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Lum says that although he is Chinese, he had never really gravitated toward Asian interiors. So it was somewhat surprising that many of the choices for his own home seemed derived from an Asian aesthetic. The curved sculpture by the window is by artist Ted Uran, and is made of steam-bent wood. The chair in the foreground with its back to the viewer is a reproduction of a Jean Prouvé.
The dining room table is a custom piece, with a translucent red glass top. He bought the light blue vintage chairs at a local shop. The stools opposite the sofa are solid oak, which used to be very pristine until Lum left them outside. "They got all cracked and weathered, so I brought them inside," he says.
Lum's partner, photographer Michael Light, took the photo over the couch, an aerial image of the desert.
"Since the kitchen was going to be part of the living room, I wanted it not to look like a kitchen," Lum says. The base of the island is perforated galvanized metal; if you look closely, you can detect its translucence. The island is topped with white marble, and the countertop across from it is a 600-pound slab of steel. The back wall is the same stucco as in the bathroom, with a steel trowel finish to give it a smooth, burnished surface.