Contemporary Without the Coldness
Venice Beach has no shortage of architecturally stunning homes. But lately, top designers have been ditching the all-industrial look for something that keeps the contemporary good looks while channeling a sense of warmth and welcome amid the floating stairs, concrete floors and high ceilings.
For many people, finding the middle ground that includes both contemporary cool and a sense of coziness is the ultimate sweet spot. In homes like 23 Breeze Avenue, R & D architects balanced sleek industrial elements like cast concrete walls and a steel-framed staircase with organic details such as rich wood floors. At 404 Grand Blvd, architect William Adams created a three-story oasis where polished concrete floors and block walls are warmed up with furnishings that evoke the opposite end of the spectrum — think soft textiles, hand-made accessories and lots organic elements.
The preponderance of right-angles at 2421 Bryan lose all of their art-gallery coldness when the outdoor areas are welcomed into the two-story Silver Triangle home. Huge windows open up rooms to foliage, fountains and plenty of fresh air.