Pierre Koenig’s LaFetra Beach House

6525 Point Lechuza Drive
Malibu, CA 90265

4 BR, 3.5 BA

Mid-century modern architecture collector and preservationist Michael LaFetra bought this Malibu beachfront property back in 1999–it was originally a spec-house owned by Pia Zadora. In 2000, LaFetra began working with Pierre Koenig on designs for the beach house.

According to a 2005 LA Times article, the two became friends after LaFetra bought Case Study House #No.21, also designed by Koenig. Unfortunately, while working on the beach house design Koenig died in 2004. According to Curbed, Koenig’s wife Gloria told LaFetra that he’d wanted architect James Tyler, known for his work with architect Craig Ellwood, to take over the project.

Recently completed, the 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath residence is sited on a breath-taking site. It was described by Koenig as being “a perfect jewel” and “with a view that rivals CSH #22″.

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de LaB Echo Park House Tour

There are so many great home tours coming up this spring, and I’m particularly excited about De LaB’s S, M, L, Xl Echo Park House Tour on Saturday, March 24th. The self-directed, walkable tour features four diverse examples of architecture designed to maximize the livability of Echo Park. In a neighborhood that’s typically known for bungalows and stucco, these homes feature contemporary design and efficient living. All the homes on the tour are within walking distance from each other, so grab a pair of comfortable shoes and hit the streets to explore the 4 houses: one small, one medium, one large and one extra-large.

SMALL: John Oddo’s 495 square foot house designed by Good Idea Studio was featured in the Los Angeles Times last year as an example of inspired design in a small space. Don’t be fooled by its diminutive size; its thoughtful design maximizes the space.

MEDIUM: Simon Storey‘s Eel’s Nest is just 960 square feet. Even more remarkably, it’s on a 780 square foot lot. Check out how Storey manages to make a house just 15 feet wide feel remarkably spacious.

LARGE: You might remember the side-by-side townhomes dubbed Dick+Jane from when we wrote about them on Take Sunset last March, and Rob ended up selling one of them as well. They are about 1,600 square feet each and on the tour, you’ll be visiting one of them, developed by brothers Kevin and Harde Wronske of Heyday Partnership.

X-LARGE: The first model of designer/developer Jerome Pelayo’s newly debuted sustainable and modern Sunia Homes is in Echo Park–a 2,000 square foot home featuring green amenities such as solar panels, grey and rainwater harvesting systems, a wood pellet stove, and bamboo flooring.

The tour runs from noon to 4pm. After the tour, there will be a happy hour at newly opened Red Hill restaurant in Echo Park. Owner Jason Michaud will be offering food and drink specials to tour ticket holders that day. Tickets are $35 a person and must be purchased in advance. There’s also a limited number of early bird tickets available for $30 a person until March 10th. Go here to purchase tickets. For more information on the tour and to volunteer to be a tour docent, go here.

(Photo Source: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times, Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times, Heyday Partnership, ©Laure Joliet/Sunia Homes)

Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture

As part of Pacific Standard Time, the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee are hosting a one-time-only tour exploring the art and architecture of Millard Sheets in Claremont and Pomona, followed by a panel discussion with Sheets’ daughter and artists who worked with him. Sheets was an influential artist, designer, and educator who made an indelible mark on the postwar Southern California landscape with mid-century designs that integrate art and architecture. He’s perhaps best known for the iconic, mosaic-covered branches of Home Savings (later Washington Mutual; now Chase) throughout Southern California. In recent years, his work has grown increasingly vulnerable to demolition and excessive alteration.

Tourgoers will enjoy a curated look at important examples of his work in Claremont and Pomona, as well as the contributions of his many peers and protégés. Tour sites include the Former Millard Sheets Studio (1956-9); Garrison Theater, Scripps College (1963); Pomona First Federal, now American Museum of Ceramic Art (1956); Pomona First Federal, now US Bank (1969); Pomona Mall (1962); and (from the Mall) Home Savings Tower, now Chase Bank (1963).

Guests will also have access to two other Pacific Standard Time events: Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975 at AMOCA, which includes hundreds of pieces by artists who had direct connections to Sheets; and Clay’s Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968 at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, which explores the role of ceramics in mid-century art in Los Angeles. Following the tour there will be a panel discussion at Claremont United Church of Christ, also designed by Sheets.

Tickets for Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture are $30 for the general public, $25 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, $15 for students, and $10 for children 12 and under. Ticketholders receive free admission to the panel discussion, and tickets for just the panel are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Tour 11:30am – 4pm; Panel Discussion 5pm

(Photo Credit:artinfo.com, Scripps College, Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy)

3134 Lombardy Road In Pasadena

3134 Lombardy Road
Pasadena, CA 91107

4 BR, 3 BA

This mid-century modern, California ranch is on the market for the first time since it was built in 1965.

