Fashion designer Tadashi Shoji designed costumes for the beauty queen and when he saw it he knew what he liked.
He sketched out thousands of sexy dresses on paper, and then made a fuss with shredded fabric until the Folds became flattering and frivolous.
But during his year at the renovation of the house in Mount Pasadena, he found that some designs were not easy to change.
Although he has approved the renovation plan and the sample plate with small sample plate, he asked for the expensive
On one occasion, he made a three-dozen request.
Test for him-
Before some building elements were cast into metal or mahogany, his building team made the most of themscale mock-ups.
In this way, Shoji can open the cabinet door and slide his hand along the porch railing to see what the Crescent feast looks like in the kitchen corner-
But still change.
Imitation made of plywood or other cheap materials.
In the backyard, a cluster of green helium balloons stood in the bushes near the waterfall.
Other times, the team uses real material so that Shoji can see the texture and finish.
There is no speculation.
The same is true of some initial ideas.
A model made of steel and wood cladding adds a budget of $3,500, but prevents the $40,000 staircase from being installed in the living room.
When Shoji sees the original design in its life --
He thinks the vertical tie rod makes the stairs look busy. -
"Like a prison"-
Curt Alexander, the project's chief contractor, said he was concerned that it would block the glass wall behind it.
A simpler concept replaces it with a steel spine that holds a floating pedal. Other mock-
Ups has also brought about changes.
The shelves in the corridor widened in the final stage.
The blinds in the master bedroom are reduced from the original 4 to 3.
The niches in one room move a few feet.
Shoji, who lives in a spare room in the house with his Siem Reap cat Misha, once climbed up the roof to approve several feet of the copper gutter system.
"This is a very observant, very committed customer," Alexander said . " He likened Shoji's changes to a "custom suit" while retaining the overall design of the architect.
Finishing work is now underway.
This is really the home of Shoji. The two-
Built in 1954, the story house blends the wood warmth and cleanliness of ancient Japanese architecture
Cut medieval modern steel and glass while including another element that makes Shoji feel at home: Eyes
Familiar colors in fashion showroom.
The walls are painted with indigo, celadon and crimson.
Banquet in kitchen with red cushionbrown leather.
The floor is Coke-
Colored cork, polished slate or sand lime.
These are Shoji's phones.
Alexander said: "He made a living as a designer, so I didn't question when he told me what color he wanted.
I just asked, where do you want to go?
"Four years ago, before Shoji drove past the house for sale for the first time, he stopped to wonder who lived there.
This is such an interesting Asian, so different from contemporary families near him, as stylish and casual as models in evening dresses.
The hillside is full of Japanese classical garden plants such as camellia and cuckoo.
The traditional staggered pattern of brick stone wall and mahogany wall has a rhythmic cut. A pagoda-
Just like canopy follows the steps from the front to the back.
The house's Asian-style emotional appeal surprised the 57-year-old man, who tried to close the door to his legacy when he left his Japanese family 30 years ago.
The future fashion designer came to nervous Los Angeles from Sendai, his humble industrial town when he was born. A.
Within a few years, he dressed American agencies, including Miss America. S. A.
S. , Queen of roses, Vanna White and Pasadena.
In his view, assimilation is part of the cost of success.
"For a long time, I forgot my roots, my 'Japan'," said Shoji, dressed in art black from head to toe.
"I feel very comfortable now.
Going back to my roots is part of getting older and part of a paradise I want to create that can relax and entertain.
But I have other things. " (
Annual business to sell dresses to Neiman
Marcus and Saks shoppers, etc, and make forms-
For celebrities like Queen Latifa and rice, this is a flattering number. )
Todd elandson, Santa Monica architect, said that the dominant Asian element of the House made it unique, and he oversaw the addition of new and modernist, "especially when it comes to Case Study houses.
"The Case Study House is an experimental streamlined home designed by Charles Ames and other famous architects in Los Angeles from 1945 to 62.
At the height of the modernist era, there is no room for the hometown of the past.
However, Erlandson says Shoji's house blends modern ideas of the time with Japanese emotions.
"The original house was painted Holy Green because of its relationship with the natural environment of California, a favorite color for many early modernist architects.
The house also uses quite a bit of concrete and masonry.
Not very delicate.
"Its long horizontal frame is connected in some way so that when the ground below it swings, the House can swing safely.
Its compact entrance leads to a spacious living room --saving built-in cabinets.
The hanging eaves and wide doors and windows invite soft morning and afternoon light, moody shadows and cool breeze.
The garden seems to be part of the interior.
Surprisingly, these features of the modern family, as explained by Frank Lloyd Wright of Brothers GreenM.
Schindler and other progressive architects are based on centuries
Old design in Japan
By the 17 th century, Japan had identified a practical system for using the least number of wells --
A wooden column is placed to support a spacious building in a uniform size.
"Traditional Japanese houses have soothing light.
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Karen Tanaka, design editor of inspiration House magazine, said.
"They use space very effectively in the chaos --free manner.
"Shoji's property has a further impact in Asia than most contemporary homes.
In addition to the smooth floor plan, it is easy to meander from room to room, as well as the rich external openings, as well as the Japanese theme and emotion.
The original architect, Harry Simms Bent, later designed a public building in Honolulu, and he seemed to want to leave a huge lead to prove that the Japanese elements were his very modern
The house, which combines rustic and exquisite materials, is another feature of Japanese design.
At the entrance is a mahogany shop, a movable partition with clear ricepaper panels.
The walls are curved and covered with a groove of mahogany vertical bars. A good-
The plaster ceiling in the living room is embedded with the lucky symbol.
Erlandson said the minimalist and restrained aesthetics of Japanese architecture "made Tadashi's collection of art and furniture the focus.
"The architect and his team knew that their job was to make the room simple, easy, and important, just like a small black dress that was deliberately bare, with a Tadashi label inside.
They doubled the area of the House seamlessly, adding 4,500 square feet, including the main suite, guest rooms, and surround terrace.
The expanded TV room is an example of Shoji's appreciation of global design.
The walls were painted deep red.
Dangling from the ceiling is a dozen decorative lights
Bright shades of royal blue, peach, green, orange and red glass.
Chinese wooden window and window flowers are carved into a series of locked triangles.
Sofas, foot pads and tables are all from Shoji's travel to the world.
Beautiful Venetian mirrors hung on the wall.
Still, about 80% of the houses remain the same.
"Tadashi agrees with this philosophy and we will keep it if it works," Alexander said . "-
Including Wallace Neff. -during his 20-
He felt guilty for a year of his career.
1950 green tea
The colorful Fumika in the kitchen was avant-garde at the time, but it seemed to be torn off when the room expanded.
But it's still there, retuned to fit the new counter.
Shoji put his hand on the plane and said, "everyone smiles when they see Formica --"age vestige.
Outside, ferns are now on the 10 th floor. foot-
Tall waterfall sculptures that once "grew" through helium balloons.
"When a group of plants were brought to the scene for consideration, a shiny green dioon tree survived.
Now the deck, made of solid AI mu, used to sketch out its size with a rope for the time being.
The garden is a private sanctuary where Shoji can relax in the sounds of fragrant egg flowers, ginger and Jasmine, and falling water.
The deck space by the pool is enough for hundreds of guests.
Shoji joked that the rise bridge, which connects to the top of the waterfall, could be used as a striking fashion runway.
"This garden is more gorgeous than a tranquil Zen garden," said Lisa Jimmy, a landscape architect who designed it in Culver City.
"This is to satisfy the enjoyment and sensory stimulation of Tadashi.
He likes parties, but he also likes quiet time.
He knows what he wants.
"That is to say, once he is in 3-D.