A Japanese-Inspired Modern Home

An imperfect, weathered, and organic space.

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This timelessly modern home by Pamela Shamshiri for Commune Design embraces the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi: imperfect, weathered, and organic.
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Modern Vintage Entryway
In the entry, a graphic ladder original to the 1931 house leads up to the roof. Vintage Van Keppel & Green bench from Ten 10 gallery. Moroccan rug from Amadi Carpets.
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contemporary dining room
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Daring Dining
A beloved dining table was resized by its maker, Alma Allen, to fit the dining room in this Los Angeles house. "It's been with them forever, which we love," says designer Pamela Shamshiri. Hans Wegner's Wishbone chairs pick up on the Asian sensibility. Hanging lantern from Lawson-Fenning. Vintage patchwork rug from Lawrence of La Brea.
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a modern table setting
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Modern Table Setting
Ceramic Puck candleholders by Adam Silverman, noodle bowl and wineglasses by Victoria Morris, all for Commune.
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art hung on a wall
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Shapely Art
Artwork is hung to create its own shape. Vintage Jacques Adnet chair from Orange.
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living room
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Simple Details
The proportions of the house were so good to start with that all the designers had to do was simplify, to bring them out. A generous sofa piled with repurposed kilim pillows gathers people together in the living room. Hidden behind the reclaimed redwood doors on the left is a wall of storage that includes a TV and stereo components, a home office, and children's toys. The custom walnut-and-brass wall unit was inspired by Charlotte Perriand. Macramé Globe light by Robert Lewis for Commune. Custom travertine coffee table from Ten 10 gallery. Vintage Moroccan rug from Amadi Carpets.
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storage wall and vintage chair
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Smart Storage
The storage wall, open to the DJ station. Vintage chair from Amsterdam Modern.
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a modern credenza in the foyer
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Credenza
The Lake credenza by BDDW embodies the dichotomy of old and new, rough and smooth. One board is lighter than the others, capturing the irregularity and spontaneity at the heart of wabi-sabi.
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bookshelf in the dining room
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Double-Duty Library
The dining room does double duty as a library.
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a simply designed kitchen
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Kitchen Simplicity
"I had just bought a Schindler house, and I was looking at his cabinetry and Japanese cabinetry when we designed the kitchen," Shamshiri says. Notches and simple strips of wood take the place of hardware on the doors. They opened up the kitchen to the dining room — where the kids can sit at the breakfast bar on vintage Eames chairs from JF Chen — and the hallway, where guests can gather around the island. Viking range. Honed slate countertops from Creative Environments.
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modern bedroom
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Blissful Bed
In the master bedroom, vintage textiles add deep, rich colors and a soft patina that feels warm and relaxing. Side tables from Emmerson Troop.
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bed on a platform
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Platform Perfect
A platform bed in the master bedroom creates another floating plane. "There's something very restful about the horizontal," Shamshiri says. Bedside lamp from Orange. Leather-and-iron sling chair from Gallery L7.
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bunk beds in a childrens bedroom
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Child's Play
Bunk beds for the children leave more room to play.
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master bathroom with storage
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Efficient Master Bath
A small but efficient master bath is packed with storage. XO series fixtures by Lefroy Brooks.
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teak used in a modern bathroom
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Teak Tub
Teak on the floor and encasing the tub makes it feel Japanese.
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a large white hallway
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Heavenly Hall
A large hallway runs the length of the house and gets a lustrous glow from handmade Mexican tiles on the floor and American Clay plaster on the walls and ceiling.
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interior courtyard
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Interior Exterior
The interior courtyard is visible from almost every room and makes a medium-size house feel much more spacious. Rocks and stones suggest a Japanese garden. Amphitheater-style steps provide extra seating when the owners are having a party. Exterior sconces by Robert Lewis for Commune.
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an outdoor patio
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Outdoor Warmth
Blackman Cruz chairs are drawn up to a fireplace, which adds warmth to the dining area. Table from Ten 10 gallery. Read the full interview with Pamela.
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