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I am so proud to be a part of this inaugural

issue of Modern Luxurys Interiors California.
The entire state has so much to offer in terms
of design, architecture and inspiration for
your home, and were excited to combine
Angeleno Interiors and Riviera Interiors into
one new, gorgeous magazine.
In this first issue, our team of writers,
editors and photographers did an incredible
job of highlighting all aspects of design,
from residential interiors to architecture
and commercial spaces. You can thumb
through pages and find a Corona del Mar
barn-style abode in In House Home Lofted
Aspirations, seriously high design at The
Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe, in
In House Realty Peak Chic! or our cover
home, art collector Byron Meyers high-rise
penthouse overlooking the San Francisco
Bay (Artful Living).
Theyre all stunning examples of
the Golden States design scene. Another
fabulous example of our prowess:
WestWeek in Los Angeles. It seems
the whole city was focused on this
extraordinary event. Everyone descended
upon the Pacific Design Center for three
days of events, conferences and speeches.
Th is was my fi rst year participating and
I was honored to host and moderate the
final keynote panel, From Exotic Villas
to Designer Automobiles: Cultivating and
Catering to a World-Class Clientele. The
panel included luxury real estate broker
Mauricio Umansky, superyacht and estate
interior designer Yvonne Colacion, famed
Malibu architect Doug Burdge of Burdge
& Associates Architects Inc. and senior
designer for BMW DesignWorks USA
Nick Gronenthal. Holly Hunt hosted the
post-event reception, and the whole day
was exhilarating.

As if I didnt feel lucky enough to be

surrounded by those industry elite for the
lecture, I was also invited to WestWeeks
annual Stars of Design awards dinner,
where I had the privilege to sit with the
2013 honorees. During dinner, we received
a terrific surprise: the opportunity to attend
a private preview of Stefan Sagmeisters
new exhibit, The Happy Show, at MOCA
at the PDC. Its a must-see this summer
for anyone who loves interacting with art.
Another exhibition I cant wait to check out
is Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern
Architecture in L.A. at The Getty. If you
want the inside scoop, we give you a preview
in our In House Culture story The Need
for Structure.
In addition to these stunning California
homes, designers and design events, we
couldnt leave you wondering where to find
all this great home decor. So weve gathered
all the shopping scoop across the state in
In House Shops Make Room. We get a
look at Maria Barrys new Rancho Santa Fe
store, then head to the O.C. to check out
new offerings from Robert | Westley, Brown
Jordan and the Design Within Reach
flagship before ending up at Hudson Grace
in San Francisco.
You can count on Interiors California to
keep you posted on all the design happenings
across our beautiful state. In between issues,
if youre curious about upcoming events,
be sure to visit Additionally, our smartphone
and iPad applications are available for
download any time youre craving a design
fi x. We hope you enjoy this relaunch as
much as we have had creating it, and if you
have any suggestions, ideas or just want to
tell us how great it looks, drop me a line at

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A Note From the

VP of Editorial
Spring 2013

Talk about the arrivals of spring! Clipping

the heels of a new season is the launch of
Modern Luxurys Interiors Californiaa
fully refreshed intermixing that folds
the best of Angeleno Interiors and Riviera
Interiors into one new publication
highlighting the de rigueur interior style
of the entire Golden State.
Although interiors-focused, the
presentation of this new formatan
ambitious undertaking that not only
marks the magazines editorial ethos going
forward and captures a wide array of design
scenes statewideis also something of an
homage to Californias storied exteriors.
North to south, the states diverse slate of
milieusfrom arid desert and windswept
f latlands to wine-country estuary and
the snowy peaks of the High Sierra
inspire both emerging and established
design talents to translate these settings
into striking residential and commercial
spaces for all of us to enjoy. Although this
ambitious relaunch promises a much wider
reach than its predecessors, its goal remains
to showcase the manifestations of these
unique interior perspectives, products
and projects.
In this, I must say that weve succeeded.
Not only does this issue explore familiar
stomping grounds, such as the urbanscapes
of SoCal, it veers north to San Francisco
and travels the road further up to the
now-thawing Truckee, where, at The
Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Bay Areabased tastemaker Jay Jeffers turned his
wholly original eye to three custom show
homes now up for grabs at the hotels

newly introduced The Ritz-Carlton

Residences, Lake Tahoe in our story InHouse Realty Peak Chic! I think youll
find their truly individual looka natty
riff on traditional lodge stylea reflection
of the eclectic design inclinations of many
Californians. Count Tyler Dawson among
this group. Recently settled in Venice, the
interior-design star, whom House Beautiful
touted among their designers to watch,
is bringing San Francisco sensibilities to
the Southland with a slew of in-progress
design projects. Read all about this devoted
mix-and-matcher in Interior Monologue
The New Girl.
These are just two design darlings
making California a more beautiful place
to live. But you need not be a designer to
appreciate good taste. Take Cesar Millan,
who lets us peek into his abode in In-House
Home Cesars Palace, or Hollywood
elite couple Eric Gold and Marcy Kaplan,
who give us a view of their just-renovated
gorgeous oceanside home in our feature
Making Waves. Sharing the spotlight
with our features are projects in a few of
our other favorite Cali cities; among them a
white-washed abode in Newport Beach, an
artistic dream in San Diego and a high-rise
stunner in San Francisco.
In addition, we also bring you some
fabulous new hotel lobbies across the state,
present Fisher Weismans fi rst book and
take you inside the red carpet scene for
the best fetes in town.
So, yes, weve shed our skinbut it is
spring. What better time to arrive in style?


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publishers note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Vp of eDitorials note . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
calenDar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28


A trio of top designers weighs in; luxe

lust-haves; desserts get the design
treatment; Napa know how; a new kind
of beauty rest; wall-to-wall wonders . . 32


Cesar Millans new L .A . home . . . . . . 42


San Fran design stalwarts Fisher

Weisman release their first book
Artful Decoration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44


Screens scene: So you can divide the

room in a good way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46


Jim Weinbergs Liveable Lifestyles

goes bicoastal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48


From San Diego and San Francisco to

the O .C . and L .A ., our shopping report
has the whole state covered . . . . . . . . . 50


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The perfect nal touch takes your switches from dull to dazzling. Discover
the adorne collection of high style, high tech solutions to bring your
project to a fashionable nish. Available at Lowes, Home Depot, Menards,
and select lighting showrooms. Its time for a beautiful switch.

designed to be better.



Pacific Standard Time Presents is

backthis time to make a case for
L.A. architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56


Chic storage solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58


A 20,000 square foot nature preserve

near Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur is
the setting for modern marvels . . . . . . 60


Iconic and innovative lobby design

across California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62


The dynamic Danes take over . . . . . . . 64


A report on restos and hotels around

Central California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66


A modern day barn raising in Newport

Beachs Corona del Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . 68


Design guru Jay Jeffers brings alpine

aesthetics to The Ritz-Carlton
Residences, Lake Tahoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72


Nobu Hotel hits the Vegas Strip . . . . . 74


Diane Dorrans Saeks takes us on a

design tour of Marrakech . . . . . . . . . . . 76

house party california . . . . . . . . . . . 96

marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
interior monologue
Cali design darling Tyler Dawson brings
her signature style from San Francisco
to SoCal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

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making waves

Design duo Elizabeth Barondes and

Kelly Morris reinvigorate a Malibu
oceanside home for a Hollywood
power couple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

in living color

A Bankers Hill abode gets a dose

of California cool courtesy of San
Diego-based Jennifer Luce . . . . 84

artful living

Michael Booth turns Byron Meyers

San Francisco penthouse into a
well-designed backdrop for his
modern art collection . . . . . . . . 90


Photography: eric Piasecki

Byron meyers view of downtown
san francisco and the transamerica
tower pyramid from his penthouse
in somas millennium tower. the
space was designed by Bamos
michael Booth.

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Spring 2013

1) San Francisco-based writer Jennie Nunn

is a former editor at magazines such as 7x7
and Sunset. Nunn, a Los Angeles native, is a
contributing editor for Organic Spa Magazine
and 805 Living, and her work has appeared in
The San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco
magazine. This issue, she crafted a piece on
hotel lobby design and a feature on Byron
Meyers penthouse. Im so inspired by his
art collection and his spaceits a sanctuary
filled with his favorite objects, says Nunn.

4) Diane Dorrans Saeks is the best-selling

author of 22 books on design, travel and
architecture, including her most recent, Ann
Getty: Interior Style and Michael S. Smith:
Elements of Style. She is the noted founder of
the popular design blog The Style Saloniste
and wrote In House Travel Morocco Deco.
The Royal Mansour hotel offers a glimpse
into traditional Moroccan interior style and
the finest historic craftsmanship, she says. I
felt privileged to stay there. Pure escapism.

2 ) For this issue, features contributor

Andrew Myers hit the Cali coast to see an
oceanfront beach abode in Malibu. The
house had an abiding interest in space and
light, and the furniture and decorative
objects were treated almost as sculpture,
says Myers, whose work also appears in
other Modern Luxury publications as well
as Town & Country, Robb Report, Travel +
Leisure and Black Card Mag. Nevertheless,
the home remains comfortable.

5) Los Angeles-raised Jessica Sample was

previously the deputy photo editor at Travel
+ Leisure in New York.Her clients include
Food & Wine, Coastal Living, GQ, Sunset,
The Wall Street Journal, Angeleno and Deltas
Sky.Sample was recognized as one of PDNs
30 photographers to watch in 2013 and took
the portrait of Lynn Pries for In House Home
Lofted Aspirations I would love a house
like the one Lynn designed: open and airy
with those gorgeous rustic hardwood floors.

3) Melissa Valladares was born and raised

in Las Vegas and moved to Los Angeles to
pursue photography. She has won awards
from PDN and Communication Arts Photo
Annual and has shot for House Beautiful
and Womans Day. For this issue, she
photographed the portrait of Eric Gold and
Marcy Kaplan for Making Waves. They
told me the history of the house and walked
me through every room, she recalls. Their
home is absolutely stunning!

6) Joanne Furio is a Bay Area design writer

and longtime contributing writer at San
Francisco magazine who loves writing about
people and offbeat concepts, hence her
interest in exploring Cesar Millans home
for In House Home Cesars Palace. She
has also written forDwell and The New York
Times.Cesar was just as nice as he is on
TV, says Furio. He even let me ask about
my dog, who, along with all the other dogs in
America, is apparently very spoiled.

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all california

Spring 2013


Enjoy the desert in bloom at this crowd-pleasing garden tour,
presented by the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella
Valley at Wellness Park. Positively succulent, the eighth incarnation
of the plant extravaganza returns with a bevy of brush, cacti and
other potted pricklies, all on gorgeous display. April 14. 1-4pm.
Admission $10. Wellness Park at Via Miraleste and Tachevah, Palm


Source period pieces to revive your dcor or dust off your vintage
collectibles for appraisal while sifting through fabulous finds at more
than 200 booths. For those whose treasures need a little TLC, the
shows repair and restoration services will give them a chic sprucing.
April 19-21. Fri.-Sat 11am-7pm and Sun. 11am-5pm. Admission
$8. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar,


The nations largest tented flower show blooms anew with a plant sale
and its namesake event, which welcomes all entries. Those lacking a
green thumb are invited to put down roots at the beer garden or on the
luxurious lawns for a little live entertainment. April 20-21. Admission
$5. 635 Orange Ave., Spreckels Park, Coronado,


1018 s. Atlantic Blvd., 1965, gelatin silver print by Ed Ruscha will be on display at In
Focus: Ed Ruscha at The Getty Center.

Heed the call to auction at this exhilarating event hosted by the

Modern Art Council to benefit the exhibits and public programs at
SFMOMA. In addition to live and silent auctions, as well as featured
works from internationally known artists, the modern hive will thrive
with Champagne, cocktails, culinary delights from McCalls catering
and live entertainment. April 24. 5-10pm. Tickets from $400. 151
Third St., San Francisco, 415.543.1400,


One of the inaugural exhibits showing at the Peninsula Museum

of Art, the new cultural destination in Burlingame, Ira Yeager:
Figurative Paintings features drawings and paintings from the North
Bay artists early years with the Bay Area Figurative Group, as well
as large oils and mixed media. Through May 26. 1777 California
Drive, Burlington, 650.692.2133,


Featuring drawings, photographs, models, films and illustrations,
this eclectic exhibit explores the bones of Los Angelesfrom its
sleek corporate towers to its ambitious freeway networkwhile also
examining the citys historical standing as an international hub of
architecture and urban planning. April 9-July 21. The Getty Center,
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 310.440.7300,

Although better known for his pop-art-inspired work, shutter master
Ed Ruschas talent comes full circle in this display, in which points
of view include prints and contact sheets. Ruschas engagement
with vernacular architecture and urban landscape serves as the ideal
counterpart to the Gettys Modern Architecture in L.A. exhibit. April
9-Sept. 29. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles,

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This anticipated showcase invites design lovers to go behind the scenes
at some of the most exclusive addresses in San Franciscos storied
neighborhoods. This years featured residence, an 8,000-square-foot
Georgian manse at 2800 Pacific Ave., will receive overhauls of 27 of
its interior and exterior design spaces courtesy of design minds like
Jute Home and Jeffers Design Group. April 27-May 27. Times vary.
2800 Pacific Ave. (at Divisadero St.), San Francisco, 415.447.5830,


Get inspired by Hans Richter: Encounters, a major retrospective
presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit
traces more than 50 years of work by the influential artist, filmmaker
and writer as Richters style evolved based on his collaborations with
other modernist artists. Furthermore, on May 5 the LACMA will
host the premiere of Dave Davidsons documentary, Hans Richter:
Everything Turns-Everything Revolves. May 5-Sept. 2. 5905 Wilshire
Blvd., 323.857.6000,

photo by ed rScha/the J. paul Getty MuSeuM, loS anGeleS


See your favorite paintings flourish as floral designers interpret some

of the San Diego Museum of Arts greatest works. Also included in
the botanical bonanza, set amid Balboa Parks sprawling landscape
and renowned museums, are films, speakers and hands-on activities.
April 25-28. Tickets $20. The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El
Prado, 619.232.7931,

Luther Platform bed with attached nightstands (shown in Hickory wood/natural nish);
Vanilla Diva bedding; tall clear uted glass lamps; Manzanita branch; charcoal super soft
sheepskin rug (2 shown: 6x6); The Simple Bench (shown in Alder wood/natural nish),
throw pillows in gold Thai silk.
Photography by Marc McAndrews

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Spring 2013



Slip into seclusion at some of this unique seaside communitys most

sheltered green spaces. From romantic Mediterranean plots to formal
French gardens, the luscious lawns of La Jolla also play host to talented
local musicians and artists. Make a day of it with the Platinum tours
elegant brunch at the beautiful Estancia La Jolla Hotel. May 18.
10am-4pm. Tickets $40-$175. 858.459.5335,

Enter the world that historic craftsmanship built in San Diegos hip
South Park neighborhood. The daylong event features tours aplenty,
a celebration for the 100th anniversary of Firehouse No. 9, festival
food stands and more. History may come alive on this tour, but the
new breed of local galleries and the ever-evolving dining scene are
welcome additions to the neighborhood. June 15. Tickets $25 for
home tour. 619.233.6679,


Still a rose as she turns 25, the annual Fte des Fleurs kicks off with
viewings of five meticulous private gardens on the west side of Los
Angeles, each featuring show-worthy landscape architecture and
style. Also gracing the green scene is the historic Virginia Robinson
Gardens in Beverly Hills, which will host the garden party of the year,
complete with a savory lunch and fashion show, floral workshops, a
silent auction and a benefit fundraiser, and book signings. May 18.
1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.2065,



Peruse and purchase works from hundreds of award-winning artists

specializing in painting, sculpture, glass and other mediums. San
Diegos finest art show, hosted at the beautiful coastal campus of UC
San Diego, wont leave you empty-handed (or disappointed). June
22-23. 10am-5pm. Admission $14. Warren Field, UC San Diego,

Drawing crowds of onlookers and street painters to the Santa

Barbara Mission plaza puts pastels to pavement, to create boldly
shaded creations. At the end of the three-day affair, vibrant, largescale renderings decorate the urbanscape, creating a colorful
picture for the events beneficiary, nonprofit arts education program
Childrens Creative Project. May 25-27. 10am-6pm Santa Barbara,

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San Diegos whimsical artist James Hubbell opens his compound

annually for this tour benefiting the Ilan-Lael Foundation, an arts
education association. Part of Hubbells artful lodging, which
was rebuilt after a fire several years ago, was recently featured in a
retrospective at the Oceanside Museum of Art. June 16. 11am-4pm.
Tickets $50. Santa Ysabel, 760.763.3427,


untitled (dada head) photo by cnac/MnaM/diSt. rMn-Grand palaiS/art reSource, ny, by GeorGeS MeGuerditchian

From left: Resting Giants by Dave ness on display at La Jolla Arts Festival; Untitled (Dada
Head), 1920, oil on turned wood by sophie Taeuber-Arp at Hans Richter: Encounters


In honor of a new season, we asked Californias top tastemakers:

Assuming money were no object, how would you spruce up your
space for spring? Jenn Thornton



I would love to introduce

British designer John Reeves
Sketch console table into an
all-white living room. It is the
perfect picture of masculinity,
poetically layered with the
subtle curves of a femaleall
the better featured in lipstickred lacquer! A conversation
piece for sure and a timeless
addition to a modern setting.


