Kitchen of the Week: French Mid-Century Style in Santa Monica

We like to check in from time to time with Commune Design, based in Los Angeles. The multidisciplinary design studio (it works on architecture, interior, graphics and product design projects) always seems to have something of interest in its portfolio. On our last visit, we were rewarded with this distinctive cuisine in Santa Monica.

It is owned by Hollywood talent manager Evelyn O’Neill and was inspired by Maison La Roche in Paris. (Not familiar with the architecturally significant residence? See Alexa’s 12 Design Lessons from Maison La Roche from Le Corbusier in Paris.) O’Neill visited the monument in 2015 with her friend, actress and design enthusiast Julianne Moore, and was immediately wowed by her unusual warm apricot and vivid green-blue palette, a color palette she said would translate well in her high-rise apartment overlooking the Pacific.

On Moore’s recommendation, she hired Commune to bring some of Le Corbusier’s mid-century modern sensibility to her two-bedroom apartment. “I would say it’s more as if the feel and spirit of the project were inspired by Le Corbusier than anything in particular – except for the color palette which is literally his,” explains the co- founder of the company, Roman Alonso, who also quotes the French milieu. century giant Charlotte Perriand as an influence on this renovation.

Below, the chic results.

Photograph by Stephen Kent Johnson, courtesy of Commune Design.

The white oak cabinets are painted
Above: The white oak cabinets are painted “White”, from Le Corbusier’s Polychromie Architecturale line by Drikolor, known as Alonso. A custom white oak butcher’s island and cork flooring add warmth to the space.
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Above: “The handles are inspired by those of Charlotte Perriand. We made our own version of its vertical cabinet handles, ”says Alonso. A mix of metals – stainless steel on the counters and along the side of the island; a copper backsplash and vent hood, unsealed to allow oxidation, play well.

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