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“This room was a study in texture because the color was monochromatic," says Katie Maine of Maine Design. "We wanted the room to feel really tactile. The bed has an antique Belgium throw at the bottom, the rug is raw silk, and the cabinet is a mix of oak, vellum, and leather. Taking things in the same color family but delineating them based on their texture feels rich and inviting without being loud.”
The key to this bathroom, Maine says, is the updated, eclectic mix. “We took a traditional marble and cut it up into a herringbone pattern to make it a little fresher. It's almost European with old-world elements but constructed in a more modern manner. The faucet gives it a fashion forward feeling.”
“This is the chicest mudroom you'll ever be in," Maine gushes. "Each family member has a built-in to put their things in. It's all about balance and a natural feel." She adds, "We didn't want the room to seem like we put a bunch of things that matched on the table, but we wanted it to feel like there was a story, as if the items had been collected by the family. None of it is too old, none of it is too new, but there's a comfort and a soul to the arrangement."
"This rooms speaks to the idea that you can take an antique Italian cabinet and pair it with an Van Der Straeten lamp—that you can have those two worlds in the same room. You shouldn't be afraid to do that; it looks good and intentional," Maine advises. "The lamp is playful but still elegant and beautiful, and it takes the seriousness out of the room.”
True to his aesthetic, David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor loves the simple, upscale look of this modern room. “This kitchen is about the sleek lines and the finish," he says. "The faucet is a pull out—when you group functions like that together, it makes it even sleeker.”
“We selected the Van Der Straeten tables to add a layer of character: The scale was exactly right, but also, because of the thorns on the table legs, it added character to the room with everything else being so streamlined," Mann explains. "The space needed that.”
Designing a home is a team effort, Mann says. "Lindsey Adelman’s work is absolutely extraordinary. One of the things that I love about working with her is that she personally ensures the piece we are putting in a room is like jewelry—she works on the scale with us and the quantity of the fixture heads so it really becomes the art of the room, as seen here.”
“Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is my idol and all things, in my brain, go back to him," Mann raves. "We were doing an apartment in a Stern building which had classical architecture, and we were bridging two design sensibilities. So in my mind, bringing this particular chaise in related right back to our own aesthetic, which kept it clean and simple. It also added a little bit of style.”
“This was a new-build home that was kind of cold, so I needed to warm up the space and give it that California modernism," begins Peter Dunham of Peter Dunham Design. "I brought in a lot of organic, handmade things to warm up the space—like the handwoven curtains, the big wicker chaise, and the Nakashima-style table. The interplay of textures is also important to make the space interesting. The biggest thing to me was bringing in warmth in a modern vocabulary.”
It's important, Dunham continues, that the house match the surroundings. "I wanted to turn this Newport Beach home on the water into a contemporary beach house, mixing in vintage light fixtures, California walnut wood countertops, and modern textures like the marble mosaic tile to make the space warm and inviting. The dining room and living room are open to each other, so they needed to have a continuous visual relationship." Specifically, he says, smaller elements like the faucet can pack a powerful statement and serve key functionality. “I tend to go for a gooseneck style faucet because of its pretty lines, and also for its functionality. The shape allows for more maneuvering in the sink when working in the kitchen.”
Multi-use spaces are also key to creating a thoughtful practice space with lots of style, Dunham says. “Here, we wanted to create something airy and bright; with all those funky slope ceilings that come with a tudor house, we made something much cleaner, to give the sense that you're up in a treehouse. The whole apartment is 400 square feet, so this little area created an opportunity for me to build in banquettes right under the windows. What I am always trying to do—and this goes back to my English roots—is to create definitive destinations to attract people, particularly close to windows where people naturally want to go. They spend time reading and working on their computer at that table.”
“This living room was huge, so I created two or three different destinations within the room, this being the one closest to the fantastic view of Hollywood," explains Dunham. "The sofa pulls you into the room with its low back against the window, designed to encourage people to lean at an angle to talk and still see the view at the same time. The wicker chair—which I just love—turns to both areas. It's a big sculptural piece in the middle of the room, where there was once a no-man's-land between the fireplace and the view.”