Thursday, January 8, 2009

project spotlight - suite of pillows for a streamline deco masterpiece

i was fortunate to meet a wonderful client who asked if i would make some pillows for the house she owned at the time. i heard mumblings that the house was fabulous, but i was left with a dropped jaw when i went to visit it for the first time. located in the santa monica mountains, this particular moderne masterpiece is commonly known as the gibbons house or the dolores del rio house, built just before 1930. it is documented in tim street-porter's wonderful book "the los angeles house." i wish i had taken more photos of the interior and exterior, although there may be some that surface at some point. it became such a wonderful commission, and larger than i had originally thought. the client handed me a few bolts of the most luxurious j. robert scott metallic silks i had seen up to that point. she needed me to do roughly 30 individual pillows of various size (pictured above) for the living room and library area, but i did go on to do pillows and cushions for other areas of this gorgeous house. being a big fan of art deco and moderne architecture, interior elements, furnishings & textiles, i was fortunate to spend time in such an awe-inspiring landmark of california architecture.

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