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Featured Panel: Historic Restorations

On Saturday, June 23, join our conversation at Dwell on Design about what goes into refreshing icons of mid-century design. Architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena of Los Angeles firm Escher GuneWardena will be on stage to divulge the sometimes grueling conservation undertakings involved with historic homes: identifying historical relevance, sourcing materials, and restoring damaged areas while maintaining fidelity to the original. Case studies include John Lautner's Chemosphere and the Eames House. We're really thrilled to have them present their work (Escher GuneWardena designed the Pearson Trent residence, one of my personal favorite Dwell features and spearheaded the A. Quincy Jones Restoration on the sold-out West Side Home Tour) and hope to see you at the Design Innovation Stage at 1:00 p.m..

Charles and Ray Eames House Case Study Restoration
The Eames House restoration involved replacing deteriorated materials and adding a museum-quality climate control system. The timing coincided with an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in which the entire contents of the living room were on view. The historically sensitive restoration and museum exhibition has received considerable media attention, including a lengthy New York Times interview with Ice Cube.

John Lautner Chemosphere modern architecture restoration
New interior finishes, furniture, and a guesthouse were part of the restoration/renovation of John Lautner's Chemosphere, a 1960s house that makes frequent cameos in film and television.

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