A Post-Deco Pied-a-Terre

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A parade of interesting spaces hit my email inbox at Apartment Therapy daily but this one, designed by Jared Frank, is a show stopper. It's beautiful, quirky, creative, luxe and walks that very interesting line between sweet and edgy; definitely worth a peek for anyone who loves antiques (and color...and design...and, you get the picture!). Read on for pics and info about the space in Jared's own words...

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The foyer welcomes visitors with a dash of color. Distressed hand-painted tintypes and a repurposed Art Deco fire screen break up the watermelon wall. Sitting on the 1929 Deutsche WK-Möbel sideboard is an atomic Bakelite lamp with hand-strung Hawaiian shade, a 1960 photo of the owner’s family at a Hawaiian Luau dinner, and a kidney-shaped key dish.

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An 1838 folk-art pastoral includes a central mourning portrait of a dead girl on a swing. It hangs over a walnut-veneer deco settee, upholstered in mohair. Louis Kalff table lamps sit on John Stuart side tables with bowed legs. In the corner, an Arteluce lamp stands at attention. The marble-topped coffee table sits on a Chinese-Deco marble-themed carpet.

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The wall separating the kitchen and living room has been removed to create one flowing loft-like space. An Austrian mid-century bubble-glass pendant hangs over an Adrian Pearsall table, which is paired with Bertha Schaefer chairs upholstered in Gio Ponti. The client’s inherited George Sakier Fostoria glass sits on the table and is displayed in the cabinet beyond. Sitio by Commune tiles are grouted to match the concrete countertop.

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A custom limed bookcase supports a triptych of bird and angel forms; the last one, a cobbler’s shoe boot, requires a bit of imagination in the viewer.

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It is in the placement of objects that meaning is expressed. The hanging hair of the woman in the Art Deco bronze plaque is mirrored in the plants drooping out of bronze wall-pockets.

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On the patio, an enamel barn lamp hangs over a Tempestini for Salterini slice patio set, painted watermelon. The tiles are from Exquisite Surface’s Medina line.

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In the bedroom, mid-century lamps with custom shades rest on George Nelson nightstands. A flea-market outsider-art painting of a Strong Woman hangs over the mid-century bed.

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This one room serves as living, dining, kitchen, and believe it or not, office. Without anything unsightly upsetting the mood. A black Bakelite Christian Dell for Römmler desk lamp sits on a Harvey Probber ebonized desk. The matching envelope holder only looks part of the set; in fact it was discovered on Etsy.

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To comment on the very notion of vanity, a primitive 19th century mask hangs over a deco mirror, mirrored vanity table, and mirrored wastebasket. A Hollywood Regency stool with brass swan heads has its original, but now threadbare, rabbit-fur upholstery.

In the past, Jared's worked on residential projects such as a handcrafted modern studio in Los Feliz and bohemian chic patio in Beachwood Canyon. For avant-garde retailer H Lorenzo, he crafted a retro-future annex and client lounge. And he’s currently designing two nightclubs in Silverlake: one, a brass and marble Viennese lounge; the other, a shabby Cuban garden bar. His apartment will be featured in Justina Blakeney’s upcoming book “The Cool and Collected Homes of the New Bohemians” to be published by Abrams in 2015. He began his career designing sets for film and fashion and thinks of his interiors as stages where colorful real-life narratives can play out.

Please visit Jared's site for more of his projects: Topsy Design

(Image credits: Photo by Ryan Schude / Submitted by Jared Frank of Topsy Design; Photos by Ryan Schude / Submitted by Jared Frank of Topsy Design)