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An Innovative House in LA with Interiors by an of-the-Moment Design Firm


An Innovative House in LA with Interiors by an of-the-Moment Design Firm

April 3, 2017

Blackbirds, a cluster of 18 Barbara Bestor–designed homes situated in the hills of Echo Park, is one of the more inventive residential projects to pop up in Los Angeles in recent years. According to Bestor, it’s “an experimental contemporary urban living where community, nature, and design are in balance with each other; a progressive design solution for high-quality dense housing in a city with little available land. The houses are all under 1,920 square feet and are built around a central courtyard that serves as the stage for larger community functions and play.”

When we happened upon a Blackbirds house with interiors by of-the-moment LA firm ETC.etera, we were curious to find out the backstory, so we emailed Jake Harrison, a partner in the firm. “The house belongs to Michael Brown of Local Construct, the developer of the Blackbirds property,” Harrison says. “Michael is very much a ‘man’s man,’ so we added elements that felt like they could have been collected by him throughout his life. The color palette is pretty neutral, so we wanted to add different textures with wood, leather, and brass. We wanted something that felt modern, but organic and layered.”

Join us for a tour.

Photography by Amy Bartlam courtesy of  ETC.etera.

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Above: The pendant over the dining table is from LA-based Robert Lewis Studio and is available through Lawson-Fenning.
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Above: “The dining table and chairs, which we ebonized, are vintage from Midcentury LA,” Harrison says.

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Above: The leather sling chairs and the kilim are vintage; the ivory Jute Boucle Rug is from West Elm.
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Above: The brass Bermuda Coffee Table is by LA-based furniture maker Sean Woolsey.

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Above: A view into the kitchen.
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Above: The countertops and backsplash are Calacatta marble (for more on the subject, see Remodeling 101: Marble Countertops).
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Above: The kitchen cabinets have raw wood pulls, which contrast with the sleek white cabinet fronts.
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Above: The open-shelf wall functions as a room divider; the pottery on display is vintage, collected from flea markets.

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Above: The textile artwork above the bed is from Land, a collaboration between Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes. The Tux Marble Top Nighstands are from CB2, and the Pillar Lamps are from West Elm.
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Above: The master bedroom opens onto a deck furnished with pieces from Room & Board’s Laguna collection.

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