Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Designer Nest Without Persing View

Calling all t-shirt-wearing bachelors!  This mid-century modern architectural delight nested in The Birds area of 90069 built in 1953, boasts beautiful detailing and privacy.  The 1 bedroom / 1.75 bath home is located at 1432 Oriole Dr, 90069.  Public record shows the house has 2,535sf of living space.  It also shows the home was once a 2 bedroom. 
1432 Oriole Dr, 90069
The listing comes back to market from taking some time off as a rental, with a $3,750,000 designer price tag for this nest above the Sunset Strip!  

 The listing boasts gated privacy on approximately 1/3 acre (approx. 15,750) of usable land.
The seller is also listing the architectural home as a rental for $14,500/month.  In 1996, you could have rented for $5,000.
The clean and beautiful lines of this home keep the space open and full of diffused light through the walls of glass.  The home centers around the outdoors and pool area.  There really isn't anything view-wise up there, but your compound provides tons of natural settings and garden areas. 
The lighting above the sink adds such a beautiful architectural plane to the space.  The kitchen has poured cement floors, walls of glass and direct access to the dining area.
I like this perspective as it features the resources of this building: glass, cement, wood and stone. 
Wet bar and wood burning fireplace are featured in the living space.  Recessed lighting and incredible sound system complement the bachelor lifestyle.  Time to get sexy, folks.
The master bedroom or should I just say, the bedroom is spacious, light and bright.  A second wood-burning fireplace is located in the bedroom along with direct access to the pool area through the walls of glass.
 The light during the day is absolutely lovely. 
Stand back Stevie Nicks because this bathroom and walk-in closet are beyond spacious and roomy.  Handsome and clean.  Just what you want in a bathroom.  With a wet area including floor to ceiling glass that reveals the outdoors and garden provide you zen.

With plenty of outdoor area for entertaining, it's time to fire up the bachelor pad and start living the mid-century modern lifestyle.
The home was originally purchased May 1998 for $875,000.  Quite an investment in appreciation on this mid-century modern listing courtesy of Jonah Wilson, H&H.  It first hit market back in March 2009 at $4,995,000.

Steve Ward
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Let the Solar Shine!

Designed by architect, Volker Traub in 1961, The Warshawsky Residence is now being offered at a very reasonable price for this 2 bedroom / 2 bath mid-century modern home for sale at 2433 Solar Dr, 90046.  In over 1,452sf of living space, you can enjoy the serene landscape of Runyon Canyon with walls of glass leading to the outdoors and a private ridge top garden.  
2433 Solar Dr, 90046

Recognized by Dr. Thomas Hines for making a significant contribution to the Neutra office, Traub has, in the Neutra tradition, masterfully sited the home to capture dramatic city & valley vistas. 
The living area is spacious, light and bright.  The dark stained hardwood floors have been laid in a herringbone pattern, while the fireplace separates the living area from the dining area. 
The wood paneling in the dining area makes the mid-century modern statement with built-in cabinets and drawers.  You have direct access to the kitchen through the doorway.

The kitchen is in need of appliances.  Other than that, you are good to go!  Other areas of the house need much more love and care. 
 I kinda dig this wallpaper in one of the bedrooms.
Talk about a view!  The question is just how many others are trying to enjoy it?  It is Runyon Canyon, after all...
Being that this is a foreclosed home, there are many things that need attention.  Don't be fooled though, with a little TLC, this place will come back to life in no-time!

  The home has a 2-car carport.
Currently listed at $799,990 and the property rests on 5,600sf of land atop a ridge overlooking Hollywood.  Listing courtesy of Robert Walters, Lel Prp, MLS 11-569585.
Steve Ward
Realtor®, SFR®
Mid-Century Modern Architecture Specialist
Keller Williams Realty - Los Feliz
DRE Lic #01871422
213.305.8537 direct
MODCOM - LA Conservancy Modern Committee

Mid-Century Modern California at LACMA

Among more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California taking part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980” exhibiting the influences in design from Southern California artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) does it’s part with the current exhibition displayed through Sunday, June 3, 2012.  I highly recommend visiting the museum’s Resnick Pavilion to view the latest installation, “California Design,1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” which explores the influences our state had in shaping the material culture of the country during the mid-century, as California symbolized the good life in America. 

