After working on several remodeling projects together during the past few years—including their own home—local Realtor Mia Trudeau and Janik Roskovani of JR Builders (and Trudeau’s fiance) found that most of the flooring and tile showrooms they frequented offered neither a relaxed atmosphere or ample product expertise.
That’s when the pair (with Trudeau’s eye and passion for design, and Roskovani’s wealth of pricing and luxury remodeling know-how) decided to open Plank & Stone, a one-stop shop where designers, builders and developers (as well as first-time homeowners and remodelers) can gather to plan and design their projects—whether that be remodeling or building a residential or commercial project—with an expert’s guidance every step of the way.
“We are so passionate about design and remodeling,” says Trudeau. “My background in real estate sales of 16 years with Hilton & Hyland, and Janik’s passion for building with 20 years of experience, makes us a build ‘dream’ team. I have held many clients’ hands in the redevelopment of major projects across L.A. and abroad, as well as several of my own properties, and Janik specializes in luxury home remodeling and commercial build-outs, as well as flooring and tile installation. So, we decided to team up on a ‘we-work’ type of atmosphere where our clients can get everything in one place.”
Set to open at the end of June at 729 North La Brea Ave., the Plank & Stone showroom will feature two conference rooms where customers can plan their projects, along with walls and cabinets chocked full of samples that can be used in their projects.
Think flooring, porcelain, stone, wood, tiles and more, in an array of colors and finishes, from top vendors including Villagio, Legno Bastone, Duchateau, Arizona Tile, SapienStone and Florim, just to name a few. A member of Plank & Stone’s team will be available to assist with pricing and selecting products, while the new company also will offer clients with the opportunity to complete their projects with JR Builders.
“First you have to have a dream, then you must execute that and make a plan, and the most important part is the actual building of the project,” Trudeau says. “This is what most of our clients are afraid of, and many don’t know where to begin; we help them make it right from the start.” Coming up: the pair plan to open an off-shoot of their showroom in Malibu or Studio City. plankandstone.com
With the announcement of Pantone’s 2019 The color of the Year, forgo fear and apply this optimistic, playful and eye-catching tone at home
1 MM LAMPADARI BALLOTON TABLE LAMP BY MATTEO ZORZENONI, MMLAMPADARI.COM
2 HONEYCOMB STUDIO CORAL + GOLD MINIMALIST BUD VASE, $16, HONEYCOMB STUDIO.COM
3 MONTAUK PROJECT BY STUDIO ROBERT MCKINLEY, ROBERTMCKINLEY.COM
4 YORK WALLCOVERINGS LUXURY PAISLEY, $64.99/ROLL, YORKWALL.COM
5 HAY KALEIDO, $20-65, US.HAY.DK
6 KITCHEN AID ARTISAN® SERIES 5 QUART TILT-HEAD STAND MIXER, $499.99, KITCHENAID.COM
7 ANTHROPOLOGIE VELVET ELOWEN CHAIR $398, ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MM LAMPADARI, HONEYCOMB STUDIO, NICOLE FRANZEN (LIFESTYLE), YORK WALLCOVERINGS, HAY, KITCHEN AID AND ANTHROPOLOGIE
It’s an urban oasis, as immersive and cool as a Mediterranean breeze and just as refreshing. The Rooftop Park crowning RH West Hollywood – The Gallery is an eden, complete with a reproduction of the storied Louvre sculpture “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” which surveys the City of Angels with some drama.
Working in collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen Gilliam & Kroeger, RH Chairman, and CEO Gary Friedman projected the flagship, a showpiece of Venetian plaster, Tucson colonnades and Hellenic touches, straight onto reinvigorated Melrose Avenue.
As described by Friedman:“The Gallery on Melrose Avenue is a study and a reflection of human design in regard to balance, symmetry and proportion, while respecting the hierarchy and integration of environment, architecture and humanity to create a feeling of harmony.”
More residential than retail, the stunningly conceptualized store—40,000 square feet of exquisite interiors, garden courtyards and outdoor terraces trellised with climbing vines—opens to the street, raising the stakes for experiential trade.
