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Awards ceremony honors two of the Beach Cities real estate community’s “founding fathers” in tribute to Jack Gillespie and Arnold Goldstein.

A Lifetime of Achievement: Jack Gillespie & Arnold Goldstein

Jack Gillespie | South Bay Brokers

Arnold Goldstein | Shorewood Realtors

The Beach Cities real estate community came together to celebrate and honor Jack Gillespie and Arnold Goldstein with “Lifetime Achievement Awards in Beach Cities Real Estate” on January 13th at the Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach in recognition of their positive influence on the careers and lives of so many. Their passion and foresight provided a platform and roadmap for many others to follow and succeed.

Arnold Goldstein established Shorewood Realtors in 1969, bringing aboard Larry Wolf as a business partner in 1979. Shorewood grew to be the largest independent brokerage in the South Bay, reaching 450 agents and $2 billion in sales at its peak in 2006.

“The evening brought my wildest dreams to reality seeing so many of our people that I have not seen for a long time,” Goldstein said. “I wish my partner Larry Wolf was there so we could share the evening together.”

Jack Gillespie, along with partners Jim VanZanten and Annette Graw formed South Bay Brokers in 1985. Gillespie and VanZanten ran an extremely successful company for 30 years. “To receive recognition from your peers is the ultimate honor,” Gillespie said. “In a competitive business it is great to know you are respected by your competitors.”

Gillespie and Goldstein spawned hundreds of real estate careers over the years, and were affectionately referred to as “founding fathers,” according to Master of Ceremonies Chris Plank.

Colleagues shared funny and heartwarming stories. A recurrent theme expressed by many speakers was the sense of family felt within both companies, a remarkable culture given the competitive nature of the business.

Although South Bay Brokers was sold in 2015 and Shorewood was sold in 2014, the legacies created by Gillespie and Goldstein live on today. In a packed room filled with the top agents from virtually every brokerage in the area, camaraderie was the tone of the evening as both men received standing ovations from the crowd and were thanked for their mentorship, guidance, leadership and friendship.

“It’s a night I’ll never forget,” Goldstein said. Arnold reflected after the event. “We had love and that love was reignited again at the award ceremony. It was a reminder of how much I care about them and miss seeing them daily. They were so much a part of my world. I miss them all over again.”

 

Images By: Kieron McKay (DIGS)

The Butterfly House

Both convinced of the importance to connect with nature, co-owners of Joe McGuire Design, Joe McGuire (who founded the Aspen-based studio in 2005) and Matthew Tenzin (a former Buddhist monk), strive to design “spaces that truly ‘feel good’ and that support personal growth and well-being on all levels.” One sees this philosophy translated through “a balance of light, color, pattern, texture, function, and flow,” according to the duo.

For two years, McGuire and Tenzin put their vision at the service of this home, which is located only two blocks from downtown Aspen yet still feels peaceful. Built on a small, corner lot, the structure designed by Z Group Architects consists of a central block flanked by two wings, alluding to the shape of a butterfly.

Inspired by the natural surroundings, the exterior of the house is made of cedar, limestone and glass. Core to the project was creating a seamless indoor-outdoor connection and reflecting a sense of openness in all areas. Inside, the mountain vistas are truly part of the decor and muted, natural tones prevail.

In the airy, double-height living room—which was elevated by Z Group Architects to maximize the views—McGuire and Tenzin carefully chose each of the pieces of furniture to cultivate a sense of harmony. The white sectional sofa by Viesso sits on a custom pale blue Tibetan rug in silk and wool, complementing a swivel chair, a marble and gilded coffee table (both by HD Buttercup), and a Swoon lounge chair by Space Copenhagen. A chandelier by Lambert & Fils adds drama.

A continuation of the living room aesthetic, the dining area features a BenchCraft Custom Woodwork table and sohoConcept chairs (all in white oak), as well as an adjustable-height pendant light fixture by Fort Standard. Furnished with LAXseries stools, the custom European Poggenpohl kitchen was designed by Joe McGuire Design in collaboration with Studio 2b. In the main living space, which mostly follows a clear color scheme, exposed steel beams offer an industrial touch while providing visual contrast.

