The inside of a classic California Canyon house is full of interesting design
The 1960s Janssen Louis Or a rare 1985 Philippe Starck chair—a welcome reminder of the designer’s mad early genius—that stands nonchalantly beneath an unimpeachable Noguchi paper lantern in the master bedroom. Or perhaps it’s an antique Louis XV very elegantly upholstered in the same Sister Parish linen that covers the walls and daybed in the sitting room. Connoisseurs of great design will have a hard time picking a favorite vignette from the plethora of exciting moments at the Los Angeles home of AD100 designer Oliver M. Furth and brand strategist Shawn Yashar. Inside a classic 1950s California canyon house, nestled in the hills overlooking Hollywood, avid collectors have organized a stunning array of objects and materials into collections that highlight shared aesthetic lineages while forging connections between disparate times, places, and styles. In short, an embarrassment of riches.
“This house represents the same design conversation we’ve had since our first apartment together. It’s not a preconceived idea of a particular style or aesthetic. We’re trying to stimulate dialogues between artists, makers, and the things we love and support,” says Yashar, founder of Los Angeles-based consultancy The Culture Creative. “The house contains things we’ve established a relationship with, things we got together, and things we ordered specifically for this project. “I’ve been buying furniture since I was 16, like a crazy person,” Furth adds. “But we didn’t want to create a decorative arts museum. The focus is always on livability, that is, creating rooms in which we can live comfortably and graciously with wonderful objects.
Consider this transformative living room, a perfect encapsulation of the couple’s penchant for mixing high and low, old and new, strong and refined. This exquisite bar includes a mica-clad table designed by Jean-Michel Franck, an 18th-century gilded parcel table, a 19th-century Japanese cocktail table, a mid-century Edward Wormley sofa, and a pair of post-modern end tables designed by Peter Shire of 1981 and a Joel Stearns cardboard chair in 1990. Contemporary design and art works by Adam Silverman, Ryan Bailey, Koenig Caputo, Justin Bell, Anne Libby, and Mary Weatherford (whose historic Forth home was renovated; advertisementDecember 2020) bringing the ornate Salamander directly to the present day.
But it’s not just a matter of grabbing a trove of far-flung design treasures and throwing them into the same room willy-nilly, a feat that can be accomplished by anyone with a Pinterest account, a curious imagination, and a healthy bank balance. “Oliver is like a conductor. He brings together this collection of important pieces and emerging talent, and creates a symphony that feels conceptually compelling and visually dazzling,” Yashar says of his esteemed partner, whose first monograph will be published in the spring of 2024. “It’s a game we’re constantly playing, creating new stories and narrative threads. This is how we have fun,” he insists.
The entry and kitchen are separated by a new floor-to-ceiling storage unit clad in various shades of green laminate, a nod to the green valley surroundings and the home’s mid-century proportions. In the kitchen, Furth Wieshaar experimented with materiality by layering patchwork cabinetry with warm walnut paneling and gray terrazzo-like stone counters. “I wanted to rework the laminate. There is a lot of history embedded in the material. “It feels like a throwback to the 1950s, but it also speaks to post-modern design in the 1980s,” Forth explains. Between the kitchen and the living room, there is an actual gallery displaying the collection The Los Angeles-based couple’s expansive ceramics on a custom Waka Waka display unit, set alongside one of Dan Johnson’s signature Gazelle tables with mushroom-shaped wooden benches by legendary interior designer Michael Taylor. “It’s a real California moment,” says Forth.