Step Inside 6 Mid-Century Modern California Homes That Are Undeniably Enviable | Architectural Summary


His eagle eye for mid-century repairmen is what first drew him to a house on Rising Glen Road in Los Angeles. “I’m always looking for places to renovate or buy, to move up the ladder,” says Statham. “This one came out of nowhere and had a certain charm to it. He was quite downtrodden and neglected, like most mid-century ones. Statham quickly decided to buy the place and renovate it into a multi-purpose property for guests, along with his office and gym.

Working with his longtime architect Jeff Allsbrook of Standard Architecture, Statham decided to retain as much of the existing form of the exterior as possible, while outfitting the interior with high-end modern amenities. For interior design, he worked with Courtney Applebaum to create a neutral palette of whites and earth tones, with texture in the form of leather sofas and chairs, and sturdy wooden tables and desks. —Juliet Izon

A one-of-a-kind LA landmark

Restored plywood lines the kitchen of the modernist LA pad by artist Mary Weatherford and designed by Oliver M. Furth.

Photo: Douglas Friedman

In Mary Weatherford’s iconic modern LA home, art and architecture go hand in hand. “It’s a beautiful symphony of interlaced diagonals, verticals and horizontals,” says the artist of the experimental structure, built in 1948 by architects A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith in collaboration with the structural engineer Edgardo Contini and landscape designer Theodore Payne. “The restoration was like solving a puzzle. We had to figure out which piece of wood is which color, the elaborate interaction between posts and beams with the floor and ceiling, how certain volumes and shapes interact. In many ways, the process was like making a three-dimensional painting,” says Weatherford.

The complexity and historical significance of the project may explain the approximately four years it took to restore the modest 1,500 square foot, two bedroom structure. “Mary was obsessed with getting it right,” insists designer Oliver M. Furth, Weatherford’s partner throughout the odyssey of bringing the residence into the 21st century without compromising the architects’ bold experience. in terms of structural and experiential innovation. “She invested an enormous amount of time and energy in the service of being a faithful steward of this property. As much as she wanted to honor its past, so much did she want to secure its future,” he says. —Mayer Rus


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