Name: Tim Campbell
Location: Silverlake — Los Angeles, California
Type: Tim designed and built the two-story, single-family home.
Years lived in: 10 — owned
Designer Tim Campbell believes in collaborating closely with his clients to bring out a home's "character, born from its history and the people who have passed through it." In Tim's own home, you can read his personal story. An eclectic contemporary art collection mixes with a Masai sword acquired directly from a warrior on the Serengeti in Tanzania and a few vintage art objects from an Amsterdam junk shop.
In 2001, Tim designed and built his home from the ground up. Over time, he's filled it with an impressive collection of furniture, textiles, and art from a wide range of eras. A puppy by Jeff Koons guards the library, while a Bill Jacobsen photograph hangs over the bed. Antique Turkish and Moroccan rugs are a warm, weathered counterpoint to Bertoia chairs and a minimal wood bed frame by German design house e15. You'll even find some Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel in the mix — as Tim says, the best designers are "fearless and irreverent in every moment," whether that means throwing a Tibetan goat skin across the bed or putting side tables from a catalog next to carved stools from Cameroon.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: All things beautiful with an urban ethnic overlay.
Inspiration: My husband, my dog, nature, art, fashion, music, Andrée Putnam and Tadao Ando. (Not necessarily in that order. And it depends on the day.)
Favorite Element: Light.
Biggest Challenge: Finding the perfect in the imperfect.
What Friends Say: Hopefully that I inspire them.
Biggest Embarrassment: N/A
Proudest DIY: I built the deck in my backyard myself start to finish. It was a solid weekend's work but I still love it.
Biggest Indulgence: Thom Brown made-to-measure jackets. Art collecting.
Best Advice: Be fearless and irreverent in every moment.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• Sectional: Rhoom Los Angeles
• Pillows on Sectional: Kravet fabric — custom pillows
• Round Side Tables: African Tables, Berbere Custom Imports Los Angeles
• Coffee Table: Antique Chinese Table (I don't remember where I purchased this)
• Rug: Antique Turkish Oushak, Aga John Los Angeles
• Tray: Guinevere Antiques London
• Skull: Junk shop in Amsterdam
• Turtle Shell: Empiric Studio Los Angeles
• Vase: Pottery Barn
• Glass Paperweight: Guinevere Antiques London
• Lidded Glass Urn: Guinevere Antiques London
• Wooden Chairs: Shelter Los Angeles (no longer open)
• Glass Side Table: Room and Board
• Planter: Flower Market Los Angeles
• Meteorite on Glass Table: Iron meteorite from the Campo Del Cielo Meteorite Field in Argentina
• Painting Across from Sectional: Attila Richard Lukacs "Love" oil on canvas, 1999, Diane Farris Gallery Vancouver
• Painting Behind Sectional: Masami Teraoka, AIDS Series, Geisha in Bath, wood block print, 2008, Catharine Clark Gallery San Francisco
• Painting in Stairwell: Jacquard Loomed Tapestry, Andy Diaz Hope in collaboration with Laurel Roth, Allegory of the Monoceros, 2008, Catharine Clark Gallery San Francisco
• Sculpture Above Fireplace: Junk Shop in Amsterdam — relic from a Catholic church
• Fireplace: Zero Clearance Pre-fabricated — not sure who makes it
• Sculpture Next to Fireplace: Al Farrow, Trigger Finger and Jaw Bone of Santo Guerro, 2009, Steel, shot, guns, bullets, bone and glass, Catharine Clark Gallery San Francisco
• Dining Table: Shelter Los Angeles (no longer in business)
• Dining Chairs: Tolix Chairs from Paris — I bought them off the street at a shop in the Marais.
• Art Across from Dining Table: Travis Somerville, Sunday after Church, 2007, mixed media on canvas
• Artifact on Wall: Masai sword, purchased from a Masai Warrior on the Serengeti in Tanzania
• Tray: Berbere Custom Imports Los Angeles
• Candlesticks: Dutch, purchased at a junk shop in Amsterdam
• Vase: Crate and Barrel
• Item on Tray: African salt and pepper terrines and candle by D.L. & Co, Barneys New York
• Horns: From a market in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
• Bed Frame: e15 Germany
• Duvet Cover: Tibetan goat skins
• Pillows: African fabrics purchased in Tanzania and Tibetan goat skins
• Side Table: Vintage Serge Mouille, JF Chen Los Angeles
• Task Lamp: Vintage Serge Mouille, JF Chen Los Angeles
• Rug: Aga John Los Angeles
• Vases: Crate and Barrel
• Console: Shelter Los Angeles (no longer in business)
• Artifacts on Console: deer horns, antique marble Buddha from India, beads from Africa, Ethiopian clay pots, partial limestone model of a Cathedral from France
• Painting Above Bed: Photograph, Bill Jacobsen, Untitled #4142, 2001, Rena Bransten Gallery San Francisco
• Painting Above Console: Forrest Williams, Buttress, oil on canvas, 2003, Marx and Zavaterros Gallery San Francisco
• Paintings Below Console: Photographs: Shelby Lynn Adams, Holiness Boy with Serpent Box and Poison Jar, Fahey Klein Gallery Los Angeles; Julie Pudlowski, Mother with Child dying of Aids, Africa, 2003; Painting, Travis Somerville, Grandma's House, 2009, water color on paper with black and white photograph, Catharine Clark Gallery San Francisco
• Painting Above Chair: Jeff Gillette, Alas Vegas, 2004, oil on canvas, Dirt Gallery Los Angeles
• Chair: Bertoia Butterfly Chair, Jules Seltzer Los Angeles
• Pillow in Chair: Tibetan Goat Skin
• Curtains: Kravet Linen
• Dog Sculpture: Jeff Koons, Puppy Dog
• Chair: Bertoia Butterfly Chair, Jules Seltzer Los Angeles
• Painting: Taravat Talepasand, The Order of the Sun and Lion, 2007, mixed media, Marx and Zavaterros Gallery San Francisco
• Artifacts on Bookcase: Painting by Chester Arnold, Between Rounds, 2004, oil on panel, Catharine Clark Gallery San Francisco; wooden urns, Guinevere Antiques London; antique leather bound books, Guinevere Antiques London, African milk gourd, Serengeti, Tanzania
• Skull: Junk shop, Amsterdam
• Ottoman: Room and Board
Images: Karyn Millet
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