His eagle eye for midcentury fixer-uppers is was what first drew him to a home on Rising Glen Highway in Los Angeles. “I’m at all times searching for locations to both renovate or to purchase, to maneuver up the ladder,” Statham says. “This one form of got here out of the blue and had a sure allure. It was fairly downtrodden and had been uncared for, as most of those of midcenturies have.” Statham shortly determined to buy the place and intestine renovate it to function a multi-use property for company, in addition to his workplace and fitness center.
Working in live performance together with his longtime architect Jeff Allsbrook of Commonplace Structure, Statham determined to maintain as a lot of the present form of the outside as doable, whereas outfitting the inside with top-of-the-line trendy facilities. For the inside design, he labored with Courtney Applebaum to create a impartial palette of whites and earth tones, with texture within the type of leather-based couches and chairs, and durable wooden tables and desks. —Juliet Izon
A one-of-a-kind L.A. landmark
In Mary Weatherford’s landmark midcentury-modern dwelling in Los Angeles, artwork and structure work hand in glove. “It’s an exquisite symphony of interwoven diagonals, verticals, and horizontals,” the artist says of the experimental construction, in-built 1948 by architects A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith in collaboration with structural engineer Edgardo Contini and panorama designer Theodore Payne. “The restoration was like fixing a puzzle. We had to determine which piece of wooden is which shade, the frilly interaction between the posts and beams with the ground and ceiling, how sure volumes and kinds work together. In loads of methods, the method was like making a portray in three dimensions,” Weatherford says.
The complexity and historic significance of the undertaking maybe clarify the roughly 4 years it took to revive the modest 1,500-square-foot and two-bedroom construction. “Mary was obsessive about getting it proper,” insists designer Oliver M. Furth, Weatherford’s companion all through the odyssey of bringing the residence into the twenty first century with out compromising the architects’ daring experiment in structural and experiential innovation. “She invested enormous quantities of time and vitality within the service of being a trustworthy steward of this property. As a lot as she needed to honor its previous, she needed to safe its future,” he says. —Mayer Rus