A hanging chair takes up a corner of the lounge–guest room.
A hanging chair takes up a corner of the lounge–guest room.
Alexandra Angle transformed a beachside cabin into a colorful retreat for a college friend and her family. The living area features a PP130 Circle Chair by Hans Wegner and a Shaker wood stove by Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen for Wittus. A Tropicalia Cocoon hanging chair by Patricia Urquiola complements the fabric from Liberty that Angle used for the cushions on the built-in banquette.
Alexandra Angle transformed a beachside cabin into a colorful retreat for a college friend and her family. The living area features a PP130 Circle Chair by Hans Wegner and a Shaker wood stove by Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen for Wittus. A Tropicalia Cocoon hanging chair by Patricia Urquiola complements the fabric from Liberty that Angle used for the cushions on the built-in banquette.
“The patio was always part of the original design, as we knew we would be living inside and outside during the warmer months,” says Horne. “Keeping it covered also helps keep it dry and provides a feeling of containment.” The wicker swing chairs are from eBay, and the fabrics are from Ikea.
“The patio was always part of the original design, as we knew we would be living inside and outside during the warmer months,” says Horne. “Keeping it covered also helps keep it dry and provides a feeling of containment.” The wicker swing chairs are from eBay, and the fabrics are from Ikea.
The living area is designed for entertaining. On sunny days, the glass walls slide back so it’s totally open. The semi-opaque screen can also be opened to catch the last rays of the setting sun. At night and in poor weather, the whole assembly closes up, the laminated sliding doors sealing out drafts and locking in the day’s warmth.

As is typical for a bach like this, the owners have used inexpensive furnishings; in this case, second-hand bar stools and generic paper shades.
The living area is designed for entertaining. On sunny days, the glass walls slide back so it’s totally open. The semi-opaque screen can also be opened to catch the last rays of the setting sun. At night and in poor weather, the whole assembly closes up, the laminated sliding doors sealing out drafts and locking in the day’s warmth. As is typical for a bach like this, the owners have used inexpensive furnishings; in this case, second-hand bar stools and generic paper shades.
The topography proved challenging so the designers elevated the house on piers.
The topography proved challenging so the designers elevated the house on piers.
At the back of the room, the popular Alcove Cabin, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, stands out in red. One of Vitra’s newer products, Workbay, also designed by the Bouroullec brothers, serves as a coffee and snack bar. It also creates a corridor behind the wall, which displays how the design can easily separate open-floor spaces, creatively. In the foreground, the credenza-style Level 34 piece, designed by Werner Aisslinger, can be used as a decorative storage unit or configured with different sized pieces to build a workstation.
At the back of the room, the popular Alcove Cabin, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, stands out in red. One of Vitra’s newer products, Workbay, also designed by the Bouroullec brothers, serves as a coffee and snack bar. It also creates a corridor behind the wall, which displays how the design can easily separate open-floor spaces, creatively. In the foreground, the credenza-style Level 34 piece, designed by Werner Aisslinger, can be used as a decorative storage unit or configured with different sized pieces to build a workstation.
The Swiss furniture company removed a wall partition that previously separated its showroom from a storage and office space. The new, open area offers visitors a grand, yet welcoming vibe.
The Swiss furniture company removed a wall partition that previously separated its showroom from a storage and office space. The new, open area offers visitors a grand, yet welcoming vibe.
The new Carl Hansen & Son showroom is the perfect next step for this Danish modern furniture company. The floor is only used for showing quality pieces like Hans J. Wegner's classic CH33 chair, so interested Los Angeles buyers now have a place to go and sit with the products not currently on display at local dealers.
The new Carl Hansen & Son showroom is the perfect next step for this Danish modern furniture company. The floor is only used for showing quality pieces like Hans J. Wegner's classic CH33 chair, so interested Los Angeles buyers now have a place to go and sit with the products not currently on display at local dealers.
Carl Hansen & Son filled the lofty space with livable furniture, such as the OW150 daybed in black leather and the tan leather OW602 two-seater, both designed by Ole Wanscher, as well as the popular Hans Wegner Shell Chair.
Carl Hansen & Son filled the lofty space with livable furniture, such as the OW150 daybed in black leather and the tan leather OW602 two-seater, both designed by Ole Wanscher, as well as the popular Hans Wegner Shell Chair.
