The Archers, a boutique creative design group based in Los Angeles believe that every space deserves to be the only one of it’s kind. Across multiple projects for the same client, they have also proven that a residence can be built on a consistent foundation of well-selected design elements…
The Archers design some of the most coveted high-end residential interiors in Los Angeles. Step inside Hill House II, one of The Archers earliest projects for a cinematographer and producer couple. Tomorrow we will post Hill House IV, the newest project for the same client. As a pair, they show the natural evolution of a collection of curated object that the creative firm strives to deliver to each of their projects.
Hill House II, one of The Archers earliest projects was the refurbishment of a rare surviving example of California Spanish Deco architecture, designed and built by Lyle Nelson Barcume in 1932.
The clients owned a collection of existing late 20th century pieces which were somewhat at odds with the elaborate tile work and shaped plaster details of the house. To pull it all together, the oak floors were ebonised and most of the unadorned plaster surfaces whitewashed. New bookshelves inspired by the library of the Villa di Granaiolo near Florence, as well as a chandelier and mirrored chrome sofa designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni give the oversized living room human scale. Tomato red draperies, cognac-colored mohair velvet upholstery, and an Archers-designed wool rug in vibrant complementary colours add drama and warmth. The Archers own ‘Gemini’ coffee table was originally designed for this room. Late 19th century Italian Chiavari chairs surround a minimalist Jean Nouvel table in the dining room, while new soft furnishings and unique pieces complement the client’s original furnishings throughout the house.
Tomorrow we will publish Hill House IV, a recently completed project by The Archers for the same client, proving that investing in pieces one truly loves coupled with clever design, can provide both longevity and a chance for reinvention.
Richard Shapiro’s two glorious residences in Los Angeles and Malibu echo faraway places and allude to generations of cultivation…
Richard Shapiro is a man of many talents and passions. Artist, curator, collector, antiquarian, designer, tastemaker, retailer… He is the absolute authority on art and antiques and offers a distinctly European sensibility to his creation of homes and gardens that are visionary, luxurious, transcendent while being edited with a refined elegance.
The first home, located in the quiet residential L.A. neighbourhood of Holmby Hills, is a 1920’s Hispano-Moorish house that Shapiro has transformed into the image of a Florentine Villa, with vast gardens and treasure-filled rooms. The second, perched above the Malibu coastline, was designed and built to convey a French Moroccan vibe where villa meets riad, and is affectionately known as Tangier Outlook.
Shapiro comments in the book, “The houses reinvent the ambiance of distant places I love. Both are fictions crafted and composed to allow for the suspension of your awareness of time and place. They are transcendent — imbued with qualities so authentic in appearance, spirit and mood that their true age and locale cannot be discerned. There, in either house, you really do live in a different, better world.”
Shapiro has an innate ability to marry the old with the new – a hint of European aristocracy with an all-American ease. There is an effortless connection of home with garden; a facilitation of the good life; an illusion of former generations and centuries-old spaces.
This book is not a reference on interior decorating of residential homes and gardens. It’s about creating an environment entirely from one’s own fantasy. It is in fact, about living the dream.