HOW ONE DESIGNER LOVINGLY PRESERVED A 1920S
Style, according to Cliff Fong,
is about possessing a singular sensibility.
Having worked in fashion in a former life, the Los Angeles–based interior designer ,
who operates under the firm name Matt Blacke, takes an approach informed by the personal style of fashion icons:
“They’re never head-to-toe in Saint Laurent or Gucci,” he says.
“It’s about the mix.”
In Fong’s latest project, a 1927
Mediterranean-style mansion in L.A.’s historic Hancock Park neighborhood,
his fashion-forward philosophy
resounds through the home’s various eras of art and design.
In the dining room, where the original oak paneling is almost a century old,
the dining table is a 21st-century work by Rick Owens,
embodying the high-low ethos
by combining petrified wood and plywood.
The delicately wrought ceiling lamp is 1950s Serge Mouille, whose distinct graphic language abounds in the house’s many vintage Stilnovo lamps and sconces of his design. Fong compares such pieces to a favorite handbag or accessory—“things you can always count on to make your look work.”
Sonya Roth, Fong’s client and a managing director of Christie’s auction house, lives here with her three children: 10-year-old Anabel, 7-year-old Colette, and 3-year-old Henry. She and her late husband, Josh Roth, bought the house together in 2017, charmed by the grand archways that carved clear views from one side of the house to the other. They were in awe of many of the original architectural flourishes, including the curves of the grand spiral staircase, but they did not love the outdated finishes or the “10 million sconces,” Sonya recalls. “It was very heavy-handed.” รับออกแบบบ้าน