Design has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember, from reading my mother’s Vogue magazines as a kid to picking up architecture and interiors books in my teens and going to local libraries after class at University to read European and Japanese papers and magazines I couldn’t afford, but were filled with news of which Architect was building the most modern home where. Even product and packaging design was endlessly inspiring with new concepts and inventions, most too forward thinking to ever reach shelves. When Mid-Century preservation began creeping into the consciousness of the desert city of Palm Springs, realizing the incredible legacy they were sitting on, I went to see what the fuss was. I took a then mysterious tour of the modernist architecture, and stayed in the four room and somewhat decaying Hotel Lautner, to which friends replied why stay there? It’s ugly. The very rare opportunity to stay overnight in a Lautner was thrilling, it is now restored and is one of the gleaming modernist gems of the Coachella Valley.
Asuka’s 1911 home has beautiful lines and materials, and each room seems to contain a surprise within it’s detail making for a unique experience around every corner. Driving or walking throughout the Victoria Park neighborhood it sits in is a relatively unknown Los Angeles thrill, a tour of the architectural times of this our fair city. Now that I’m a producer and filmmaker, I would expect these incredible homes to only exist on a studio backlot, a Tudor-Craftsman next to a Spanish Revival across from a Renaissance inspiration. Yet these are the real thing, the details of mahogany and oak, beamed ceilings, ornate windows, have been worn and lived in since the turn of the century. For me, this is the art of design. This will be a beautiful show.