Charles and Ray Eames,  DCW (dining chair wood)

This exhibition is the first major study of California mid-century modern design. With objects—furniture, ceramics, metalwork, film, jewelry, fashion and textiles, architectural drawings, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. Organized into four thematic areas, the exhibition aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that is incorporated into the exhibition’s title: California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions…It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way."  Dedicated to specific areas of focus, the exhibit is broken up into “Shaping Modern California”, “Making California Modern”, “Living California Modern”, Selling California Modern”.

The exhibit explains “in the boom economy of the 1920s, California experiences extraordinary population growth.  As aerial views of Los Angeles demonstrate, millions of new denizens flocked to the state’s urban areas.  All these people needed housing and furnishings: the “Shaping: section focuses on the 1930s because that is when buildings and their contents started to be made in modern ways and in modern styles, even ones on-the-go like the Wally Byam industrial designed Airstream.  In his backyard, the lawyer-turned "How-to" guru Angeleno created his first "Airstream Clipper"  which would become the model to follow for designs to come.

By the onset on World War II, homes and their furnishings were characterized by a particular kind of modernism rooted in California culture and conditions.  The general qualities associated with the state (optimism and democracy, fearless experimentation, and a love of new technology) and those specific to design (an affinity for light and brilliant color, an openness to Asian and Latin influences, and an advocacy of fluid spaces and cross-disciplinary approaches) made California’s best products distinctive.

Richard Neutra, Kaufmann House, 1946
While championing new technologies, innovative materials, and simplified geometric forms, California modernists retained the individuality of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement, the sense of being particular to a place, and a connection to nature.  In contrast to the stern moral dictates of the European international Style, a more humanistic modernism emerged here, one that fully embraced comfort and leisure, and responded directly to the environment.”

After 1945 a burgeoning, newly prosperous population—intoxicated by the power to purchase after the deprivation years of the Great Depression and the wartime rationing of goods—turned the state into America’s most important center for progressive architecture and furnishings. This exhibition explores how the California of our collective imagination—a democratic utopia where a benign climate permitted life to be led informally and largely outdoors— was translated into a material culture that defined an era.  The show features more than 350 works by leading designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra.
Detail "California Design 10"
Work was collected from various museums and personal collections to create this exhibit.  One of the works on loan from the Pasadena Art Museum (Norton Simon Museum) was an exhibition catalogue from 1968 by designer Robert Ellis.  “California Design 10” was just one of the many catalogues produced to showcase design exploring new advances in technology and design in community-planning approaches as well as in industrial design methods.  It is a catalog from the last exhibit held at the Pasadena Art Museum before moving in its entirety up-state for the new California Exhibition  that ran from July 1-September17, 1968.  "The Guide to the California Collection" catalogs ran from 1955-1984 with archives found at the Oakland Museum of California. 
Detail "California Design 10"
The “California Design 10” catalogs, three in total, are packed with juicy renderings and photos of mid-century modern design and architecture in the triennial survey of the best California had to offer.  Below is a snapshot of one of the inside sections entitled, “Atomville, USA” conceived in 1950.  “The Atomic Age with its high technology of electronics, engineering, communications and transportations, has placed a new burden on us to upgrade our cities and our installations which have been and still are being planned on the last-century concepts.”  The homes and factories created through this movement were designed primarily for a nuclear attack, “Primarily, Atomville gives our people and our production facilities protection from atomic attack.  This undeniable, as primitive versions of this construction have already been endorsed in certain types of installations such as warehouses where weaponry is stored, shelters for the President of the United States, and for Pentagon leaders.”
Opco Company, Ice Gun, c. 1935
Other fun and exciting objects of design included a whacky ice crushing device.  Meet form and function working together: The Ice Gun!  Created in 1935 for a post-prohibition hungry public where the cocktail bar served more than a cocktail, but an array of bar tools with a modern flair. 

Overall, the exhibit is a fantastic overview of the attributes of creatives in California that left a major impact on how we communicated with culture.

The exhibition is organized by Wendy Kaplan, Curator and Department Head, and Bobbye Tigerman, Assistant Curator, of LACMA's Decorative Arts and Design Department.

