“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

Most recently featured on Dwell’s West Side Home Tour, the Preston Way residence by architect Molly Reid includes a freestanding studio she built for her husband, sculptor Cliff Garten.
This 4,660-square-foot house in Venice opens up onto a similarly sized backyard. The kitchen, dining room, and living room offer easy garden access, thanks to a combination of sliding mahogany screens and glass doors. Designed by Renzo Zecchetto Architects, the Berman Residence is one that will be featured during the upcoming Dwell on Design West Side Home Tour on May 23.
Midcentury architect Frederick Monhoff designed this Santa Monica home in 1951. In the Vukadinovich Residence’s most recent renovation, Synthesis, Inc. expanded the previous 1,200-square-feet of living space to a comfortable and bright retreat that totals 2,680-square-feet. The architects added two bathrooms, two bedrooms, and a den, and replaced the existing windows with floor-to-ceiling glass and folding doors that open up completely to the yard.
Designed by Minarc for a couple in Santa Monica, the Dawnsknoll residence was built using mnmMOD, a system of prefabricated panels that are recyclable, fire- and termite-proof, and efficient. With the structural panels built ahead of time at the factory, this residence was completed in less than a year. The 2,400-square-foot home champions an indoor-outdoor lifestyle with expansive windows that frame views of the outdoor kitchen and pool. Visitors of Dwell on Design's West Side Home Tour will have the opportunity to see Dawnsknoll firsthand.
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Ridgewood Residence, Assembledge
Ridgewood Residence, Assembledge
Ridgewood Residence, Assembledge
Dundee is a 2,600-square-foot family home and hillside landscape in Los Feliz, whose owners are a young couple with two boys and a modern art collection. Chet Callahan Design preserved many of the 1934 Spanish-style home’s historic details, while implementing updated components with minimal ornamentation. Most of the home features clean, white walls, however, interior designer Ghislaine Vinas chose to add vibrant design elements and colors to the kids’ rooms.
This new build sits on a one-acre, gently sloping lot in the Pasadena foothills, and offers 360-degree views of the San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles, and the coastline. The Walker Residence, which won a 2015 AIA Citation award, is completely transparent—all structural elements are visible in its open floor plan. The great room opens to the courtyard, which is perfect for entertaining. The dining room and wine cellar open to an intimate dining patio with a fireplace.
The architect describes the space as clean, spare, modern, light-filled, and elegant.
In just seven months, the designer transformed a 3,500-square-foot penthouse made up of two apartments' worth of small, dark rooms into a bright, open, minimalist, and modern space.
Photo by Julian King
On a 40-by-120-foot lot, architect Don Dimster designed and built a duplex for himself and his wife, Lisa, the design director at Aether Apparel, along with his filmmaker brother, Dennis, and his wife, Noreen Perez. The group often convenes on the shared rooftop deck, which features a fire pit, mobile shades, and assorted drought-tolerant grasses, and is accessed via a glass-enclosed suspended stair. Photo by Eric Staudenmaier.
In 2003, Resolution: 4 Architecture was one of 16 firms who participated in the Dwell Home Design Invitational, a competition to design a modern prefab home for $200,000.
On Friday, October 10, join us for Meet the Architects at 82Mercer, where the minds behind the homes on Dwell's New York Home Tours will share their inspirations, challenges, and design solutions for the exceptional spaces showcased on this year's tour. This presentation is worth .1 AIA CEUs.
Located in Tribeca, this spacious loft by raad studio blends modern furnishings with the home's impressive Victorian bones.
Photo by Matthew Williams
Here's the kids' room.