In a quiet nook, the lounge chair is by Axel Larsson, and the modernist stand ashtray is by Mel Bogart.
Sometimes it feels as if architecture in Los Angeles lurks in the shadows of so many Calabasas McMansions, or is unfairly defined by celebrity house swapping—at least in the public imagination. But there are gems to be had, if you know where to look. Richard Neutra’s renowned Lovell Health House is one such property, nestled into the lush hills of Los Feliz with commanding views of the city beneath it, not to mention a pool.
Built in the International Style for the physician Philip Lovell between 1927 and 1929, the home has been in the same family for years and remains miraculously intact, despite (or perhaps because of) having made appearances in films, including L.A. Confidential and Beginners, and playing host to the occasional site-specific art exhibition. Last year, the iconic house was put on the market—and it can be yours for a cool $9.9 million.
In anticipation of a new owner, the home has been reimagined by the L.A. and Houston–based designer Garrett Hunter as a staging ground for collectible design. It’s a building for which Hunter already had an affinity—the designer remembers touring and sketching the house as a student.
Working with architect and frequent collaborator Michael Landrum (the pair also owns and operates the store and gallery Tienda X), and sourcing primarily from local showroom and design studio DEN, Hunter outfitted the common rooms of the nearly 5,000-square-foot residence with a mix of midcentury and vintage finds, creating a space that feels less like a time capsule and more like a lived-in family home—provided your family has an affinity for steel-framed windows.
The home’s industrial interior details and stark geometries create a compelling contrast with the surrounding landscape, a tension Hunter and Landrum leaned into with a mix of pedigreed pieces that combine form and function with aplomb: A stainless steel Alien coffee table by Yasuhiro Shito for Cattelan is flanked by Illum Wikkelsø woven, high-backed lounge chairs; a well-worn Alberto Rosselli sectional by Saporiti is set against Lella & Massimo Vignelli’s Kono coffee table for Casigliani in the living room.
Of course, the best part of the installation is that all of the furniture is for sale on DEN’s website, with prices starting at $1,400, so that the fantasy can become your reality. “What Michael and I did for this installation considers what the house was intended to be, but also what it has the potential to be, all while respecting Neutra’s hand,” says Hunter.
With their help, and a few well-placed chairs, the hope is the next buyer feels compelled to keep the dream alive.
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