With the new, enlarged showroom, Vitra can now showcase the kind of live/work environment many companies are moving toward. “There’s been a huge focus on bringing more of the home-like feel into the office,” says Jessica Hicks, Vitra’s new North America president, “because it’s so conducive to doing good work.” The showroom features the brand's softer furniture and lounge seating that coordinate with their work stations.
With the new, enlarged showroom, Vitra can now showcase the kind of live/work environment many companies are moving toward. “There’s been a huge focus on bringing more of the home-like feel into the office,” says Jessica Hicks, Vitra’s new North America president, “because it’s so conducive to doing good work.” The showroom features the brand's softer furniture and lounge seating that coordinate with their work stations.
The showroom's original main entrance opened at the front of the building to direct, street access, but traffic is now being redirected through the doors of a design co-op space that connects Vitra, Carl Hansen & Son, and a few other spaces that are awaiting new design tenants.
The showroom's original main entrance opened at the front of the building to direct, street access, but traffic is now being redirected through the doors of a design co-op space that connects Vitra, Carl Hansen & Son, and a few other spaces that are awaiting new design tenants.
An inviting seating area at the center of the floor showcases Wegner’s elegant, three-legged CH008 coffee tables, in varying sizes and wood tones, cowhide-covered Shell Chairs, a luxurious CH163 sofa, and CH28 armchairs in walnut.
An inviting seating area at the center of the floor showcases Wegner’s elegant, three-legged CH008 coffee tables, in varying sizes and wood tones, cowhide-covered Shell Chairs, a luxurious CH163 sofa, and CH28 armchairs in walnut.
To create a bit more texture in the kitchen and baths, the couple added classic checkered tiles from the local hardware store—an inexpensive option that broke up the polished concrete floors spanning the rest of the house. Pavonetti designed and built the pedestal sinks using reclaimed cedar siding.
To create a bit more texture in the kitchen and baths, the couple added classic checkered tiles from the local hardware store—an inexpensive option that broke up the polished concrete floors spanning the rest of the house. Pavonetti designed and built the pedestal sinks using reclaimed cedar siding.
Since the original kitchen was not functional, the architects built a new one from scratch while preserving the original tiles. “We designed very plain oak cupboards so the floor would be the protagonist,” Eugeni says. Ceiling lamps by Vico Magistretti illuminate the warm wood countertops.
Since the original kitchen was not functional, the architects built a new one from scratch while preserving the original tiles. “We designed very plain oak cupboards so the floor would be the protagonist,” Eugeni says. Ceiling lamps by Vico Magistretti illuminate the warm wood countertops.
A skylight illuminates the neutral master bathroom, letting bathers contemplate the clouds. The faucets and tub are by Brizo, and the sinks are SlabHaus.
A skylight illuminates the neutral master bathroom, letting bathers contemplate the clouds. The faucets and tub are by Brizo, and the sinks are SlabHaus.
White tiles — hydraulic ones on the floor and “biselado” (meaning “beveled”) ones on the walls — make for a tranquil bathroom.
White tiles — hydraulic ones on the floor and “biselado” (meaning “beveled”) ones on the walls — make for a tranquil bathroom.
Shane Michael Pavonetti, an Austin-based architect and contractor, and his wife, Holly, built their eco-friendly home on a lean budget of $175,000. The cedar siding used on the exterior reappears throughout the house. Keen on recycling the wood, the couple added shelving to their kitchen as well.
Shane Michael Pavonetti, an Austin-based architect and contractor, and his wife, Holly, built their eco-friendly home on a lean budget of $175,000. The cedar siding used on the exterior reappears throughout the house. Keen on recycling the wood, the couple added shelving to their kitchen as well.
The master bedroom is furnished with a Reve bed by Niels Bendtsen, an Ingmar chair by Jonathan Adler, and a Platner Arm Chair, which Warren Platner designed for Knoll in 1966. Wallace and Coco purchased the antique pieces in Fredericksburg, Texas.
The master bedroom is furnished with a Reve bed by Niels Bendtsen, an Ingmar chair by Jonathan Adler, and a Platner Arm Chair, which Warren Platner designed for Knoll in 1966. Wallace and Coco purchased the antique pieces in Fredericksburg, Texas.
The bed and bench are from Desiron; the wall sconces are by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen. The operable windows and doors throughout are by Bayerwald.
