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In the News: Modern Design Meets Farmhouse

Los Angeles Times' "Not a Scrap of Gingham" shares the story of Vanessa Choy and Andrew Wong, a couple from Hong Kong who closed their architecture practice and moved to LA. They bought a lot in Studio City, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley in LA that earned its name in the 1920s when a number of picture studios popped up there. Then, they drew up plans for an unmistakably modern farmhouse. The exterior seems a distant relative of the traditional barns we've come to know but its concrete wall, unusual lighting, and lack of ornamentation suggest that its interior deviates from the classic form as well. Inside though, the architect couple balanced unfinished wood and rustic ceiling beams with "Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs, a glossy grand piano, and the sleek Poggenpohl kitchen" for what I see as the best of both worlds. Furthermore, what I find interesting is that this melding of architectural types was not a renovation of one of America's veteran barns, but was built from the ground up. For a couple new to the wild, wild West, fresh off the commercial landscape of Hong Kong, this mélange seems impossibly ideal. To see an interior shot,


To see more photos of the interior, check out the LA Times' photo gallery.

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Jessie-M Jessie-M 8 years
Haha. I wouldn't say good eye....more that the memory of that hideous tattoo was burned into my mind forever. haha
Home Home 8 years
Hi Jessie M, Yep the Barcelona chairs were the ones tattooed! Good eye! To see more photos of the interior, check out the LA Times' photo gallery:,1,956594.photogallery Cheers, Casa
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I think they should have shown more photos of the inside.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
My farm never looked like this, maybe I would have thought about moving back if it had. mmm, no.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 8 years
Oh, I forgot to mention-the interior shot here doesn't really show too much of a mix of both worlds-old and new. I just see a whole lot of Ikea-ish furniture. The exterior of the house is stunning, but I would have liked to see more of a mix of old and new in the interior.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 8 years
Are those chairs in the pic the same kind that were shown in the tattoo a person got of a chair??Or am I just nuts?
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