Tour a Midcentury-Inspired Hollywood Hills Idyll

Karine Monié
·7 min read

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.

A light-filled room with a view of an olive tree from the late 1800s. The Pierre Jeanneret daybed was reupholstered in Cavallini olive pony hair from Edelman and the artwork, Yesterday’s Treasures (1989), is by Ed Ruscha.
A light-filled room with a view of an olive tree from the late 1800s. The Pierre Jeanneret daybed was reupholstered in Cavallini olive pony hair from Edelman and the artwork, Yesterday’s Treasures (1989), is by Ed Ruscha.

“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.

Each side of the custom bed was upholstered in Ralph Lauren cashmere, and the side tables were created with a pair of Milo Baughman chests of drawers from West Coast Modern LA. The white wool kilim rug is from Lawrence of La Brea; the midcentury two-arm sconce is from Stilnovo; and the untitled artwork, a self-portrait, is by Chinese painter Guo Jinyi.
Each side of the custom bed was upholstered in Ralph Lauren cashmere, and the side tables were created with a pair of Milo Baughman chests of drawers from West Coast Modern LA. The white wool kilim rug is from Lawrence of La Brea; the midcentury two-arm sconce is from Stilnovo; and the untitled artwork, a self-portrait, is by Chinese painter Guo Jinyi.

“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.”

