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May 21, 2015
This year Dwell on Design Los Angeles celebrates its 10th anniversary and in honor of the occasion, we've corralled 20 of our favorite houses in (and near) the City of Angels.
hollywood cabin loft

The 580-square-foot Hollywood abode of Vincent Kartheiser features an outdoor seating area around a fire pit.

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Originally appeared in The Tiny Hollywood Home of Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser
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modernized open kitchen, Los Angeles

At their house and flower farm in Los Angeles’s Glassell Park, Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery bring friends, family, and a fleet of urban gardeners together. Architects Jeff Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle of L.A.-based firm Standard arranged their two main living spaces in an L-shape to maximize a sense of transparency.

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Originally appeared in L-Shaped Indoor-Outdoor LA Home
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Modern kitchen with Karbon faucet from Kohler

Architect Jayna Cooper had never designed a house before, much less played general contractor, when she broke ground on her new home in the middle of Los Angeles in 2009. After a grueling four months of hands-on hard work—managing subcontractors, sourcing materials, driving the front loader—she completed the design at $200 per square foot.

Originally appeared in 131-Day House
3 / 20
Modern renovation living room Bubeshko Apartments

With the help of DSH Architects, a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored (and gently updated) Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments. As the renovation began, resident Joe DeMarie would talk with Bubeshko about certain details in the apartments, namely the owners’ unit where they had both lived.

Originally appeared in The Restored Rudolph Schindler Project That Was Inspired by a Greek Village
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The front door is tucked under a cantilevered terrace.

Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today. The front door is tucked under a cantilevered terrace.

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Originally appeared in Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles
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Concrete doorway

Though tricked out with high-tech touches, this house’s greenest feature is decidedly low tech: the family’s intention to make it their lifelong home.

Originally appeared in A Dream House for the Ages
6 / 20
Modern dining area with curved table and Louvre Light

A good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered midcentury house into a family home for the ages.

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Originally appeared in Colorful Remodel in Los Angeles
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Modern dining area with Globo di Luce pendant lamps

The clean, sophisticated interior of this Hollywood bungalow needed nothing so much as a man’s touch.

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Originally appeared in You Won't Be Calling This House a "Man Cave"
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dining room with glass sliding doors
With his son, William, watching, architect Noah Walker tries out the floor-to-ceiling Schüco glass doors he integrated into a guesthouse he designed off an existing barn for Nathan Frankel, an amateur violinist, in Beverly Hills, California. The new portion features an open living-dining area. See more glass houses we love!
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Originally appeared in Wouldn't You Like to Have Your Own Private Concerts at Home?
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renovated Ray Kappe bungalow in Manhattan Beach interior kitchen
Originally built in the 1980s by architect Ray Kappe, the Manhattan Beach home of Matt Jacobson and Kristopher Dukes is anchored by a sweeping circular gesture.
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Originally appeared in A Renovated Ray Kappe Abode in Manhattan Beach
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sunia wood clad

Priced out of the modern market and stuck with a fixer-upper that seemed unfixable, a young L.A. lawyer took matters into his own hands—and found a new career in the process.

Originally appeared in Innovative Wooden Homes
11 / 20
modern dwellings kalmic house quincy jones outdoor deck pillows

With new owners, a locally renowned midcentury home in Los Angeles begins a fresh chapter.

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Originally appeared in A Midcentury Home Keeps the History Alive
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The house features thick walls with deep shelves carved into them, intended to save space and convey the solidity of Spanish-style houses.

Traditions collide in Los Angeles when architect Jeremy Levine hotwires SoCal Spanish with international haute-moderne. The resulting house of courtyards, shelves, and even some repurposed car parts is a hybrid sensation.

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Originally appeared in Casa Study House #1
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The dining room. Much of the furniture was purchased from vintage modern home stores in L.A. The furnishings represent an attitude—whenever possible, recycle, reuse, and support local manufacturers—as well as a strong sense of aesthetics at home.

By putting solar power and recycled materials to use, Eric Garcetti and his partner transformed a mid-century house on a cozy hillside plot into a sustainable home with garden terraces and panoramic views.

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Originally appeared in Echo Logical
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Josie’s tepee playhouse stands on a platform, where she and her friends erect sets for their theatrical productions.

A pair of environmentally attuned architects combined adjoining properties in a Los Angeles canyon to house their modernist menagerie.

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Originally appeared in Compound Addition
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living room trailer malibu

A 500-square-foot trailer renovation proves that living small doesn't mean sacrificing good design.

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Originally appeared in A Modern Beachside Trailer Home in Malibu
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Moe stands in front of the circular opening between the living area and the sleeping/bath quarters.

In Los Angeles, California, a family of four inhabits a polychrome fantasia in the heart of Chinatown. Formerly a restaurant, punk rock night club, and furniture warehouse, the Berniers’ loft is anything but boring.

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Originally appeared in Sun Mun Way Cool
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Modern steel-concrete-and-glass home with wraparound porch

Working with a limited footprint, a daunting slope, and killer views, architect Bruce Bolander went vertical with a secluded canyon house in Malibu.

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Originally appeared in This High-Flying Home Tackles a Sharp Slope
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Architect Barbara Bestor's Silver Lake house a seamless mix of raw materials with vibrant colors and a natural blend of both the indoors and outdoors.

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Originally appeared in Barbara Bestor's Colorful Modern Home in Silver Lake
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venice home indoor outdoor living room

A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California.

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Coral von Zumwalt
Originally appeared in New Bungalow, Old Neighborhood
20 / 20
hollywood cabin loft

The 580-square-foot Hollywood abode of Vincent Kartheiser features an outdoor seating area around a fire pit.

Photo by Joe Pugliese.

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