Architect A. Quincy Jones’ designed the Brody House in 1949. The Brody’s, the original owners, were well known patrons of modern art. Jones’ modern architectural vision housed the couple’s extraordinary collection of art, including works by Picasso, Braque, Giacometti, Calder, and Moore.
When Frances L. Brody died in 2009, she gifted the 2000-pound ceramic, La Gerbe by Matisse to LACMA. The couple had commissioned Matisse in 1952 to create the piece and in 1954, after the artist’s death, the 15 section wall was shipped to Los Angeles and installed in what Frances L. called “the heart of our home”.
Purchased two decades ago for 24.95 million, , designer/restorer Stephen Stone has tweaked little and updated the property with modern conveniences like installing black-steel windows and adding heat and central air. Stone also kept many of the original decorator William Haines‘ interior design ideas in the home, but mixed them with contemporary influences and pieces.
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