A glass bridge leads to the bedrooms situated on each wing. In the master suite—surrounded by big windows offering a panorama of trees and mountainous terrain—the cedar-paneled ceiling and the Mesa Verde rug by Masland add warmth while HW Home cushions, a Bensen U Turn club chair and a stunning piece of art bring pops of colors.

“For many of us, relaxed, unscheduled time with friends and loved ones seems increasingly hard to find in the rush of modern life,” say  McGuire and Tenzin. 

“And when we do find those cherished moments of shared connection or restorative time alone, it makes such a difference when our living spaces are thoughtfully and intuitively designed to uplift and enhance the quality of our moment-by-moment experience. Through decades of honing our craft and attuning ourselves to the subtleties of spaces, we have found that when interiors are not just beautiful, but infused with a sense of serenity, comfort, artfulness, and soul, they naturally draw us into the moment together—and make such moments easier to savor, enjoy and remember.”

McGuire and Tenzin’s subtle approach where balance is key is translated into this luxury modern and restful home. joemcguiredesign.com

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF GIBEON PHOTOGRAPHY

Alison Berger creates home art

Alison Berger’s Timeless Objects For Home Art

 “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 and large-scale sculptures. 

“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 glass, altered in scale and stripped of decoration, their essence is exposed. These pieces represent a reinterpretation that makes them feel contemporary and Old World.

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)

Harmonious Living with Nature in Malibu with Alexander Design

Although Vanessa Alexander started her career in the entertainment industry—working in the field for several years—it is not by chance that she took the leap into design. Alexander honed her great taste and creativity from a young age: Her mother was a passionate art collector and the designer’s international experiences gave her the opportunity to discover varied aesthetics.

From the start, Alexander was motivated to shape the perfect home for her family. Now at the helm of her Los Angeles-based design studio, she and her team create residential, hospitality and retail projects for clients all over the country.

“We want to foster a lifestyle and tell the story of an individual, family or business through a comprehensive design that begins from the moment you step onto the property,” she says. “Our style employs a blend of contemporary, custom/bespoke and vintage pieces from a variety of periods, creating a layered feel that is rich in texture and influence yet functional and elegantly effortless.” When designing a new project, Alexander never forgets the first step:

“We draw influence first and foremost from context and surroundings.”

Then she identifies a specific, practical lifestyle that her design must honor. “We are,” she says, “inspired by the way that our clients live or want to live, by light—both natural and curated—and by the rhythm and flow of space.”

Alexander, her husband and their three sons previously resided in a home located on this 2.6-acre plot in the exclusive enclave of Malibu’s Serra Retreat. The family lived in the original structure—a ranch house—during the three-year period of design and permitting before the new structure, created by architect Michael Kovac, took shape. “Living so close really helped understanding the light and land, and was a huge advantage in the design process,” Alexander explains.

Made of two boxes linked by a glass structure, the new, six-bedroom house offers a seamless connection between interior and exterior, made possible through the installation of large glass doors in the living room that fully open up to the garden. Outside, the pool and its cabana, the fire pit and outdoor kitchen with pizza oven allow the family to enjoy an alfresco lifestyle.

Inside, everything was designed with the family in mind. An L-shaped sofa provides comfort; soft colors and textures (sheepskin rugs, linen curtains) add warmth; and metal windows frame beautiful views. Upstairs, the couple’s wing is separated from the kids’ rooms by a catwalk. Leading to a Zen garden with an outdoor shower, the master suite comprises a bedroom, a dressing area and a bath, with each of these areas divided by curtain walls.

Airy and welcoming, peaceful and contemporary, this project reflects Alexander’s vision, and puts lifestyle first. alexanderdb.com

Legendary Photographer Sally Mann

While the world embraces a retouched reality, there’s Sally Mann to remind us all of just how striking unaltered can be. In the paean of contemporary artists, the photographer’s work has carved out a space where she and she alone belongs—somewhere between transgressive and transcendent, the lack of contrivance in her pictures the most beautiful things about them.