Check out this free app for iPad and iPhone includes:
  • Access to original video interviews with California Designers.
  • Superb high-resolution images of more than 100 highlights.
  • An interactive map featuring notable locations in the history of California midcentury design.
  • An essay from the curators about the making of the exhibition.
Related Pacific Standard Time Exhibitions Now Open
The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945–1985 Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens | huntington.org

The Golden State of Craft: California 1960–1980
Craft and Folk Art Museum | cafam.org

Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design MAK Center | @makcenter.org

Eames Designs
A+D Museum Opens | aplusd.org

Indoor Ecologies: The Evolution of the Eames House Living Room
Eames House Foundation | eamesfoundation.org

In Words and Wood: Sam Maloof, Bob Stocksdale, and Ed Moulthrop
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts | malooffoundation.org

San Diego’s Craft Revolution—From Post-War Modern to California Design Mingei International Museum | mingei.org

Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California, 1945–1975
American Museum of Ceramic Art | amoca.org

Friday, November 18, 2011

"EAMES: The Architect and The Painter" Doc Released

"EAMES: The Architect and The Painter" released today in limited theaters.  Directed by Bill Jersey, this 1 hour 23 minute feature documentary is narrated by James Franco.  For those of us in Los Angeles, we have it up on one screen at the moment over at Laemmle's Music Hall 3, Beverly Hills.  The smart and cohesive film looks at the accomplishments and influence the design studio had over many industries for over four decades.  The Eames design Studio located at 901 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA seems as if it were the true precursor to today's major advertising and design firms. 
Charles and Ray Eames in their Studio, Venice, CA
For any purists out there, you can brush up on the film making of Ray and Charles Eames in their 1977 film entitled, "The Powers of Ten" explores dimension and sends us up into the galaxies above, only then to have us plummet back to earth at rapid pace and back into the hand of a picnicker.  I'm partial, I like the state at which we are in at 10 to the 22nd power.  I like the atmospheric conditions.

Mid-Century Modern UCLA Faculty Center Saved

UCLA Faculty Center, 1959  Courtesy of UCLA Archive

Due to an overwhelming amount of public outcry over the mid-century modern designed UCLA Faculty Center which was going to be demolished and replaced by a hotel and conference center.  On the eastern edge of UCLA, the building located at 480 Charles E. Young Dr. E., 90095 received the good news on Tuesday when UCLA Chancellor Gene Block decided to move the hotel and conference center project to what he described as a "second excellent site."

The UCLA Faculty Center is a membership Club for those associated with the University.  The specific and primary purpose of the facility is to make possible for members of the faculty, professional staff and other designated members of the UCLA community to meet both formally and informally, and thus to facilitate intellectual, educational, research, and social interactions in accordance with the general guidelines for UC faculty centers.

UCLA Faculty Center 2011   Courtesy of Joe Fletcher
Built in 1959, the 53-year old Faculty Center was designed by the architectural firm Austin, Field and Fry who were responsible for many civic buildings throughout Los Angeles.  The residential ranch-style post-and-beam design with floor-to-ceiling windows is unique for a civic project.  Beautiful patio and outdoor spaces join the indoors seamlessly for areas to gather.  With the good news comes the task of renovating and cleaning up the Center to meet the needs of modern day events and socials.  Time to adapt the building to a more conducive condition as maintenance has been neglected on the building for awhile now.

Preservation advocacy is a lot of work.  Anyone who has involved themselves in the effort to save a building knows exactly how hard it is to meet the goal.  The folks involved with Save the Faculty Center should feel accomplished.    Congratulations from an indebted soul. 

Modern Garden Tour: PS MODERNISM WEEK 2012

Modern Garden Tour
Organized by landscape designers
Paul Ortega and William Kopelk
Tour several modern desert gardens in Palm Springs and experience the modern aesthetic of drought-tolerant and desert-friendly plants. Both walk-through and drive-by viewing are integrated into this tour with the garden's designers and docents on hand to answer questions.

Check-in for the tour is at a location in the north end of Palm Springs. You will receive a brochure and map to guide you through examples of today's modern desert garden. From 4-5 PM, join us for a reception at the ACE Hotel and view its award-winning gardens.

