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…]
Modern and Masculine Interior Design at Met Lofts
A few weeks ago I gave you a glimpse of Frank Slesinski’s modern and masculine interior design at Met Lofts, which was designed in conjunction with Dwell on Design and today I am taking you back for the full tour. You may remember Frank Slesinksi‘s work from my coverage of last year’s Dwell collaborative at 1600 Vine in the heart of Hollywood. This year Frank brings back his signature modern and masculine interior design that never screams “bachelor pad” but instead is a refined mix of warm woods, cool accents, and beautifully worn antique rugs. Design for the refined gentleman who not only loves the finer things in life, but who also understands and has an appreciation for art and design and is not afraid to express his individual style in his home. Actually, this pretty much describes Frank!
Entering into the loft, I was pleasantly greeted by a lovely bar tray sitting atop a cerused wood console with a concrete wall, exposed steel pipes and a contemporary black and white painting acting as the back drop. [Read more…]
Once again, Rachel Winokur was chosen to work her magic and redesign one of three Met Lofts suites in conjunction with Dwell on Design, the country’s largest show dedicated to modern design and living. Rachel is known for her “sustainably elegant” interiors consisting of natural woods, textured neutrals and crisp white linens as the foundation ,and vibrant pops of color as an unexpected element of surprise. Needless to say, walking into a space designed by Rachel Winokur is never a bore. Upon entering the Met Lofts space that Rachel redesigned, I was pleasantly greeted by a petite sized entry that packed in a bit of punch with it’s inviting orange and white print wallpaper, nailhead trim dresser, and simple wood bench. Rachel proves that small doesn’t have to mean predictable and boring.
Opposite the entry is the bathroom, which is outfitted with natural woods, exposed concrete, and a selection of lively abstract paintings to complement the color in the rest of the suite.
Upon entering the kitchen one could not possibly miss the bright orange Bertazzoni range that surrounded by clean white cabinetry, is the focus of the room. The wallpaper, a similar motif to the one in the entry but in a toned down neutral palette, resembles a Moroccan tiled backsplash (at a fraction of the cost) and allows the orange Bertazzoni to take center stage. The inlaid shell cabinetry hardware adds polish to the space. I can’t tell you how much I want an orange range and I have to admit that seeing this made me a bit envious.
And a closet fit for the most discriminating fashionista…
As this particular unit is a studio, the kitchen opens up to the living room and bedroom. The living room is set up on the far end of the room, closest to the window that faces the Met Lofts central courtyard (where you can see the cocktail party going on through the big picture window. Being the diligent blogger that I am, I opted to get my pictures in ahead of the crowd. Work first, party later…) On one wall is the obligatory television and on the opposite side of the room is a seating area defined by the outline of the rug that sits beneath the cocktail table and seating. Suspended from the ceiling is a polished stainless steel fireplace, the Cocoon Aeris (cocoonfireplaces.com), which runs on biofuel and is environmentally friendly and smoke free, yet manages to radiate heat throughout the space (almost too much warmth for a warm and muggy summer evening, but perfect for a brisk winter night!) The art curated for the space by MaryLinda Moss of Designer’s Fine Art Resources was stunning as usual. I have seen her work several times, and each time is better than the next. Last year MaryLinda curated the original art for Dwell Labs at 16oo Vine, also held in conjunction with Dwell on Design. Click on the link and take a look at the art – I’m sure you’ll agree that it is as wonderful as I do. Sprinkled around the room are pillows by Hinge Decor, which perfectly complement with clean yet unusual accoutrements that seem to be perfectly tailored to the space. I have to admit I get a little giddy every time I see pillows by Hinge Decor, because the line is designed by my good friend, Allan Dallatorre, and I admire his eye for detail, texture, and color. See if you can spot a few more of Allan’s pillows placed throughout the room! Pillows by Hinge Decor can also be purchased through the Cozy•Stylish•Chic online shop! If there is anything you see that is not available in the shop, drop me an email and it can be special ordered for you. The painting above the bed is a show stopper and a unifying force in the room. The vibrant mix of green, orange, and magenta takes the otherwise neutral palette into an entirely different direction. Neutral can sometimes be a little “ho-hum”, but this is definitely not the case with Rachel’s design and this colorful painting being the center of attention. The dynamic strokes and gestures along with the vibrant, saturated color certainly brightens up any mood. Kudos to Rachel Winokur and her team of sponsors for an other successful project. This redesigned suite (as well as the two others I will be covering shortly), are open to the public until July 19. Should you be in the vicinity of Staples Center or LA Live in downtown LA, definitely stop by the three redesigned suites at Met Lofts for a visit. Office hours are Monday-Saturday 9 AM-6PM and Sunday 10 AM-5 PM. For more info you can visit the Met Lofts website or call 855-311-3494 On that note, I’m off for the 4th of July! Have a wonderful holiday, stay safe, and don’t drink and drive!
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.