John Jennings and Sasha Tarnopolsky of Dry Design—an architecture and landscape architecture firm based in Los Angeles—added a studio addition to their own home in Mar Vista on the west side of LA. The architects reused large timbers from the previous garage structure and clad the walls with homosote panels (which are made of recycled newspaper) finished with beeswax and linseed oil. We especially like the modest yet stylish kitchen, which incorporates hardware-store lighting fixtures, simple wood countertops, and colorful wall cabinets.
Above: The Covey Model Six Stool by San Francisco designer Jeff Covey for Herman Miller; $420 from Office Designs.
Above: The iconic Sorrentina Atomic coffee maker was designed in the late 1940s by Giordano Robbiati. Australian company Ikon Exports recently came out with a premium reproduction of Robbiati's patented stovetop coffee machine made of polished alloy and Bakelite. The Sorrentina Atomic Coffee Maker is $450 AU (approximately $476 US) at Sorrentina Coffee, which ships to the US.
Above: Hobnail Cast Iron Teapot with enameled interior; $99.95 at Teavana.
Above: Blanco's Purus II Collection Single Handle Kitchen Faucet with a generous arc spout and sprayer; $516.75 at Designer Plumbing Outlet, (currently on sale for $477).
Above: Inexpensive Formica Laminate surfaces on the overhead sliding kitchen cabinets add color in the Dry Design kitchen; clockwise from above, Sol, Spectrum Blue, Stop Red, and Black.
Above: The Numerar Countertop from Ikea in solid birch starts at $89 for a 49 5/8-by-25 5/8-inch length.
Above: The utilitarian Bayco Clamp Light can be hacked as a pendant light; $7.49 at Aubuchon Hardware.
Above: Clear Satco Silver-bowl 60 Watt Bulb; $3.86 at 1000 Bulbs.