Derek's Gidget Goes Disco

Derek's Gidget Goes Disco

Laure Joliet
Jan 17, 2011

Name: Derek Anthony
Location: Los Feliz - Silverlake Border — Los Angeles, California
Size: 900 square feet — 2 bedrooms
Years lived in: 8 — rented (I'm the Manager)

The last time we saw Derek, he was in full mid century swing with bright colors, playful shapes and plenty of kitsch (in a good way). But a change has taken place — Derek decided to go disco. The palette has narrowed to red, black and chrome and everything is a bit more sleek and sexy.

Though plenty of mid century touches abound in the form of a striking red vinyl dinette set, avocado accents in the kitchen and great atomic bedroom, the mainstay of the apartment has definitely shifted. The living room greets you with a black wall covered in reflections — chrome, lights, mirrors. Everything is pared down, has simpler lines and a lot more contrast. From the mirrored bar, the Panton chair, the bold red love seat that looks like it's straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey to the mirrored late seventies model portraits, you feel as though you stepped into a time warp and you just might be entering Studio 54.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Totally Vintage

Inspiration: Old movies showing trends of each era

Favorite Element: The all new 70's living room

Biggest Challenge: Recreating the 60's & 70's in a 50's building.

What Friends Say: They love my attention to detail

Biggest Embarrassment: It was the carpet but I fixed that in July.

Proudest DIY: The black wall in the living room.

Biggest Indulgence: The Verner Panton Chair which I paid way too much for…

Best Advice: When you come home and you don't want to go anywhere because you love looking around the room you know you've done it right.

Dream Sources: Other than a time machine I don't have any.

Resources of Note:

Derek hits up all the fleas around LA for many of his finds: Rose Bowl, Long Beach & Pasadena City College Swap Meets. The Dinette Set came from Out of the Closet Atwater, the Large Floor chrome Lamp Bebop iin Sunset Junction. The Coffee table Rose Bowl Swap Meet.

Appliances: I am currently looking for a vintage avocado stove, I may paint the newer fridge.
Hardware: I haven't changed any hardware, it was there when I moved in.
Furniture: All vintage1960's for the bedroom, 1970's high end for the living room.
Accessories: some vintage
Lighting: All vintage thrifted and scored
Rugs and Carpets: Brand New thick pile grey carpet
Tiles and Stone: None, kitchen was just redone with formica.
Window Treatments: 3 Day Blinds
Artwork: Totally vintage
Flooring: Brand New vinyl kitchen & bathroom flooring
Paint: Satin black from Baller Hardware in Silverlake

Thanks, Derek!

Images: Laure Joliet

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