Laura Schwartz Muller’s design of a studio space at Met Lofts is modern urban apartment living at its best. Last year Laura designed a penthouse loft at 1600 Vine, also in collaboration with Dwell on Design. Met Lofts also happens to be is owned by Klein Financial -the same company that owns 1600 Vine. Even though the studio’s size pales in comparison to the 3 bedroom 2 story loft she designed last year for 1600 Vine (it had towering 2-story windows that ran the perimeter of the living room) , the studio makes up for it’s lack of size with high end furnishings, furniture that is custom built for the space, and a fantastic selection of art. In fact, I prefer the studio’s smaller space as it makes for a more intimate setting, and I’m all about feeling cozy when at home. [Read more…]
This evening marked the first of several events I will be attending through this weekend in conjunction with Dwell on Design, the largest consumer driven design event in the US which takes place this weekend. You may remember my coverage of Met Lofts and 1600 Vine the same time last year, where designers designed and staged eight units between the two locations. This year, three of the eight designers return to inject their creative vision in three loft suites at Met Lofts in downtown LA.
Today I am giving you just a quick glimpse of what I will be covering in more detail at a later date, as the key is to whet your appetite and get you to Met Lofts to come view the suites in person. I wouldn’t want to spoil all the fun for you by giving it all away! All three suites will be open to the public from June 19-July 19, Monday-Saturday 9AM-6PM and Sunday 10AM-5PM.
Earlier this week I was invited to the unveiling of the Special Edition “Metals” Collection, a new addition to MASHstudios‘ widely popular PCH and LAX series lines. Hosted by Bernard Brucha, MASHstudios Founder, and Dwell Magazine West Coast Editor, Erika Heet, not only were we among the first to preview the newest additions to the MASH LAXseries and PCHseries lines, but those in attendance were also treated to an intimate round table discussion on “Craftsmanship in the Digital Age”
You may remember this past summer when I wrote about the Dwell Labs project at 1600 Vine in Hollywood. There, I photographed a three bedroom unit designed by Laura Schwartz Muller, which just so happened to incorporate pieces from the MASHstudios LAX and PCH series. Below are photographs from her space, but you can also read about the project in its entirety here.
Prior to this week’s unveiling, the LAXseries was only available in one finish – solid english walnut with a white powder coated aluminum finish. Inspired by the move away from sterile white work environments in their office and commercial design projects, Bernard Brucha added five new finishes to the already popular series, infusing the collection with a touch of glamour, allowing the pieces to be incorporated into the design of almost any room in the home or office, formal or not.
Until this week, the PCHseries was only available in an oil rubbed teak paired with cast aluminum. The PCHseries now comes in a darker wood finish and black cast or gold cast aluminum doors, resulting in a sexier and more dramatic look and feel than the previous edition.
The juxtaposition of the clean lines and the organic texture of the cast door fronts mimic the weathered grain of a much prized piece of reclaimed wood, and as Bernard Brucha states, “represents the MASHstudios philosophy of bringing handcrafted, functional beauty back into the digital age”
A testament to the minds constantly at work at MASHstudios. Design is always on the mind, even when sipping champagne, as this chair was carefully crafted from a champagne bottle top during the party and was placed on the shelf in front of the MASHstudio catalogs, for a nice contrast. How could I resist a great shot?
It’s such a coincidence that I found myself at MASHstudios for the unveiling of the new pieces in the LAX and PCH series lines, as I have been eyeing the LAX wall mount desk (the earlier version!) for my son’s room remodel for quite some time. You may remember that a while back I started by painting, redoing the ceiling, and installing a sputnik sconce? Good thing I’m slow at getting things done around my own house (this is what happens when you’re a designer – your home comes last!) After previewing the new additions, I may have to change things up a little and incorporate one of the new metals. He’s only 8, but he says that he doesn’t want mainstream and wants a look that is more “outside the box”. (Yes, those were his exact words.) Which finish would you go with for a boy’s room? Copper, brass, brushed nickel, or just plain white? Your suggestions are most welcome!
