Singleton House, Richard Neutra, Bel-Air, 1964; renovation by Studio Tim Campbell, 2007; photo by Andrew Bush
Much of my residential design practice is focused on historic restorations (think Neutra, Barragan and Lotery) and the balance is focused on renovations and new construction. After practicing in Los Angeles for 25 years, I noticed a trend: clients with homes in New York and LA were asking me to work on their homes in both places. Having my feet firmly planted on two coasts creates contrasts and juxtapositions which I term “rebelling forces.” While most of my work in LA is based in architecture with a smaller percentage being interiors, in NY my work is mostly interiors. Similarly my NY home is radically different than my LA home where creative tensions highlight the differences. In Silver Lake, I designed a brutally modern home to showcase contemporary political art. However, my NY apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan finds me in a home whose design muse was Sting’s ode to Quentin Crisp in the film, “An Englishman in New York.” Good design for me is about creating spaces where souls can be calmed and nurtured. This requires an open mind and an ever-evolving way of seeing the world which travel guarantees. Nothing creates that engagement better than the constantly changing view from 35,000 feet.