,” Bandera says. “The design style it is famous for, desert modernism, is original to the area. It borrows midcentury modern elements, like sleek lines and open spaces, and incorporates them with a Pueblo Revival or contemporary Southwest flair—it’s highly individual and embraces the beauty of the landscape with large picturesque windows and the like.” Inside, a vintage feel defines these homes with the quintessential Cali desert vibe. “This can be seen most obviously in color palettes,” Bandera says. Subdued shades like forest green, slate blue, adobe red, beiges and salmon are highlighted by vibrant oranges, turquoise blue, gold, terra cotta and white.”

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As a purveyor of luxury outdoor furnishings and accessories, in business for four decades, California Patio is intimately familiar with the desert area’s landscape and locals. Asked to comment on the state of the region, company owner Frank Bandera says, “The desert is an outdoor oasis that is becoming more of a modern gateway of commerce and entertainment every day.” Indeed, the spectacular mountain views, warm climate and thriving communities attract more ‘snowbirds’ and young families alike each year. As they source everything from poolside lounge chairs to open-air dining sets and statement-making fire features, Bandera and his team keep the diversity of this clientele, and their universal love of the truly great desert outdoors, in mind. Through the selection of desert-durable and stylistically varied products, California Patio strives to help its clients attain alfresco bliss year-round.

Top: Tropitone’s EZ Span strap segment seating takes the durable, classic design of the original collection to a new level. Far left: South Beach outdoor furniture from Tropitone, created by Richard Holbrook, features dining chairs, chaise lounges, modular seating pieces, sofas and love seats, ottomans and accessory tables. Left: With RELAXplus technology, Tropitone’s Corsica cushion collection provides the comfort of indoor furniture with the durability needed for the outdoors. Above: The Prime Collection by John Caldwell speaks to today’s interest in minimalist furniture for outdoor hospitality. All photography courtesy of Tropitone


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“We love supporting the local design community, and our favorite event is Modernism Week,” Ostrow and Stoker say. “We have debuted three of our House of Grace homes during Modernism Week and often host events at our showroom as well.” Whether welcoming guests to such special happenings or in for a day of shopping, Grace Home Furnishings cultivates a warm, inviting atmosphere that inspires creativity and exuberance.

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While most people probably associate Palm Springs with midcentury modern marvels, great variety exists in the city’s aesthetic vernacular. For Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker, owners of Grace Home Furnishings, this makes sourcing pieces for their showroom and design projects exciting. “From Spanish haciendas to concrete contemporaries, we see all different styles here,” they say. “We treat each home and customer as an individual, so while we do use a lot of iconic midcentury pieces in the homes we design, we also have fun selecting vintage items and things that feel more European.” Ostrow, Stoker and their team of in-house designers collaborate in this way with a wide variety of clients. “We often work with investors who are designing luxury vacation rentals and families creating weekend retreats,” they say. “But, the full-time resident is a frequent client too.”

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A SoCal desert staple, the showroom Modern Hacienda was created to suit the locals’ love for the style it’s named after. Nicholas Hertneck and Lawrence Lazzaro, principals of Nicholas Lawrence Design, recognized that many of their clients sought a greater resource for pieces that fit the modern hacienda aesthetic, which they describe as, “a youthful blend of timeless, modern and transitional furnishings, set in a variety of architectural backgrounds found throughout the Southwest, such as Mission, Spanish Revival and Brutalist ranch.” The results, which one can see in their portfolio of projects, are minimal, yet comfortable, fresh and ageless. Representing iconic furniture manufacturers, like Knoll, Herman Miller, Carl Hansen & Søn, Fritz Hansen, Cane-line, Iittala, Trica, Adriana Hoyos and more, Modern Hacienda invites desert dwellers to embrace everything they adore about the look, through the most elegant of selections.

Top: Knoll’s 1966 collection by Richard Schultz calls to mind a summer afternoon on a European coastline. Right: This exquisite space features the Avio sofa and Grasshopper table by Piero Lissoni, the Barcelona stool by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Bird chair by Harry Bertoia. All photography courtesy of Knoll

Empty nesters make up a large segment of Hertneck and Lazzaro’s client base. “They have usually purchased, or are building, a second or third home and want high-quality products that add to a sense of warmth and impressive scale,” Hertneck says. They tend to be open to influence, in the best way. “They look for us to push them creatively,” Lazzaro says. “They are often still busy working and want a full-service firm to handle the details. Many times, they are from out of the state or country and understand the value of letting a professional’s vision flow, because they’ve worked with them before.” Whether shopping at Modern Hacienda or engaging in a project with Nicholas Lawrence Design—or both—these clients prove a joy for the duo.



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