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If walls could talk, these would have a few things to say about the newest trends
in wallpaper design. Splurge on the latest fab collab between industry icon Maya
Romanoff and starchitect David Rockwell. Their Groove-V collection ($55/
Cover Your Bases yard) is Cali-inspired with three far-out patterns: Tubular, Neat-o and Out of
Sight. The patterns and deep emboss command attention, while the texture rewards upon closer examination.
For once, its polite to stare. Then, after five years of R&D, Romanoffs Ajiro Vineyard collection ($100-$120/
yard) also launches this month. Imagine an inlaid wood veneer turned wallpaper. Made of microthin, paulownia
wood on a paper backing, it can wrap columns or fit into corners with ease. Both will be on display at Pacific
Design Center in April. Donghia Showroom, 8687 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, Asif Lakhani

Ajiro Vineyard
collection wallpaper

Ive just finished renovating

my St. Helena home, and
theres a space above the
fireplace for a fabulous work
of art. Ive been a fan of
Andy Warhol all my life.
If money were no object,
nothing would spruce up my
spring like an original Warhol
(James Dean or Elvis, please)!


I would purchase an
extra-large Raymond
Pettibon surfer image.
His artwork exemplifies
California sensibility
with all its beauty and
pathos. Perfection!

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For the Love of Mod!

These luxe gets are the scene-stealers of spring. Kate Abney

San Francisco

San Diego

Orange County

Los Angeles

International design superstar

Patricia Urquiola has impressed
us again with her chunky
Biknit chair for Moroso, in
weather-ready polyester-PVC
or cozy wool woven onto a
powder-coated steel frame,
with a thermo-stabilized ashwood base. $8,510, at Dzine,
128 Utah St., San Francisco,

Forty years after Ligne Rosets

Togo sectional was first
introduced, the brands most
iconic piece is finally available
as a chaise. Upholstered in
new Alcantara houndstooth,
it presents a pixelated effect.
$4,520, at Ligne Roset, 7726
Girard Ave., La Jolla,

Part of the ModShops

Modern Moroccan
collection, this peacock-blue
Tangier credenza is a 7-footlong marvel of geometric
trellis motifs, brass accents and
elegant Marrakech hardware.
$2,695, at Room Service, 401
Newport Center Drive, Newport

Designer Azadeh
Shladovskys Alta Caixa
side table layers inky wood
and shiny brass framing into
two smartly staggered tiers for
a divine living room accent
piece. $7,965 at Jean de Merry,
8417 Melrose Place, West


Good Enough to Eat

When a photo exhibit featuring
Alejandro Cartagenas pastelcolored Mexican buildings came
to the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art, Caitlin Freeman
looked at it and thought, How
could I eat that? Freeman,
you see, is a baker who creates
art- and architecture-inspired
confections for the museums
coffee bar. Ultimately, she
used frozen treats to create
the Cartagena Ice Cream
and Sorbet Trios, one of
27 confections in her new
cookbook, Modern Art
Desserts ($25, Ten
Speed Press). The inspiration
for Freemans desserts is drawn
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APPETIZING ART Clockwise from left: The authors Build Your

Own Newman recipe, modeled after Barnett Newmans Zim Zum I;
Modern Art Desserts; Caitlin Freeman in the SFMOMA coffee bar

from works that appear in

exhibitions (like her Build Your
Own Newman, modeled after
Barnett Newmans Zim Zum
I). Freeman says there is a
connection between cakes and
buildings, especially with more
structured pieces. Theres so
much measuring and perfect
cutting and reassembling [in
baking] that is very much like
architecture, she says.
For the current Lebbeus
Woods exhibition (through
June 2), Freeman collaborated
with the British food-art duo
Bompas & Parr to create a
Jell-O mold of one of Woods
experimental works. Its hard
for me to go to a show and not
imagine what these things look
like as food. Barnes & Noble
stores Joanne Furio




A Country Mile
The world according to Alexis Swanson
Trainacreative director of Swanson Vineyards
( and the voice behind buzzedabout blog Alexis Napa ( one
we would gladly inhabit permanently. The ultimate
harbinger of good taste (ahem), her whimsical Napa
itineraries reimagine the ordinary agenda with
fashionably unconventional suggestions of what to see
and do, not to mention the best shops in town. Here,
vinos eccentric-chic bon vivant takes you on a tour of
her wine country. JT

Dcor Score
I love the Ira Yeager paintings
at Vintage Home, which
has the best home dcor.
Ira is the original curious
eccentric. 1201 Main St.,
St. Helena, 707.963.7423,

Burger Joint
Gotts Roadside has
the best burger and
shakes. Like Fourth of
July, year-round. 933
Main St., St. Helena,

Top Shelf
Erin Martin has the best
avant-garde coffee-table
books: interiors, fashion,
you name it. A stop at her
showroom is a must. I bought
my copy of American Beauty
there. 1350 Main St., St.
Helena, 707.967.8787,

Liquid Asset
Swanson Salon is my favorite
tasting roomeven though
Im biased. No one does
decadence with a wink like
we do. 1271 Manley Lane,
Rutherford, 707.754.4018,

Perfect Pairing
Rose and oysters on the
patio of the Restaurant
at Auberge du Soleil
the best view of the
valley, hands down. 180
Rutherford Hill Road,
Rutherford, 707.963.1211,

Sky Highs
For all you oenophiles,
this is a dream come true:
touring the vineyards
of Oakville at dawn by
balloon with viticulture
historian Nina Wemyss.


Figuratively Speaking
Although born in Portland, Ore., figurative painter
Richard Diebenkorn cut what can only be considered
a highly prophetic figure further south. The Edward
Hopper-influenced artist played a major role in the
Bay Area figurative movement, enjoying particularly
productive years in Berkeley during the 50s and 60s.

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During this fertile phase, Diebenkorns creative stirrings

resulted in some of his most touted work. In homage
to this oeuvre, the de Young Museum in San Francisco
will bow Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 19531966, June 22 through Sept. 29. The first Diebenkorn
exhibition to focus solely on art engendered during these
years, the thoughtfully curated mix will feature wellknown and rare works, plus new discoveries. 50 Hagiwara
Tea Garden Drive, JT

Interior with Doorway, 1962



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Resto Redo
Studio Collective is turning one of L.A.s most iconic
restaurants into not one, but two, new concepts.
The big, plush, red leather booths were
always the most coveted seats at the
original Hamburger Hamlet on the
Sunset Strip, so when Adam Goldstein
of Studio Collective was tasked with
turning the space into a rustic-chic,
Tuscan-inspired restaurant for the
Innovative Dining Group (Sushi
Roku, BOA Steakhouse, Soleto), the
first thing people asked about were
the booths. They had their own
lore, Goldstein says. But the Hamlet
people stripped the place. There was
no opportunity to allude to what was
here before.
Instead, the new RivaBella is a
gorgeous open space with a retractable
roof, a patio strewn with creamcolored booths, dimly lit lanterns,
tiled floors, fireplaces, trees and other
greenery. It feels like youre in a villa

set somewhere along the Italian coast

or countryside. Theres even a brickwalled wine cave off to the side, which
serves as an extra dining room.
Next door, the design team is
creating an entirely separate Chinese
restaurant, Chi Lin, which has a
completely different vibe: sleeker,
darker. The hope is that theyll both
last as long as the Hamlet did.
To stand the test of time,
Goldstein says they looked to
handcrafted detailsfurniture
and things like tiebacks for the
draperynot trends. (Anything
that shows the touch of the human
hand.) Taking over a place that
lasted that long wasnt a direct
inspiration in terms of design, he
adds, but in terms of longevity for
sure. Lesley Balla


RivaBella goes from indoor to
outdoor with a retractable roof.


Fine Forms


On the Surface
Dragonflies, giant jellyfish and Buddhist monks are taking over
bathroom walls and shower stalls across Southern California
thanks to Alex Turcos waterproof art panels, exclusive
to Tuo Sogno. The 100 percent waterproof works of art are
designed for home areas exposed to the elements. Clients can
select custom sizes, subjects and colors. While the company
has developed themed collections, personal photographs are
also a cool option. 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.4123, Stephanie Davis Smith

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Putting down roots

on the West Coast,
Chicago artist Kathy
Taslitz is opening a
new studio in Los
Angeles, Kathy Taslitz
Studio, and showing
the first phase of her
2013 contemplative
multimedia sculpture series, Just Visiting. Its a representation of
the five senses and a reflection on the coexistence of nature and
humanity, told through an especially SoCal medium: seashells. The
shells are sentient reportersnaturalists, so to speaktelling us their
stories and observations, says Taslitz, whose work has been featured
in Architectural Digest, Vogue Living and the Los Angeles Times.
Installed on a wall as if they just washed up on shore, these grand and
sensual fiberglass forms, initially sculpted in clay, integrate light as
well as original video and sound scores. Studio visits by appointment
only. 3499 E. 15th St., 323.264.3500, JT

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Fab 5

Californias botanical gardens
cultivate a full-bloom event slate
of fabulous flora! JT

Tour five exclusive estate gardens in
stunning Montecito when the Santa
Barbara Botanic Garden hosts
Cultivating the Wild: Native Gardens of
Montecito April 14. 9AM-12:30PM;

BEAUTY SLEEP Mex by Piero Lissoni is

part of Cassinas new bed collection.

Rest Assured
Label-conscious interior aficionados can now get in
bed with some of the biggest names in the design
world, courtesy of Cassinas new collection of sultry
sleepers. Four styles introduced in Milan last fall are
now available statesideVolage by Philippe Starck,
both Moov and Mex by Piero Lissoni, and Sled by

Rodolfo Dordoniin what the company says is the

ultimate combination of beauty and brains: namely,
four different types of mattresses and bed bases
designed to target specific ergonomic needs, resulting,
they claim, in better sleep. Theres more to it than
that, because each designer was asked to adapt living
room design to the bedroom, resulting in dualpurpose furniture with attached side tables, shelving
and even a hidden storage compartment. All of
which we find pretty dreamy. Price upon request, 8815
Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, Rima Suqi


2. Custom bunk beds, price upon request, by Adam Hunter, 8342

Melrose Ave., West Hollywood,

Spring 2013

Trade brunch for a Mothers Day Tea

and Succulent Crafting workshop amid
splendid surrounds at the UC
Botanical Garden at Berkeley, May
12. 10 AM-noon,

1. Junior Jungle wallpaper, $250 per roll, by Jonathan Adler,

stores in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Newport

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

Annual Plant Public Sale takes root
May 4, with 2,500 different frost-free,
fog belt plants at the SF County
Fair Building. 10 AM-2PM,

Just because youre decorating

for a tot, doesnt mean you have
to keep the decor juvenile. These
stylish lines for sprouts arent
kidding around. SDS

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Go south for the return of Wild West

Days at L.A.s The Arboretum May 4-5.
Stagecoach rides, Beer for Books and
the old-fashioned American Barn Dance
all make this years roundup. 10 AM-4PM,


Childs Play

Hit the green scene at Quarryhill
Botanical Garden in eastern Sonoma
County, where an Earth Day Celebration
is set to unfold April 20. 10 AM-3PM,

3. Ellery round crib and mattress in antique gray mist,

$1,249, by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, 1816 Redwood
Highway, Corte Madera; 1219 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica,

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Cesar Millan at home
with his pitbull, Junior

When I see a white rug in the

master bedroom, I have to ask:
What were you thinking?

Im so disciplined about the dogs

always being clean before they
enter the house, it doesnt matter
what color the interiors are.
You also have a white
bedspread. Do the dogs sleep
with you?

Junior and Alfie sleep in my room,

but not on my bed. I dont like dog
hair on the bed. Thats my personal
space. They dont have to be on me
and next to me at that moment.
What attracted you to this
particular house?

When I walked in, it was like,

Welcome to your house.
Everything was in the right place.
There was the right color furniture,
the right flowers, the right frame,
the right desk. Its definitely my
style, even though I never had
white furniture in my life. As a
Mexican, Im more used to colors
like fuchsia or yellow or turquoise.
I never would have picked gray
walls, but I love them. Its as if
youre always in a meditation zone.
Does this house have dogfriendly materials?

Hardwood floors. Carpeting

creates more dirt and smell.

Cesars Palace
Paw prints are nowhere to be found in the Dog Whisperers pristine abode.

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Fill in the blank. Your favorite

room is _____:

The garage. Like a typical guy, I go

there to fi x things and to work
with plants.

By Joanne Furio | Photography by Melissa Valladares

Since this house came already

furnished, what did you add to
make it more personal?

Of course someone who was on the iconic series Dog Whisperer would have a house that
speaks softly. Cesar Millan fell in love with the light interiors of his new 3,800-square-foot
Studio City homeand the fact that he didnt have to do a thing. The home came furnished,
with interiors by Yosef Aviv of SOHB. The inexhaustible Millan just wrapped up the season
finale of Nat Geo Wilds Leader of the Pack and published his sixth book, Cesar Millans Short
Guide to a Happy Dog ($22, National Geographic). Now touring with his live show, Millan took
time out to let us know how those interiors are faring with his five canine companions.

Crystals, orchids. Im always

bringing in new flowers. A huge
painting of Mayans, and, of
course, my dogs. When you
add an animal, they have an
amazing ability to make
everything look beautiful.

Spring 2013



APRIL 20 - JUNE 1, 2013

7 6 5 5 G I R A R D AV E . S T E 1 0 1 , L A J OL L A C A 9 2 0 3 7


S C O T T W H I T E A R T. C O M

Sara, coldwater blue, oatmeal, 2012. Oil on canvas, 72 x 64 inches.

IN-h o u s e BOO KS

san franCisCo

From left: the former
design offices of Fisher
Weisman in San
Franciscos South of
Market district; the
cover of Andrew Fisher
and Jeffry Weismans
Artful Decoration

Your friend, decorator Tony

Duquette, was known for his
fearless and detailed work in
L.A. and San Francisco. When
did your love affair with
hand-decorating begin? AnDREW

have always loved to use

my hands. As a child I was
encouraged by two very talented
parents to always be making
things: knitting, sewing, painting
and even reupholstering our living
room furniture.

Spellbinding Minds
In their first book, decorators Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman conjure up
enchanting interiors inside a Nob Hill pied--terre, a Palm Springs poolside
retreat, a SoMa loft and even a Sonoma tree house. By Elizabeth Varnell
when the Bay area-based design rm fisher weisman comes up in conversation, san francisco
socials inevitably ask, have you seen their apartment on nob hill? now, 13 years after Jeffry
weisman and andrew fisher merged their individual practices, acionados can see images of
the glamorous pied--terre in a 1920s louis Xvi-style building where they live, as well as other
storied projects, in their rst book, Artful Decoration ($50, the monticelli press). weisman, who
grew up in encino and studied design and later business at stanford university before taking my
avocation and making it a vocation, says he seeks to create balance in rooms. fisher, who hails
from ann arbor, mich., and learned sculpting and metalsmithing at California College of the arts,
treats objects as canvases, creating fantasy furniture covered in shells. here, they discuss their
obsessions and California sensibilities.

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enormous array of natural items

including stones, leathers, metals,
and man-made ceramics and
glass. We are truly kids in a candy
store when it comes to selecting
materials. AF: It changes daily.
My brain is completely visual
and my eyes are very, very busy
at all times.
What inspires you to devise
such captivating fixtures? AF:

My strong education in art with

majors in both sculpture and
metalsmithing. So it was a natural
progression to make jewelry for
houses, which is exactly what I
think chandeliers are.

soma offiCe photo Courtesy of grey Crawford

What materials are you each

drawn to? JEFFRy WEISMAn: An

Architectural Digests Margaret

Russell writes in the books
foreword that a chandelier in
your hands becomes an
apparition with gilded branches.
How long have you known her?

