On his first visit, it took Michael Martin—one of the creative minds behind design studio OSKLO—two tries to find the private driveway of this property. “It was like A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the middle of the Hollywood Hills, as doves and robins hopped from wisps of bougainvillea and massive lemon trees dropped fruit in front of your eyes around this very forgettable 1990s house,” he recalls. “The house had to go, but the property was one of a kind and really unbeknownst to everyone.”
Located a mile above the Sunset Strip, along one of the quieter roads of Los Angeles’s famed Bird Streets, the flat lot offers the utmost in privacy. Spread over 5,800 square feet on a single level, the new four-bedroom house gives a feeling of spaciousness, especially in the 13-foot-high great hall flanked by a central atrium with a centenarian olive tree.
“The house is a variation of whites, from the creamier white walls of stucco on the exterior and masonry walls to a lighter, powdery Decorator’s White (Benjamin Moore) on interior walls and within the atrium that makes it an extension of the interior living space,” says Arya Mohammadi Martin, cofounder of OSKLO. “We only used ultra-matte paints and surfaces, to the dismay of visitors that are often reprimanded for touching them by Michael,” he says, smiling. The kitchen was an inversion of this, with matte black cabinetry and blackened steel exhaust that carries over to the stained oak cabinet details in the bar and powder metal shelves in the main living area.
Working together for the first time as a married couple on this personal project, the OSKLO duo had to match their different ideas and approaches to what the house should look and feel like. “I wanted poured concrete and more of an industrial finish, but Arya liked the Trousdale feel of all-white architecture that came to define the property,” Martin says.
The main living room houses a comfortable custom-designed sofa by OSKLO, a bronze Rick Owens Alchemy Bench from Carpenters Workshop Gallery next to a Jean Prouvé daybed, and a collection of Pierre Jeanneret’s Chandigarh cane chairs. One of the bedrooms houses a pair of Milo Baughman chests of drawers from West Coast Modern LA, a kilim rug from Lawrence of La Brea and a midcentury-era, two-arm sconce from Stilnovo. These are just some of the gems that adorn the home.