To say that the Rooftop Park is the crescendo of it all is to say quite a lot, but this gift to the neighborhood is an invitation for an exodus, with graciously appointed green space and a view that thrills.
Conjured in the spirit the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, the splendid exterior is flush with decomposed granite, century-old olive trees in massive steel planters accented with waterfalling rosemary, and a centrally installed trellis festooned with canvas that flaps like the sails on a boat in calm waters.
The Park is further adorned with a 40-foot-long table made from reclaimed pine and long low sofas. Aromas of citrus and French lavender waft through the air while shimmering chandeliers and cooing fountains stir an intimacy for showcasing RH Outdoor collections. With its angelic anchor presiding over the immediate scene and the Hollywood Hills beyond, one’s impression comes clear and quick: it’s absolutely divine. restorationhardware.com
Bold, powerful and elegant—versatile black decor brings depth, adds drama and creates an edgy, sophisticated look
1 BOCONCEPT DIMAS RUG, $1,919, BOCONCEPT.COM
2 CRATE & BARREL KENTON BLACK 5-PIECE SETTING, $64.95, CRATEANDBARREL.COM
3 NEW YORK CITY PROJECT BY JAE JOO FOR HOMEPOLISH
4 MOOOI RANDOM LIGHT LED FLOOR LAMP BY BERTJAN POT, MOOOI.COM
5 HAY J42 CHAIR BLACK BY BØRGE MOGENSEN, $445, HAY.DK
6 LIGNE ROSET TOGO BY MICHEL DUCAROY, $2,415, LIGNE-ROSET.COM
7 LIGNE ROSET FANCY CHIC BY FRÉDÉRIC RUYANT, $1,960, LIGNE-ROSET.COM
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF BOCONCEPT, CRATE & BARREL, JULIA ROBBS FOR HOMEPOLISH (LIFESTYLE), MOOOI, HAY AND LIGNE ROSET
1 DESIGN WITHIN REACH PH ARTICHOKE LAMP BY POUL HENNINGSEN, $11,598 – $17,970, DWR.COM
2 COLE & SON PRISM WALLPAPER (112/7025), COLE-AND-SON.COM
3 BOCONCEPT WATCH ME CLOCK, $89, BOCONCEPT.COM
4 ALESSI SALAD BOWL BY BRUNO MORETTI AND GUY SAVOY, $265, ALESSI.COM
5 SPECIAL EDITIONS OF THE EGG, SWAN AND DROP CHAIRS BY ARNE JACOBSEN, MANUFACTURED BY REPUBLIC OF FRITZ HANSEN, FRITZHANSEN.COM
6 MUUTO TILE CUSHION BY ANDERSSEN & VOLL, MUUTO.COM
7 DESIGN WITHIN REACH NOGUCHI TABLE BY ISAMU NOGUCHI, $1,895, DWR.COM
8 KARTELL MASTERS CHAIR BY PHILIPPE STARCK WITH EUGENI QUITLLET, KARTELL.COM
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF DESIGN WITHIN REACH, COLE & SON, BOCONCEPT, ALESSI, REPUBLIC OF FRITZ HANSEN (LIFESTYLE), MUUTO AND KARTELL
Combine elements of wood and leather with neutral hues, natural materials, and organic accents to warm your space and create a rustically elegant atmosphere.
1 TIMOTHY OULTON ODEON FLOOR LAMP, TIMOTHYOULTON.COM
2 RESTORATION HARDWARE DISTRESSED WOOL RUG, STARTING AT $495, RH.COM
3 PENDELTON MOTOR ROBE WITH LEATHER CARRIER, $99.50, PENDELTON-USA.COM
4 ROTHKO SIDE TABLE FROM TEAK WAREHOUSE, TEAKWAREHOUSE.COM
5 ENVIRONMENT DRIFT CHAIR, ENVIRONMENTFURNITURE.COM
6 TIMOTHY OULTON WESTMINSTER BUTTON SOFA, TIMOTHYOULTON.COM
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF TIMOTHY OULTON, RESTORATION HARDWARE, PENDELTON, TEAK WAREHOUSE AND ENVIRONMENT
Designer Brendan Ravenhill is a master of craft and a disciple of its many traditions. He learned building principles from his father; sharpened his skills constructing a timber-frame barn; and studied both sculpture and industrial design.