Monday, February 20, 2012
2-5pm    Location: TBD

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Palm Springs Modernism Week: Lautner's Elrod House Cocktail Reception

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2012 is quickly approaching.  You have an opportunity to experience John Lautner's award-winning Elrod House at the Reception Party.  As there is limited space, it is encouraged you buy your tickets ($150) in advance for the Opening Night Cocktail Reception.
The panoramic views from this spectacular 1968 designed marvel of architectural achievement in engineering and design will be a teat for those in attendance. 
A special shout-out goes to my friends over at Just Modern Blog.

New 'Agency' for 2800 Glendower Avenue

2800 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz  90027
High in the Los Feliz hills perches this 2-story reinterpreted mid-century modern home for sale, originally built in 1957.  Major renovation had to have occurred back in the late 1990s?  2800 Glendower Ave, 90027 was originally listed this year in March.  This is one of those listings that has it all within the 3,200sf of living space including 3 bedrooms / 3.5 baths on a 8,800+sf lot including views of Griffith Park Observatory.  Coming back to market after a cancellation and change of brokerage, this beautifully updated home is listed at $2,595,000.

Upon entry, your life begins to soar with high ceilings and majestic views of the Hollywood Hills.  You can't help notice the beautiful details of the high-end upgrade materials used on this project.  The terrazzo flooring at the entry is just the perfect welcome mat for me and a hello beautiful, to you! 

Open living space on multiple levels adds architectural dimension.  Step down into the Living Room and take in the beautiful views the walls of windows provide.
Clerestory windows, hardwood flooring, wood ceilings, steal, stone, built-ins, ceramic tiling, sliding window walls extending to the outdoors are all a homage to the architect's from the mid-century / Post-War Era
Calling "Entertainment Central"...  This place is the perfect hosting pad.
The open Kitchen is perfect for entertaining or keeping your eyes on the kids.  With a gourmet-outfitted kitchen, you'll be able to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan.
I really like having the Family Room situated next to the Kitchen and with access to the pool area.  Again, the flow of this home is absolutely incredible.  You can't help but feel good once inside. 
This really is a beautiful entry and staircase with the floating terrazzo steps to the 2nd floor.  The 2-story window treatment in the foyer is quite dramatic while complementing the vertical lines of the staircase.
Upstairs you find the sleeping areas with incredible views and privacy abound.
Both bedrooms have wrap-around terraces.
The Master bedroom consists of his and hers bathrooms and separate closets.  Genius!  The tile work in the bath extends the full wall and creates an earthy and grounded feeling in a quite spacious bathroom.  The subtleties and nuances in this home only show the pride of ownership as this home has been well-maintained since it's major renovation / re-design.
Welcome to a well-thought-out landscape with pool and spa.  Fountains and other landscape elements create an environment you can't find everywhere. Drought-resistant gardens add the modern eco-friendly touch, but battle the obvious watering hole called a pool.  Even though modern pools are more efficient, it's still a hard one to swallow when contemplating the "drought-resistant" aspects of this home.  The pol area receives some shade to help with evaporation rates.  Some folks speaking on behalf of the issue of drought-resistance also had some problems with the interior?  I think they need to rethink that point of view.  Clearly this remodel is not a re-muddle as most are.    There was great thought involved with the design of this home.
The outdoor living space really is an extension of the interior with wood treatments and stone creating a continuous design flow.  Just outside the Kitchen area is the pool area.  With a built-in BBQ area, you are certainly ready to entertain all your entertainment guests.
Rise one more level and you have a seating area with a view of Griffith Park Observatory.  Serene is an understatement, folks.  Tranquility and privacy prevail here.
Above the seating area, you climb up to an observation deck where you can observe the Observatory.  ;-)
This is a beautiful location in the Los Feliz Hills where you are guaranteed a beautiful sunset.
Back on Halloween of 1997, this listing ( MLS 715324 ) sold for $649,000 while in the original condition and design of the home.  Consider the dramatic difference.
1957 built home prior to renovation.
MLS listing 11-566229, courtesy of Tori Barnao, Agency.  Barnao once had this listing with Hilton & Hyland after selling the home while with KW.  Photos courtesy of MLS.

Steve Ward
Realtor®, SFR®
Mid-Century Modern Architecture Specialist
Keller Williams Realty - Los Feliz
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource
DRE Lic #01871422
213.305.8537 direct
MODCOM - LA Conservancy Modern Committee