 

This month, the J. Paul Getty Museum is giving the legendary lenswoman her due with an exhibit opening Nov. 16. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings marks her first major international survey and will invite viewers to look through her incredibly evocative lens and see why her images have garnered acclaim—and courted controversy—from all corners of the globe.

Sally Mann (American, born 1951), The Turn, 2005, gelatin silver print, Private collection

Organized by the National Gallery of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum, the show is comprised of more than 110 photographs—many exhibited for the first time—that together explore Mann’s relationship to what is familiar and fertile territory for the photographer, the American South, in all its pathos and paradoxes, beauty and sanctuary. Oftentimes with an uncomfortable intimacy, as if one is disturbing something they shouldn’t.

Born and still residing in Virginia, and represented by the Gagosian Gallery, New York, Mann brings a raw depth of perspective to her native land, a subject on which she elaborated with the prose of a poet in her stunning memoir Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs, a finalist for the National Book Award. Split into five sections, divided to explore varying themes from family and land to race and identity, A Thousand Crossings brings the best of Mann to bear—her empathy and elusiveness, brooding and being, and sheer force of one human spirit to both inspire and unsettle. Hers is a vision not easily described. But this show does much to capture the artist as it does the brilliance of her art. getty.edu

(top) R. Kim Rushing, American, born 1961, Sally with camera, about 1998, Gelatin silver paint, Image: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.), Collection of Sally Mann, EX.2018.9.109. (bottom) Sally Mann, American, born 1951, The Turn, 2005, Gelatin silver print, Image: 94.9 x 117.2 cm (37 3/8 x 46 1/8 in.) Private collection Image © Sally Mann, EX.2018.9.81.

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM

A Tastemaker’s Touch

Jeff Andrews has a long list of celebrity clients—Kaley Cuoco, Ryan Seacrest, Michael C. Hall, and Kourtney Kardashian, among them—but always focuses on comfort and functionality, in addition to beauty, in order to create a sense of home, regardless of the resident.

Balanced and harmonious interiors are at the heart of Andrews’s projects. His approach supports bold concepts through an unexpected mix of design elements, materials, and textures, all of which contribute to a feeling of warmth and extravagance.

One sees an influence from architects Frank Gehry and Paul Williams, and interior designers Axel Vervoordt and Billy Haines in Andrews’s work, but he gives all of his attention to his clients, who are his main source of inspiration. “My style, and therefore my work, is constantly evolving,” says Andrews. “I’m inspired by each client and their family, as well as their lifestyle and how they envision living in their home. I’m also guided by each unique project.

The architecture, the setting and location, the surrounding natural elements—they all come into play when I’m designing.” In the community of Hidden Hills, for example, the interior designer imagined a six-bedroom home for the NBA star Tyson Chandler—who settled in the Los Angeles area after many prior moves—and his family.

All the spaces in the home feature a sophisticated mix of vintage and modern pieces, combined with diverse textures and patterns. The atmosphere is both glamorous and pleasant; soft tones, metallic touches, and the wooden floor all contribute to the chic vibe.

When Andrews was trusted to reinvent a pied-à-terre with views over Beverly Hills for another of his clients, he imagined the whole space as airy and open with a “funky” base, according to the designer. With warmth, modernity and rustic the keywords, Andrews unified the penthouse with oak and walnut furnishings, including a floating console in the entry foyer, as well as the kitchen cabinets.

In the magical area of Lake Tahoe, surrounded by mountains, Andrews also designed a weekend and holiday house inspired by the exceptional natural environment. He used natural fibers and organic materials, including its double-height living room—bathed in natural light, thanks to big windows—which opens to the dining room. In the main living space, the fireplace adds the perfect element of coziness with a rustic look.

Pieces of furniture and accessories from McEwen Lighting, Lucca Antiques, Jean de Merry, Mimi London, Gregorius Pineo, Scott Group Custom Carpets, Urban Electric Co. and Exquisite Surfaces—among others—adorn this refuge for a family of five, who lives in San Francisco.

In addition to his interior design projects, Andrews has a furniture line with A. Rudin, a wallpaper line with Astek Wallcovering, a wood surfaces collaboration with Jamie Beckwith and a rug collection with Mansour Modern. What’s more, Andrews’s first and forthcoming new book, The New Glamour: Interiors with Star Quality (Rizzoli) is a sumptuous invitation into his creative and visual world—one that is truly beautiful.

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF GREY CRAWFORD

Katie Hodges Interiors with Soul

The projects of Los Angeles-based interior designer Katie Hodges reflect a timeless aesthetic that combines refined and casual, bohemian and glamour, and classic and modern style

Katie Hodges became an interior designer by chance.

“While I was in college pursuing a career in the medical field (to appease my parents), I worked as a personal assistant to an incredible woman building her dream home,” she recalls.

“This was my first encounter with construction and interior design, and it enamored me! After working together for a few months, the owner noticed I had a good design eye, and before I knew it, I was her personal shopper and home organizer. She encouraged me to continue developing my skills and consider a career in design.”

This experience convinced Hodges to quit her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and follow her passion for design, starting out as intern for a small firm.

During that time, she spent her nights learning all the techniques from AutoCAD drafting to Photoshop to InDesign until she was hired as a full-time assistant one year later.

A fast learner and creative thinker, Hodges launched her eponymous interior design firm in Los Angeles four years ago, offering a personalized approach to every project including residential design, construction (new build and remodels), custom furnishings and architectural consulting.

“My favorite part of the job is that it’s both creative and technical,” she says. “The drafting and construction process keeps the left side of my brain occupied, while selecting furnishings, tiles and colors fulfills my creative right brain.”

Earth tones and natural textures characterize Hodges’s warm aesthetic. Sage green, gray, beige and black evoke a sense of timelessness and help her create spaces that feel comfortable and cozy. “Right now, I am really into playing with a deep eggplant color and camel leather,” she adds.

Nestled in an Art Deco building from the 1930s, one of the Los Angeles apartments Hodges designed combines references to the Spanish architecture and laid-back California influences. In the living room adorned with arches, ceiling beams, a plaster fireplace and a Tiffany-glass window, Hodges focused on a neutral color palette while selecting textural elements and eclectic vintage pieces of furniture such as the black leather safari chairs (sourced online from Denmark), a wooden folk chair and a kilim rug, among others touches.

“My main source of inspiration comes from the city of Los Angeles. There is so much architectural diversity that’s globally influenced—Spanish, English, Moroccan, French… It’s all here,” says Hodges, who observes everything around her and likes to surround herself with design books.

She always keeps an eye on online resources including Pinterest and Instagram and, when asked about her dream project, gives a straightforward answer: “A beachside original Colonial or Spanish with large steel windows.”

Fascinated by the charm of historic properties, Hodges infuses warmth and personality into the spaces that she reinvents for today. katiehodgesdesign.com

Photographs: courtesy of Amy Bartlam

Kelly Hoppen and a New Collection for Restoration Hardware

Designer Kelly Hoppen MBE brings au courant appeal to a new textile collection for Restoration Hardware

In designing a new collection of textiles for Restoration Hardware, London-based Kelly Hoppen MBE has brought her sense of easy elegance to one of the most beloved homewares brands on the planet. Graceful and smart, the line of pillows are given to the organic beauty and informal refinement that characterizes Hoppen’s work and the contemporary aesthetic.

At the height of design, Hoppen has designed homes, jets and yachts for private clients worldwide, but this is her first launch for RH. Which is a bit hard to believe. A look at the line and one immediately senses collaborators with complementary styles; Hoppen with her use of mixed materials, texture and graphic attraction, and RH with its harmonious sophistication and holistically appointed environments

For Kelly Hoppen, “Design is full circle, so fashion, product and interior design, and architecture are all one in the same for me… it’s a creative process,” says the self-taught designer. “My range of soft furnishings for RH is an embodiment of my East meets West design philosophy and I absolutely loved creating this new range with a brand that I absolutely adore.”

So if the line of pillows appears worldly, that’s entirely by design. “Everywhere I visit, I’m inspired by the people, the culture, the food, the sounds and smells, the landscape, the buildings, the beaches, and this translates through into my designs,” continues Hoppen. “These furnishings create soft and sumptuous places to curl up and relax and are perfect for every home.”

