Lustig was one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century. In the 1940s he revolutionized the approach to book cover design and is best known for his work with the publisher New Directions.
William H. Thomas, a chief engineer and executive for JBL stereo company, was Lustig’s friend. Over the years he hired Lustig to design everything from brochures, speaker cabinets, and even a helicopter. And in 1946 he commissioned Lustig to design a home for him and his family in the Silver Lake hills.
A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, among others, Alvin Lustig implemented core modernism ideals into this home. In the Spring issue of Dwell magazine (you know this is my all time favorite magazine, right?) the current owner describes the home as, “it’s not showy … it’s supposed to work nicely – completely sufficient and very graceful. It’s not a grand architectural statement, but something that works in an everyday sense.” And that it does.
Located within the coveted Ivanhoe Elementary School district this mid-century home is sited on a hillside lot.
The enviable California indoor-outdoor flow is achieved through floor-to-ceiling windows that also affords an abundance of indirect sunlight to filter in.
Lustig designed asterisk tile and immaculately restored period fixtures remain in the bathroom, the built-in magazine rack of a partition wall, the kitchen cabinet pulls, and a restored straight-grain, old-growth redwood trellis are some of the period details that remain.
And, originally a dark room, a 300-square-foot home office is located on the lower level.
While the current owners have enjoyed several years living in Lustig’s first venture in residential architecture they are now quietly seeking just the right buyer to be the new owner.
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Listing courtesy of Nate Cole – Coldwell Banker