The foothills of the Santa Monica mountains are home to many an architectural marvel – and tucked away among the iconic Trousdale Estates, one such treasure is now accessible to the public. This mid-century home, designed by architect David Hyun in 1958, is the epitome of California Modernism; not only do its floor-to-ceiling windows present panoramic views of Los Angeles, bathing its colourful rooms with golden light, but the house also comes with tales of an illustrious former owner – Elvis Presley is said to have released Suspicious Minds, Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog in the six-year period he lived in it with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa-Marie.
Now the property, which sits in a celebrity-filled enclave in Beverly Hills, is being given new life by design gallery The Future Perfect. Taking over the home as part of its nomadic Casa project, the gallery uses the world’s most famous properties as showrooms for its covetable collection of contemporary furniture and objects. This space, called Casa Perfect, will house work from Piet Hein Eek, Lindsey Adelman and Ilse Crawford. And there are few properties better suited for the purpose; its open-plan living area, Hockney-esque pool and meticulously restored interior seem to demand the finest furniture design. For those passing through Beverly Hills, it is well worth a visit. And for those who are not, the photographs serve excellent daydream fodder nonetheless.
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