Margaret and I became friends

in 1989 in High Point, when we
were both kids. Shes known
Andrew for 17 years, as long
as I have. I feel like we grew
up together.


Carmel living room photo Courtesy of grey Crawford; sonoma tree house photo Courtesy of edmund Barr; portrait of fisher weisman Courtesy of grey Crawford

How does your trainingat

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
under Charles Pfister and then
at Gensler under Orlando
Diaz-Azcuyinfluence your
projects? JW: Those great talents

ElEgAnt IngEnuIty
Clockwise from left: Decorators
Andrew Fisher (left) and Jeffry
Weisman; Fisher, who calls tony
Duquette a kindred spirit,
channeled the famed California
decorator to create a gilded steel
twig light fixture and a daybed
with trompe loeil finishes in a
Sonoma tree house; louis XV
sconces flank the doorway into the
living room of a Carmel house
where a tom leaver oil painting
hangs near Maison Jansen chairs.

gave me discipline, a strong eye for

detail and a great appreciation for
planning. Working side by side
with architects taught me how to
easily work on paper, to see and
know what a space will be when
its realized.
How does the location affect
your approach to projects?

We take into account the light,

climate, and our clients taste and
lifestyle as we tailor our concepts.
In addition, the talent of the
craftsmen in all these regions
expands the range of wonderful
elements we can create.


How has a West Coast

sensibility played into the rooms
you create? JW: The fresh, casual

sophistication encourages our

blend of classical design and
fantasy, nurturing our passion to
create rooms as enduring as
they are unexpected. While
living inside, people here often
want to feel outside, so the
flow of windows, doors and
rooflines matters.

Describe the interiors of the

tree house that became a guest
cottage nestled in a pair of fir
trees in Sonoma. AF: People would

fall in love with the rustic redwood

exterior just to be startled when the
double doors opened to gold
upholstered walls, gold puddled
draperies, gold chandeliers. It
really was one of the most magical
places weve ever created, and one
of the most fun.
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Divide & Conquer

By Diana Bitting

Check out this screen scene! No longer just mere structural

designations, room-dividing designs are proving to be quite
the conversation piece as well. BoConcepts double-sided
shelving unit and the Et Cetera bookcase by Pagnon &
Pelhatre cross the great modern design divide with ease,
while Thomas Pheasants screened scheme claims that
nothing beats a classic. The real showstopper? Felix Monges
Virevolte partitionwith an ivory frame, cherry wood boxes
and brass supportsthat can rotate 360 degrees.

Room divider, $1,595, by

BoConcept at BoConcept
locations: 101 Townsend St.,
San Francisco; 1550 Front
St., San Diego; 328 Santa
Monica Blvd., Los Angeles,

Et Cetera, price upon

request, by Pagnon &
Pelhatre at Ligne Roset,
8843 Beverly Blvd., Los
Angeles; 7726 Girard Ave.,
San Diego; 162 King St.,
San Francisco,

Radiant screen,
$9,650, by Thomas
Pheasant at Baker Los
Angeles Showroom,
360 N. La Cienega
Blvd., Los Angeles,

DS-9050 paravent, from

$4,450, by Philippe
Bestenheider for De
Sede at Functions,
8601 Beverly Blvd., Los
Angeles; Arkitektura, 560
Ninth St., San Francisco,

Virevolte bookcase/
room divider, $16,500,
by Felix Monge at Design
and Interiors, 170 State
St., Los Altos; Feddes
Traditions, 32 N. Sierra
Madre Blvd., Pasadena,

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Living Large
Interiors mogul Jim Weinberg brings his turnkey
Liveable Lifestyles program to Los Angeles.
By Kate Abney | Photography by Troy Stains

After more than 30 years as a celebrity interior designer of choice (think

Ivanka Trump and Robert De Niro), Atlanta-based Jim Weinberg
( is transporting his acclaimed Liveable Lifestyles
campaign, dubbed Hollywood Regency, to the thick of Los Angeles.
Making his rounds in the Hollywood of the South, Weinbergs clients
have included high-level executives and entertainment moguls from such
companies as The Home Depot, Coca-Cola, Tyler Perry Studios and the
Trump Organization. Among the highlights of his global CV: working on
personal friend Giorgio Armanis home dcor line Armani/Casa, becoming
the nations first importer of modular furniture and designing for Studio
54. After tracing an illustrious design career from Miami to Aspen to L.A.
to Atlanta, hes once again returned his gaze to the ablaze L.A. market,
with hopes to catch some of that heat.
Weinberg is in talks with several high-profile condominium developers,
including an ultraluxe high-rise on Wilshire Boulevard. For a lucky few tenants
(read Beverly Hills high-rollers with seven-figure mortgages), his custom
buildouts and furnishings will make the most of those sweeping city views.
Clients will choose from Liveable Lifestyles tony menu of turnkey
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servicesnot just furniture, lighting and accessories, but they take care
of the details such as unique and customized towels and linens, too. Most
are Weinbergs own innovative, original creations, while the rest are the
products of carefully chosen partnerships with top-shelf SoCal vendors
(Holly Hunt, A. Rudin, Ebanista, for starters). Weinberg is also working
with blue-chip galleries to place works of fine art.
Weinbergs program promises to be especially popular with interstate
and international transplants, who descend on Tinseltown swiftly and
purposefully, not keen to meddle with tiresome, drawn-out decorating
plans. Put simply: If youre in the Liveable Lifestyles coterie, you dont
even have to think about the details.
What you shouldnt expect is the Jim Weinberg look. Because if he
has any single design signature, its the diverse spectrum of his portfolio,
which spans styles and periodstraditional to modern, maximalist to
minimalist. Im a chameleon, the designer says. There isnt a color,
shape or form Im attached to. Instead, Weinberg consistently tailors
his approach to clients, adapting to their unique ways of life and, most
importantly, how they want to be perceived. These days, its all about
the personal branda maxim public figures know to be paramount.
Considering hes just as renowned for his scrupulous commitment to
privacy and discretion, Weinbergs sure to be a shoo-in for the citys celeb
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All in the Family

Robert and Westley Loeb flung open the
doors to their South Coast Collection
(SoCo) showroom Robert | Westley,
surrounded by the centers Zen-like
gardens and lush courtyards, less than
a year ago, but theyve already garnered
an army of fans of their approachable,
soft-modern aesthetic. The elder Loeb,
Roberthimself a third-generation
furniture merchantboasts more than 30
years in the wholesale furniture business,
having gotten his start at the L.A. Mart.
Since joining forces with his son Westley
in 2012, their store has become a go-to for
the coasts discriminating clientele, who
come here for the pairs signature RW
Upholstery line, along with luxe lighting,
rugs, mirrors and home accessories. We
have our eye on several new arrivals, which
include sleek yet earthy case pieces from
Caracole Home, ornate chairs from Noir
Furniture and whimsical bottles from
Theresa Seidel, whose handiwork appears
in celebrity homes and big-name hotels
like the Wynn Las Vegas and Bellagio.
Design professionals who frequent Robert
| Westley praise the customer service and
theyre also in on this little perk: Custom
commissions can be delivered in as little as
four weeks! 3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, Kate Abney

Make Room
We live outdoors year-round here, says Maria
Barry, lounging under an umbrella in the new
outdoor showroom of her Rancho Santa Fe store,
Le Dimora.
The A-list interior designer, known for
decorating the homes of nearly every Charger
and Padre in town, has stocked a chic array of
alfresco-ready items in the sprawling new space,
from custom umbrellas to modern outdoor
carpeting (all the rage, she says).
The Rancho set is known for its proclivity
toward heavy Tuscan furniture and oversized
couches that fill their extra-large homes. Were
trying to get them to change that and lighten up

BACK AT THE RANCH Maria Barry, the go-to Rancho

Santa Fe interior designer, in her new outdoor
showroom at Le Dimora

a bit, says Barry, who lives nearby in a white-onwhite contemporary house that she shares with
her husband and three children.
Barry was recently tapped by the crew of
The Real Housewives, which has been scouting
the area for a Rancho Santa Fe-based show. She
politely declined, citing her busy schedule. For
the last two years, Barry has been designing
a contemporary coastal six-bedroom house
in Greenwich, Conn., not to mention her
burgeoning showroom. We started at 1,500
square feet, now were at 15,000. Del Rayo
Village Center, 16089 San Dieguito Road, Rancho
Santa Fe, Gillian Flynn

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From San Francisco to Rancho Santa

Fethe Cali shopping scoop.

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L ocated within the prestigious, guard-gated enclave of Beverly Park, this stunning and secluded Italian Villa was built to the most exacting of standards to
create a grand, yet intimate, compound-Estate that perfectly unites Old World Tuscan charm with elegant modernity. Superior craftsmanship is apparent in
every detail, from the 30-ft soaring ceilings in the grand entry foyer, to the gorgeous hand-painted Trompe Loeil murals and the usage of Venetian plaster
throughout. These ornate qualities, among many others such as imported limestone and Italian Travertine flooring, set the tone for the extraordinary scale
of the 7-bedroom, 13-bath residence, which boasts over 17,000 sq ft of living space and unparalleled California living. Warm, neutral earth tones throughout
create an inviting dcor that seamlessly transitions outside to the homes meticulously kept grounds, which feature over 2,000 sq ft of spacious loggias, pool
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Please contact Mauricio Umansky for more details. 424 230 3701


Retro-modern looks are totally of-themoment, a trend husband-and-wife owners
Kristan Cunningham and Scott Jarrell have
latched onto with their new home boutique,
Hammer and Spear. Calling themselves
builders and hunters of lovely goods,
the duo debuted their store this spring in
downtown Los Angeles, mixing rustic found
goods with major midcentury designers
(think Karl Springer, Milo Baughman and
Paul McCobb). After 16 years as a couple, the
pair has honed and polished a truly unique
perspective that combines Chromcraft

dinette sets and Danish-modern leather

sofas with kitschy items like sewing kits
and scissors from Londons Merchant &
Mills and Archer Air Superior room sprays
in luscious scents such as European sports
car. Also crave-worthy are the boho Pawling
Print Studio stationery and local Humble
Ceramics. The eagle-eyed may recognize
Cunninghams visage from the small screen,
where the interior designer headlined the
HGTV show Design on a Dime for 10 years.
She has most recently appeared as a lifestyle
expert on the Rachael Ray Show and The
Today Show. 255 S. Santa Fe Ave., L.A., KA

NEW DIGS The justbowed Design Within

Reach flagship in SoCo


Reach Up!
and Spear owners
Scott Jarrell and
Kristan Cunningham

Christofles exotic
wood interiors


Shine On
Following up the fall debut of its New York
flagship, fine French flatware producer
Christofle is pulling out all the stops for our
part of the world, too. Set to open in tony
Beverly Hills in September, the 181-year-old
brands shiny-new boutique is the brainchild
of fashion industry vet turned architect
Stphane Parmentier. The fresh West Coast
outpost will serve as the launch pad for the
companys custom-crafted line of furnishings.
If you cant wait till fall, dont fret. Theyre
opening a new concept store on Melrose in
late April dubbed Studio Christofle. The
design lab plans on partnering with a wellknown midcentury furniture gallery to mix in
product and artwork side by side with unique
Christofle introductions. 9515 Brighton Way,
Beverly Hills; 8424 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, KA

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After 15 years of bringing high design to the

masses, Design Within Reach has opened an
Orange County flagship, its largest showroom
in the country. The famously democratic design
company chose to augment its massive online,
catalog and international retail presence with
an ethereal, 20,400-square-foot SoCo studio
designed by New York-based group Sayigh
Duman Architectswith firm principals
responsible for such lofty projects as the
Lincoln Center pedestrian bridge and the
Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Embracing the
SoCal birthplace of the midcentury modern
movementwhose design progeny includes
the likes of Ray and Charles Eames, Greta
Grossman, Milo Baughman and the dawn of
outdoor livingthe studio offers both trade
professionals and retail customers an enormous
assortment of fully licensed modern classics by
Carl Hansen, Cassina, Emeco, Fritz Hansen,
Herman Miller, Knoll, Mller, Stua and more,
as well as looks from up-and-coming designers
(Clara von Zweigbergks Kaleido Trays for Hay
are $17 to $75 each), all arranged in roomlike
vignettes. Visitors are also sure to love DWRs
Room Planner, which allows them to visualize
their finished rooms in 3-D. 3303 Hyland Ave.,
Costa Mesa, KA





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Sunny Side Up
Make a beeline for Brown
Jordans SoCal showroom,
opening this month at SoCo. The
Pasadena-based brandperhaps
the nations foremost purveyor
of luxury outdoor furnishings
happens to have quite a pedigree
in the arena; in 1945 it was the
first company to ever create pieces
that could be kept permanently
outdoors. For its new Costa
Mesa showroom, Brown Jordan
snagged a sweet corner location
at the vibrant SoCo marketplace,
boasting banks of windows
that bathe the space in natural
sunlight. As the brands first true
retail locale, it will serve not only
members of the trade but everyday

State of Grace
San Franciscos hottest new
home shop, designed by
megafirm Gensler in the
prestigious Pacific Heights
neighborhood, is the brainchild
of the brilliant Monelle Totah,
an alumna of Banana Republic
who most recently served as VP
of design and merchandising
for Williams-Sonoma Home.
Hudson Grace, the store she
formed with biz partner and
award-winning product designer
Gary McNatton, sets forth a
calming scheme of entertaining
inspiration unlike anything else
in the city. One of the stores
signatures is its selection of
oversize white serving pieces
in rich glazes (theres an entire
display case), which mingle with
ceramic drum tables, cobalt
blue bottles gleaned from a
Paris flea market and vintage
silver from an old European
hotel. The duo, who subscribe to
the virtues of authenticity and

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ABODE WELL Eclectic home

accessories from Hudson Grace

originality, choose decorative

items that can double as works
of artthink stone garden urns,
hand-dipped beeswax candles,
bleached decorative antlers and
ornamental busts. We like
dramatic moments in a home
that can be simply beautiful,
unexpected, juxtaposed or
amusing, Totah says. Their
witty selections extend to the
careful pops of color, including
dyed cowhides and washable
linen napkins in juicy hues.
With a client list that reads
like a whos who of the retail
worldGap, Banana Republic,
Smith & Hawken, Restoration
Hardware and moreco-owner
McNattons contributions
to the fragrance category are
aesthetic and olfactory wonders.
We especially adore the line of
delicious R. Nichols candles
designed by McNatton himself,
and antique perfume bottles
reimagined as objets dart. 3350
Sacramento St., San Francisco, KA


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shoppers as well, who can take

advantage of complimentary
design consultations with the
stores resident experts. With
so many customization options
available, the higher-ups were
naturally keen on creating an
environment that would inspire
the end user in countless ways.
Amid this sparkling scene, find
dozens of top-shelf lines including
several from Brown Jordans key
collaboratorsincluding Michael
Berman and Richard Frinier
who designed sleek seating,
most of which can be used (of
course!) both indoors and out.
3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, KA




Sunday, April 14 from 12:00 5:00PM at the Helms Bakery

3220 Helms Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Join DnA host Frances Anderton and guestsfor a unique day
of design, food, music and architecture previewing
Pacic Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.
The afternoon event will include conversations with
LACMA Director Michael Govan, the Gettys Wim de Wit,
MOCAs Christopher Mount, restaurateur Sang Yoon,
Good Food Host Evan Kleiman, and KCRW art critic
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. There will also be live music from
KCRW DJ Liza Richardson, food trucks and more.




