Case Study House #22 Stahl House Los Angeles California

Last week, I had the privilege to tour one of the most famous houses in the United States, if not the world: the Stahl House. Known to many as Case Study House #22, located in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, the house is the embodiment of the Case Study catalogue. Designed by architect Pierre Koenig and built over the two years spanning from 1959 to 1960, the house represents the lifestyle of minimalism brought on by the mid-century modern movement of that era. As of 2013, the Stahl House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which also includes other famous architectural works such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago.

The tour takes a little over an hour and begins with what is virtually free reign of the property for photographic purposes.  No tripods or any cameras that aren't cell phone cameras are permitted on the property, though commercial shoots may be arranged.  After our visual journey, which completely transports you back in time, we all removed our shoes and gathered with our host, Andy, in the livingroom where he explained much of the history of the house as well as a cornucopia of detail.  

The house was built for - you guessed it - the Stahl family, which was a family of 5, even though the house only has two bedrooms. The large windows, which also serve as its exterior walls, are single pane glass which are illegal by today's building codes due to their lack of ultraviolet protection. The roof wouldn't pass inspection, either, as it's completely flat. In fact, if the home were built today, the roof on the outer edge of the home (the cliff side) would need to be four feet higher than the side closest to the street. This is due to rain/water accumulation standards. There's a slew of other details Andy provided, making the visit quite an informative experience, especially if you're not already well-versed in the building codes of today.

To say this house is an inspiration would be a profound understatement, as I hope you will find in the collection of photos I have posted below.  Thank you for reading!

Photo Story: Los Angeles, California

Earlier this week, I was in Los Angeles for some meetings that were a success, to say the least. I am excited for what the future holds, and below are several photos from my visit.  

 

Side note: these Photo Stories won't be this close together, typically, but I was behind on the Austin trip.  Thanks for reading/viewing - enJOY!

Photo Story: Austin, Texas

As you may have seen on Instagram, I was in Austin a week and a half ago. Today, I thought I'd start what will be called "Photo Story" where I will lend some insight into a bit more of what was "behind the scenes" of the trip I take.  The below is the first example from what was a thrilling Formula 1 race weekend at COTA and great opportunity to stay with my friends, Eddie & Ana, who have just completed their amazing net zero energy home just east of downtown Austin.  enJOY:

Jonathan Segal Architect - The Cresta Video

I found this feature of my favorite house in the greater San Diego area, The Cresta, by Jonathan Segal Architect on the website ArchDaily.com.  I've had a few email communications with the firm with regards to starting STANDARD H (yes, I have permission to use their image of the house in our HOME PRODUCTS section of our store), and I hope to one day have Mr. Segal on the blog for an interview. At any rate, check out the below video from Breadtruck Films featuring the home, and you'll soon understand why it's my favorite.  enJOY:

Quotation: Peter Thiel from ZERO TO ONE

"Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina by observing: 'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' Business is the opposite. All happy companies are different: each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition."

- Peter Thiel from ZERO TO ONE

Home Furnishings from Timothy Hogan

Project0001 by Timothy Hogan
Project0002 from Timothy Hogan

The latest from our good friend Timothy Hogan is a new line of home furnishings including these beautiful speaker stands and workstation.  Dubbed Project0001 and Project0002, respectively, these are completely hand made in Los Angeles and constructed from the finest wood available.  We're fairly certain these are the types of midcentury modern items you've been in search for, but you don't have to thank us; thank Mr. Hogan.  

For purchasing information, please visit Timothy's assortment HERE.

 

Architecture: Khopoli House by SPASM Design Architects

Mumbai, India firm SPASM Design Architects took its cue from the dark tones of the basalt which surrounds the site on a rocky hillside in the Maharashtra region to present one of the more creative presentations I've enjoyed to date.  Somewhat Tadao Ando-esque, the minimalism and the materials use really peak my interest, and I love the incorporation of the iconic mid-century furniture pieces.

The use of robust concrete for the Khopoli House was dictated by the drastic climatic changes that the region experiences, which include high temperatures in the summer and heavy rainfall during the monsoon season, while natural stone was used for key details like flooring.