Poul Henningsen // Danish lighting and furniture designer PH

Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), or better known as PH, has become synonymous with Danish lighting design. However, even though he’s well known for lighting designs, he made an early move into furniture with the Spiral chair (1932), and the results were equally innovative and chic.

Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp

Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp designed for Louis Poulsen Lighting (1958), is composed of layers of overlapping ‘leaves’ that produce crisp, glare-free 360-degree light.  He once said, “It doesn’t cost money to light a room correctly, but it does require culture”.

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Kem Weber // The Mid-Century Modern Designer Who Paved the Way for IKEA

Like almost all the modernists in Los Angeles in the 1920s, Kem Weber was a transplant to the city. He was born Karl Emanuel Martin Weber (in his twenties, he began using his initials as his first name) in Berlin in 1889. After serving as an apprentice cabinetmaker in his teens, he studied architecture and interior design with Bruno Paul at the School of Applied Arts (Kunstgewerbeschule) in Berlin and later worked in Paul’s architectural office.

Kem Weber Airline Chair

In the early summer of 1914, he traveled to San Francisco to supervise the building of the German Pavilion for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, but when the war erupted in Europe in August, he found himself stranded in the United States. Seeing greater opportunity in the New World, Weber stayed in the United States after the war ended, later becoming a U. S. citizen in 1924.

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Gaetano Pesce // Italian Designer and architect | Italian Mode

Gaetano Pesce chair

Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, Gaetano Pesce studied Architecture at the University of Venice between 1958 to 1963 and was a participant in Gruppo N, an early collective concerned with programmed art patterned after the Bauhaus.  In the “Nobody’s Royal” queen armchair made by Zerodesegno. A unique piece signed and dated. The body is composed of three panels handmade of polyurethane resins held together with black nylon pins.

Gaetano Pesce Nobody's Perfect Multi-Color Resin Sideboard

Nobody is perfect, very unique piece on this collection of antiques.

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Silver Lake Modern -The Skinner House by William Kesling

Silver Lake Modern Home. The Skinner House, 1937. William Kesling, Architect. Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument #856. Streamline Moderne was both a reaction to Art Deco and a reflection of austere economic times. Gone was unnecessary ornament. Sharp angles were replaced with simple, aerodynamic curves. Ultimately, the designs were horizontal in their orientation, serving as a precursor to the modernist movement that would begin in earnest a decade later.

Modernist Architecture – Modern Living LA
Hardwood flooring, magnesite and chrome stairway.

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Samuel Novarro House in Los Feliz Oaks

Samuel Novarro House by architect Lloyd Wright

2255 Verde Oak Dr, Hollywood Hills, CA 90068
3 BR, 3 BA

The Samuel Novarro house built by Lloyd Wright in 1928 for Louis Samuel, a close friend a business manager for Ramon Novarro. When Novarro (best known for his role in Ben-Hur) discovered Samuel had been embezzling from him, Novarro took over the home.

Boasting beautiful views and a majestic setting in the exclusive Oaks neighborhood in Los Feliz, this home has all the glamour Hollywood has to offer.

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