The Need for


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SUPRASTUDIO course led by
professor Greg Lynn of UCLAs
department of architecture
and urban design

Back for more, Pacific Standard Times newest initiative

finally gives Los Angeles architecture its comeuppance.
By Marissa Gluck

Last years Pacific Standard Time, a Getty-led collaboration with more than
60 local cultural institutions, mounted a nearly comprehensive celebration of
Los Angeles postwar art up until 1980, putting L.A.s art scene on the global
map. But it seemed like the citys rich architectural legacy was given short
shrift next to all the chatter about the work of artists Ed Ruscha and John
Baldessari. Thankfully, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture
in L.A. ( is a welcome sequel.
The initiative takes a look at the citys contributions to design, from its
massive freeways to kitschy coffee shops to the humble tract house. With 17
exhibitions and many more accompanying programs and events from April
through July, architecture enthusiasts can delve into the work of modernists
like Schindler and Neutra or todays starchitects like Frank Gehry and Thom
Mayne. A few dont-miss highlights and images youll see along the way:
The linchpin of the Gettys programming is the upcoming Overdrive:
L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990, a massive survey of L.A.s urban
landscape, including its skyscrapers, shopping malls and streets, as well as its
diverse modern residences on exhibit. April 9-July 21

Samitaur Tower, Culver

City, 2008-2010, by
Eric Owen of Eric
Owen Moss Architects
LAX, Theme Building,
perspective view, 1961:
pencil, watercolor, and
gouache on board

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Palms House, Venice, 2011, by

Kevin Daly of Daly Genik Architects



Shopping Bag
Market, date
by Doug White
As He Remembered It,
installation view, Secession
Vienna, 2011, by Stephen Prina

Cal Poly Pomona Case Study House

Number 21, Los Angeles, 1959


Curator Talk

>>> The MAK Centers Everything Loose Will

Land explores the cross-pollination of architecture
and art in L.A. in the 1970s. The MAK Center is
also organizing an architecture tour of houses
and artist studios from that period in June.
May 9-Aug. 4
>>> The Hammer Museum features the work
of midcentury modern master A. Quincy Jones,
whose recently restored Sunnylands in Rancho
Mirage has sparked renewed interest in his work.
May 25-Sept. 8
>>> MOCAs show picks up where the Gettys ends,

View through the fuselage

of the Hughes H-4 Hercules
Flying Boat aircraft while
under construction from
the cargo deck

around 1990. A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary

Architecture From Southern California looks at the
citys architectural experimentation over the past
25 years, as well as emerging talent. June 2-Sept. 2
>>> LACMA looks inward with its exhibit The
Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders
LACMA. The museum examines L.A.s past
through the lens of its own history as a cultural
institution. With the Pritzker Prize-winning Peter
Zumthor planning to overhaul the eastern part of
the campus, the museum also confronts its future in
the architects plans and models for a new building
for the permanent collection. June 9-Sept. 15

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles,

1987-2003, by Frank Gehry

While PSTP spreads across the

city, the Gettys own exhibit is
the cornerstone of the initiative.
According to curators Wim
de Wit (left) and Christopher
J. Alexander, the shows goal
is similar to last years PST.
Architecture is a very important
part of the culture of this city.
We wanted to show what was
happening here in the 40s, 50s,
60s and beyond, says de Wit.
The Getty aims to uncover
lesser-known gems, like the work
of architect Claude Beelman.
Beelman designed many of
downtowns best buildings,
including the Superior Oil
Company building (now the
downtown Standard Hotel) and
the Eastern Columbia Building.
Theyre hidden in plain sight,
says Alexander. We drive by
them every day [and never
notice them].
The exhibits scope and
ambition is far-reaching,
embracing SoCals complexity.
Its not just a show of
architectural highlights,
says Alexander. Corporate
headquarters, oil refineries
and electrical transmission
towers are all worthy of
consideration. Were revealing
how L.A. became a lab for
architectural innovation and
experimentation. MG

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Made of lacquered MDF elevated by laminated

glass legs, designer Ren Boucharas mod Diapo
sideboard serves up three spacious cabinets and
an exposed central niche. $6,850, Roche Bobois,
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This fashionable bar,

designed by Phyllis Morris
President and Brand
Director Jamie Adler, is
completely customizable
and features an illuminated
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Makassar ebony veneer and
Lucite details, for a modern
way to keep cocktail-hour
essentials close at hand.
From $19,950, Phyllis
Morris, 655 N. Robertson
Blvd., West Hollywood,
This contemporary coffee table by
BoConceptconstructed from MDF, blackstained oak veneer, charcoal-gray glass
and chromeboasts concealed storage
compartments that transform into trays,
perfect for when youre noshing in front of
the TV or working on your laptop. $1,195,
BoConcept, 101 Townsend St., San Francisco;
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One of KWIDs hottest new commodities, this

handmade lacquered-resin oblique jewelry
box features a fresh geometric motif and
custom fabric interior. $825, Kelly Wearstler
Boutique, 8440 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood,

MDF Italias customizable Sliding

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clean-lined acrylic treasure
boxesin colors like neon red,
pink, orange, yellow, blue, black
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for stowing odds and ends or
enhancing floral arrangements.
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You will hardly be able to contain yourself

once you get a glimpse of Crystal SaintLouis new Opercule boxes. The Herms
subsidiary and Europes oldest glassmaker
(founded in 1586) created these bevel-cut
canisters in three sizes. They come fraught
with geometric facets and topped with
lacquered wooden lids in lime or taupe.
$560-$975 each, Gumps, 135 Post St., San
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The Call of Nature

Nature certainly calls at the Santa Lucia Preserve near the central coast of California.

For every homeowner who longs to integrate architecture

and landscape, there is a neighbor just as eager to pave over
the earth to erect an eyesore. Not at Santa Lucia Preserve
(, a private community just minutes
from Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur. The philosophy here
would make Frank Lloyd Wright proud.
The 20,000-acre preserve, nestled in the Santa Lucia
Mountains, looks more like a national park than a luxury
housing development, encompassing redwood forests, oak
savannas and native grasslands. Once parceled out as ranchos
under Central Californias Mexican land grants, the vast
swath was cobbled together in the 1850s by cattle baron
Bradley Sargent. When Santa Lucia Preserve founder Tom
Gray and his partners purchased the intact property in 1990,
they were only the fourth owners.
Their vision? Respect the biodiversity of the preserve in
perpetuity. Though 300 homesites dot the owner-governed
community, permanent conservation deeds have been placed
on 90 percent of the land. And when it comes to architecture,
treading lightly isnt an option; its an edict. Even the Tom
Fazio-designed golf course blends in effortlessly with its
stunning surroundings.
The families who choose to live here are active partners
in the protection of this land, explains Christina Fischer,
executive director of the Santa Lucia Conservancy, which has

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managed the nonprofit land trust since

Clockwise from left:
1995. The choices they make when
Caterpillar house by
designing their homes will affectand
Feldman Architecture;
ideally help conservethe ecological
House Ocho by
Feldman Architecture;
health and beauty of the preserve for
a view of the stunning
many years to come.
lots available at Santa
I definitely let prospective buyers
Lucia Preserve
know what to expect, says realtor Kris
McAulay of the Preserve Land Company, one of two onsite firms specializing in the unique properties. I wouldnt
describe owners as tree huggers, but they really understand
how theyll impact the natural environment.
A design review board assists owners with the
stringent guidelines. The preserve has drawn A-list talent,
from architecture firms such as Lake Flato and Feldman
Architecture to landscape legends Bernard Trainor +
Jonathan Feldman was operating his fledgling firm out
of his basement when his parents bought a parcel in the Santa
Lucia Preserve for their second home. He convinced them to
let him have a go.
The site was extremely challenging, says Feldman, who
situated the modernist House Ocho he built into a hillside
to avoid razing an old oak grove. But the views are just
incredible. And luckily for me, I get to visit them often.


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Hotel design darlings reveal the art
of making an entrance.
By Jennie Nunn

First impressions are everything. And,

when it comes to hotels, the lobby makes
the initial impact. We uncover five of the
most innovative and iconic California
hotels with the best new lobby designs.

Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco


Francisco-based architecture firm

BAMO (think Four Seasons Boston and Rosewood
Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas)
THE VIBE An updated version of a classic with a light and
airy feel and a new lobby restaurant and bar. It was
very dark, gloomy and dated, says BAMO co-founder
Michael Booth, who also helped design the hotels
spa and restaurant. It was filled with bad Chinatown
stuff, and we wanted to brighten it up and make it
more contemporary.
THE GOODS Travertine floors culled from Possagno, Italy,
and artwork by California artists

Mondrian Hotel, Los Angeles

THE KEY PLAYERS Originally designed by Philippe Starck

in 1996 and recently refreshed by Benjamin NoriegaOrtiz and the Morgans Hotel Group design team
THE VIBE A see-to-be-seen crowd lines the swanky,
loungelike space with a mix of irreverent finds.
THE GOODS Thirty-foot-tall mahogany doors, a mod Lucite
swing upholstered with an eggplant-hued seat and a
concierge desk that recalls the shape of a mushroom

El Encanto Hotel, Santa Barbara

THE KEY PLAYERS Landscape designer Steven Vandora (of

the Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills) and Deanna Postil
and Associates, curators of the art collection

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The lobby at Hotel La
Jolla got a mod-meetsWestern makeover.
THE VIBE Following

a relaunch in March, the dreamy,

Craftsman-style property is surrounded by pristinely
manicured gardens.
THE GOODS A slew of original artwork, such as a
diamond-dusted silkscreen print by Damien Hirst and
a metal butterfly sculpture by Paul Villinski

Hotel La Jolla, San Diego

THE KEY PLAYERS Gulla Jonsdottir (of Hollywood Roosevelt

Hotel fame) and Claude-Anthony Marengo
THE VIBE Reopened after a $4 million transformation,
the Kimpton property features a rustic-moderninspired lobby that takes cues from nature.
THE GOODS A 12-foot-tall leaf sculpture designed by
Jonsdottir and metal artist Scott Brown, sculptural
brass side tables and a fireplace made of petrified wood

Hotel Zetta, San Francisco

THE KEY PLAYERS Dawson Design Associates (of Sir Francis

Drake Hotel in San Francisco)
THE VIBE Cozy living room meets game room with rustic
wood floors, a communal table and comfy, caramelhued sectional sofa
THE GOODS A giant, wall-mounted Plinko game played
with soccer balls; a wine bottle art wall; and a life-size
dog sculpture made entirely of scrap metal

Hotel Zettas giant
Plinko game
brings playfullness
to the lobby.



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By Diana Bitting

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Clockwise from left:
featuring contemporary-chic carpeting, fabrics,
The colorful garden
lighting, seating and art. Part of an extensive property
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remodel, the custom-built cavern, designed to preserve
Aubergine in Carmelby-the-Sea; a Quail
chef Justin Cogleys quality fromagerie collection
Lodge and Golf Club
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Forget California ranch style. One modern Corona del Mar home
goes back to the farm.
By Carrie Storke Williams | Photography by Mark Lohman and Portrait by Jessica Sample

Corona light!
from top: the
lofted-ceiling kitchen
juxtaposes whitewashed, exposed
beams with stainless
steel appliances; the
front elevation of the
barn-style home in
Corona del mar

Corona del Mar, a charming seaside village in Newport

Beach, has long been fertile ground for razing original
cottages in favor of mini manses built to the zerolot-line. Which makes the modern-day barn raising
achieved by designer Lynn Pries on one of the enclaves
beloved flower streets all the more remarkable.
My client had always dreamed of living in a barn
house, says Pries. Shed lived by the beach for years,
but always yearned for a bit of Sun Valley [Idaho] here
on the coast.
Pries and her client have partnered on four homes in
the past 23 years, but this project proved to be the most
excitingand challengingof their collaborations to
date. When she and Dowers found an existing house
in Corona del Mar Village with just the bones they
needed, they pounced.
The home had been built in 1974 continued...
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great wide oPen

the living room
showcases neutrals
with pops of color
and birch loginspired wallpaper.

The lesson learned is that

you dont have to tear a
house down to make it work.
with a shingled exterior and exposed
interior walls, says Pries. It had bits of the barn theme
with the wood and rooms with high ceilings, big
windows and natural light.
Pries immediately set to work on both the
architecture and interior design fronts, committed to
repurposing the home instead of tearing it down. She
began by changing the front elevation to subtly evoke
the lines of a barnwith a bit more lanand used
gray-hued wood salvaged from corral posts to clad the
front faade. The next step was to further open up the
interior spaces of the home, which had undergone a
series of partial remodels.
The greatest challenge was coming up with a floor
plan that was workable, says Pries. Corona del Mar
lots are very narrow, and thatcoupled with the funky
previous remodelsmade it difficult to create the wide
open spaces and abundant natural light we wanted.
Spoiler alert: The challenge was surmounted and an
exciting modern barn was born. Pries created organic,
clean lines and spacious, airy barn-meets-loft interiors by
lightening the existing dark-stained wood interior walls,
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arbiter of style
interior designer lynn
Pries in the open
living room/dining
room space

home free
Clockwise from left:
the kitchen in the
guest house mirrors
the aesthetics of
the one in the main
house; mixed media
in the form of a
custom chandlier
fashioned out
of bicycle gears
and hand-applied
crystals; the owners
wanted unobstructed
flow between the
kitchen and the
main room.

applying vintage barn wood to the floors, and

adding custom lightingincluding a remarkable
chandelier over the dining table crafted from
bicycle gears and hand-applied crystals.
Of all the welcoming rooms in the twobedroom main house and the one-bedroom
guesthouse, the large kitchen and family room
on the upper level is a favorite, with its oversized
windows, skylights and room to entertain
comfortably. Another crowd-pleaser is the
outdoor deck, which doubles as an alfresco living
room year-round.
The lesson learned is that you dont have
to tear a house down to make it work, says
Pries. If you know the bones [are good], you
can play with it, repurpose it to add character
to the property while keeping the character of
the neighborhood intact.
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Designer Jay Jeffers custom show homes for The Ritz-Carlton

Residences, Lake Tahoe, take mountain living to new heights
with no airs at all. By Jenn Thornton

Of the many intrigues that lured California interior

design talent Jay Jeffers ( to
helm the interiors for three new custom show homes at
the recently debuted The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake
Tahoe, was the opportunity to give classic alpine style a
playfully modern twist. Touts the noted San Francisco
tastemaker, This is not your grandmothers cabin.
Jeffers calls their look California mountain, a style
he describes as a balance of the urbane and the rustic,
conceptualized with Tahoes young, auent, designconscious clientele in mind, but only a select few will
call them home. Boasting elements tailored to the ski-in
lifestyle, these fully furnished, move-in-ready homes are
as comfortable as they are luxuriously low-maintenance,
their contemporary-cool interiors expressions of their
creators wildly individualized design ethos.
The playfully posh spaces join The Ritz-Carlton
Residences, Lake Tahoes collection of 23 exquisite
penthouses (two- to four-bedroom options, ranging from
1,554 to 3,407 square feet), all featuring spacious great
rooms with 20-foot ceilings, catering kitchens, private
home theaters, wine storage cellars and master bedrooms

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with fireplaces. And, taking advantage of the resorts

midpoint position up Northstar Mountain, where it sits
in regal repose, the residences boast magnificent views of
its premier peak, plus majestic Mount Rose and Martis
Valley vistas.
Refining the imaginary, Jeffers show homes reflect
exquisite whimsy not typically associated with The RitzCarlton, which, historically, has always attracted an older
crowd. But as Jeffers appointment proves, the luxury
brand is taking a shine to the younger, style-savvy seta
new, lower-key breed with modern tastes. But would a
marriage between a brand with traditionally conservative
leanings and a tastemaker celebrated for his curious,
eclectic connoisseurship produce a project satisfactory
to both parties? One look at these fresh spaces ends any
lingering debate.
Having the opportunity to put my own spin on
[The] Ritz-Carlton, a revered luxury brand, was truly
exciting, notes Jeffers. It was a fantastic experiencethe
new owners of the Residences have a true appreciation for
individualized design, and encouraged me to create very
singular spaces.

COnteMPOrary COOl
From top: Jay Jeffers played with
texture to give the spaces a rich
patina. Modern chandeliers by
apparatus illuminate a curated
collection of furnishings and
accessories, like blackened,
charred-wood stools by bay-area
artist Martha Sturdy and a custom
rug by Merida; HD buttercup wing
chairs and an Organic Modernism
buffet gives the dining room a boost.

