On his first visit, it took Michael Martin—one of the creative minds behind design studio OSKLO—two tries to find the private driveway of this property. “It was like A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the middle of the Hollywood Hills, as doves and robins hopped from wisps of bougainvillea and massive lemon trees dropped fruit in front of your eyes around this very forgettable 1990s house,” he recalls. “The house had to go, but the property was one of a kind and really unbeknownst to everyone.”
Located a mile above the Sunset Strip, along one of the quieter roads of Los Angeles’s famed Bird Streets, the flat lot offers the utmost in privacy. Spread over 5,800 square feet on a single level, the new four-bedroom house gives a feeling of spaciousness, especially in the 13-foot-high great hall flanked by a central atrium with a centenarian olive tree.
“The house is a variation of whites, from the creamier white walls of stucco on the exterior and masonry walls to a lighter, powdery Decorator’s White (Benjamin Moore) on interior walls and within the atrium that makes it an extension of the interior living space,” says Arya Mohammadi Martin, cofounder of OSKLO. “We only used ultra-matte paints and surfaces, to the dismay of visitors that are often reprimanded for touching them by Michael,” he says, smiling. The kitchen was an inversion of this, with matte black cabinetry and blackened steel exhaust that carries over to the stained oak cabinet details in the bar and powder metal shelves in the main living area.
Working together for the first time as a married couple on this personal project, the OSKLO duo had to match their different ideas and approaches to what the house should look and feel like. “I wanted poured concrete and more of an industrial finish, but Arya liked the Trousdale feel of all-white architecture that came to define the property,” Martin says.
The main living room houses a comfortable custom-designed sofa by OSKLO, a bronze Rick Owens Alchemy Bench from Carpenters Workshop Gallery next to a Jean Prouvé daybed, and a collection of Pierre Jeanneret’s Chandigarh cane chairs. One of the bedrooms houses a pair of Milo Baughman chests of drawers from West Coast Modern LA, a kilim rug from Lawrence of La Brea and a midcentury-era, two-arm sconce from Stilnovo. These are just some of the gems that adorn the home.
“We have acquired many items through our travels, like an Oscar Niemeyer chair in Brazil or chunky stools in Japan,” Mohammadi Martin says. “We placed them in a way to make them feel part of a larger narrative. We find items that need some care and modernize them with updated upholstery and materials. There are also a lot of L.A. designers we pull from our inventory because we have so much.”
“A house is not a museum; it should emanate comfort and warmth in spaces that encourage conversation, inspiration and a desire to linger,” Martin adds.
Mimicking L.A.’s midcentury architecture in a more monumental way, with angles inspired by Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra infused with voluminous ceilings and bespoke stonework, the house plays with different themes in the bedrooms (beachy or all-white, for example) while reflecting a sense of free-flowing, effortless unity among all the areas.
According to the couple, designing a home is like writing a book: “Each room should connect a central story, with the occasional diversion in spaces like the powder room, where we did a stout custom sink in honed ceppo with an integrated shelf and mirror that fades into it ever so softly. We like to create visual experiences, so that if there were 30 people in one room, they would each sit somewhere different and experience a different visual.”
Iran has executed a former employee of the defense ministry who was convicted of spying on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, the country's judiciary said Tuesday. The report said Reza Asgari was executed last week. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Asgari had worked in the airspace department of the ministry and retired in 2016.
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A Beijing law professor who has been an outspoken critic of China's President Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party was fired by his university after being released from a nearly week-long detention, his friends said. Xu Zhangrun, a constitutional law professor at the prestigious Tsinghua University, returned home on Sunday morning, six days after he was taken away by police. In a text message showed to Reuters by one of his friends, Xu told the friend that he had been "relieved of teaching and public positions" by Tsinghua University.
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ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images NYPD reported 35 people were shot in 28 separate shootings between Friday and Sunday, Fox News reported, including a 1-year-old boy who was killed in Brooklyn on Sunday. According to the New York Times, five people were shot in a drive-by shooting on Monday. All victims from the shootings are expected to survive NYPD's chief of detectives, Rodney Harrison, said in a Monday night press conference.
The Black Lives Matter mural on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower was defaced Monday but quickly fixed, authorities said. The Black Lives Matter "movement is more than words, and it can't be undone," de Blasio said. The New York City Police Department said they received a call at around 12:15 p.m. Monday about criminal mischief at 725 Fifth Avenue.
What do you make of this and what do you think the path is to getting people the easiest access to casting their votes? Clinton argued that Republicans will try to “prevent as many people who think they won't vote for them from voting,” specifically young people, African Americans and Hispanics. But beyond that, Noah wanted to know if Clinton thinks Trump will try to undermine the legitimacy of the entire election if he loses.
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China on Tuesday declared a primary election for pro-democracy parties in Hong Kong "illegal", saying it violated the new national security law. The city's leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that the voting was subversive in that it was an attempt to undermine the parliament and deliberately block government proposals. “If this so-called primary election's purpose is to achieve the ultimate goal of delivering what they called '35-plus' [the majority of lawmakers], with the objective of objecting or resisting every policy initiative of the HKSAR government, it may fall into the category of subverting the state power – one of the four types of offences under the national security law,” Ms Lam said.
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