i used to drive by this white barn on little santa monica in century city and wish i could go inside. a barn in the middle of l.a. – what could be inside?
in 2002 i saw an article in the los angeles times magazine and learned that it was the home of mid-century modernist architect a. quincy jones.

this is my favorite kind of decor – warm modern – using wood, wool, ethnic and other hand crafted items alongside modern furniture in a loft like space.

here are some photos from that article (floorplans and more information below):

entry: horizontal redwood slats run from the exterior to the interior. a mexican mask bought on olivera street in the 60s leans against the wall.

living room: eames wire laminate tables hold handmade ceramics and crystal and acrylic sculptures

bedroom: custom slatted screens are used as window coverings

living room: wool rugs, ficus and palm trees define the different conversation areas.

dining: eames aluminum chairs surround a conference table which was used for both dining and meetings, jones drawings line the wall

dining/conference room

courtyard: floor to ceiling glass windows/doors open the inside to the courtyard where jones’ asian inspired low benches surround a coral tree and a japanese maple.

jones moved the entry to a side street and planted eucalyptus for shade and privacy.

“the barn” as seen from little santa monica

lower-level floorplan

upper-level floorplan

bought in 1965, jones lived there with his wife elaine until his death in 1979 – he completely remodeled the interior by taking down dividing walls to make one big open living/working space. he put in skylights to bring in light, lined the walls with cedar, laid brick pavers, and of course brought in modern furniture from herman miller. elaine says in the article: “charles eames used to like coming here. he always said it felt like a little eames showroom.”

it was a real live/work space – they often held meetings with clients and had conferences with his usc students in their house. after jones’ death, elaine who was a publicist, organized his archives. she passed away in 2010.

since then, the barn was bought and rennovated by the annenberg foundation and is now the home for the chora council of metabolic studio, a multi-disciplinary project that engages art and philanthropy.

photos 1-5, 7, 9 are by wendy ashton from the los angeles times magazine, january 27, 2002
photo 6 is by toshi yoshimi and floorplans are from dwell magazine, july 20, 2010

other good articles about the building can be found: here, here and here