I think the mix of

furnishings, accessories
and artwork in the homes
instantly give you that
collected feel.
With ownerships confidence, Jeffers set about
incubating interiors for the 2,363-square-foot (fourbedroom/four-bath) and 1,863-square-foot (threebedroom/three-bath) spaces, plus a larger penthouse
revealed last month. Creating a new design vernacular,
Jeffers took elegance out for a kicky spin, stamping
the homes with his unmistakable style fingerprint
think creativity, bespoke details and elements of the
unexpected. My goal for a home is for it to feel as if it
has been collected over time, he explains. I think the
mix of furnishings, accessories and artwork in the homes
instantly give you that collected feel.
The designers recipe for curating each spacetwo
parts comfort, one part whimsy, one part elegance and a
dash of chictakes shape in a color palette of taupe and
charcoal gray that unites the rooms, with complementary
shades of green, blue and persimmon added to recall
summers in Lake Tahoe. Providing balance to the organic
and industrial patina are textures like reclaimed wood,
boiled wool, cashmere and steel, fashioned in surprising
waysa white-oak bed with metal detailing mingles with
a reclaimed-wood club chair, for example. Even design
challenges, such as the roofline creating one-sided angles
in the rooms, were creatively circumvented, with Jeffers
transforming said angles with interesting wallpaper
treatments and stunning art. It turned an obstacle into
an advantage, he says.
Further personalizing each space, Jeffers turned to
the wealth of interior trimmings housed in his handsome
San Francisco emporium, Cavalier. Plucking a menagerie

of finds sourced worldwide from this treasure trove

allowed the tastemaker to put the finishing touches on
each of the homes layered looks.
This sense of inspired design echoes throughout
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, which lures trendsetting
types because it is setting trends, too. As the brands first
property to earn LEED certification status from the U.S.
Green Building Council, not only is it a sustainable sendup of chic, its the result of rigorous building standards
and smart architecture, the heart of which is an octagonal
lobby linking a collection of pavilions.
Sustainability has its privileges, especially for The
Ritz-Carlton Residence owners, who enjoy membership
in an exclusive club that comes with priority access to
hotel highlights like the Highlands Spa; signature eatery
Manzanita by top toque Traci Des Jardins; and countless
other services and amenities. And just outside the door are
3,170 acres of skiable terrain, not to mention the worlds
only Burton Snowboard Academy and a gondola that
zips down to the shops, eateries and entertainment at the
Village at Northstar.
After previewing Jeffers three show homes, its quite
natural to ask for his favoriteand quite like him not to
supply a straightforward response. Whichever one Im
standing in at the time, he allows. I never play favorites
with my children.
Jay Jeffers custom show homes are available for purchase
furnished or unfurnished. Prices start at $1,700,000,

natural beauty
Clockwise from top: bunk
beds nod modern with an
atypical ascension point;
avian wallpaper by trove
and a vintage chair by
adrian Pearsall in taupe
linen give a bedroom an
organic feel; pops of
persimmon set off a vintage
Grosfeld House chair,
recovered in Holland &
Sherry linen and tara
Chapas fabrics.

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Raw Style
A master chef, film producer and
Oscar-winning actor create a
fantastic universe of wabi-sabi design
aesthetics on the Vegas Strip.
By Diana Bitting

An indulgent new addition to the Vegas scene is giving

visitors new reason to sin. Nobu Hotel recently opened
inside Caesars Palace (yes, a hotel within a hotel), joined
by the 12,000-square-foot Nobu restaurant and lounge,
and it just might be the best of both worlds. Designed
and built by David Rockwell and his eponymous firm,
the boutique property is an atypical, oasislike concept set
in the center of the Strip, allowing guests to take breaks
from the sights, sounds and overstimulation whenever
they please.
Its the very first hotel project for the Nobu branda
partnership between chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert
De Niro and film producer Meir Teperbut judging by
the public frenzy, it wont be the last. (There will be future
Nobu hotels in Saudi Arabia and Qatar by the end of this
year.)The lobby, elevator bank and 181 rooms that make
up the space (a former Caesars tower that underwent a
total gut renovation) were all designed by the Rockwell
Groupas was the restaurant, of courseto convey
Nobus signature Japanese elegance. That sense of
curation that you get at Nobu restaurants is present,
explains Rockwell. You are coming here, you are trying
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an amazing group of chefs and having an experience that

is memorable.
The delicate restraint of the restaurants dishes is
evident in the interiors, with an edited palette of materials
(stone, wood and metal) based on the wabi-sabi principles
of simplicity, evocative transience and beauty in the
unexpected and natural. In the lobby, various sizes of
wood block panels of hemlock, fir and oak are placed
side by side in a puzzle-type pattern to add texture, while
the high-gloss black lacquer reception desk in an abstract
boulder shape and custom antique bronze elevator doors
add just the right amount of flash.
In terms of sleeping quarters, patrons can choose
between a queen, king or suite room. Inside, neutral
wall tones are calming, while injected hues of terra-cotta
orange and purple (in the form of framed artworks and
decorative pillows) add interest. Lanternlike fixtures offer
soft, ambient lighting, and nature makes its way inside
with the organic sand motif floor carpeting and Japaneseinspired rice paper and bamboo cloth wallcovering.. Its
about informal luxury, Rockwell continues, and that
sense of welcome greets you here at the hotel. 3570
Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.785.6677,

Clockwise from top left: The
high-style Nobu restaurant and
lounge is known for its sushi and
sashimisome of the freshest in the
world; the scene at Caesars
outdoor pool is of epic proportions
as are the celeb spottings;
Rockwell-designed suites feature
natural woods, organic carpet
motifs and works by Asian artists;
chef Nobu Matsuhisa





M O D E R N L U X U R Y. C O M





M O D E R N L U X U R Y. C O M


Morocco Deco
Secluded behind ancient Marrakech
walls, the palatial Royal Mansour offers
guests precious luxuries: privacy, fantasy
and endless discovery of design.
By Diane Dorrans Saeks

Marrakech is like a lavish watercolor painting by

Delacroix: Bright, sun-struck gardens blooming with
magenta bougainvillea, punctuated by flickering palm
trees and encircled by 16th century terra-cotta ramparts.
In the high sun of summer, its a hallucinatory dream
where the polished Paris-meets-Morocco style of Yves
Saint Laurent and his coterie linger on at their most
glamorous. Now the Royal Mansour (
oers a new enchantment.
The historic silver Daimler car glides with exquisite
grace past the hotels security gate and turns toward a
long, open stretch of private drive lined with shimmering
palm trees. In the distance awaits the arched grand portal
and stunning architecture of the Royal Mansour.
A passenger could be forgiven for asking the whitegloved, liveried chaueur to seize the moment and let it
rip. But this handsome driver proceeds at a stately pace,
just as he does when hes driving the king of Morocco,
who owns the property.
Anticipation is such sweet pleasure.
The car pulls up, luggage is whisked out of sight,
and suddenly I am in another world, far from the jangle
and clamor of the nearby ancient medina of Marrakech.
Exploring the centuries-old souks (markets) of the city
is for another day. For now, I am transported to the truly
palatial style of Morocco. The grandiose entryway leads to
an open-air courtyard centered on fountains and a pool.
Ill soon learn that the lovely space
is ethereally lit at night by hanging
the Moors, the MerrIer
From top: traditional
lanterns of handblown glass.
Moroccan moucharabieh
The king of Morocco built
(carved wood latticework
this pleasure palace, which opened
that looks like lace) is used
in the spa at royal
last year, to show off ancient
Mansour; a tented open-air
crafts, arts and design influences
arabian lounge is in the
of his country. He gathered the
courtyard near the pool.
kingdoms best stonecutters, silkweavers, glassmakers, carvers, gilders, tile-makers, and
others skilled at traditional crafts and decorative arts.
Private suites are ornamented with exquisite
handiwork, painted silk fabrics, handwoven Moroccan
carpets, intricate tiled walls, traceries of stucco, carved
and painted cedar beams, recessed windows with carved
shutters, gold arabesques of decoration and lavish, silkembroidered divans. Every vignette oers ornate delight
and surprise.

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The Royal Mansour, discreet and private, has

53 Moroccan riads (residences), each one true to the
centuries-old Moroccan style and configured around a
central, open-air courtyard. Built into the medina wall,
the expansive property covers more than 8 acres.
We wanted the experience here to be like staying
in a place with a history rather than staying in a hotel,
said Nicolas Papamiltiades of 3BIS, architect for Royal
Mansour. Its more like entering a stately home than a
hotel. There are none of the usual hotel codes, including
no check-in desk.
We stayed true to spaces that obey the rules of
Moroccan architecture, solidly anchoring the project in
its setting and forging its credibility, said Papamiltiades.
Guests are welcomed and then taken directly to their
private accommodations in the individual riads.
Riads are the traditional, incredibly ornamented
residences of the country (with high walls to keep out
desert sands, marauders and prying eyes), with a living
area and, in some cases, a dining room. Each riad (ranging
from 1,400 square feet to 19,375 square feet) showcases
the countrys classical design, in addition to artwork
from more than 80 contemporary native artists, also on
display throughout the property. The second floor houses
bedrooms that overlook the private courtyard below, while
roof terraces with sun beds and private pools provide
stunning views of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.
Interior gathering spaces like Bar are furnished
with antique mirrors, and the cozy, jewel-box-like Cigar
Lounge provides an inviting space in which to relax.
The Library is stocked with walls of books on Moroccan

culture, science and art. It also features a unique retractable

ceiling and telescope, giving guests the chance to scan an
extraordinary view of the Marrakech night sky.
The Spa is equally indulgent. Its dramatically
modern with glossy white geometric screens inspired by
traditional Moorish styles, but reinvented in an abstract
fashion that gives a new look to the classic hammam
(Turkish baths). Its a dream of all-white dcor that gives
all who see it a serene, almost floating feeling.
Afterward, theres a cool sip of Moroccan mint tea
and its time to rest, meditate and consider the great good
fortune of spending a few blissful days among the elegant
walls at the Royal Mansour.
Palatial, indeed.

rock the casbah!

clockwise from left: a
grand archway and
tadelakt lime plaster
stucco greets you at the
entrance of the
property; gilded design
elements are used
throughout royal
Mansours bar; ornate
carved stone, custom
fountains and mosaic
tiles pepper the lobby
and reception area at
royal Mansour.

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Making Waves
A Hollywood power couple joins forces
with a dynamic design duo to create the
iconic beach house.
By Andrew Myers
Photography by Derrick Ray
Portrait by Melissa Valladares

Bringing the beach indoors poses much inspiration

(the positive ions!) and many aesthetic opportunities
(the blues of sea and sky!). Then there are the mixed
blessings, drop-ins that in starry Malibu might mean a
well-fed seagull perched aggressively atop pricey woven
acrylic patio furniture.
For Los Angeles designers Elizabeth Barondes and
Kelly Morris, who launched Barondes Morris Design
in 2008, its all part of riding creativitys great wave,
navigating a projects particular riptides while ensuring
that a clients needs and wants arent merely met,
but exceeded.
The duos most recent walk on the beach took them
to modern oceanfront digs designed in 1969 by noted
SoCal architects Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman,
contributors to the famed Case Study Houses. This
house4,300 square feet of post-and-beam paradise
facing the Pacific, replete with an interior openair courtyardboasted banks of the architects
signature rectangular windows, a forest of comely and
resilient California redwood planks, and an interesting
provenance. In the early 1970s, the house belonged to
Berry Gordy, the record producer, Motown founder and
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lounge around
eric gold stands
while his wife, Marcy
Kaplan, relaxes on a
chaise lounge from
nancy Corzine. The
dining room table is
from dao and is made
from a rare species
of wood called ebony
Pale Moon. This
particular slab was the
last dao has been able
to get. The metal wall
sculpture by Curtis
Jere was found on and the
chandelier consists of
six individual Italian
crystal blown glass
globes from the 60s,
purchased at orange.

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wIde oPen sPaCes

left: The teak outdoor
furniture is by Brown
Jordan. Barondes
Morris design
custom-covered the
cushions with a modern
chinoiserie bamboo
sunbrella outdoor
fabric. The side tables
have a Moroccan
tile top with an iron
base. right: a vintage
bamboo bench covered
in orange faux ostrich
leather sits under a
vintage burl wood
console table where
the familys red coral
collection is mounted
on lucite bases. The
artwork is from
Indian artist sohan
Qudi, a favorite of the

the Jackson Five, who would reportedly play on the beach

with the neighborhood kids.
The house now features new entertainment industry
owners: film, TV and musical producer Eric Gold and
Marcy Kaplan, his actress, writer and producer wife, who
had long aspired to produce a dream homeKaplans
passion for design stretches back to her early days
waitressing in L.A., when she formed a fast friendship
with designer and TV personality Kelly Wearstler. I
will never forget the feeling that came over me, walking
through this home, remembers Kaplan. I turned to
Eric and said, This is the perfect beach house.
Having happily collaborated with Barondes and
Morris on smaller projects such as their young twin
girls bedrooms in their Beverly Hills house, Gold and
Kaplan were eager to cast the designers as beach home
co-producers, and to address the big picture. The prior

renovation did not meet the style of architecture or the

period, says Barondes, explaining that while she and
Morris looked forward to restoring the houses original
assets, neither Kaplan nor Gold were interested in
midcentury orthodoxy. We took the house down to
its studs, gutting the kitchen, bathrooms and damaged
tiled floors. Likewise, a long series of French doors
facing the beach in the main floors large multipurpose
space was replaced by a massive sliding Fleetwood
telescoping systemto bring the outside in, naturally,
says Barondes. We wanted to play up the biggest visual
asset, the art in the backyard: the ocean.
As for the original paneling covering the walls
and ceilings throughout the house? Not only was it
salvaged and restored, it was also augmentedliterally
in the guesthouse, where paneling was extended to the
closet doors to make them essentially disappear, says

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CounTer BalanCe
The walker Zanger
subway tile backsplash
pairs nicely with
countertops made
from a multicolored
stone that looks like
a combination of the
sand and the stars.
The barstools are iron,
custom-made for the
home from a shop in
new York. Kaplan saw
them in a magazine and
sourced them on a trip
back east, and BMd
then covered the seats
in a serviceable outdoor
fabric from Perennials.

sleeP TIghT
The green headboard in the
guest bedroom is a KwId
design, and the X benches are
from The vintage
green lamp was found by
Barondes Morris design at the
l.a. showroom.

Morris; and figuratively on the floor of the main level,

composed of new, hand-selected bleached walnut.
Our intention was to mirror their width with the wall
paneling to create a seamless box effect, says Barondes,
explaining that in terms of color and finish the goal
was an effortless tone mimicking the sandy beach.
Location integration!
That seamless box was also a perfect platform
for the homes fine and decorative arts, such as the
metal sculpture by Curtis Jere in the dining area, the
whimsical folded palm-leaf flamingos flanking doors
to the courtyard and the Austrian pendant lights from
the 1930s near the Jere. It was also an ideal backdrop
to set off their contemporary furniture: Golds beloved
chaise floating in the main room, its shape mimicking
a wave; the dining rooms driftwood-evoking table
from Dao; and the sofa and armchairs surrounding the
fireplace, pieces previously owned by Kaplan and Gold
that Barondes and Morris modified in league with their
network of local artisans. Our goal was to allow the
shapes and textures to play amongst themselveswe
like the sun-bleached colors punctuated with pigmented
bursts, says Morris, noting that while the fabrics might
look like fine cottons and linens, theyre actually durable
indoor-outdoor synthetics like Sunbrella.
The end result for Kaplan and Gold? A blockbuster
abode that reflects their taste and lifestyle. We have a
physical reaction to the house, says Kaplan. It sort of
slows down our heart rates upon entry.

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refresh BesT
The master bath features
an adesso chandelier and is
lined with an esmeralda onyx
stone that Kaplan fell madly
in love with. Its vivid colors
and organic pattern reminded
her of a Missoni dress. from
inside the shower, or lounging
in the oversized tub, you have
a perfect view of the ocean.

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San diego

In Living Color
With a few slick moves, a century-old
dwelling in San Diego achieves an
artful artifice.
By Ann Jarmusch
Photography by Ethan Pines

For two San Diego contemporary art collectors, living with

their accumulated works has become an art unto itself.
A pediatrician and a financial executive, the couple
takes special pleasure in supporting their citys talented
artists. The pair lives with their children in a 102-yearold, Arts and Crafts-style homea local historic
landmarkin the charming older neighborhood of
Bankers Hill. For several years, the two-story interior
has been undergoing an unusual transformation
that respects the old, but still welcomes the new. No
architectural elements were removed and none added,
yet the deliberate alterations are both subtle and striking.
Cross the venerable threshold of this redwood,
fieldstone and cedar shake house and you enter a rarefied
realm. The walls and woodwork are painted a stark
shade of white developed by architect Le Corbusier (via
the Swiss company kt.Color), while the original, white
oak floors have been bleached and stained light gray.
Against this neutral backdrop, colorful art, custom

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a space odyssey
a quartet of cassina
chairs, designed by Gerrit
T. Rietveld, complements
historic arts and crafts
windows and glass-enclosed
bookcases in this airy,
art-filled study. Tom dixon
designed the round table
(foreground), used for
playing chess. a painting
with found objects by the
internationally renowned,
san diego-based Kim
Macconnel hugs the wall
just outside this room.