The 2,757 square foot residence has been meticulously maintained and is in pristine condition with original design, workmanship and materials intact. Read more…

Deja Vu In Long Beach

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over decorating our new house–which basically means I’ve been wasting time on the Internet browsing furniture and reading design blogs. I do love checking out local shops, but I’m lazy, so I like to preview everything online first. Which explains why I haven’t actually been to Deja Vu, although, I’ve fully explored their website. Deja Vu is located on 4th Street’s “Retro Row” in Long Beach and specializes in mid-century modern furniture and accessories by designers like George Nelson, Bertoia, Milo Baughman, Kai Kristiansen and more. The store is owned and curated by Vincent Dogat and has provided furniture for sets on Tom Ford’s A Single Man and Mad Men.

After browsing their online showroom, there are some items that I’d like to own, like the pair of Joseph-Andre Motte bridge chairs.

Or this desk lamp by Lightolier.

There’s also plenty of stuff in their sold items that I’d love to own as well, so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Deja Vu.

Deja Vu
2238 E 4t St
Long Beach, CA 90814

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm, or by appointment

Richard Neutra’s Beckstrand Home

1400 Via Montemar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

3 BR, 4 BA

The Beckstrand Home was built in 1940 by Richard Neutra. The 3 bedroom, 4 bath residence represents classic International Style with quintessential Neutra elements, including stunning glass and steel construction.

It sits at the end of a gated, private driveway on a prime promontory in Malaga Cove.

This historic property has been lovingly cared for by its long-time second owner and is in amazing condition.

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Pasadena Heritage 2012 Spring Home Tour

The upcoming Pasadena Heritage 35th Anniversary Spring Home Tour will highlight mid-century modern residential architecture on a self-driven tour of 5 mid-century homes designed by noted architects. Featured homes were designed by graduates and teachers from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California and architects who received their degrees outside of California to contrast the USC style.

The deSteiguer House designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris in 1936, and moved to its current location by Leland Evison in 1951, and the Thomson House (shown above), designed by Buff, Straub, and Hensman in 1957, are both part of the Poppy Peak Historic District, which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. A Park Planned Homes designed by Gregory Ain in 1947-1948 in neighboring Altadena is part of a unique grouping of mirror-image homes that comprise a single residential block. Harold Zook and John Galbraith received architectural degrees from Cornell University and the University of Washington, Seattle, respectively. Tour houses will be open on Sunday, March 25th from 9am to 4pm. Trained docents will be on site with information about the architects, homes, and original owners.

Before the Spring Home Tour, there will be a champagne reception and presentation at the 1979 King House, designed by Buff and Hensman. Guest speaker Kenneth A. Breisch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Graduate Programs in Historic Preservation at the School of Architecture, University of Southern California, will give an illustrated presentation on the USC style and its impact on Southern California architectural traditions in the mid-twentieth century. The reception will be held Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30 pm.

To purchase tickets for either event, click here or visit pasadenaheritage.org.

(Image Source: Lander Design, Los Angeles Times)

1010 North Rexford Drive In Beverly Hills

1010 North Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

5 BR, 6.5 BA

This mid-century modern tennis court estate in Beverly Hills was designed by renowned architect A. Quincy Jones in 1955. The stunning 5 bedroom, 6.5 bath home has been carefully maintained over the years and was further restored in 2005.

The 7,718 square foot residence sits on a flat 1.2 acre, street to street lot with lush landscaping. There are spectacular architectural details throughout and beautiful views of the gardens from every room.

The estate also includes a beautiful private pool and tennis court.

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2400 Inverness Avenue In Los Feliz

2400 Inverness Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7 BR, 8.5 BA

Originally built in 1929, this Spanish Colonial Revival estate was completely restored and renovated in 2004. The 8,184 square foot residence features a rotunda entrance hall, grand living room with a baronial fireplace and a cozy den with a hidden prohibition bar and fireplace.

There is a banquet sized formal dining room, a veranda with a fireplace, 2 powder rooms, a large kitchen/breakfast room, spacious service areas and much more.

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343 Tamarac Drive In Pasadena

343 Tamarac Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105

2 BR, 1 BA

New to the market, this mid-century modern (1950) home in Pasadena features floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, abundant light and views of the San Rafael Hills.

The 1,010 square foot, 2-bedroom residence offers an open floor plan that leads from the spacious living room to the adjacent dining area and kitchen.

There are hardwood floors throughout, central heat and air, ample closet space, and a carport for 2 vehicles.

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