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
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
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)
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)
1 Crate & Barrel
Hayes Marble and Wood
Salt and Pepper Set
Large Lamp Table
3 House of Morrison
4 Modern Lake House, NYC
5 Teak Warehouse
Woodrock Teak Coffee Table
6 Restoration Hardware
Aspen French Oak Platform Bed
7 Restoration Hardware
Soren Leather Chair
PHOTOS: (IN ORDER) COURTESY OF CRATE & BARREL, AERIN, HOUSE OF MORRISON, DONNA DOTAN, TEAK WAREHOUSE, AND RESTORATION HARDWARE
At the helm of his design firm (with two area showrooms, in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, and another in Park City, Utah), Barclay Butera draws inspiration from Old Hollywood and West Palm Beach, as well as architecture, fashion and travel to design coastal-chic interiors. He also regularly works with different licensing partners to create furniture collections and home decor.
“I wanted to create a collection of furnishings that had all the glamour and sophistication of the Hollywood Regency period, but had a fresh, traditional twist”
At the end of 2017, Butera launched two collections with Lexington Home Brands, a company he has known for over two decades. “We had discussed doing a collection together for several years and finally the timing was right,” the designer says. “Lexington came to me for my ideas and to bring a fresh approach to a new traditional sensibility.”
For President and CEO of Lexington Home Brands Phil Haney, teaming with the tastemaker offers a modern direction. The brand launch, he notes, “represents a milestone because it’s the first time we have partnered with an interior designer to collaboratively reimagine a style category.”
In contrast to Butera’s more beach-casual, aptly named Newport Beach collection for Lexington Home Brands, his Brentwood collection pays tribute to the L.A. neighborhood of the same name near Beverly Hills, reflecting a sense of elegance and a refined aesthetic. “I wanted to create a collection of furnishings that had all the glamour and sophistication of the Hollywood Regency period, but had a fresh, traditional twist,” Butera says.
With a nod to the fashion and romance of this era, Brentwood strikes the perfect balance between formal and casual. “Working in tandem with the Lexington design team is a dream,” the designer adds. “We came to the table with our designs and ideas and they made them come to life. It was really exciting to see the first prototypes.”
The Wilshire gray finish (a warm graphite coloration, hand-waxed to enhance the depth and clarity of the wood), soft textured silvers and ebony inlays with a rich layering of chic textiles give the Brentwood pieces a subtly formal look and feel. “I am crazy over the infusion of black nickel hardware and the subtle Asian influences in this collection,” Butera says. “Classic shades of ivory, dove gray and soft celadon were the perfect mix to off set the dark wood and rich metal finishes.”
With its formal yet comfortable vibe, the Brentwood furniture collection offers “a luxury interpretation of today’s new traditional style,” according to Butera. Seeing his role as a therapist for the home, the designer expresses his creativity through new projects constantly.
Given the success of this collaboration between Butera and Lexington, a new collection is set to launch in spring of 2019 in Lexington’s main showroom at High Point Market in North Carolina. Locally, the Brentwood furniture collection and Barclay Butera’s products are available online at barclaybutera.com.
Photographs: courtesy of Barclay Butera
(clockwise from top left) Westwood writing desk; Naples cocktail ottoman; Sydney chairs with brass caster and Naples leather cocktail ottoman; Kathryn arm chair and side chair; and Sheffield cocktail ottomans.
Inspired by the unconventional, bohemian style embodies eclectic, free-spirited fun, reflected by a variety of textures and prints
Aerin Wicker Hurricane
Products similar to the home accessories at Casa Cook Kos.
in Greece, casacook.com
Sling Chair (in navy)
Grace Grey Pillow
Aerin Wicker Wall Mirror
Photographs: (in order) courtesy of Allmodern, Williams Sonoma, Casa Cook Kos, Serena & Lily, House of Morrison and Modshop
Flower Wall Decoration
Capri Beach Towel
Bombay Side Table
Designed by Link Outdoor
PUBLIC® C7 Bike
Endless Summer Collection
Trade only, zinctextile.com
Eastport Striped Umbrella
Linen Broken Appliqué Pillow
by Kelly Hoppen (Square)
Grand Maison 3 Wick
Coleman 54 QT.
Photographs: (in order) courtesy of Boconcept, Serena & Lily, Thomas Lavin, Zinc Textile (lifestyle), Restoration Hardware, Voluspa and Crate&Barrel