Tour a Midcentury-Inspired Hollywood Hills Idyll 

In the kitchen of a midcentury-inspired Hollywood Hills home designed by OSKLO, the blackened steel hood was custom-made, the countertops in honed negro d’Alba are from Stoneland, the spun fiber table lamp was purchased in Morocco, and the American Folk stool is from the 1930s. The knotted burl bowl on the custom concrete finished island was bought in Japan.
In the kitchen of a midcentury-inspired Hollywood Hills home designed by OSKLO, the blackened steel hood was custom-made, the countertops in honed negro d’Alba are from Stoneland, the spun fiber table lamp was purchased in Morocco, and the American Folk stool is from the 1930s. The knotted burl bowl on the custom concrete finished island was bought in Japan.
In the dining room, the vintage industrial O.C. White ceiling pendant from 1stdibs hangs above the cerused/limed oak Belgian dining table from Lucca Antiques surrounded by Pierre Jeanneret cane chairs.
In the dining room, the vintage industrial O.C. White ceiling pendant from 1stdibs hangs above the cerused/limed oak Belgian dining table from Lucca Antiques surrounded by Pierre Jeanneret cane chairs.
Furnished with outdoor teak chaise longues from Sutherland, the terrace provides peaceful views of the swimming pool and natural surroundings.
Furnished with outdoor teak chaise longues from Sutherland, the terrace provides peaceful views of the swimming pool and natural surroundings.
A chocolate-brown mohair sofa from JF Chen and the Cloud coffee table by Paul Frankl take center stage and sit on a vintage carpet from Marrakech. On the right, the custom bar in honed bronze vena stone is from Stoneland and the Danish 1940s Viggo Boesen–style lounge chair upholstered in cream shearling is next to a Rick Owens bronze side table. On the left, the Alta single armchair by Oscar Niemeyer combines with the Jean Prouvé Swing Jib lamp.
A chocolate-brown mohair sofa from JF Chen and the Cloud coffee table by Paul Frankl take center stage and sit on a vintage carpet from Marrakech. On the right, the custom bar in honed bronze vena stone is from Stoneland and the Danish 1940s Viggo Boesen–style lounge chair upholstered in cream shearling is next to a Rick Owens bronze side table. On the left, the Alta single armchair by Oscar Niemeyer combines with the Jean Prouvé Swing Jib lamp.
The upholstered sofa in white Belgian linen from Harbour and Pierre Jeanneret chairs reupholstered in Cavallini olive pony hair from Edelman sit on a silver wool Soumak rug from Lawrence of La Brea and surround a custom coffee table by OSKLO.
The upholstered sofa in white Belgian linen from Harbour and Pierre Jeanneret chairs reupholstered in Cavallini olive pony hair from Edelman sit on a silver wool Soumak rug from Lawrence of La Brea and surround a custom coffee table by OSKLO.
In the main living space, the Jean Prouvé S.C.A.L. metal and wood daybed (circa 1950) combines with a Jacques Adnet leather chair (from the 1960s). Both the Stag T stools and the brown Alchemy bench from Carpenters Workshop Gallery are by Rick Owens. The photograph above the fireplace is by Kerry Skarbakka and the silver wool Soumak rug is from Lawrence of La Brea.
In the main living space, the Jean Prouvé S.C.A.L. metal and wood daybed (circa 1950) combines with a Jacques Adnet leather chair (from the 1960s). Both the Stag T stools and the brown Alchemy bench from Carpenters Workshop Gallery are by Rick Owens. The photograph above the fireplace is by Kerry Skarbakka and the silver wool Soumak rug is from Lawrence of La Brea.
Each side of the custom bed was upholstered in Ralph Lauren cashmere, and the side tables were created with a pair of Milo Baughman chests of drawers from West Coast Modern LA. The white wool kilim rug is from Lawrence of La Brea; the midcentury two-arm sconce is from Stilnovo; and the untitled artwork, a self-portrait, is by Chinese painter Guo Jinyi.
Each side of the custom bed was upholstered in Ralph Lauren cashmere, and the side tables were created with a pair of Milo Baughman chests of drawers from West Coast Modern LA. The white wool kilim rug is from Lawrence of La Brea; the midcentury two-arm sconce is from Stilnovo; and the untitled artwork, a self-portrait, is by Chinese painter Guo Jinyi.
In this exterior area, adorned with a cast concrete sculpture of a man placed on a custom white pedestal, the Sonoma forge rustic nickel spout is from EuroConcepts and the Ora dining table and chairs are from Harbour Outdoor.
In this exterior area, adorned with a cast concrete sculpture of a man placed on a custom white pedestal, the Sonoma forge rustic nickel spout is from EuroConcepts and the Ora dining table and chairs are from Harbour Outdoor.
A few pieces of furniture and accessories—such as the Zig Zag chair by Gerrit Rietveld, the cast bronze vase by Rick Owens, the cast marble bust of a man, and the vintage Isfahan Persian handmade wool and silk rug—adorn the walk-in closet, making it both functional and stylish.
A few pieces of furniture and accessories—such as the Zig Zag chair by Gerrit Rietveld, the cast bronze vase by Rick Owens, the cast marble bust of a man, and the vintage Isfahan Persian handmade wool and silk rug—adorn the walk-in closet, making it both functional and stylish.
The custom oak cabinetry with hard-brushed Zola gray stone is from Stoneland, and the glass Scotch sconces by Oscar & Sergi Devesa are from Plug Lighting.
The custom oak cabinetry with hard-brushed Zola gray stone is from Stoneland, and the glass Scotch sconces by Oscar & Sergi Devesa are from Plug Lighting.
The tones of the custom bed upholstered in cream linen by OSKLO and the antique hand knotted Persian Malayer wool rug from Woven Accents perfectly match, while the colors of the Espresso wood side tables from Holly Hunt and the Hans Olsen midcentury Danish leather Balloon Chair from Orange create contrasts.
The tones of the custom bed upholstered in cream linen by OSKLO and the antique hand knotted Persian Malayer wool rug from Woven Accents perfectly match, while the colors of the Espresso wood side tables from Holly Hunt and the Hans Olsen midcentury Danish leather Balloon Chair from Orange create contrasts.
An oil painting by Robert Malherbe from BDDW adorns the wall above the custom tub by OSKLO in extra honed ceppo di gre stone from Stoneland, with Vola tub fittings from EuroConcepts. The Roger Tallon folding stool is from 1stdibs.
An oil painting by Robert Malherbe from BDDW adorns the wall above the custom tub by OSKLO in extra honed ceppo di gre stone from Stoneland, with Vola tub fittings from EuroConcepts. The Roger Tallon folding stool is from 1stdibs.
The bed—with a white linen slipcover from James Perse—is placed on a Moroccan rug from Woven Accents. The photograph is by LeRoy Grannis, the Maker’s Book Rack is from Lawson Fenning, and the Spanish chair is by Børge Mogensen.
The bed—with a white linen slipcover from James Perse—is placed on a Moroccan rug from Woven Accents. The photograph is by LeRoy Grannis, the Maker’s Book Rack is from Lawson Fenning, and the Spanish chair is by Børge Mogensen.
A light-filled room with a view of an olive tree from the late 1800s. The Pierre Jeanneret daybed was reupholstered in Cavallini olive pony hair from Edelman and the artwork, Yesterday’s Treasures (1989), is by Ed Ruscha.
A light-filled room with a view of an olive tree from the late 1800s. The Pierre Jeanneret daybed was reupholstered in Cavallini olive pony hair from Edelman and the artwork, Yesterday’s Treasures (1989), is by Ed Ruscha.
At the entrance of the house, the 18th-century French marble bust of Royal Commander was placed on a cut concrete stand from Caché surrounded by gray stone spheres on the floor (from unknown source). The stone urn planter is from Big Daddy’s Antiques.
At the entrance of the house, the 18th-century French marble bust of Royal Commander was placed on a cut concrete stand from Caché surrounded by gray stone spheres on the floor (from unknown source). The stone urn planter is from Big Daddy’s Antiques.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest