Mid-Century Modern


Canucks Owner Sells Midcentury Trousdale Estates Home for $18M

A company tied to Vancouver Canucks co-owner Francesco Aquilini is selling a revamped 1950’s Mid-century Trousdale Estates home for $17.995 million. 

According to Mansion Global, the single-story, four-bedroom residence has been transformed into a luxe contemporary mansion during the past two years and is listed with Rayni Williams and Branden Williams of the Williams & Williams Estates Group at Hilton & Hyland.

Expect a gated entrance leading to a motor court and glass front doors that open to provide expansive views across the spacious open-floor plan that features a wall-to-wall marble fireplace in the living room and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass that opens to the pool and backyard.

Among the highlights: a kitchen with a sleek white redesign boasting slab stone countertops and backsplashes; an updated master suite including contemporary finishes in a large en-suite bath that opens to a shielded patio area; a climate-controlled wine room; bar; and all-new technology, including a Sonos audio system and new security cameras.

The home’s iconic architectural element? A cantilevered ceiling in the main living room that carries through to the back of the house to create a unique pleated roofline.

Photographs Provided By The Williams & Williams Estates Group

Robby Krieger's Mid-Century Modern Home — 461 Bellagio Terrace

Robby Krieger’s Mid-Century Modern Home — 461 Bellagio Terrace

Bel-Air Mid-Century Modern Built In 1971

Offered for $13.99 Million

Originally designed and built in 1971 by architect Matthew Leizer for The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, this gated, Mid-Century Modern home at 461 Bellagio Terrace in Bel-Air now is on the market for $13.99 million.

The current owner has since hired architect Astra Woodcraft and Brown Design Group to restore and rebuild the hexagonal residence, replete with disappearing walls that open to reveal seamless indoor-outdoor environs, vaulted corked ceilings, Terrazzo flooring and a walnut Miele kitchen.

Robby Krieger's Mid-Century Modern Home — 461 Bellagio Terrace


Remaining from its famed former owner is an earthenware fireplace frieze featuring an interpretation of band The Doors, while the grounds showcase a courtyard pool, bar, hot tub, built-in entertaining spaces and a meditation garden. The home is listed by Sacha Radford of The Agency.

Written By Wendy Bowman |  Photographs Courtesy Of Jason Horrell And Brian Thomas Jones

All The Rage

The Jeremy West Hollywood brings trendsetting accommodations to a legendary locale

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of The Jeremy Hotel West Hollywood

Much like its surrounding neighborhood, the newly opened Jeremy West Hollywood hotel at the corner of Sunset and La Cienega boulevards is the epitome of cool. Think local pop-ups tied to the area (a funky Gibson Guitar display in the lobby in collaboration with local charity VH1 Save the Music, boasting custom-designed instruments created by visual artists and musicians from Miley Cyrus to Patti Smith, for starters). There’s also a snazzy seven-story, LED-lit Dream Catcher installation created by artist Janet Echelman and Hollywood lighting designer Walter Barry. Not to mention some pretty stellar views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin.

“The hotel has a young, vibrant personality that is very much inspired and influenced by surrounding West Hollywood,” says Tim Flodin, general manager of the Starwood Capital Group property. “We provide guests with personalized access to the city’s best cultural moments, savory in-room dining experiences and exclusive events with notable local partners so they can always be on the pulse of what’s happening here.”

Situated at 8490 Sunset Blvd., the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed hotel features a duo of modern, metal-clad towers replete with mid-century modern environs boasting sophisticated touches, such as hand-finished walls, custom lighting, rich walnut paneling and floor-to-ceiling windows. Accommodations include 286 rooms (most notably, 50 suites including two terraced penthouses), priced from $350 per night and featuring special touches such as custom accent pillows in deep blue and mossy green from NOON by Jane Palmer and custom upholstered headboards with panels of hand-died hemps and linens, all set in natural palette of beige, tan and taupe.

Then there are the trendy food and drink offerings. In addition to the hotel’s fun room service menu—offering items in lunch boxes—its Etcho Café features salads, small plates, charcuterie, and entrées such as grilled swordfish, rib-eye and bucatini prepared by Executive Chef Chang Sivilay.

Among the most popular dishes is the habanero vegetable egg white wrap, duck bao bun and seared ahi tuna salad. Meanwhile, the JOÃO bar serves up in-demand libations from The Jeremy (Cachaça, lime simple syrup and strawberry shrub) to The Deal Breaker (dill, serrano pepper, pineapple, cucumber, vodka and club soda).

And, if that’s not enough, The Jeremy also offers plentiful courtesies and amenities. Among them: text-based guest services; a pool flanked by custom wood cabanas; a fitness center complete with Peloton bikes; and 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.





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Design of the Times

Written by Wendy Bowman

Three L.A. homes that define the modernist aesthetic offer a blueprint for contemporary living

Mid-century modern design has become a big hit since its introduction in the 1950s, and thanks to recent TV shows such as Mad Men, its sleek and progressive signature style is more popular now than ever. Nowhere is this more evident than in L.A., home to a wealth of influential modern architecture, with many works in the category considered landmarks.

