Category: Architecture

Wright presents The Four Seasons


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Wright Auctions presents The Four Seasons, a special auction featuring the furniture and designed tableware and objects from the iconic restaurant’s historic interior. The event will take place at The Four Seasons in New York on July 26, 2016.

Designed in 1959 by Philip Johnson for Mies van der Rohe’s landmark Seagram building on Park Avenue in Manhattan, The Four Seasons has become one of the most important and recognizable International Style interior spaces in the world. On July 16th, The Four Seasons is closing its present location in order to open in a newly designed location thus beginning a new chapter for the legendary restaurant.

While the interior space is landmarked – the famous bar, sculpture and curtains will all remain intact – the designed furniture, tableware and objects will be offered at auction in the extraordinary one day event to take place in the original interior. Featuring approximately 500 lots, the sale will include works by Mies van der Rohe and Hans Wegner as well as custom designs by Philip Johnson and special-ordered Knoll furniture. The tableware and cookware designed by L. Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable will also be offered.

Wright will publish a special catalog documenting the history of this seminal interior with additional information available online in the coming weeks.

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LA Design Festival is a citywide Design Event starting now continuing through June 14th. Events include Marmol Radziner Studio Tour, award-winning firm known for its innovative design approach and expertise in architecture, construction, interior design, landscape design, furniture design, and jewelry design,  River Makers Bash; an outdoor event on Mission Street by the LA River,   Intro LA at Mack Sennett studios in Silver Lake  showcasing local and contract firms,  a solo exhibition for Arik Levy, the Israeli born and Paris-based artist and designer at Please Do Not Enter, 549 S Olive Street,  as well as City Design Tours that cover design studios in Inglewood, Historic Downtown LA, and the Arts District, Chinatown and Olvera Street.

Many, many more events are scheduled and can be discovered here.

For Sale : : Edward H. Fickett




This Midcentury Modern home designed by Edward H. Fickett in 1959 is for sale in Bel Air. The open floor plan home has 4 bedrooms/3 baths and boasts both city and mountain views.

Presented by Deasy/Penner & Partners, is listed at $2.495 million.

See more here.

For Sale : : Richard Neutra’s Kun House




In 2007,  Gerald Casale of DEVO purchased  Neutra’s Kun House in the Hollywood Hills for 2 million dollars.  He has spent the last 7 years restoring the 1,732 square feet of living space on three-and-a-half stories, keeping to many of the original details, but adding modern conveniences.

Located in Hollywood Hills West the property boasts tons of windows, fabulous views and even an outdoor meditation area.  It’s listed at 3.5 million and is presented by Aaron Kirman of Aaroe Estates, the luxury properties division of John Aaroe Group.

~images by Berlyn Photography via la times

Home of Ray Kappe

Check out one of my favorites:  Architect and educator Ray Kappe’s 4,000-square foot modern home made of concrete, redwood, and glass located in the hills of LA’s Rustic Canyon.

~via Nowness as part of their In-Residence video series.

Brody House

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1-matisse-ceramic-in-brody_s-courtyardLa Gerbe installed in Brody residence. Photo courtesy the archives of Frances L. Brody, now at LACMA.

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.

You can view the original article posted in C Home here.

Desert Rentals

Arthiur Elrod1962 Author Elrod’s Personal Estate

california-contemporarydream(kreissestate)-5Palm Springs Contemporary

palmspring-twinpalmssinatra-1E. Stewart Williams designed , 1947 Twin Palms Sinatra Estate

california-collinshideaway-27Collins Hideaway located on Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs

So you have your tickets, but have you figured out where you’re staying?  Interested in renting a dope pad for Coachella weekend that you and your friends can come back to chill out at?  Well, I came across a few available to rent via Luxury Retreats.

More info here.


Aesop Design




I’m quite taken with the design of the Aesop Signatur-Store, Berlin spotted in Architectural Digest – German Edition.  The green scape of tiles used make a stunning abstract backdrop to the simple dark bottles of the Australian skincare brand.

Each Aesop store interior from Melbourne, New York, Paris, Hong Kong and beyond are designed by architects around the world keeping each design different from the other…no two are the same.  Dennis Paphitis, Aesop founder explains why in an exclusive interview in DezeenIt wasn’t so hard to respectfully consider each space individually, consider the customer, the context and to bring a little joy into the conversation.”

In Taipei “we needed to work with a local Taiwanese architect on the first store there. And that just got me thinking about the kind of assault on the streetscape that retailers inflict through the ordinary course of mindless business, the idea that one size would so often be forced to fit all. It wasn’t so hard to respectfully consider each space individually, consider the customer, the context and to bring a little joy into the conversation….Architecturally our criteria is always to try and work with what is already there and to weave ourselves into the core and fabric of the street, rather than to impose what we were doing…

I’m personally more comfortable with under-designed looking design, if that makes sense, or design that dissolves and recedes rather than screams ‘look how clever I am’.” ~Dezeen 

Please visit Dezeen  for a look at other Aesop store designs from around the world and to read the whole interview.

~images via AD

The House of Neutra


Really lovely video from New York Times: The House of Neutra.  Designer and writer David Netto takes a tour of  Richard Neutra’s own architectural studio and home located in Silver Lake, California.  In the video, Netto points out  Neutra’s special ability to design a space meshing  architecture and nature together that beautifully blurs the line between the two.