Dan Brunn Renovates Frank Gehry's Very First House

At a Los Angeles house that Dan Brunn Architecture renovated for Chihiro Torikai and her husband, artist James Jean, she relaxes in a walnut-lined alcove, while his oil on canvas Goat hangs in the library, also home to a chair and ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames and a table by Eoos. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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Muji: Beanbags.

Herman Miller: Chair, Ottoman.

Walter Knoll: Side Tables.

Solid walnut planks compose the staircase volume. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

It creates a corridor extending from the foyer. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

The living area features Antonio Citterio’s sofa, Jean Prouvé’s chairs, and a custom cocktail table in reclaimed Douglas fir detailed with turquoise inlays and copper staples. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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Walter Knoll: Side Tables.

Flexform: Sofa.

Vitra International: Chairs.

CB2: Ottomans.

Lester Carpet: Custom Rug.

In the recessed entry, copper panels form a fish- scale pattern. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

Jean’s Pagoda, a mixed-media work on panel, backdrops the living area. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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Walter Knoll: Side Tables.

Vitra International: Chairs.

CB2: Ottomans.

Lester Carpet: Custom Rug.

The stairwell benefits from daylight entering through the glass walls backing the new terrace for the master suite. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

Stair planks were hand-cut, then butt-joined. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

Library shelving incorporates a Murphy bed. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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Herman Miller: Chair, Ottoman.

Walter Knoll: Side Tables.

Jonathan Prestwich side chairs and Diez Office armchairs surround a Studio Bertjan Pot dining table. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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Arco: Table, Side Chairs.

E15 Design Und Distributions: Armchairs.

Stickbulb: Pendant Fixture.

While polished concrete flooring flows uninterrupted, a plasterboard partition pivots 360 degrees to separate the rear of the ground level from the central living-dining-kitchen zone. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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Muji: Beanbags.

Flexform: Sofa.

CB2: Ottomans.

Solid-surfacing tops a custom vanity in the bathroom that gives the master bedroom access to the terrace. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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Duravit: Sink.

Hansgrohe: Sink Fittings.

Design Within Reach: Bed.

It’s covered in artificial turf. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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The studio’s existing skylight received a translucent membrane to protect works in progress. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

An LED strip punctuates the ceiling of the alcove. Photography by Brandon Shigeta.

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Muji: Beanbags.

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