Newly launched and neutrally hued, the line is plenty plush. Pillows are fashioned from quality materials (pure linen, soft suede, supple leather) and meticulously detailed with monochromatic appliqués, satin stitching, precise pleats, pintucking, and banding. Offered in an array of sizes and with any-space suitability, the collection defines new modern with a season-less essence that resonates so well in Los Angeles.

Luckily, the collection is available here too, at Restoration Hardware stores throughout L.A., including RH West Hollywood, the Gallery on Melrose Avenue (8564 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA, 90069). restorationhardware.com, kellyhoppeninteriors.com

Schuyler Samperton puts her stamp on the design world

Touted tastemaker Schuyler Samperton puts her stamp on the design world—and an exuberant textile line

L.A.-based interior designer Schuyler Samperton never had a master plan, but always followed her instincts.

“When I was little,” says Schuyler Samperton, the lilt in her voice as lovely as the story she tells, “I would play decorator with samples that my father, an architect, brought home from his office.” Design has always been part of my life.”

Cut from the same cloth as her father, Samperton studied art history with thoughts of a career at Christie’s or Sotheby’s before segueing into the music business and working as a publicist for Fox. Then she met designer Michael S. Smith and he offered her a job.

Two weeks later, she inherited design projects; four years after that, Schuyler Samperton (by then a design manager at the firm) left to start her own company with a co-worker. In 2007, she went solo, and her work has been splashed in the pages of Vogue Living, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest and more.

Celebrated for the elegant, easy aesthetic she employs to transform high-end residential and commercial spaces from coast to coast, Samperton’s comfort zone exists somewhere between these geographies.

Originally from Washington DC, she maintains a house on an island in Maine, a tiny apartment in Miami, and heads her firm in Los Angeles; she designs in all vernaculars and brings a heightened sense of multidimensionality to her work, allowing a project’s specific environment to dictate its character.

Samperton has never fully shed her East Coast side; in fact she rather flaunts it, a Sister Parish for the modern day, with the grand dame’s sensibility for curated flourish.

“I love wallpaper. I love worn rugs. I love pattern on pattern and creating a mood with beautiful lighting—that’s what really feeds my soul,” says Schuyler Samperton.

“I love spaces like that,” particularly if the space is a cozy library.  “Oh, that’s sort of my favorite little spot,” she adds, drawing a picture in words. “Wallpaper, a nice fireplace, a pretty rug, tons of art on the walls, a bunch of pillows—that to me is like heaven.”

A version of heaven is exactly what Samperton creates for her sophisticated clientele. “I went through a point where I had a lot of single men as clients,” she laughs. “It was quite an adventurous bunch for a while, which was really fun because they sort of let me do whatever I wanted. I remember saying to one, ‘I’m just feeling a total Big Sur moment, and he said, ‘I love it, just do it.’”

 

In 2017, the designer launched Schuyler Samperton Textiles with eight patterns in rapturous colorways. Her mother’s scarves inspired some motifs; one is named for the street of her childhood home. Not one to be in a holding pattern, Samperton is currently at work on a 1920’s remodel in Los Feliz, a place for a prominent TV show actress, an apartment for the screenwriters of American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and a jewelry store showroom. It’s a lot, she concedes, but like the spaces she designs, “always something different.” samperton.com

Norton Simon Museum Stages an Exhibit of Ellsworth Kelly’s Lithographs

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Norton Simon Museum stages an exhibit of artist Ellsworth Kelly’s lithographs

In the 1960s, artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015) started creating lithographic prints. At the time the American artist was midway through a successful art career and had confined himself to sketches and sculpture and painting. His first two collections of lithographs, started at roughly the same time, are a study in contrasts, and how things that appear very different on the surface can have more in common than one might initially think.

Currently on display at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly exhibits these two collections side by side: Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs is a collection of brightly colored abstract works; Suite of Plant Lithographs is a classicist’s study, figurative and sparse, of plants, flowers and fruit.