“Los Angeles offered an open palette for experimentation for famous mid-century architects,” says Trevor Abramson, design principal at Culver City-based Abramson Teiger Architects, an award-winning firm known for its striking contemporary designs. “Many of the most iconic homes from that era are still standing all throughout L.A. today, and their untouched authenticity makes them all the more valuable to historians and architect lovers alike.”

Today, the mid-century aesthetic is present in many aspects of modern home design—with standout features including a strong indoor-outdoor connection, along with lightfilled open floor plans, and the expression of structure as a form of beauty and design clarity. “Homeowners today are interested in a casual living experience that reinforces a connection to nature,” says Abramson. “They are conscious of how a home’s footprint impacts the environment and want homes that speak to this connection.”

Here, a tour of three of the city’s mid-century modern masterpieces.

The Cohen Residence

By layering glass—from the skylights in the sloped roof down through the semi-translucent walkways and stairwells in the atrium—natural light is able to permeate every level. The open, light-filled atrium is another typical mid-century element, with Douglas fir paneling evocative of the wood-covered walls that were popular in the ’50s and ’60s. The interior design department at Abramson Teiger incorporated mid-century lighting and furnishings to ensure a cohesive aesthetic. “The couple is a huge fan of famous mid-century architect Ray Kappe,” says Abramson. “A lot of the design decisions made in the home pay tribute to his striking lines and material choices. Many of Kappe’s homes still exist around L.A.”

“Mid-century modern design is a vocabulary that has infinite combinations,” says Abramson. “In such, the creative boundaries are wide open.” Take, for example, this new ground-up Trevor Abramson-designed home built in Beverlywood for Hollywood writer and director Etan Cohen, and his wife, Emily. The 6,000-squarefoot home is complete with three stories (including a finished basement), four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. It also boasts an in-home office with a private screening room for Etan, as well as an art studio for Emily. Its architectural highlight is a three-story atrium that is accented by steel-framed glass floors and a living tree sprouting from the bottom level for a loft-like, modern tree house effect.

All of the living areas were placed upstairs to take advantage of the views, which are only present from the second floor. Meanwhile, the bedrooms are located on the ground floor. “The second-floor living spaces were conceived as one open space under a single shed roof,” says Abramson.

“The roof is typical mid-century in its aesthetic manifestation. It is a shallow, sloping roof supported by exposed steel beams, reminiscent of post-and-beam construction.”

Photos Courtesy of Jim Bartsch


This classic San Fernando Valley gem was developed by noted California architect Joseph Eichler in 1964, and since has been extensively and thoughtfully renovated and restored to include the latest in modern amenities.

“People love different and exciting and special,” says Alan Taylor of John Aaroe Group, who was listing agent for the recently sold property.

“They love open, light and bright and indoor-outdoor living, and since there are few of these types of homes for sale, people jump all over them, especially when they have been beautifully remodeled by the seller.” Found at 17133 Nanette St.—in Granada Hills’ historic Balboa Highlands neighborhood, where Eichler built about 100 mid-century modern homes in the ’50s—the residence’s classic A-frame structure greets visitors with a breathtaking atrium, featuring exposed beams and clerestory windows.

The property features a little more than 2,000 square feet of living space on one level, with five bedrooms (including a master suite with private access to the backyard, and a bath with a rain shower and adjacent dressing room); a great room with soaring ceilings, white stone flooring, the original block fireplace and picturesque views; an open dining room overlooking the living space and outdoor grounds; and a family room leading to a gourmet chef’s kitchen highlighted by clean lines, professional appliances and high-end finishes.

Outdoors, the .26-acre lot boasts a sparkling pool and spa, and spacious areas ideal for al fresco dining or lounging. “The most outstanding feature of the home is its open-concept living, with the focal point being the center atrium and walls of glass that look out onto a flat, private yard with sparkling pool and Santa Susana Mountains,” says Taylor. “It completely resembles Palm Springs architecture and the San Jacinto mountain range.”

Photos Courtesy of Thom Hartwick


This bluff-top home was built by award-winning celebrity architect Robert L. Earl in 1963 as his personal residence.

“This property combines a stunning location with an early masterpiece by an architect who would go on to design some of the most iconic celebrity residences in Los Angeles (for Warren Beatty, Madonna, Tom Selleck, Garry Shandling, Nancy Sinatra and Sylvester Stallone, just to name a few),” says Aaron Kirman of Aaroe Estates, who is listing the property for $4.440 million.

“The result is incomparable.” Situated at 1394 Casiano Road in Bel-Air, the four-bedroom, three-bath home retains much of Earl’s original features and details—including his fluent, cleanlined vision aimed here at giving the surrounding vistas center stage—with its current owners recently collaborating with the architect on a sensitive update of the property.

The only major alteration was the removal of two walls to further open up the view. Inside the iconic abode’s eye-catching front door, one finds 2,781 square feet of one-level living space. Among the highlights are walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that filter abundant natural light throughout the public rooms, all of which are clad in the original terrazzo tile flooring; a master suite featuring a massive walk-in closet and sunken terrazzo tub; a fully modernized, minimalistic kitchen offering top-grade appliances, upgraded cabinetry and a large eating area; and sliding glass doors opening to a large outdoor living area complete with a pool, a deck and 180-degree views from the hillside and city to the coast and beyond.

Completely secluded from the road, the home is reached via a winding driveway that ends at a large motor court and three-car covered parking.

Photos Courtesy of Matthew Momberger