Arcana Books: Check out the Monthly Pick for May 2024

Arcana Books: Check out the Monthly Pick for May 2024
June 4, 2024 Angela Anthony

Arcana: Books on the Arts monthly pick for May comes from the longtime Angeleno and celebrated photographer Tim Street-Porter.

City of Dreams: Los Angeles Interiors: Inspiring Homes of Architects, Designers, and Artists by author Annie Kelly and photographs by Tim Street-Porter, is a sweeping survey of the best of both historic and contemporary Los Angeles houses that have tremendous resonance for interior design today.

Los Angeles’s Street-Porter has been chronicling this metropolis’s architecture and interiors for over twenty-five years. This stunning collection of inspiring homes begins with a look back, which includes examples of iconic houses inspired by Hollywood film fantasies, Modernist residences by such luminaries as John Lautner, and Frank Gehry’s Deconstructivism-style home. The heart of the book features today’s forward-looking homes, divided into two sections: Living with Art and Design and Los Angeles Modern. Antiquarian Joel Chen artfully blends an eye-catching collection of period furniture and Chinese objets while interior designer Jean-Louis Denoit’s house sparkles with a Tony Duquette gilded mirror and an abalone shell chandelier. Another trend is the renovation of modernist houses with a personal touch. Artist Mary Weatherford’s reworking of her A. Quincy Jones–designed home, in collaboration with designer Oliver Furth, has a striking orange bedroom. Illuminating Los Angeles’s dramatic indoor-outdoor living spaces, this tome is a must-have for architecture and design enthusiasts.

About the Writer
Writer and designer Annie Kelly has authored many books, including the successful Rooms to Inspire series. She writes about lifestyle for such publications as Belle and 1stDibs.

About the Photographer
Architecture and design photographer Tim Street-Porter has written and photographed numerous books, including Los Angeles Today and L. A. Modern. He is also a contributor to lifestyle magazines.