Los Angeles+Mid-Century Modernism

I’ve been hit by a major west coast modernism bug. I am such a Design*Sponge fanatic but generally shy away from not re-blogging Grace and Co.’s post’s since it’s such an awesome and popular blog, but I just can’t help myself. The furnishings in this house are bloody incredible. It was black leather Papa Bear Arm Chair and the walnut and brass bed (last photo) that really caught my eye.

Check out those pillars seperating two rooms. To-die-for.

The couple that owns the house are Kate Rivinus, a designer/owner of the shop Egg2Cake and Adam Blackman who owns one half of the opulent furniture and fine good shop called Blackman Cruz. Clicking around, I checked out Blackman Cruz’s website (eye candy everywhere) and well, that explains the house—a designer and a furniture store owner combining their vision. Simply gorgeous.

Favorite mid-century modern shops in the Washington, DC area

1. Millennium: This small gem of a shop must be doing something right because they have been in the same location for nearly 20 years. Operated by Glen, Jeff and Richard (as in Richard Chartier, the electronic sound artist). The trio buys, sells and consigns quality Danish modern and teak pieces. Occasionally you will find classic Eames and Eero Saarinen. Items are priced to move so the stock changes on a weekly basis. Speaking from experience, I picked up a teak, roll-top desk from Millenium.

2. Cantilever Modern – Prominent Washington, DC painter, Robin Rose and photographer, Brandon Webster together buy and sell under the name Cantilever. They do not run a bricks and mortar store; items are viewable by appointment. Robin and Brandon’s focus is on higher-end American and Scandinavian design (Hans Wegner, George Nelson, Nanna Ditzel, and Borge Mogensen). I recently bought a Howard Miller clock and an exceptional teak cabinet from Cantilever.

3. Home Anthology – This enormous warehouse/store in Catonsville, MD (just outside of Baltimore) has a ton of mid-century furniture. You will be overjoyed with ideas for decorating your home. The service is friendly too. It’s worth a Zip Car trip out-of-town. My set of outdoor furniture by Salterini is from Home Anthology.

4. TableTop – Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, TableTop is always a fun place to shop for modern inspired gifts and home goods. Shopkeeper, Tai keeps the store full of small furniture, vases, glassware, cool books on design and typography, wall decor,  jewelry, and glassware. I always buy Jonathan Adler pieces from TableTop.

(Above, modern desk-top wallpaper is from David Vineïs.)

I.M. Pei: William Slayton House

William Slayton House by I. M. Pei

This morning I learned that the owners of the William Slayton I.M. Pei house in Cleveland Park were having a moving sale. I jumped at the opportunity to see just what the house looked like from the inside and of course see if there was anything that I just couldn’t live without.

The structure of the house is three arched vaults made of poured concrete with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a small swimming pool. You enter at the side and walk down a long path between a brick wall and towering black bamboo. I only got to see the living room which is spacious and had the iconic image of Kate Moss taken by Chuck Close. The most impressive aspect of the house is that you can see through it from the front all the way to the backyard.

In case you are interested, I picked up a tripod and three square clear-glass vases.

The William Slayton house is one of only three houses that I.M. Pei designed.

Other work by I.M. Pei in Washington, DC are: National Gallery of Art, East Building; and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

Check out other images of the Slayton house here. You won’t be sorry to see these.

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