Photographs (from left) Blue and Orange and Green (Bleu et Orange et Vert), 1964-65 Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015), Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 35-3/8 x 23-7/8 in. (89.9 x 60.3 cm), Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist, P.1969.019, © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and Maeght Éditeur; Camellia II, 1964–65 Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015), Transfer lithograph on Rives BFK paper 35-3/8 x 24-1/4 in. (89.9 x 61.6 cm), Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist, 1969, P.1969.044, © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and Maeght Éditeur

Though visually different, the artist meant for the two collections to mingle. Their connection? The soft geometric shapes of Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs were informed by the clear-cut lines and silhouettes of the plant lithographs—and vice versa. “Shape and color are my two strong things,” said Kelly in 2012. “And by doing this, drawing plants has always led me into my paintings and my sculptures.”

The different aesthetics of the two collections makes sense given Kelly’s biography, which includes postwar years spent in Paris studying classic art forms—and drawing plants—followed by a return to America in the 1950s that coincided with a burgeoning Abstract Expressionist movement in New York City. It was there that Kelly set up shop in Lower Manhattan alongside Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and others, and his bold, abstract works found a home.

Accompanying the exhibit are two of Kelly’s paintings. At nearly 30 feet long, “White Over Blue” consists of two oversized panels that hand alongside each other, commissioned for Montreal’s Expo 67. The other is “Red Orange White Green Blue,” a collage of five panels joined together to create an unbroken spectrum across the wall. Should one find oneself seeing double, the exhibit runs through Oct. 29.

For More Information: nortonsimon.org

Written by: Constance Dunn    

Consort: A Consortium of Design Launches Furniture Collection

Already an A-list favorite, Los Angeles-based interior design studio Consort launches its first furniture collection

Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone launched Consort just six years ago. Since then, the studio has become a reference for design connoisseurs. Jessica Alba, Jimmy Kimmel, Ben McKenzie, Nina Dobrev, Shay Mitchell and Sophia Bush are some of the celebrities who have called on Consort, which also works with the trade and all types of customers who are drawn to its casual approach and aesthetic combining California cool and French chic.

Facing growing demand, Sanders and Quattrone took the plunge and opened their first shop in Los Angeles at the end of 2015. The studio is a 2,000-square-foot space on Melrose Avenue with a curated selection of furniture, small decorative items and artworks.

“The internet has been pivotal in growing our design business, and after receiving so many requests for work we weren’t able to take on, we knew we had to open a space to bring our casual-cool look to the homes and spaces of anyone wanting a fashion-forward home without sacrificing comfort and livability,” says Sanders. One success leading to another, the duo launched its second showroom one year later in New York City.

Brandon Quattrone (left) and Mat Sanders (right), founders of Consort

With a consistent approach to design, it rapidly became clear to Sanders and Quattrone that the next step would be to create a furniture collection. In search of inspiration for their new project, the twosome immediately knew that they had to travel to their favorite place in the world: the Paris flea market. There they discovered a leather-bound journal that was their starting point.

“Inspired by this aughts-era tome, we created a furniture collection marrying its modern-day Parisian romp and our undying obsession with French modernism,” says Sanders. Previewed at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) on May 20-23, and available through Consort’s online shop and in its Los Angeles and New York retail spaces starting this summer, the line’s 44 handcrafted pieces, ranging from $550 to $7,500, offer a high level of customization. With 24 finishes (such as wood, lacquer, metal, plaster, glass and leather) and 50 different hues of linens and velvets, literally hundreds of combinations are possible.

Petite Un Accent Table, Lolli chair, Petite Deux Accent Table, Petite Trois Accent Table (from left to right)

“The three big differentiators in our collection are style, customization and price point,” says Sanders. “To celebrate the maker movement, we’ve engaged the country’s premier fabricators to manufacture the pieces all within the U.S. This also offers us the flexibility to fully customize the pieces to the client’s request.”

Focusing on quality and craftsmanship, each piece is made by hand in six to eight weeks across the country. The eye-catching, heart-shaped-back Amour Settee; the timeless, inviting Marcel sofa and the sculptural Petite accent tables—among many other pieces—bring an elevated sense of style to any space. Carefully conceptualized and designed, this collection reflects the importance of every detail.

“After months of sketching and sweating over each piece in our line, we’ve tightened our focus down to the littlest things with the biggest impacts,” Sanders says.

