The Diamondhouse

When I spotted this studio addition in Los Angeles, my mind immediately recalled my dream dollhouse as a child. Perfectly dainty and floral-inspired, I remember wishing for a home just like this one. And although I never managed to hunt down the perfect match (clearly I hadn’t befriended XTEN architecture firm on the playground), I’d say finding this one years later is just as fun.

Don’t you love how the geometric angles sharpen the feminine perforations? A perfect mix of hard masculinity with soft finishes. And with gorgeous views from every angle, the creative blend of architectural elements add so much to the beautiful surroundings.

That’s it, Barbie… pack your bags! We’re movin’ in.

Image Credit: Art Gray via Trendir

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Alexandra Becket

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Alexandra is a textile designer turned home renovation specialist and interior designer.  In 2010, she and her husband started ModOp, a renovation company that modernizes distressed properties.  Once the renovation is complete, Alexandra stages the property utilizing customized artwork and accessories that she creates; the result appears as an effortless combination of her skills as an artist / textile designer and interior designer.

The area outside this Los Feliz condo unit is lush and green; Alexandra has effectively brought this environment indoors through the use of her hand painted silk textiles.  I especially love the reupholstered seat cushions on the vintage dining chairs. Her work reflects a great affection towards mid-century modern design.

After completely a rather extensive renovation of this Spanish Bungalow, Alexandra put her interior skills to work.  She masterfully combines seemingly disparate patterns in the patchwork kilim rug and the wingback chair covered in her custom textile design.  For the complete story of this renovation, check out the LA Times story here.

Above are few examples of Alexandra’s textile designs. She uses a process similar to batik where a water-based resist is used first to draw the design. The design is painted over with water-based paints that she mixes to create her custom palette.  Once the artwork is heat set, the resist disappears leaving a “reveal” or the lines of the design.  It’s not difficult to see why her one-of-kind prints have been acquired by home décor and fashion clients including Anthropologie, Trina Turk, Pottery Barn and more.

Alexandra’s artwork frequency focuses on architecture.  She finds inspiration throughout the varied landscape of her hometown, Los Angeles.  As the granddaughter of Welton Becket, the architect who designed some of L.A.’s most famous landmarks (Capitol Records, the Music Center, the Beverly Hilton, the Pan Pacific Auditorium, and others) she is influenced by the geometry of modernism, the sharp angles and graceful curvature.  The top image of Capitol Records pays tribute to her Grandfather in her own talented, artistic way.

Meet Alexandra in person, hear more about her current projects and have the opportunity to see some of her custom home accessories in person!  I, for one, think that these will be hitting some hip LA interior shops soon (and beyond) but I guess we will have to wait and see wait Alexandra has to say about that !  August 30th at the FLOR West Hollywood store.

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Alexandra Becket’s website

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Moby’s Architecture

 

Did you know Moby, the talented musician, is passionate about architecture? Not the well known icons of L.A., but as one might expect it is the off the beaten track fare that catches his attention. Moby is telling stories, through his chosen medium of photography, about his vision and connection to the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The creative spirit finds expression in a multitude of ways. I appreciate the opportunity to selectively see the world through Moby’s eyes.

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