He learned to build wooden boats in Maine, took up metal work in Brooklyn, and based Brendan Ravenhill Studio, his workshop meets atelier, amid the rich manufacturing culture of Los Angeles.
“Building things with my hands triggered a lifetime of making,” says Ravenhill, who for having such a multifaceted background, is a simple guy. As are his American-made designs—honest, thoughtful, original work, devoid of artifice and ornamentation, the real deal. Still active in the furniture realm, Ravenhill is an especially bright spot in contemporary lighting design. His chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces nod to Mid-century modern design but radiate a timeless quality. “It’s really what we’re known for,” he says.
Of Ravenhill’s lighting lines, all are separately themed but solidly conceived, with some, like the striking, geometricized Ada Sconce, suitable for both interior and exterior applications. The minimalist metal shades of the Grain family make the pendants ideal for silhouetting solo or together at different lengths for a dimensional look.
The Church collection of exposed globes is lustrously L.A, an idea initially conceptualized for the city’s Bethlehem Baptist Church by California Modernist Rudolph Schindler and featuring a simple framework of cords and rods that link the lights’ floating bulbs.
All formations of the line are clean and unobtrusive, with a contemplative quality that
Each assemblage celebrates a logical use of materials. In this rationality is the beauty, and in this, is Ravenhill, who designs for simplicity, yes, but from a deeply theoretical place.
Looking to craft and physics to influence his process, Ravenhill says, “Lighting is a great medium for me. It’s sculptural,
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF BRENDAN RAVENHILL STUDIO
“Glass captures the process of remembering and, as the light fades, forgetting,” says artist and designer Alison Berger. “Light is the medium, glass is the material, and memory—elusive as it is—is my theme.”
After working as an architect for many years, in 1994, the Texas-born artist launched Alison Berger Glassworks in Los Angeles, where she is still based today. Using age-old glass blowing techniques, she creates timeless light fixtures, objects, furnishings
“My process is intense, physical, and time-consuming,” Berger confesses. “Though I love to experiment and push boundaries, my tools and techniques are essentially the same ones used thousands of years ago. For me, there is no other way.
The history of glassblowing, that sense of the true touch of the hand, is the heart and soul of every object I make.” Quick to acknowledge her talent are international brands, especially in the fashion world. Quick to acknowledge her talent are international brands, especially in the fashion world.
Berger was the first American artist to design a line of accessories for Hermès and was commissioned—along with other artists—by Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, to create an architectural installation as a backdrop for her glass objects at the company’s showroom in Tokyo.
Delicate and full of energy, Berger’s work is also revered by the art world. Some of her pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass. Others have been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.
“My work is based on the visual vocabulary that societies create to manifest their beliefs, desires and rituals,” explains Berger of objects including Victorian fly traps, fireflies, apothecary jars and devices of measure that have inspired this work.
“I am drawn to these pieces because they are simultaneously enigmatic and revealing in what they say about the cultures that invented and utilized them. Rendered in
Like memory itself, these glass objects, sculptures, and furnishings transcend time and place.” Elegant and subtle, all Berger’s creations achieve to capture the magic of light in a mysterious way. “Each one of my objects is unique, yet as a set they feel related, like brothers and sisters,” she says. alisonbergerglassworks.com
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF ALISON BERGER (CHANDELIER), JOSHUA WHITE (TABLE AND BENCH), AND MONICA MAY (PORTRAIT)
Of the natural world, modern architecture genius Frank Lloyd Wright said: “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” This certainly worked out for the architect of Fallingwater, which arguably is the greatest physical expression of the idea, though far from the only one.
In the sumptuous new tome from Rizzoli, Houses by the Shore: At Home with the Water—River, Lake, Sea, by Oscar Riera Ojeda and Byron Hawes, there are 35, all of which the Wright way take shapes in striking architecture that draws its power—and poetry—from a natural context.
It is an astoundingly beautiful world we inhabit and the inhabitations in Houses by the Shore equally so. Each recently completed residence is an architectural strategy conceived to respond to the environment that overlooks an exquisite watery expanse.
