Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

My first Los Angeles Times piece--and it's a big one! Finding this home was serendipity. It was a pleasure to share this discovery with the rest of the county and beyond.

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Craig Nakano
Published: 16 May 2013 (in print 8 June), Los Angeles Times

A floral silhouette cut into the second-floor aluminum screen creates a facade that wins second looks from passersby in Venice. Red accents on the ground floor of the house, designed by architect-owners Jonathan Ward and Jin Ah Park, reappear elsewhere, including on another aluminum panel visible from the interior courtyard. (Sean Airhart)
When it came to designing their new home in Venice, Jonathan Ward and Jin Ah Park drew inspiration from their two-year backpacking trip around the world. The couple, who work for the international design firm NBBJ, traveled from Britain to Thailand, Australia to Peru, Morocco to Mali -- a journey that they said has given rise to a modern dwelling that draws from cultures around the world yet still evokes a sense of California living. [read more]


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