The bed and bench are from Desiron; the wall sconces are by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen. The operable windows and doors throughout are by Bayerwald.
The linens by Matteo Los Angeles in the master bedroom were among the fabrics that Mirjana Munetic of Boora selected for the Finleys. The idea was to find neutral tones that would not upstage the views.
The linens by Matteo Los Angeles in the master bedroom were among the fabrics that Mirjana Munetic of Boora selected for the Finleys. The idea was to find neutral tones that would not upstage the views.
It's all about the pool—and the pop art—at this colorful triplex, located high above the beach of Ipanema. Occupying the top three floors of a twelve-story building, the light-filled three-bedroom property features multiple living spaces, some with open views of Corcovado and others facing the sea. The penthouse's crowning glory is a petite infinity pool.
It's all about the pool—and the pop art—at this colorful triplex, located high above the beach of Ipanema. Occupying the top three floors of a twelve-story building, the light-filled three-bedroom property features multiple living spaces, some with open views of Corcovado and others facing the sea. The penthouse's crowning glory is a petite infinity pool.
The LC4 lounge is by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina. Operable porthole windows on the east facade offer ventilation.
The LC4 lounge is by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina. Operable porthole windows on the east facade offer ventilation.
The area beneath the stairs doubles as a shelving and storage system.
The area beneath the stairs doubles as a shelving and storage system.
On the second-floor landing, just outside Liv’s bedroom, is the family’s “mushroom wall,” comprised of a blend of cypress and hemlock repurposed from the bedding bins of a mushroom-growing facility. During the mushroom growth cycle, enzymes digest and erode the soft wood grain, producing an organic, sculpted effect. ECOS chalkboard paint—zero VOC and non-toxic, natch—appears under the stairs.
On the second-floor landing, just outside Liv’s bedroom, is the family’s “mushroom wall,” comprised of a blend of cypress and hemlock repurposed from the bedding bins of a mushroom-growing facility. During the mushroom growth cycle, enzymes digest and erode the soft wood grain, producing an organic, sculpted effect. ECOS chalkboard paint—zero VOC and non-toxic, natch—appears under the stairs.
“I love this low-level stair window. It’s at head height when you’re at the bottom of the stairs; it gives you a glimpse of, and connection to, the garden outside. Most of the windows capture what I’d call ‘hero shots,’ but some, like this one, are completely unexpected.”
“I love this low-level stair window. It’s at head height when you’re at the bottom of the stairs; it gives you a glimpse of, and connection to, the garden outside. Most of the windows capture what I’d call ‘hero shots,’ but some, like this one, are completely unexpected.”
A thin Y-shaped metal banister guides movement up the stairs to the client’s son’s room. Below the Corian stairs, an office nook was carved out of the wall in the daughter’s room.
A thin Y-shaped metal banister guides movement up the stairs to the client’s son’s room. Below the Corian stairs, an office nook was carved out of the wall in the daughter’s room.
Rail-free stairs are unnerving for a first-time visitor, but they amplify the home's free-flowing sense of space and structure. The stairs were built inside one of the six concrete towers, and they lead from the central living space to the front door. The experience of moving from the enclosed stairway into the expansive open family area is dramatic.
Rail-free stairs are unnerving for a first-time visitor, but they amplify the home's free-flowing sense of space and structure. The stairs were built inside one of the six concrete towers, and they lead from the central living space to the front door. The experience of moving from the enclosed stairway into the expansive open family area is dramatic.
Ab Rogers dons a bold suit that suits the spirit of the accompanying decor he designed.
Ab Rogers dons a bold suit that suits the spirit of the accompanying decor he designed.
The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level.
The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level.
Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. When AIA architects Chava Danielson and Eric Haas of DSH // architecture transformed a midcentury Los Angeles insurance building into the Larchmont Charter High School campus, featured in Dwell’s May 2015 issue, they preserved key elements of the original structure, while reconfiguring the interior, adding vibrant washes of color, and creating classrooms that would inspire students. The two will walk the audience through the project.

Joining Danielson and Haas onstage will be Leo Marmol, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner, whose firm has undertaken the most sensitive restorations of iconic architecture, including Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, Rudolf Schindler’s Elliot House, and E. Stewart Williams’ 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building in Palm Springs, California (pictured above), which was repurposed into the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center. Join the trio as they embark on a visual and philosophical journey through the concepts of preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse.