“Since the inception of our interior design firm, we’ve been designing products for our clients and showrooms. This collection reflects a refined vision and cohesive approach to a complete furniture ensemble.”

Website: consorthome.com

Photographs: Courtesy of Consort

Real Estate Market Influencer: Scott Moore | DIGS

Scott Moore

Buying, building and selling on the Westside — and feeling you’re in the right place

“In my belief, I think my path is pre-determined—and you know when you’re off your path.” Words of wisdom from a man who has reached fresh heights in a career that’s been years in the making, and powered by journeys in law, construction and real estate, along with exploring the globe—56 countries and counting—and playing professional soccer in Europe for Team USA at the tender age of 17.

It’s Scott Moore, founder and CEO of BBS Real Estate and a broker at Douglas Elliman, and these days he gets to be the visionary—pondering new development deals and enacting strategy from a wide-angle perspective—without being too entangled in the everyday minutiae of his firm, which finds promising investment properties, builds them out in high style and sells them to the highest bidder.

Anyone who has tasted hard-won success knows that such a position doesn’t come without having spent hours in often unglamorous trenches.

On the development side, Moore’s roles have included everything from general contractor and project manager to site supervisor and accounting controller. He even has his general contractors license, handy since BBS has an in-house construction arm. In real estate, it’s buying and selling.

“I’ve been able to see all aspects of the industry from different perspectives,” says the native Angeleno, who grew up in Brentwood and attended Pacific Palisades High School before heading to UC Santa Barbara and McGeorge School of Law.

Afterwards, he worked at an entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills, then transitioned to COO of the family’s business and wealth management firm, Financial Specialists, where he simultaneously ran the real estate division.

Developing properties from a 360-perspective gives Moore and his team an edge on producing cutting-edge homes primarily in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Brentwood—an epicenter of low supply and endless demand that Moore calls “recession resistant dirt” for its ability to fare economic storms that flatten other markets.

After years of development, I started BBS because I can offer everything under one roof to buy, build, and sell in recession-resistant neighborhoods of Los Angeles.”

Among their current projects is 1325 Chautauqua in the Palisades, what Moore describes as “probably the most unique yet complicated build,” but also the most special due in part to its views, which stretch from Downtown L.A. to the mountains and shores of Malibu.

There’s a family friendly California home at 247 20th Street in Santa Monica—North of Montana in Gillette’s Regent Square, coveted for its large lots and wide, tree-lined streets—plus a sleek white Modernist abode they’re putting finishing touches on at 1634 Casal, in the exclusive Upper Riviera section of Pacific Palisades.

  • For over 15 years Moore has bought, created and sold new construction residences across his native Westside
  • From 2003 to 2009, he ran the real estate division of Financial Specialists, a full-service business and wealth management firm that he, his father and brother founded
  • Moore is founder and CEO of BBS Real Estate—short for “Buy, Build, Sell”—as well as a broker at Douglas Elliman and co-founder of Moore+Jaret Group 

“It’s going to be a good ride,” says Moore, who recently joined forces with agent Ally Jaret to form Moore+Jaret Group, a specialty Westside real estate and development firm under the Douglas Elliman umbrella. It’s a lot of business to handle, and Moore welcomes it: “I act best under pressure,” he says, crediting his legal training with his “resolutionist” mindset and the ability to balance total immersion in projects and clients alongside a rational distance, “to make sure you’re providing the best advice.”

That and a strong team, including BBS managing partner Tony Ramsey—who oversees the construction arm of the business while Moore takes care of the buying and selling aspect—are making his effortful ride along new heights an enjoyable one. “I feel the most comfortable being in the space that I’m in now,” says Moore.

“After years of development, I started BBS because I can offer everything under one roof to buy, build, and sell in recession-resistant neighborhoods of Los Angeles. I’m where I’m supposed to be—and now I look forward to the next 20 years of business.”

Scott Moore BBS Real Estate

Moore+Jaret Group | Douglas Elliman

11990 San Vicente Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90049
310.678.7855  |  bbsre.com  |  moorejaretgroup.com

Photograph Courtesy of Scott Moore

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