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bold Moves
opposite page: In an ensemble
that appears to enlarge the
dining room, glassybaby votives
and a glass-topped, doge table
base by carlo scarpa seem
to float between a custom
chandelier from david Weeks
studio and a handmade felt
rug by claudy Jongstra.
small paintings visually pop
against walls painted a gray
that le corbusier developed.
above: artist Kimberley Harts
whimsically painted logs stack
up to amuse the owners,
who rarely need to make a fire.
Right: architect and furniture
designer Jennifer luce and the
familys hound, Izzy, enjoy the
comfortable, Rietveld-designed
Utrecht chairs. behind them, a
smiley-face maxim (ironically
misspelled) by Jean lowe
hangs above a pattern painting
by Kim Macconnel.

furniture in solid colors and sculptural lighting designs

spark virtual fireworks.
Beyond the vibrant hues indoors, the contrast
between inside and out is also positively stunningand
theres an intriguing logic to it. While our house was
built in 1911, like many Arts and Crafts homes it has
a modern aesthetic with its symmetry and simplicity,
explains the owner. Rather than dark moldings, ours
was built with white enameled wood details and lots
of large windows that provide a bright, open interior.
Therefore, the house lends itself well to contemporary
art and furniture [as opposed to period pieces], while still
creating an interesting dynamic between old and new.
Architect and furniture designer Jennifer Luce,
who leads Luce et Studio Architects two offices in La

Jolla and Los Angeles, helped heighten that dynamic

through what she calls artistic interventions.
We made no structural changes, yet every room
in the house has been affected and shifted regarding
ones understanding of space, the connection between
spaces and the light, Luce says.
The result is not quite as abstract as it sounds. As
Luce observes, the results are richly layered or peeled
back and highly personal. Shes mindful of the historic
elements and a previous renovation for the owners by
San Diego architect Mark Lee Christopher.
Luces ongoing collaboration with the couple
involves choreographing the art collection (which is
still growing) and complementing it by commissioning
handpicked artists and artisans to contribute well-

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crafted furniture (Roy McMakin, Paola Lenti and

Luce herself ) and buoyant chandeliers (David Weeks,
Roman de Salvo). In the dining room, beneath a glasstopped Carlo Scarpa table, lies a brilliant yellow felt
rug made by Dutch artisan Claudy Jongstra from
sheeps wool in the Netherlands.
We looked at the furnishings in the same way
as the quality of the artwork and sought out designers
and craftsmen who are pushing boundaries, Luce says.
Shes known for another essential ingredient found in
this home: sumptuous combinations of materials that
feel as good as they look.
The cantilevered sideboard Luce designed for a
dining room wall combines layers of acrylic, wood
(including a specimen from a beloved oak tree
that died) and hidden writing, all of which convey
this close-knit familys story as told to Luce in

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interviews. Furthermore, the sideboard is based on a

series of furniture Luce designed for the Museum of
Contemporary Art San Diego.
A vivid palette is another imperative in the homes
heady mix. We consider light and color to be very
important to our quality of life. Living in a house with
vibrant color gives us a sense of joy and playfulness,
shares one of the owners.
More surprise interventions include bolting a
steel plate to a fireplace surround that long ago lost
its original tiles and adding a stainless steel and resin
ladder so the family can enjoy rooftop views of San
Diego Bay.
Despite its early 20th century origins, the whole
house now vibrates for a new millennium with what
Luce calls thoughtful compositions to be lived in.
How fantastically futuristic.

sHape Up
above: another Macconnel
painting showers light
and color from atop the
stairwell. opposite page: For
the living room, the owners
commissioned two sofas,
an ottoman and a rug from
paola lenti; the pale green
chair next to the eames
walnut stool is a family
heirloom recovered in hide.
luce matched the fireplaces
bold architectural character
by adding a hot-rolled steel
surround and hearth.

TABLE MANNERS A Tulip dining table

and chairs in black by Eero Saarinen
overlooks the bay while Cady Nolands
Cowboy With Holes, Eating, 1990,
sits in the corner of the dining room.

san francisco

Artful Living
A prominent interior designer turns one
established art collectors high rise
space into a modern, museumlike abode.
By Jennie Nunn
Photography by Eric Piasecki

For interior designer Michael Booth, co-founder of

San Francisco-based firm BAMO, the backstory on
working with real estate developer and art collector
Byron Meyer to transform a vacant, two-bedroom,
3,300-square-foot penthouse in SoMas Millennium
Tower into a gallery-inspired space is based upon two
things: a trip to Indiana and shared history.
After all, Booth (who has fashioned interiors of
hotels from the Rosewood Sand Hill in Palo Alto and
Four Seasons Hualalai, as well as private residences
in Napa, Carmel and Pebble Beach) had already
teamed up with Meyer to outfit his Stanley Saitowitzdesigned weekend country home in Sonoma a few
years earlier. Hes an incredibly savvy art collector
and world traveler, and we just got along right off the
bat, became close friends and have the same taste, says
Booth, who also accompanied Meyer, a past member of
the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art, on several art trips, including a visit to the
iconic J. Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana,

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In the living room,
a white Zaha Hadid
Moraine sofa is
coupled with an
original Michael Taylor
sofa reupholstered
in Gretchen Bellinger
blue silk velvet in
the living room.
Three Michael Taylor
travertine block end
tables round out the
rest of the space.

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Opposite page: A new
9-foot tabletop in light
gunmetal-gray lacquered
wood sits on an original
Michael Taylor limestone
base. It is surrounded
by Flat Bar Brno dining
chairs by knoll. The
painting is by Philip
Guston. Right: The kitchen
is outfitted in cerused
walnut and features a
stunning custom island
of impeccably worked
Calacatta Oro stone.
Below: Interior designer
Michael Booth.

We always talked about [the J. irwin Miller house] over the years and
how Byron wished he had a house like it. The Millenium penthouse was
his to design from scratch, so we sought to create a white, gallerylike
space that felt like a museum.
in 1999. Its such an unusual house with beautiful,
custom-designed fabrics, and that really struck us and
reinvigorated my passion for modernism. We always
talked about [the J. Irwin Miller house) over the years
and how Byron wished he had a house like it. The
Millennium penthouse was his to design from scratch,
so we sought to create a white, gallerylike space that
felt like a museum.
With Meyers large art, photography and
sculpture collection, along with furnishings from his
five-bedroom primary residence designed by Michael
Taylor in Russian Hill, they had to think outside the
box and edit. Going from a five-bedroom house with
a full-on living room to a two-bedroom apartment, he

needed help on what should stay and what had to go,

so it forced us to be inventive with the furniture, says
Booth, who layered the space with nods to Ludwig
Mies van der Rohe and Alexander Girard. He also
had a huge collection of catalogues from nearly every
art show hed ever been to and oversized art books, so
we created built-ins throughout the space.
Beginning with an empty canvas (Meyer was one
of the towers early buyers), the duo, along with lead
designer Billy Quimby, chose a bright white palette
paired with a cerused oak floor to serve as a backdrop for
artwork including pieces by Agnes Martin, Elizabeth
Peyton, Stephen de Staebler and Jeff Koons, and
delicately installed massive paintings and sculptures.

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We wanted to take the all-white to a certain point, but

we wanted the art to drive it, adds Booth. To ensure
lighting for each piece was just right, they enlisted the
help of lighting consulting firm Fisher Marantz Stone
(FMS), who work on lighting for museum exhibitions.
BAMO designated a core gallery wall painted a shade
of cobalt for more than 30 photographs, all framed
with white matte, by artists such as Hiroshi Sugimoto
and Henri Cartier-Bresson. We painted it this deep,
deep blue to contrast with the white palette and warm
wood in the space. We wanted to give it a dark color
so the art would pop, says Booth. In the living room,
a Moraine sofa by architect Zaha Hadid is paired with
a geometric-printed emerald green, white and black rug
by The Rug Company; three massive travertine blocks
that double as end tables; and a sofa by Michael Taylor
reupholstered in Gretchen Bellinger blue silk velvet.

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The rug is a very bold gesture and we obsessed about

whether to use it or not, but it gives it this big hint of
sexy color in the room, says Booth. The dining room
is another mix of old and new finds with a pedestal
dining table by Michael Taylor topped with a new
lacquer slab and flanked by a giant painting by Philip
Guston, while the master bedroom boasts an oversized,
sandblasted wooden sculptural tree trunk by Michael
Taylor and a silk rug by Tai Ping.
Now, after the 15-month transformation, its
clear Meyer is right at home in his museumlike
artists retreat. He hosted a reception and between
the artwork and views, everyone had an ooh and aah
experience being there, says Booth of the serene space
with views of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. Its
exactly what he wanted it to be. I joke that I could live
here, and if I say that, it means I really love it.

Above: Even the master bath
is a showcase for Meyers
collection, and the view of
the Bay Bridge is beautifully
framed as well. Opposite
page: Original Michael Taylor
chairs reupholstered in a
Rogers & Goffigon cream
linen anchor one side of a
John Boone custom-sized,
glass-topped coffee table. A
rug from The Rug Company
brings a pop of color.

House Party los angeles | Darren Le Gallo Exhibit at Trigg Ison Fine Art

in the know
the Party Artist Darren LeGallo recruited his fiance

Amy Adams and friend Justin Timberlake to co-host the

launch of his Nothing You Dont Know exhibit.
Held at Trigg Ison Fine Art in the West Hollywood
Design District, the evening ditched the traditional
red-carpet rollout in favor of an intimate, well-curated
cocktail party.
the Players Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Amy Adams,
Darren Le Gallo, Dermot Mulroney, Alex Pettyfer,
Virginia Madsen, Timbaland, Adam Shankman
the highlights Talk about a family affair! Jessica Biel
sipped white wine while hubby Timberlake chatted up
his frequent collaborator, Timbaland. (Both musicians
left their suit and tie at home in favor of leather jackets.)
Nearby, Adams kept LeGallo company as he mingled
with producer Adam Shankman. The group nibbled on a
selection of fruit, cheese and caviar while perusing the oil
paintings and drawings on display. Lindzi Scharf

Justin timberlake and Darren le gallo

Trigg Ison and Virginia Madsen

Jessica Biel

Darren LeGallos work on display at Trigg Ison Fine Art

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Tharita Catulle and Dermot Mulroney

photos courtesy of Amy GrAves/WireimAGe

Adam Shankman and Amy Adams

House Party Costa Mesa | DWR Costa Mesa Grand Opening

in sTuDio
The PaRTy Interior designers and those drawn to the

The grand opening of Design Within Reach in Costa Mesa

clean lines and innovative angles of modern furniture

congregated for the opening of Design Within Reachs
newest studio at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa.
The PlayeRs Angela and Jim OBrien, Jeffrey Bernett,
Nicholas Dodziuk, Michelle Goddard, Stephanie
Namba, Valerie Killeen
The highlighTs Guests with an eye for seminal works by
Mies van der Rohe, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen
and Le Corbusier gathered in the 20,000-square-foot
spacethe largest DWR studio in the country
divided into eight hubs containing working, living and
dining environments. The Costa Mesa stores general
manager, Curtis Lee, who welcomed arriving guests and
handed out prizes to lucky raffle winners, said he was
excited to introduce locals to what he called the best in
authentic modern design. Nichol Delgado

Michael Sainato, Koray Duman and Alain Capretz

Valerie Killeen and Jonathan Boyd

photos courtesy of Anne WAtson photogrAphy

Michelle Goddard and Stephanie Namba

Jim and Angela OBrien

Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk

Caitlin Gaffney, Kari Woldum, Jack Schreur and Diana Weichbrodt

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House Party san francisco | Barbara Barry Book Signing at Gumps

Jaleh and Patrick Frechet

Barbara Barry and Nelson Bloncourt

Matt and Saana Baker


Byrdie Keeler and Karen Jones

Marta Benson

Uma Petzke, Karl Petzke and Karin Myint

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Guests mingled on the second floor of Gumps.

whose furniture and accessories have long held a

coveted spot on the second floor at San Franciscos
famed boutique Gumps, held court at the Post Street
retailer while signing copies of her first book, Around
Beauty (Rizzoli).
ThE PlAYERS Marta Benson, David Oldroyd, Nelson
Bloncourt, Suzanna Allen, James Lombardo, Ed
Hardy, Matt and Saana Baker, Patrick Gaughan,
Paivi Kausing, Scott Vurbgess, Richard Finch, Sally
Swing, Roman Krupin, Natasha Khoruzheako, Oleg
Pimenovs, Uma and Karl Petzke
ThE highlighTS Antiquarians and collectors turned out to
greet Barry, who reminded them of her Bay Area ties. I
love being in my hometown where Gumps has been a
landmark and special place for me since my childhood,
she said. Guests got an intimate look at all of Barrys
designs that were brought downstairs for the occasion as
they waited for her to write looping cursive well-wishes
on their copies of her design tome. Cindy Rivas

photos courtesy of Drew Altizer photogrAphy

ThE PARTY Los Angeles interior designer Barbara Barry,

House Party los angeles | A+D Angeleno Event

Mark Picascio and Annalisa Capurro

Courtney Thomas, Dylan Young, Josh Mroczka, Amber Gainey Meade, Laura Johnston and Mike Mousat

Scott Ferguson and Patrick Falls

A MoD, MoD WorLD

photoS courteSy of erik NeldNer photography

The PArTY Angeleno magazine co-sponsored the first of

four events celebrating midcentury design in L.A.,

organized in conjunction with the A+D Architecture
and Design Museum, Los Angeles, and held at the
Sheats-Goldstein residence, a John Lautner masterpiece
in Beverly Hills.
The PLAYers James B. Solomon, Drew Fenton, Frank
Escher, Nick Gronenthal, Lee Harris Nicholson
The hiGhLiGhTs Guests toured the iconic Lautner home
and got an inside view of the Above Horizon skyspace,
designed by artist James Turrell. BMWs including
the Alpina B7, 650xi GC Individual and M6 Gran
Coupe drew double takes, and John Buckingham, Nick
Gronenthal and Sandy McGill spoke to the crowd about
the innovations being pioneered at the Bavarian car
companys headquarters. Rakhee Bhatt

Sean Yashar and Oliver Furth

Nick Gronenthal and John Buckingham

The Sheats-Goldstein residence in Beverly Hills

Jasmine Dashtizad, Kasra Farahani

and Emily Cobb

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House Party san diego | La Jolla Gallery Night

Art AttAck
the PArty The chic galleries of La Jolla join forces once a
month with power openings and mingling during the
villages Artist Walkabout.
the PLAyers Quint Contemporary Art, Madison Gallery,
Joseph Bellow, Scott White
the hIghLIghts Orange County artist James Verbickey
came to town for his opening at Madison Gallery; at
Quint, there was the Troublesome exhibit, featuring oldguard conceptual artists Robert Barry and Mel Bochner.
Meanwhile, at Scott White, artist James Rielly gave a
Walk and Talkwith wine, of course. Gillian Flynn

James and Lauren Verbicky with daughter Isla

Admiring Mel Bochner at Quint Contemporary Art

The crowd at Troublesome at Quint Contemporary Art

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Artist James Rielly at Scott White

A guest peruses the work at Madison Gallery

photography by tim hardy and brian Lockhart

Hang time with Verbickys work

House Party los angeles | L.A. Art Show After-Party at Minotti

Alexis Berman

Max and Parisa Fowles-Pazdro

Arlene and Aida Kai

looking to the Future

photoS courteSy of AndreAS BrAnch photogrAphy

the Party Minotti L.A. and L.A. Art Show joined forces

for an exclusive invite-only after-party, showcasing

contemporary art while raising money for nonprofit
childrens charity Lets Erase the Stigma (LETS).
the Players Raquel and Eric De Lavandeyra, Francisco
George, Rosemary L. Ringwald, Lauren Stone, Jane
Glassman, Andrea Fiuczynski
the highlights More than 400 artists, designers,
collectors and art enthusiasts mingled at Minotti for
the WeHo showrooms fourth annual event supporting
the L.A. Art Show. The night culminated with a silent
auction, during which 27 major artworks raised more
than $10,000 for LETS, preventing teen suicide,
depression, eating disorders and substance abuse. Lets
not wait for another teen suicide, school shooting or
bullying incident, said founder Philippe Fontilea,
addressing the audience. Lets prevent it from
happening in the first place. Gracie Zheng

Inside the L.A. Art Show after-party at Minotti

Mary Ta and Philippe Fontilea

Davide Occhetti with Anna and Roberto Avedano

The Minotti storefront

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House Party san francisco | Girl With a Pearl Earring

Lonna Wais, David Spencer and Erin Glenn

prEtty in pEarLS
thE party Patrons of the arts who share an obsession with Dutch painter
Johannes Vermeer gathered at the de Young in Golden Gate Park to view
one of his most famed paintings at the opening of Girl With a Pearl Earring:
Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis.
thE pLayErS Dede Wilsey, His Excellency Rudolf Bekink, Madame Gabriella
Bekink, Emilie Gordenker, Victor J. E. Moussault, Yurie and Carl
Pascarella, Lonna Wais, Erin Glenn, Susan Crocker, Lucinda Crocker
thE hiGhLiGht Partygoers clad in black tie vied for a look at works from the
Dutch Golden Age including the elegant Vermeer masterpiece that sparked
both a novel and movie in recent years. The hostess, Wilsey, dressed in a
voluminous Oscar de la Renta, presided over the preview of the exhibit
and the dinner that followed, and introduced Mauritshuis Director Emilie
Gordenker, who traveled from The Hague for the opening. In celebration of
the paintings journey to San Francisco, Ghirardelli wrapped chocolates in
an image of the gazing girl with haunting eyes. Gabrielle Harris

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House Party PaLM sPrINGs | Tim Disney Home Tour

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Meara Daly and Alissa Walker

just Deserts
the PArty From home tours of Tim Disneys otherworldly Joshua Tree retreat to
seminars on the evolution of prefab, Blu Homes, the leader in environmentally
friendly homes, showcased the latest developments of its modular green
technology at this years Palm Springs Modernism Week.
the PlAyers Bill Haney, Edward Cella, Amanda Dameron, Marlene Picard, Karl
Daubmann, Sam Lubell, Isaac Muwaswes
the highlights Attendees started the week with an intimate reception at Tim
Disneys Blu Home. Guests sipped on pink Champagne as curators from A+D
Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles exhibition Never Built: Los
Angeles shared stories of visionary projects by legends such as Frank Lloyd
Wright that never made it past the cutting room floor. The site and the
architecture came together in a true desert symphony, said Museum Director
Tibbie Dunbar. Erin Riley

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Marlene Picard and Edward Cella

Maya Bibi and Dana Smith

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Guests enjoyed a daytime reception at the home

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House Party La JoLLa | Estancia Wine Dinner

Guests sipped and mingled at Estancia.

