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I’m Back…



statesman.png-001In case you noticed, I’ve been MIA on Design*ByProxy, pretty much the whole summer. Well, I’m back now and I’m want to play a little catch up.  It’s been a summer of music festivals, traveling in Europe, and a few unfortunate events that had to do with the family pets.

Before I went MIA I did attend a few events.  One was a cocktail party in celebration of The Elder Statesman and The Webster Miami’s T-shirt collaboration.  The Elder Statesman is a Los Angeles based luxury lifestyle label founded in 2007 by Greg Chait. Specializing in high end cashmere goods, Greg’s line includes items for men, women, kids, accessories and items for the home like blankets and pillows.

The party was cool, with the likes of Balthazar and Rosetta Getty, Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers and designer Magda Berliner, most sipping on the free tequila and conversations centered around Coachella that was happening the following weekend.

images via: BFA, tmagazine and the Elder Statesman

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

Brody House

brody 4image via c-home by Jim Bartsch

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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.


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.


Inspiration : : Luis Barragán

Casa Luis Barragan




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LUIS BARRAGAN (1902-1988) was one of Mexico’s most influential 20th century architects. Famed for his mastery of space and light, he reinvented the International Style as a colourful, sensuous genre of Mexican modernism. ~designmuseum

Visit here to find out more about Barragán’s landscape design and architecture.

For Sale…


5121_1 5121 Lloyd Wright’s Sowden Residencein Los Feliz. Recognized as one of the Architects most important works with extensive use of textile block creating the iconic Mayan style facade. The home reflects Wright’s philosophies as a landscape architect, emphasizing the elements of nature in an open floor plan where every room communicates via the central courtyard. Extensive restorations from 2002-09 by Xorin Balbes, the home now accommodates modern living while preserving the Architects master work. ~movoto

See listing here.


Home in Cologne



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I’ve had this article from NY open on a tab on my computer for like a month.  Not really knowing what to do with it, until now.  I want to share it with you.

It’s the home of Mike Meiré “the German artist and art director, whose clients include companies like Dornbracht, Mini and Artek as well as…magazines like 032c, Garage and Kid’s Wear. His apartment, is on the fourth floor of a turn-of-the-century building in Cologne’s Belgian Quarter“.  He lives here with his wife,  Michelle Elie, a jewelry designer and their two sons.  It’s such a fab space.  A little too much stuff for my taste, but still love it and the art none the less.

See the full article and more pics here.


Apartamento Issue #10

Apartamento Issue #10 is on SALE now.  Inside you’ll find an interview by Patrick of Mondo Cane of Coverboy/Designer Jim Walrod and pics of his 2000 sq. ft space he shares with his wife Mara located at the back of a hardware store in Chinatown NYC.  Also a conversation between 3 Set Decorators/Production designers from Los Angeles : Claudette Didul (Mad Men), Coryander Friend (Beginners) , and K.K. Barrett (Where the Wild Things Are) that David John of You Have Been Here Sometime Before design blog, helped to produce.

This issue also features: Esther Mahlangu, Yorgos Lanthimos, Witold Rybczynski, Ai Weiwei, Christophe Lemaire & Sarah-Linh Tran, Lisa Larson, Devonté Hynes, Edward Colver, David Toro & Solomon Chase, Tauba Auerbach, Ken Garland, Rachel Korine, Juan Stoppani, Ola Rindal, Elein Fleiss, Jasper Morrison, Juergen Teller, Marlene Marino, Nico Krijno, Jeremy Liebman, Till Sperrle, Thea Slotover, With a portfolio by Aurora Altisentand.

If you want to get your hands on it, use the store locator here to help find a shop near you.