O’Neill House In 1978, Directly on 507 N. Rodeo Drive, Art Dealler Don O’Neill began the construction of this beautiful house built as homage to Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. In a seeming tribute to its muse, it was not fully finished until after O’Neill’s death in 1998. Today we can all enjoy gazing at its facade and imagining the wonders the interiors must have.
Spadena House or The Witch’s House
At the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita is this very special site, The house was designed by cinematic art director Harry Oliver. Built in 1921 in west LA as offices for a film studio, it could have been a set piece of Oz. The entire structure was moved to its present location in 1934 by the Spadena family.
Honorable Mention There were two spots we ran into randomly and really enjoyed. We didn’t get to spend enough time at either to get a full vision, but they both brightened our day. If you’re in the area, they are definitely worth a look.
We stumbled into Chan Darae hungry, bordering on cranky. We took a chance on Thai after our myriad of New York City experiences where the majority of Thai food is saturated with old oil. To our pleasant surprise it was succulent, light and non-greasy, while allowing us to happily keep exploring L.A.!
1511 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 (North of Sunset) Mon-Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm Phone: 323-464-8585
Originally built as an apartment complex in the 1950’s The Mondrian is now part of the Morgan’s hotel group (inc. the Hudson, Morgans, Royalton, Delano….). Originally designed by Philip Stark in 1984, the building facade was then painted in color blocks like a Piet Mondrian canvas. A further redesign by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz from BNO Design brings the hotel into its present state. The lobby and Lounge areas on the ground floor are softly touched with color changing LED Lights and a splattering of beautiful designed furniture, creating the perfect diorama for the good looking patrons that visit the hotel.
The pool area is the star of the show, surrounded by day beds, giant ottomans and tanned bodies. In the evenings it is transformed into an attractive scene with some simple, yet effective furniture moves. The restaurant is surrounded by fantasy, with giant planters and fairly lights in the surrounding trees.
The rooms are ample and comfortable, if a bit cool in atmosphere. Pluses for hidden plasmas and the expansive balconies. If you stay here, ask for a balcony room looking over the pool & city.
The staff was attractive and amiable for the most part. The exception being the Night Bouncer at the pool lounge. He was unnecessary, over-forceful and turned what should have been a glamourous setting into a something akin to a popular nightclub.
OPEN HOURS: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday – Saturday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday
To continue on our theme of LA Cool that was started in the inspiring design store Twentieth, a short jump across town brings us to Maxfield. A concept store, Maxfield is home to a fantastic selection of obscure avant-garde fashion designers as well as high fashion labels. To house this collection of high fashion combined with Vintage and Gothic Rock jewelry, exquisite candles and a variety fashion and home accessories the LA Architecture firm Standard created an austere concrete block building that is a part of the full vision of the store created by owner Tommy Perse. Nearby is sister store “Maxfield Bleu” where the sale items are housed.
Amongst the brands represented are: Thomas Wylde, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Margiela, Rick Owens, selected Prada……..
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take interior photos, but there are many absolutely fabulous items to enjoy inside.
OPEN HOURS: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday 12:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
So in today’s age of ikea knock-offs and expensive DWR reproductions, where can you go to achieve true contemporary design? The answer is the Twentieth Store / Gallery (founded by Stefan Lawrence in 1999. Twentieth is on the forefront contemporary and innovation design working with many artists to bring anything you can dream of. That is, If you dream of Sci-fi pod beds to horse hair covered bar stools, melted hand-blown functional amber glass, giant animal shaped lamps, unique porcelain accessories, stylish Credenzas, contrting Sofas, Sculpted Chairs…….
What made this a wonderful experience for us was the truly welcoming staff that just loves design and are happy to share their knowledge and chat design history with you. It was inspiring to see so much creativity. There are many design stores posing as galleries these days and Twentieth is the best mix of eclectic design, signature pieces and pure style!
Some of the designers represented from around the world include: Italy – Mattia Biagi (with his Tar creations), California- Ron Reihel, Marcel Wanders, Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, Mexico – Alberto Fria (the creator of “transport” pod bed) as well as Jasper Morrison, Ross Lovegrove, Amanda Levete, Maarten Baas, Piet Boon, Bertjan Pot, Jurgen Bey, Sergio Rodriguez ……
William Earle Hal dining table and chairs Right side wishbone container in rosewood by Skram
Hivemind’s Rune Bed
The Diz Armchair by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodriguez in eucalyptus wood is supremely comfortable! in the background Tejo Remy rag chairs
Amoeba Music (1) 323 – 245 6400 6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA ( Downtown Hollywood) www.amoeba.com
Open Hours: 10:30 am – 11:00 pm Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday
In this day and age where digital music is daily increasing its reign – there are still a few places where the music lover can go and enjoy the physicality of CDs & LPs. Rising above any music store I’ve ever been to is the Los Angelas Branch of Amoeba Music. Since 2001 it has been a mecca to music lovers, a complete departure from today’s corporate chain stores and online retailers. Here you can find any rhythm in any movement from all epochs and every corner of the world. From obscure and underground beats to mainstream pop, tribal grooves, jazz, classics this is the place to discover your next favorite!
On top of all the wonderful new, used and vintage CDs, DVDs and Vinyls, Amoeba Records is also a record label, a blog and hosts a series of in-store concerts. An absolute must on any visit to Los Angeles.
There are three stores, the original in Berkeley (created in 1991 by Marc Weinstein) as well as the one shown here in Hollywood and another San Francisco branch. Of the three, LA is definitely the best – not only for their endless amount of content but also the atmosphere. There you can browse for hours, go to the listening booth, browse some more or just allow your eyes to delight with the amazing collection of rock posters and t-shirts that cover every visible space. The real beauty is that during all your glorious music perusing hours, no one will interfere with your selection rhythm.