Garrett Busch, Timothy Busch and Armando Fumanelli

Rick and Melinda Hausman

Allison and Phil Kaplan

Pam Devaney and Kerin McGibbin

The PArTy Pacific Hospitality Group, which manages three

top SoCal resorts, teamed up with Trinitas Cellars and
Fumanelli Cellars of Verona, Italy, for an over-the-top
wine dinner.
The scene At the lavish dining table at Estancia in La Jolla,
Timothy Busch, founder and CEO of Pacific Hospitality
Group, toasted the crowd. In addition to Estancia, the
company recently took over the lavish Bacara resort
in Santa Barbara and the stalwart Balboa Bay Club in
Newport Beach. Guests feasted on the ultimate
wine-country-inspired fare courtesy of chef Kimberley
Kramer. GF

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photography by tim king

ToAsT oF The Town

House Party san francisco | Tribal Arts Exhibit

Guests peruse items from

the SFTTA.

The band provided entertainment for attendees of the SFTTA.

Lauren Hall and Richard


TribAl revivAl

photos courtesy of Drew Altizer photogrAphy

The PArTy Antique treasures from all around the world were put on display at

Iwoma Encing and Connie Cormier

Rich Hanif and Elba


The de Young for its 27th annual opening preview gala of the San Francisco
Tribal & Textile Arts show (SFTTA).
The PlAyerS Notable local tribal art collectors Bob Wall and Margaret
Rinkevich were among the honorary chairs at the event, while Gary
Shansby, Barbara Scavullo and Ed Hardy all made appearances as guests.
The highlighTS SFTTA featured more than 15,000 pieces that ranged from
stitched quilts derived from the Indian subcontinent to a collection of
African sculptures. Collectors and art lovers browsed the curated selection
of masks, textiles, sculptures and jewelry, while a jazz band set the mood
for a celebration of of multicultural art. Brandon A. Mancilla



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customization, each furniture piece is born of a close collaboration between
the brand, designers and manufacturers, many of which can be customized
to specifically suit your needs. 701 8th St., San Francisco 415.626.8613 or

RooM & boARd


For more than 30 years, Room & Board has focused on the simple idea that
good design should be beautiful, affordable and long-lasting. They work
closely with American artisans to offer furniture and accessorieseven
custom piecesthat fit the needs of modern life. Theyre proud that 90
percent of the products sold are handcrafted in the US to give customers
the best combination of quality and price. 685 7th St., San Francisco
415.252.9280 or

bAKER KnAPP & Tubbs

uRbAn hARdwoods

BAKER offers furniture, lighting and accessories, ranging from traditional

pieces based on 19th-century European designs to sophisticated, modern
selections crafted by contemporary designers. Endless upholstery options
and complimentary in-home design consultant services are available. 2
Henry Adams St., Suite 410, San Francisco. Find Baker Knapp & Tubbs at the
Pacific Design Center or

To the naked eye, one might see a slab of wood but to the artisans at Urban
Hardwoods that slab of wood offers a canvas for complete imagination.
Trees that would normally be discarded are reincarnated as coffee tables,
benches, desks and other furniture that cant be duplicated. 434 Post St.,
San Francisco 415.397.9663 or

Showcasing curated new and vintage bespoke pieces, Cavalier is a design
resource that offers a sophisticated mix of vintage and contemporary. You
wont find any mass-produced items there, as they strive to provide only
handmade and hand-selected goods for the home along with fine art jewelry.
1035 Post St., San Francisco 415.921.8880 or



From sketch to installation, Bulthaup will assist you through every stage
of your kitchen design project whether you are an architect, designer or
homeowner. Visit their showroom to experience their sleek and sophisticated
designs. They will work with you to create a kitchen that will fit your cooking
and entertaining needs. 290 Townsend St., San Francisco 415.908.0182 or

Jenn-Air makes luxury kitchen appliances known for their sophisticated
design, innovative technology and exceptional performance. Jenn-Air
created the legendary downdraft cooktop and now makes appliances for
the entire kitchen, from powerful professional-style ranges to stylish builtin refrigerators. Take cooking and entertaining to impressive new levels.
800.JENN.AIR (536.6247) or

Purcell Murray offers an abundant selection of sleek, well-crafted kitchen
and bath items. Here youll discover only the best of the best from renowned
brands. Its no wonder theyve been labeled as one of the nations most
successful distributors in this design genre. See website for locations. 185
Park Lane, Brisbane, 800.892.4040; 15400 Graham St., Huntington Beach,
800.294.0644 or

The kitchen is often the heart of the home and SieMatic fosters that belief by
helping you create the perfect kitchen. From beginning to end your SieMatic
consultant will plan your kitchen based on your design desires, exclusively
made for you to suit your culinary and entertaining needs. 235 1st St.,
San Francisco 415.442.0255 or

snAidERo usA
Snaidero USA offers the finest in luxury Italian kitchen cabinetry devised
by internationally acclaimed architects and designers. With a network of 26
showrooms throughout North, South and Central America, the company
remains a leader in environmentally friendly European design and offers
a 10-year guarantee on products. 2658 Bridgeway, Suite 206, Sausalito
415.332.1745 or

sub-zERo woLf showRooM

Take in the latest design trends. Test-drive Sub-Zero and Wolf products
in full-scale kitchens. And talk to the resident experts who help you bring
it all together. Call for an appointment today. Theyre here to make your
dream kitchen a reality. 1755 Rollins Road, Burlingame 650.240.3000 or


Patioworld offers Californias largest selection of premium and exclusive
outdoor furniture and accessories, all in stock and ready for immediate
delivery. Their exquisite showrooms throughout California have a longstanding and well-deserved reputation for delivering the highest quality
products with outstanding customer service. See website for various
locations. 1.888.77.PATIO or

The adorne collection by Legrand makes life simply beautiful, putting
a stylishly smart finishing touch on any project. Turn ordinary to extraordinary
with switches, wall plates, under-cabinet lighting and wireless systems
that bring inspiration to life. 877.295.3472 or

CosEnTino noRTh AMERiCA


Szalon is dedicated to Hungarian and Central European Secessionist, Art
Deco, Bauhaus and Modernist antiques from the first half of the 20th Century.
The complementing REVIVALS LINE features new lighting, casegoods and
carpets inspired by the works of Modernist masters, including Josef Hoffmann
and Lajos Kozma. 910 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 310.657.0089 or

MAdison gALLERy
Under the keen direction of owner Lorna York, this space represents artists
who share her powerful and eloquent vision. Searching the world over,
York uncovers artists whose pieces range from complex, narratively driven,
figurative works to extremes of meditative minimalism. Madison Gallery
is committed to representing emerging, mid-career and internationally
established artists. They offer a complete range of services to both the
lifelong collector and the first-time buyer, including in-home collection
curatorial services, personal collection development and curating, on-site
consultation, virtual previews, international sourcing, and worldwide shipping.
1020 Prospect St., La Jolla 858.459.0836 or

ThE MusEuM of ConTEMPoRARy ART, Los AngELEs (MoCA)

Founded in 1979, MOCAs mission is to be the defining museum of
contemporary art. The institution has achieved astonishing growth with three
Los Angeles locations, more than 10,000 members, a world-class permanent
collection of more than 6,700 works, hallmark education programs and
groundbreaking exhibitions. 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 213.626.6222

Pulse mounts exhibitions of artists of high quality and unique perceptions
who have not yet achieved mainstream visibility with a focus on San Diego
County artists. Pulse augments exhibits with artist talks and expert panels
to deepen understanding and connection between collectors and the work.
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 103, San Diego 619.758.0911 or


Quint Contemporary Art exhibits contemporary paintings, sculptures,
installations, drawings, prints and multimedia works by both emerging
858.454.3409 or
and established artists. 7547 Girard Ave., La Jolla

Owner Ralph Pucci orchestrates a talented team of the most innovative
designers, illustrators, artists and photographers to exhibit and sell
their exclusive work. Pieces are timeless, simple and elegantly crafted.
8687 Melrose Ave., #B203, Los Angeles 310.360.9707 or www.ralphpucci.


Scott White Contemporary Art has developed private and public
collections internationally since 1991. The gallerys shows offer San Diegans
an opportunity to access work from an exclusive selection of artists who
have been featured in acclaimed museums and galleries worldwide.
7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla 858.255.8574 or

Silestone offers the unique combination of built-in antimicrobial product

protection, NSF and Greenguard certifications. This unique combination
of features makes it the perfect surface for countertops, flooring,
backsplashes, vanity tops, tub decks and more. See website for locations.




iMAginings dEsign, inC.

A. TEssELAAR LuxuRy LifEsTyLE & dEsign

Residential and commercial designer Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, creates

unique statements for clients by understanding their personality, family
activities, and personal design needs, along with their hopes and dreams.
Her distinctive and detail-driven visual branding skills and business acumen
have also enhanced the images of a variety of commercial projects.
805 N. Sierra Drive, Beverly Hills 310.276.7939 or

Owner/designer Angela Tesselaars luxe home boutique offers goods that

are refined with an approachable and timeless sensibility including custom
European furniture, exclusive scents and rare artifacts and publications.
278 Beach St.,
Design services are available by appointment only.
Laguna Beach 949.494.0687 or

insPiRATions inTERioR dEsign, inC.
Joanna Barker, ASID, is an award-winning designer and the owner
of Inspirations Interior Design, Inc. She is a California Certified Interior
Designer with more than 20 years of experience, specializing in both
Orange County
residential and hospitality design.

BAKER offers furniture, lighting and accessories, ranging from traditional

pieces based on 19th-century European designs to sophisticated, modern
selections crafted by contemporary designers. Endless upholstery options
and complimentary in-home design consultant services are available. Find
BAKER at the Pacific Design Center as well. 360 N. La Cienega Blvd.,
Los Angeles 310.289.0074 or

KRisTin nugEnT inTERioR dEsign

C. s. wo & sons

Kristin Nugent Interior Design is celebrated for modern interior design that
emphasizes clean lines and careful detailing. The company is founded on
a start-to-finish philosophy, working closely with clients throughout the
project to achieve optimal results. 1112 Montana Ave., Suite 130, Santa Monica
310.880.1500 or

Featuring timeless furniture and home accessories from a variety of designers,

C. S. Wo & Sons offers styles ranging from Asian antiques, contemporary,
tropical and European. 3311 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa

ChRisToPhER guy
sCouT @ quARTERs d
SCOUT is a unique mercantile offering a well-edited collection of furnishings,
fixtures and embellishments for the home, as well as interior decoration,
color consultation and home staging services. 2675 Rosecrans St., San Diego
619.225.9925 or

PACifiC dEsign CEnTER
As the West Coasts leading design resource with more than 100 showrooms,
2,100 product lines and collections, the PDC is the premier destination
for design, art and culture. It is a center for ideas and inspiration for both
prominent and promising designers and design enthusiasts. 8687 Melrose
Ave., West Hollywood 310.657.0800 or

souTh CoAsT CoLLECTion (soCo)

South Coast Collection, affectionately called SoCo, is the only progressive
shopping center of its kind in Orange County. With more than 300,000
square feet (now fully leased!) of design showrooms, boutiques and creative
studios, SoCo offers the latest in a wide variety of trend-setting home
furnishings, design and accessories, as well as many other culinary and
specialty retailers, all in one convenient place. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa
949.760.9150 or

sTonEMiLL dEsign CEnTER

Stonemill Design Center has provided discriminating homeowners
and their design professionals with outstanding resources and service
for more than 30 years. Please visit their website for a complete listing
of design showrooms. 2915 Redhill Ave., Costa Mesa


EvERETT sTunz duxiAnA
Offering the worlds finest beds and bed and bath linens in La Jolla, Everett
Stunz is San Diegos premier linen and bed store. Their beds and linens
are sourced from the finest manufacturers to give customers variety, the
highest quality and the latest designs available. 7616 Girard Ave., La Jolla
858.459.3305 or


Christopher Guy offers award-winning furnishings with modern elegance that

contribute to the beauty of many of the worlds finest interiors. His decorative
furnishings are timeless, a contemporary mood with classic values, which
are renowned characteristics of the designer and this exclusive international
furnishings brand. 8900 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood

ChRisToPhER KEnnEdy
Christopher Kennedy and his products have become synonymous with
vibrant California glamour. Based in Palm Springs and Los Angeles, Kennedy
is best known for restoring homes with Midcentury Hollywood pedigrees.
His furniture line is available at Egg & Dart showrooms in Palm Desert,
Los Angeles and Denver. 2270 S. Caliente Drive, Palm Springs 760.325.3214

divA gRouP
Since its inception in 1985, DIVA GROUP has been the prominent destination
for modern European furniture, lighting and accessories in Southern California.
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, DIVA GROUP houses its collections
in four separate refined showrooms of more than 10,000 square feet.
8801 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 310.278.3191 or

Offering a variety of sophisticated furnishings, you are sure to find the perfect
pieces for your interior needs at Duroque. This West Hollywood standout
has elegant, timeless and unique furniture that will suit any lavish interior
aesthetic you can dream up. 634 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
310.854.4401 or

Eden LAs furniture and interiors are made to order for many types of clients.
Eden LA has a wide selection of in-stock items, but specializes in beautiful
custom interiors. Beauty is a joy to come home to and at Eden LA, your
joy is their business. 11600 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles 310.820.8109

Egg & dART hoME

Boasting the finest home fashion designs, Egg & Dart Home is your best
source to fulfill your design needs. Their beautifully crafted home furnishings,
fabric, wallpaper and lighting products coupled with a remarkable staff

that will aid in bringing your design projects to life make Egg & Dart Home
a must see. 525 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood 310.652.0425 or

Mori sculptural furniture to handcrafted accessories and international and

local paintings and sculptures. Complimentary design services are available.
8936 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 310.278.6851 or

fEndi CAsA

MiTChELL goLd + bob wiLLiAMs

Staying true to its fashion roots, Fendi Casas collection offers every piece
imaginable to create a complete, couture home environment, including
sofas, armchairs, chaise lounges, beds, dining and coffee tables, lighting,
accessories, and more. 308 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood 310.854.1008

They are on a mission to make the world a more comfortable placefor

everyone. Shop the Signature Store in Santa Ana to peruse their collection
for the home that spans from traditional to modern. Many items are in stock
for quick delivery. 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana 714.389.9300 or www.

