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May 22, 2013
Representing the architectural eclecticism of L.A.’s west side, the five homes selected for day one of the Dwell Los Angeles Home Tours, to be held on Saturday, June 15, include both midcentury and contemporary examples as well as new construction and remodels—all varying embodiments of modern architecture.
Oceanside bedroom with floor-to-ceiling glass windows
Bruce Bolander’s design for the Gould residence includes floor-to-ceiling glass on the ocean side.
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Modern master bedroom with custom bed and Orange pole sconce
The master bedroom of the Gould Residence includes a custom bed by the architect, a white oak wall, and a pole sconce by Orange.
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Modern kitchen with kelly green powder coated aluminum shelf

Known for his colorful kitchens, Bolander brought to the Gould Residence gray laminated cabinets, a kelly-green powder-coated-aluminum shelf, and Alvar Aalto barstools. Photo courtesy of Mike Schwartz.

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Mike Schwartz
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Modern home facade with multiple windows
The elemental quality and gridded composition of resident Diana Wong’s art is reflected in the curtain wall of the front façade of the Wong Residence and Studio by Paul Murdoch Architects.
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Modern artist's studio with large sliding panels
To support the artist’s activity, customized features in the studio of the Wong Residence include large sliding panels for storing paintings and a mixing counter with a sink, brush rack, and shelves for paint storage.
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Modern living room with floor to ceiling glass windows
The living room walls completely retract to connect the home with the outside.
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Modern home with addition in Los Angeles
The Mazess House first “addition”—considered such for the retention of a portion of the original 1919 home’s footprint—was incorporated in 1996 by AIA Award–winning Michael W. Folonis.
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Modern Los Angeles home with studio and recording space
A studio and recording space was added to the Mazess House in 2004.
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Modern living room with staircase and wooden furniture
Perched atop a hill in Santa Monica, the Mazess House is filled with natural light.
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Modern 1940s home facade with deck
The bones of the original 1940s Garten & Reid Residence are intact; architect Molly Reid played off the 1969 addition with late-mid-century references.
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Interior wood wall room divider
Garten’s husband, sculptor Cliff Reid, envisioned the vibrant wood wall separating the living room and kitchen.
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Outdoor view of art studio near rear yard
The art studio at the Garten & Reid Residence is located across the rear yard, and acts as a contemporary counterpoint to the house’s midcentury leanings.
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Dwell Home Venice exterior by Sebastian Mariscal
As in other homes by Sebastian Mariscal, such as the Wabi House in San Diego, a series of light and shadows interact against the facade of Dwell Home Venice.
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Dwell Home Venice outdoor bridge near rear yard
A bridge from the bedrooms to the entertainment areas of Dwell Home Venice traverses the rear yard.
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Black cedar clad Dwell Home Venice exterior
The striking black-cedar finish surrounds the bedroom courtyard of Dwell Home Venice.
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Oceanside bedroom with floor-to-ceiling glass windows
Bruce Bolander’s design for the Gould residence includes floor-to-ceiling glass on the ocean side.

We visit a house on the sand at the southernmost end of Malibu defined by architect Bruce Bolander’s signature approaches, including sensitivity to the site and a wildly colored kitchen. In a nod to the west side’s rich arts community, two of the homes—the Wong Residence and Studio by Paul Murdoch in Santa Monica and architect Molly Reid’s Garten & Reid Residence in Venice—are innovative examples of combined live-work projects, integrating art studios in two very different ways. For the Mazess house in Santa Monica, a project completed in two phases, AIA Award–winning architect Michael W. Folonis envisioned a series of concrete planes for the facade. And Sebastian Mariscal designed the almost-hidden Dwell Home Venice—with its series of outdoor rooms—around a single pine tree dominating the site.

For information on purchasing tickets for the West Side tour, visit our Dwell Los Angeles Home Tours page. Stay tuned for previews of the Dwell Los Angeles Home Tours Day #2 and Day #3, in the East Side and Downtown and Canyons and Valley areas, respectively.

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