Modern Renovation of a Midcentury House in Los Angeles

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May 27, 2014
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  Crestwood Hills, in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, is an endangered enclave of midcentury post-and-beam houses designed by A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    Crestwood Hills, in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, is an endangered enclave of midcentury post-and-beam houses designed by A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  Elise Loehnen and Rob Fissmer bought their house, which dates to 1950, in 2012, furnishing the living room with a Jasper sofa by Room & Board, Laccio tables by Marcel Breuer, and a wool sisal rug from Madison Flooring and Design.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    Elise Loehnen and Rob Fissmer bought their house, which dates to 1950, in 2012, furnishing the living room with a Jasper sofa by Room & Board, Laccio tables by Marcel Breuer, and a wool sisal rug from Madison Flooring and Design.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  The dining area features a distinctive cinder block fireplace. Molded plastic side chairs are arranged around a Segmented Base table, all by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The space is illuminated by a Saucer pendant lamp by George Nelson from Modernica.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    The dining area features a distinctive cinder block fireplace. Molded plastic side chairs are arranged around a Segmented Base table, all by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The space is illuminated by a Saucer pendant lamp by George Nelson from Modernica.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  Loehnen and Fissmer relax on a bench outfitted with orange pillows by Sunbrella on the deck outside their living room.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    Loehnen and Fissmer relax on a bench outfitted with orange pillows by Sunbrella on the deck outside their living room.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  A 606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ dominates one end of the living room.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    A 606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ dominates one end of the living room.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  Max’s bedroom is outfitted with a Gulliver crib and a red PS cabinet, both from Ikea, as well as a Birds in Harmony mobile by Christel Sadde and Katsumi Komagata for the Museum of Modern Art Store. The custom “I brake for unicorns” neon sign is from Let There Be Neon, a shop in New York City.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    Max’s bedroom is outfitted with a Gulliver crib and a red PS cabinet, both from Ikea, as well as a Birds in Harmony mobile by Christel Sadde and Katsumi Komagata for the Museum of Modern Art Store. The custom “I brake for unicorns” neon sign is from Let There Be Neon, a shop in New York City.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  A print of Enzo Mari’s La Mela e La Pera for Danese Milano hangs in the master bedroom. Delta lamps by Robert Abbey sit atop bedside tables from Rams’s 606 shelving system for Vitsœ.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    A print of Enzo Mari’s La Mela e La Pera for Danese Milano hangs in the master bedroom. Delta lamps by Robert Abbey sit atop bedside tables from Rams’s 606 shelving system for Vitsœ.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  A previous owner remodeled the kitchen in 2000, outfitting it with stainless-steel cabinets by Bulthaup as well as a Sub-Zero refrigerator and an induction stove by Diva.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    A previous owner remodeled the kitchen in 2000, outfitting it with stainless-steel cabinets by Bulthaup as well as a Sub-Zero refrigerator and an induction stove by Diva.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  “It’s like Lego for grown-ups,” Fissmer says of Rams’s 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsœ, which makes another appearance in the office. “It’s a responsible way to handle storage.”  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    “It’s like Lego for grown-ups,” Fissmer says of Rams’s 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsœ, which makes another appearance in the office. “It’s a responsible way to handle storage.”

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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  Fissmer discovered a set of plans for the house, signed by original architect A. Quincy Jones and dated 1949, in a tube in the carport.  Photo by: Spencer Lowell
    Fissmer discovered a set of plans for the house, signed by original architect A. Quincy Jones and dated 1949, in a tube in the carport.

    Photo by: Spencer Lowell

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