This course will be held on Saturday, May 30, 12:00 p.m. at Stage A
Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. When AIA architects Chava Danielson and Eric Haas of DSH // architecture transformed a midcentury Los Angeles insurance building into the Larchmont Charter High School campus, featured in Dwell’s May 2015 issue, they preserved key elements of the original structure, while reconfiguring the interior, adding vibrant washes of color, and creating classrooms that would inspire students. The two will walk the audience through the project. Joining Danielson and Haas onstage will be Leo Marmol, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner, whose firm has undertaken the most sensitive restorations of iconic architecture, including Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, Rudolf Schindler’s Elliot House, and E. Stewart Williams’ 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building in Palm Springs, California (pictured above), which was repurposed into the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center. Join the trio as they embark on a visual and philosophical journey through the concepts of preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse. This course will be held on Saturday, May 30, 12:00 p.m. at Stage A
Negative Space and the Built Environment. Visual noise. Lot-hogging boxes. Are architects leaving enough negative space in their buildings? Los Angeles architects Dan Brunn, AIA; Ron Radziner, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner; and Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, will explore how the absence of form enhances the overall architectural experience and how to provide valuable pauses in the built environment. (Pictured above is the Marmol Radziner-designed Vienna Way Residence in Venice, California. Brunn's #9 Dream House will be a featured home of Dwell's Midtown and East Side home tours, on Sunday, May 31.)

This course will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. at Stage C
Negative Space and the Built Environment. Visual noise. Lot-hogging boxes. Are architects leaving enough negative space in their buildings? Los Angeles architects Dan Brunn, AIA; Ron Radziner, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner; and Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, will explore how the absence of form enhances the overall architectural experience and how to provide valuable pauses in the built environment. (Pictured above is the Marmol Radziner-designed Vienna Way Residence in Venice, California. Brunn's #9 Dream House will be a featured home of Dwell's Midtown and East Side home tours, on Sunday, May 31.) This course will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. at Stage C
Architecture and the Arts. Annie Chu, AIA architect, principal at Chu + Gooding Architects, and professor at Woodbury University, will join architect Cary Bernstein and the Director of A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles Tibbie Dunbar, in a lively discussion on how to design residential, commercial, and civic spaces for displaying artwork. The panelists will share case studies, dispense advice, and field audience questions. (Chu + Gooding's 1950s renovation of the Harwell Hamilton Harris English House in Beverly Hills is pictured above.)

This course will be held on Friday, May 29, 3:00 p.m. at Stage C
Architecture and the Arts. Annie Chu, AIA architect, principal at Chu + Gooding Architects, and professor at Woodbury University, will join architect Cary Bernstein and the Director of A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles Tibbie Dunbar, in a lively discussion on how to design residential, commercial, and civic spaces for displaying artwork. The panelists will share case studies, dispense advice, and field audience questions. (Chu + Gooding's 1950s renovation of the Harwell Hamilton Harris English House in Beverly Hills is pictured above.) This course will be held on Friday, May 29, 3:00 p.m. at Stage C
Seated in the light-soaked dining room, Pande enjoys the comforts of home.The Series 7 chairs are by Fritz Hansen and designed by Arne Jacobsen.
Seated in the light-soaked dining room, Pande enjoys the comforts of home.The Series 7 chairs are by Fritz Hansen and designed by Arne Jacobsen.
Desert Canopy House, the first net-zero energy house in Palm Springs. Photo courtesy Sander Architects.
Desert Canopy House, the first net-zero energy house in Palm Springs. Photo courtesy Sander Architects.
The McElroy residence opens completely to the outside. Yanai and Rhee will share the design process that went into maximizing the siting and views of this house.
The McElroy residence opens completely to the outside. Yanai and Rhee will share the design process that went into maximizing the siting and views of this house.
The flexible nylon that makes up the Catena necklace has a distinct shimmer to it. “I ended up using SLS [selective laser sintering; a common 3-D process] polished nylon for all of the smaller jewelry pieces, like earrings and rings, and SLS flexible nylon for the necklaces,” says Wu.
The flexible nylon that makes up the Catena necklace has a distinct shimmer to it. “I ended up using SLS [selective laser sintering; a common 3-D process] polished nylon for all of the smaller jewelry pieces, like earrings and rings, and SLS flexible nylon for the necklaces,” says Wu.

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