This weekend marks the opening of the Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase House in which 25 of Southern California’s top interior designers transform the 56,000 square foot Tudor estate with “The Titans of Business and the Best of Design”, as inspiration for their design.
|The designer, Laura Schwartz-Muller|
This past Tuesday was “Press Day” and I had the pleasure of stopping by Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills to visit with my friend, Laura Schwartz-Muller, principal and founder of Four Point Design + Construction, who transformed the upstairs kitchen, “La Petite Cuisine” with her beloved Titan, Julia Child as inspiration. Growing up in Pasadena (which happens to be Julia’s hometown), I have walked into many similar kitchens in my lifetime, but none that captured the essence of Julia as Laura’s did. Her design was a throwback to the home’s 1920s past with a twist of modern. A little bit industrial and a tad bit of understated glamour. Just like Julia would have designed her own kitchen if she were alive today.
“…shades of lovely French dove and blue-grey; deep blue-graphite; and creamy off-white. Utilizing new and antique industrial pieces in brushed stainless, bronze metal, and burnt brass blended with the original 1920s hardware, which has since become blissfully graced with a dark bronze patina. Tying it all together will be textures such as linen, wood…and of course there will be a few surprises!” -Laura Schwartz-Muller, Allied ASID
Entering into the space, I immediately felt Julia’s presence in the kitchen. Laura even included Julia’s beloved range of choice, the La Cornue Château in her kitchen, which would not have been possible without the help and kindness of Eric Remmer of Purcell Murray, the US Distributor of La Cornue. A chance run in at Westedge Design Fair less than four weeks ago brought the two together and they hit it off immediately! As you may remember, I wrote about La Cornue in my post on high end kitchens at Westedge and the exact matte black La Cornue Château 120 range that you see pictured in Laura’s kitchen is also pictured in the photos I included on Westedge.
Laura had a big challenge on her hands, as she was not allowed to alter the original kitchen. She simply floated the wood paneling and wood countertops to cover the dated tile and built everything up and out. Once the show is over, she will remove everything that was installed to restore the kitchen to its original state.
Because pictures will be published in a top shelter magazine in the upcoming months, I am only allowed to publish vignettes of the room to whet your appetite and will be revisiting the room in all its glory after the NewYear and going over it in more detail. You can always visit the show house until November 24 if you can’t wait that long!
|Eric and Laura in front of the La Cornue Château 120|
|The original “ice box”|
|Julia Child with Laura Schwartz-Muller’s mother at her graduation from culinary school|
There is much more to see in person, as “La Petite Cuisine” is only one of the many fabulous rooms on display. In addition are rooms inspired by Jim Henson, Creator of the Muppets, John Jacob Astor, William Rancolph Hearst, and Coco Chanel, to name a few. Greystone Mansion will be open to the public from November 2-24 from 10am-3 pm. Visit Design House International for tickets and details.
A Little Bit of Greystone History:
Greystone Mansion was built in 1927 by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny for his son and only heir, Ned and his young family. Since 1976, Greystone has been recognized as a historic landmark on the national registry of Historic Places and has been a site for numerous motion picture and television shoots. The spectacular 56,000 square foot Tudor estate has quite a bit of history that comes along with it, as less than 6 months after the Dohenys moved into Greystone, it was the site of a scandalous murder-suicide that to this day, leaves many questions unanswered. The New York Social Diary tells the story, but one can only wonder what actually happened on that fateful night. With the mansion’s thick limestone walls, slate roof, intricately carved wood doors, it is no wonder why rumor has it that Greystone is haunted.
As I was leaving for the day, a few of us gathered outside the kitchen to chat, where we caught a few whiffs of a faint lavender/lilac scent traveling through the space. It was there, then it was gone. It has been said that a spirit of a lingering woman is seen wandering the halls with the scent of lilac perfume. I am the biggest wimp when it comes to ghosts and the paranormal, so I attribute it to the scented oil sticks and open window in the adjacent room, but I could be wrong…