What’s New In Art, Architecture, And Design
From art and jewelry, to wellness spaces, to bold colors, here’s what’s in vogue.
A common architectural myth holds that a modernist home—with its crisp right angles and clean rectilinear lines—will necessarily be short on warmth and comfort. This contemporary residence designed by the esteemed firm of Woods + Dangaran puts that misconception to rest: the three-level tour de force is predictably chic, streamlined, and sophisticated, but carefully chosen organic materials—rough-hewn limestone, rift-oak paneling, DuChateau wood flooring, a pebble-based reflecting pool—create earthy, grounding, softening effects while allowing the home to remain resolutely stylish.
Pacific Palisades, California | Jeremiah Eden & Anton Smirnov, Sotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage
Much of the interiors—from the living spaces to the primary bedroom suite—are a study in openness and transparency. Walls of glass turn expansive views of the skyline and ocean into dynamic art and “disappear” to offer a continuous indoor-outdoor living experience. The distinctive cantilevered central stairway is railed with glazing and positioned beneath a ceiling of glass, which allows sunlight to infiltrate all three levels of the home and create a striking chiaroscuro of light and shadow.
Among the alluring spaces for soigné lounging and gathering are formal living and dining areas, an open-concept great room, and a chef’s kitchen equipped with Miele appliances and a Calacatta marble island. A nexus for entertaining and pursuing the consummate California lifestyle, the ground level offers a second kitchen and wet bar, a theater, a gym and massage room, an office opening to a slender garden patio, and a wine cellar—all with an irresistible infinity-edge pool and spa surrounded by a sun-washed terrace just steps away.
Seeming to float above neighboring rooftops, the expansive primary suite opens through pocketing Fleetwood doors to a private deck where transparent railings ensure that the dazzling vista remains uninterrupted. A fireplace, radiant-heated floors, and a pampering light-flooded bath further the sense of lavish comfort. The guest bedrooms are all amply supplied with skylights, glass doors, and windows.
The Rivera neighborhood of Pacific Palisades has a name that brings to mind its Mediterranean cousin, with its sunny beaches, hypnotic coastal views, picture-perfect waters, and a community dedicated to highly regarded arts and culture. This is the perfect backdrop for a home of such unique character—one that piques interest with its architectural individualism, provides a place of true serenity, and allows for appreciation of its one-of-a-kind setting and scenery.