Differing in cultural and geographic inspirations—architectural examples hail from every continent (of the many in North America, four are in California alone)—all homes feature a clear organic chemistry—of
“There are few universal truths in a world way too big for a singularity of ideals and ideas,” according to Hawes’ introduction to Houses by the Shore.
“Few common goals or pursuits that transcend age and sex; geography and religion. Health and happiness. The ability to protect and nurture one’s loved ones. And maybe, just maybe, a little slice of paradise to one day call home.” Paradise is a good point.
Although many of us reside in spaces we consider to be this very thing, Houses by the Shore argues for aspiring to more—either expanding a notion of what this space might be or creating something completely new.
Case in point: Private Holiday House, a waterfront pied-à-terre in Gargnano, Italy, where Titus Bernhard Architeken melded Old World style with high-concept design.
A structure conceived as one that has risen from the ashes, as described in the book, the home derives its character from warm, rustic materials and exploits tremendous physical space and a monumental view of Lake Garda for a contemporary take on classic Italian design.
In Cachagua, Chile, architect Cristian Hrdalo ensconced a handmade concrete form in natural wood to create a home in dramatic contrast to its steep hillside site. Featuring a rich interplay of indoor and outdoor living spaces and an ocean-facing orientation, the pool is a particular highlight of the home.
Positioned down a part-grade from the house’s floor level, the pool offers unobstructed views of the sea and the beach for an opposing but complementary visual appeal. Floating above, a deck allows for observation of varying outlooks with water the common denominator.
And in New York, Field House by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects is exposed to the ocean and a pond. Set between them, the home is both shelter and an extension of the exterior vicinity.
Conceptualized to consider wind and flooding, the home also features a pool, but takes
As these and all other examples in the book show, modern waterfront living is a beautifully minimalist idea, but one often more complex than meets the eye. rizzoliusa.com
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF © HOUSES BY THE SHORE BY OSCAR RIERA OJEDA AND BYRON HAWES, RIZZOLI NEW YORK, 2018
1 Le Labo
Santal 26 Home Diffuser
Stars Letter Opener
4 Serena & Lily
Henley Wool Throw
Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry
Medium by Nika Zupanc
6 Smith Street Books
Winter: Warm Recipes
for Cold Nights
Afunk 360 Degrees Bluetooth
Speaker (Cool Grey/Rose Gold)
8 Voluspa Seasonal Pedesral
3 Wick Tin Candle (Copper Clove)
Umbrella Stand by Fornasetti
1 Made Goods
3 Williams Sonoma
Marble and Copper Round Bowl
4 Jonathan Adler
Canaan Bookend Set
5 Restoration Hardware
Thaddeus Forged Iron and Marble Collection
6 Gubi Gravity Floor Lamp
by Space Copenhagen
7 Crate & Barrel
Wood and Marble Servers (Set of 2)
8 Thomas Lavin
Sumi Table by Christian Liaigre
9 Restoration Hardware
Nicholas Marble Round Side Table
PHOTOS: (IN ORDER) COURTESY OF MADE GOODS, MUUTO, WILLIAMS SONOMA, JONATHAN ADLER, RESTORATION HARDWARE, GUBI, CRATE & BARREL AND THOMAS LAVIN
Mooreland Heights Wreath
Pinecone Spice Jewels
(Set of 2)
3 Circa Lighting
Mia Large Chandelier Designed by John Rosselli
4 Jonathan Adler
1948 Dinner Plate
5 Z Gallerie
Victorial Toasting Flutes
6. Ralph Pucci
Murano Blown Glass Designed by Fabio Maria Micucci
& Created by Maestro
Andea Zilio, ralphpucci.net
7 Pottery Barn Monique Lhuillier Marlowe Flatware
8 L’Objet Garland
Spice Jewels (Set of 2)
Vibrant table setting by West Elm, westelm.com
PHOTOS: (IN ORDER) COURTESY OF FRONTGATE, L’OBJET, CIRCA LIGHTING, Z GALLERIE, RALPH PUCCI, POTTERY BARN AND WEST ELM (LIFESTYLE)