by George Epaminondas
Standard recently finished work on an exquisite home and studio in Nichols Canyon in Los Angeles. The owner expressed an interest in Japanese minimalism, and Standard delivered a space that radiates with zen calm. The Westbrook residence has been meticulously designed with 17-ft ceilings, black powder-coated metal details, concrete and oak floors, and a majestic staircase rendered in steel and glass. The exterior resembles a white stucco cube with lofty openings, while the interior showcases a slew of natural materials. It features unpainted concrete and unstained wood floors, natural plaster on all interior walls and ceilings, oak cabinetry, as well as touches of steel, glass and marble. Such materials will age beautifully over time without having to require upkeep. The studio shares the same sensibilities and materials of the home.