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This 12' x 60' prefabricated, eco-friendly showhouse by Office of Mobile Design (o-md) had literally been carried on a semi truck and plopped right down along Abbot-Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach. Though the bones of the home were beautiful, it was not very inviting. “I always throw Asian style into my designs; I find it adds so much warmth,” Jordan says. Placing a Buddha by the entryway is a signature move of his, as it is inviting and gives visitors a hint of what’s inside.
Because the house was perched in this spot temporarily, nothing else had been done to the surrounding area, though Jordan added decals by Venice Beach-based Blik to the gate. The modern glass and steel doors are by Neoporte.
The pillow was crafted from three separate cushions. The fabric on the front was taken from a vintage Japanese obi, while the back was covered in “really cheap Chinatown orange shiny fabric. I loved the contrast between the very traditional front and the funky back.” The stool is a vintage hand-carved Balinesian piece. The orange chair was very inexpensive and because it's armless it takes up less space and keeps things looking contemporary.
This is a vintage Asian blanket chest on a stand that Jordan acquired from the shop of his best friend Vanessa De Vargas, Turquoise. The side table is another Jordan Capella creation, composed of a lucite base and a smoked bronze tray. Mixing materials in unexpected ways is another one of his signature moves. The base is completely put together with tongue-and-groove construction. The statue is a hand-carved Balinesian piece.
The wall is made of Kirei, which is reeds turned into plywood.
The kitchen is composed of pieces by Boffi. “I always insist on making kitchens white. Colored kitchens can be really fun, but white keeps a kitchen clean, modern, sleek and timeless. I’d tire of a colored kitchen within a month.” The stainless steel backsplash, exposed pipes, counter legs and portable utensil cabinet (underneath the counter) add sleek industrial touches to the space.
All of the stunning photographs in the kitchen are of Vietnam, and Jordan is still heartbroken that he lost the artist’s information, as they are some of his favorite works.
The back of the house was staged as an office, where Jordan mixes IKEA (the tulip table and task chairs) with Vitra (all of the furniture in the back corner, including the cork stools) and striking art. The photograph and the statue also came from Salon Oblique. Also, the beauty of the coconut husk floors really stands out in this image.