gRACE hoME fuRnishings


This Brentwood Village gem boasts their own line of custom furniture as
well as elegant lighting and accessories. A unique point of view lends itself
to their interior design services, which are effortlessly elegant without
sacrificing comfort. 11632 Barrington Court, Los Angeles 310.476.7176 or

Poliform, a luxury contemporary furniture company, has provided high

quality interior products made exclusively in Italy since 1970. Starting from
wardrobes and day systems, Poliform differentiated its products to day and
night furniture and kitchens for all residential interior needs. Poliform LA
provides full turn-key design services to retail and trade clients. 8818 Beverly
Blvd., West Hollywood 310.271.7836 or

GRAYE is the exclusive Southern California dealer for premium Italian brands
Living Divani and Porro. They invite you to visit their showroom, in the heart
of Los Angeles, and view their entire collection. 316 S. Robertson Blvd.,
Los Angeles 310.385.7872 or

The Helms Bakery District is a Los Angeles historical destination with awardwinning restaurants, a unique collection of design and home furnishings
stores, and simply a perfect place to meet with friends. This landmark
building nestled in the heart of West Los Angeles is easy to get to and
located just one block east of the new Expo line. Visit today for a day of
food, furniture and fun. 8758 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 310.204.1865 or

hoLd iT ConTEMPoRARy hoME

Shoppers have their pick from dozens of brands from around the globe at
Hold It Contemporary Home. Their modern furnishing options include pieces
for nearly every room of your home. Expert design consultants are also on
hand to guide you from choosing a style to purchasing. 1570 Camino de la
Reina, San Diego 619.295.6660 or

hoLLy hunT
With showrooms across the United States, design entrepreneur Holly Hunt
produces a large collection of modern furniture, textiles, rugs, lighting and
outdoor furniture. In addition, Holly Hunt Showrooms represent the best in
luxury designer collections. 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite B-377, Los Angeles
310.659.3776 or

Rapport International Furniture has been a landmark for contemporary
furnishings fashion for 65 years. Rapport is innovative, stylish and the ultimate
in contemporary furniture. When you walk through the doors you will be
welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable design associate and discover a
variety of styles, colors and textures to suit your preference. 435 N. La Brea
Ave., Los Angeles 323.930.1500 or

RoChE bobois
Roche Bobois, a leader in European high-end furniture, has always been
in a class of its own. Known for its high quality, European know how and
customization, each furniture piece is born of a close collaboration between
the brand, designers and manufacturers, many of which can be customized
to specifically suit your needs. 8850 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood,
310.274.6520; 3060 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.1422; 7611 Girard Ave., La
Jolla, 858.459.0297 or

RooM & boARd

For more than 30 years, Room & Board has focused on the simple idea that
good design should be beautiful, affordable and long-lasting. They work
closely with American artisans to offer furniture and accessorieseven
custom piecesthat fit the needs of modern life. Theyre proud that 90
percent of the products sold are handcrafted in the US to give customers
the best combination of quality and price. 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana,
714.549.5995; 8707 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.736.9100
or www.

RooM sERviCE
jonAThons CoAsTAL Living
Founded in 2001, Jonathons Coastal Living is Orange Countys
premier showroom for lavish home furnishings, beautiful custom
permanent botanicals, hand-forged lighting fixtures and fine home gifts.
18305 Euclid St., Fountain Valley 714.434.0110 or

Located in the hip La Jolla Village, this designer showroom is filled with
timeless, classic furniture for every room in your home. Their team of
designers can create custom pieces and deliver them within four to six
weeks. The showroom is a favorite stop by locals and designers alike.
7509 Girard Ave., La Jolla 858.459.9005 or

MinoTTi Los AngELEs

Minotti Los Angeles complements their own line of chic, contemporary
Italian furniture with select collections from other designers. Expect to find
everything from unique Venini and Lolli e Memmoli chandeliers and Mauro

The Room Service stores convey the essence of modern living, offering
clean, modern furnishings and accessories. Room Service is proud to design
and build all custom furnishings right here in California, and they offer
design services and can customize your dream piece. 5901 W. 3rd St., Los
Angeles, 323.692.9221; 401 Newport Center Drive, #A207, Newport Beach,
949.759.1606 or

uRbAn hARdwoods
To the naked eye, one might see a slab of wood but to the artisans at Urban
Hardwoods that slab of wood offers a canvas for complete imagination. Trees
that would normally be discarded are reincarnated as coffee tables, benches,
desks and other furniture that cant be duplicated. 741 N. La Cienega Blvd.,
Los Angeles 424.204.9802 or

visions in ConTEMPoRARy Living

Tired of furniture stores that offer more of the same? Visions In Contemporary
Living is a furniture store that offers more style, more design and more
energy. Showcasing unique and exclusive designs from the best of European
and American designers at affordable prices. 3323 Hyland Ave., Suite J,
Costa Mesa 714.432.8400 or



certified kitchen and bath designers. 23811 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 139,
Laguna Niguel 949.448.9627 or

gEARys bEvERLy hiLLs

sAn diEgo hARdwARE

As a Beverly Hills tradition for almost 85 years, GEARYS has assembled

an unrivaled collection of the finest luxury brands from around the world
including an unsurpassed collection of fine china, crystal, silver and gifts as
well as some of the most sought after names in fine jewelry and watches.
GEARYS Beverly Hills (Flagship Store), 351 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills
310.273.4741 or

Le Dimora is proud to annouce the addition of Le Dimora Alfresco,
a 3,000-square-foot addition to their current showroom featuring the
latest and greatest in outdoor furniture, area rugs, draperies, artwork and
accessories. Theyre also open on Sundays from 10AM to 2PM during Farmers
Market hours. 16089 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe 858.759.2709


Carter Hardware is the premier destination for decorative hardware and
plumbing in the western United States and has recently added lighting.
Their mission is to present unique product solutions and a superior client
experience. They also offer custom plumbing and hardware capabilities and
refinishing services. 153 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.657.1940 or

hoLLywood siERRA KiTChEns

From concept to completion, Hollywood Sierra Kitchens offers personalized
service for your kitchen remodeling project, meeting and exceeding your
functional and aesthetic needs by offering a wide selection of fine custom
cabinetry and design services. 926 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
310.659.9290 or

inPLACE sTudio
Inplace Studio, based in La Jolla, designs and creates distinctive kitchens
for discriminating homeowners. Inplace has demonstrated its passion for
award-winning design, sensible functionality, and precision craftsmanship
for more than 12 years. Cabinet brands represented include Wood-Mode and
SieMatic, among others. 7739 Fay Ave., La Jolla 858.454.7397 or www.

KiTChEn ExPo
With 35 years of experience and an incredible selection of the finest quality
cabinets, this comprehensive kitchen and bath studio can decorate your
entire home. They offer unique cabinetry designed by owner Rick Fahmie,
known for his serpentine kitchen with curves. 7458 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla
858.456.0050 or

MonTAnARi gRouP
Montanari Group is a purveyor of all things sleek and contemporary for
the kitchen, bath and beyond. Ernestomeda Italian Kitchens Design, Rifra
Bathrooms Design, Laurameroni and Walk-in Closets are on display at the
Pacific Design Center showroom in Los Angeles. Pacific Design Center, 8687
Melrose Ave., Suite G281, Los Angeles 310.659.5348 or www.montanarigroup.

In the same family since 1892, San Diego Hardware has one of the largest
selections of decorative hardware in the country. Now with added space
for inventory, San Diego Hardware has everything you need to make your
project unique. 5710 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego 858.576.1892 or www.

snAidERo usA
Snaidero USA offers the finest in luxury Italian kitchen cabinetry devised
by internationally acclaimed architects and designers. With a network of 26
showrooms throughout North, South and Central America, the company
remains a leader in environmentally friendly European design and offers a
10-year guarantee on products. 372 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
310.657.5497 or

snydER diAMond
Family-owned since 1949, Snyder Diamond showrooms have become
recognized worldwide for featuring the very latest styles in decorative plumbing,
fine hardware and built-in appliances. From traditional to contemporary and
everything in between, they have all you need to enhance your projects sense
of personal style, luxury and convenience. 1399 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica
310.450.1000 or

sub-zERo woLf showRooM

Take in the latest design trends. Test-drive Sub-Zero and Wolf products in
full-scale kitchens. And talk to the resident experts who help you bring it all
together. Call for an appointment today. Theyre here to make your dream
kitchen a reality. 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite L-3, Costa Mesa 657.269.5874 or


hAusERs PATio
With more than 50 years of experience, Hausers Patio has provided quality
outdoor furniture to San Diego and surrounding areas. Whether your project
is for residential or commercial clients, Hausers Patio has the expertise and
resources needed to aid you in completing your exterior design project.
1180 Morena Blvd., San Diego 619.275.4770 or

LAgunA nuRsERy
An eclectic wonderland of plants and artifacts are on the menu at Laguna
Nursery. Director Ruben Flores offers a unique combination of plants, gifts,
art, fountains, furniture and more. Exquisite gift baskets of rare pastas,
sauces and candles are also available. 1370 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
949.494.5200 or

As Californias largest seller of A-grade teak furniture, Teak Warehouse has
been distributing teak patio furniture in the United States for more than 24
years, shipping both locally and nationwide to residential and commercial
customers alike. They are known for their high-end design and style at
wholesale-priced affordability. 2653 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach
800.343.7707 or


The talented designers and expert installers at Roomscapes focus on design
and construction details. Theyre also members of the National Kitchen &
Bath Association, an ASID Industry Partner, and have a staff that includes


ELEvAToR bouTiquE
Give your new or existing home the wow factor while enhancing your quality
of life and adding value. Contemporary, custom glass elevators and shafts

combine sophisticated styling with the latest technologies. Experience their

amazing showroom of award-winning, Italian-designed, luxury home elevators
for inspiration that moves you. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite
B-110, West Hollywood 855.326.8847 or

souTh CoAsT PLAzA

One of the most important luxury shopping destinations in the world,
South Coast Plaza prides itself on offering the finest shopping experience
possible. Year-round events from wine tastings to holiday celebrations
to fundraisers offer incentive to just come and enjoy. 3333 Bristol St.,
Costa Mesa or


AjA Rugs
AJA Rugs offers the finest Persian and Oriental rugs along with a staff that
is passionate, knowledgeable and driven to assist and educate you on your
investment. Theyre happy to help you find the right rug for your space.
955 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.0333; 7509 Girard Ave., La Jolla,
858.459.9007; 143 S. Cedros Ave., Suite E, Solana Beach, 858.523.9570

LisTonE gioRdAno hARdwood fLooRs


ThE AgEnCy
The Agency is a full-service, luxury real estate brokerage representing clients
worldwide in a broad spectrum of classes, including single-family residential,
new development, resort and hospitality, residential leasing, luxury vacation
rental, and property management. 228 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills
424.230.3700 or

Catherine and Jason Barry are one of the nations top-selling luxury
real estate teams, ranking No. 1 in San Diego in the Top Teams by Sales
Volume published by the Wall Street Journal for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.
Catherine and Jason continue to represent the sellers and buyers of the most
exceptional properties in San Diego County. 6024 Paseo Delicias, Suite A,
Rancho Santa Fe 858.756.4024 or

Listone Giordano, created by Margaritelli, the world-renowned leader

in meticulously crafted premium Italian wood since 1904, represents an
enduring commitment to quality, innovation and fine Italian craftsmanship
that you simply cannot find anywhere else. 8923 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
310.273.3300 or

ouTRAgEous Rugs
With more than 5,000 rugs in stock, every style from traditional
to contemporary to transitional is represented here. Custom sizes and
shapes are available at a price point for every project and budget.
7126 Miramar Road, San Diego 858.536.9118 or

ThE Rug CoMPAny

The Rug Company is internationally recognized as the leading name for
contemporary handmade rugs. Their design studio collaborates with
some of the worlds most inspirational designers to create timeless, original
pieces. They also offer a bespoke service for any special requirements.
8202 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 323.653.0303 or

Montezuma Properties has a single-minded focus on providing the most
comprehensive resource for San Diego Real Estate information. From
the latest properties for sale to thorough analysis of current market
conditions and trends, Montezuma Properties is your go-to portal
for everything in San Diego. 1299 Prospect St., La Jolla 858.864.8741 or

PACifiC soThEbys inTERnATionAL REALTy

Pacific Sothebys International Realty has the advantage of a global network
accessing a far-reaching qualified client base. They truly understand
that a home, regardless of price, reflects the incalculable value of the
619.269.2266 or
life within. 2850 Womble Road, Suite 102, San Diego


gEosCAPE, inC.
Geoscape is one of the leading design/build firms in Southern California.
Adopting style influences from around the world, John Shippy creates oneof-a-kind architectural landscapes that truly capture the personality and
style of his clients. 949.888.8008 or

wATERPoinTE CusToM hoMEbuiLdERs, inC.

From identifying and acquiring the site, coordinating the architectural,
planning and permitting process to the finer details of the interior design
and finishes, they handle it all. Their proven method of precise scheduling
reduces building timeframes and allows you to move into your new home
faster and at a price that you never imagined. 210 Marine Ave., Suite D,
Newport Beach 949.644.8900 or

CosEnTino noRTh AMERiCA
Silestone offers the unique combination of built-in antimicrobial product
protection, NSF and Greenguard certifications. This unique combination
of features makes it the perfect surface for countertops, flooring,
backsplashes, vanity tops, tub decks and more. See website for locations.

Tuo sogno: dREAM suRfACEs showRooM

Tuo Sogno is an architectural surfaces showroom and distributor of the
design industrys finest products. From Bisazza glass mosaic to the exclusive
Alex Turco Waterproof Art Panels, Tuo Sogno will bring your dream project
to reality with their full designer services, fabrication and installation.
7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla 858.459.4123 or


The pursuit of symmetry and harmony; disciplined shapes both linear and
soft; lines that are elegant and minimalistic; bathed and layered in luxurious,
sophisticated textiles sensuous to the touchall are recognizable hallmarks
of Armani/Casa. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite G170,
Los Angeles 310.358.0901 or




The New Girl

Tastemaker Tyler Dawson brings San Fran chic to SoCal.
By Jenn Thornton | Photography by Tim Melideo

Tyler Dawson in her
new Venice digs

Whats old is new again for interior-designerabout-town Tyler Dawson, who is planting
her flag in SoCal after spending five years
in San Francisco. While there, she launched
Tyler Dawson Design (
and helmed projects that put shelter mags like
House Beautiful on notice.
Donning her DIY hat, Dawson
repurposed furniture from her San Francisco
abode to freshen up her new nest in Venice.
The challenge is that this place is completely
differentarchitecturally, environmentally
than our SF home, she confesses. Pieces
that looked perfectly natural there feel fussy
in Venice. Nothing a little paint cant fix.
Dawson is using the interior cure-all to
tie design elements together in a new way,
incorporating contemporary art pieces and
lightweight, natural textiles like linen and
sisal to achieve what she dubs a more beachsuitable vibe.
Adapting is something Dawson knows
innately, having shuttled between Northern
and Southern California most of her life.
She picked up her love of decorating from
her maternal forebears, and an appreciation
for construction from their paternal
counterpartsa storybook footnote for
someone who built her own business, if
somewhat circuitously. Dawson worked for
Natasha Esch Design in L.A. before defecting
to New York, where she studied art history
at Columbia University, then graduated to
acclaim in the Windy City.
Now, Dawson brings her moody and
layered aesthetic to SoCal. In Venice, which
Dawson describes as easygoing, but with an
edge, the tastemaker has found the ultimate
incubator for her eclectic design ethos, which
calls for mixing styles and eras with found
objects, the use of metallic accents, and
unusual color and pattern combinations.
Although a ladylike apartment in
Beverly Hills, a family residence in Studio
City and her own at-home studio at the beach
are all on Dawsons to-do docket, shes got
projects worldwide, too. Im working on
getting an inventory of vintage furniture,
lighting and home accessories up and
running on One Kings Lane.

Wash-and-go hair, serpentine accessories
and motifs, open-mindedness, scrappy rescue
dogs, hand-painted wallcoverings and
fabrics, dive bars

Bad manners (especially at the dinner
table), hoarding, matchy-matchy outfits and
interiors, the 405
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Spring 2013


Carlos Gutierrez | Jeannete Lizarraga


Carlos Gutierrez is a licensed Realtor

with Prudential California Realty
DRE #01507102


Jeannete Lizarraga is a Senior Mortgage Banker

with AmeriFirst Financial, Inc.
NMLS #288282



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