Book Review: City of Angels 

You know I love a book delivery.  This one is a doozy of delight.  

The homes featured are an amazing mix of design styles from traditional to contemporary by the best and brightest in design.

 It is a voyeuristic look into some of the most beautiful LA homes and a great addition to any design library.

Los Angeles’s dramatic setting, Mediterranean climate, and outdoor lifestyle have long attracted creative individuals to its diverse neighborhoods. The residents profiled in City of Angels represent a mix of film producers and directors, artists, photographers, collectors, architects, interior designers, gardeners, artisans, and bohemians living happily in houses designed by renowned architects, interior designers, and garden designers, including Lloyd Wright, Paul Williams, Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Peter Dunham, David Netto, Waldo Fernandez, Joel Chen, Kulapat Yantrasast, Suzanne Rheinstein, and Michael D. Smith. Jennifer Ash Rudick leads an insider’s tour of thirty houses, bungalows, pool houses, artists’ studios, and art-filled compounds that feature the best of contemporary architecture and interior design. The versatile Firooz Zahedi, a long-time L.A. resident, sourced most of the homes and has photographed extraordinary gardens, Silver Lake bungalows, Beverly Hills pool houses, mid-century apartments, and even a private tea house in multiple districts of this sprawling city. We journey to Malibu to visit Kelly Wearstler’s beach house before venturing higher into the Santa Monica Mountains to tour Hutton Wilkinson’s exotic ranch. City of Angels captures the irresistible allure of Pamela Shamshiri’s mid-century modern Schindler house and an extraordinarily sited Pacific Palisades villa decorated by Oliver Furth. We head high into the Hollywood Hills to explore John Lautner’s vertigo-inducing modernist glass box before descending to the calm of Richard Shapiro’s overgrown gardens surrounding a magnificent Beaux-Arts pavilion.

The houses and gardens featured in City of Angels offer a rich mix of quirkiness, elegance, glitz, and Hollywood pizazz. The effect is unforgettable—much like Los Angeles itself.


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