Recognised in our esteemed 10 for 2023, designers Michael and Arya Martin behind Los Angeles-based architecture studio OSKLO invite est inside their Hollywood Hills haven.

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The kitchen features a striking island bench made of Calacatta Paonazzo marble, chosen to give the space a warm, vintage feel.

Your home is located in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California. What do you love most about where you live?

Arya Martin: Our home is in a private homeowner’s association of Hollywood Hills, with unobstructed views of the Century City skyline and western coastline, spanning from Santa Monica to Long Beach. It’s about five minutes above Sunset Street and places like Soho House, Sunset Plaza and downtown Beverly Hills, making it incredibly central while still being utterly private and removed.

How have you captured the essence of LA in your home?

Michael Martin: Los Angeles living is about mixing opulence with a connection to the outdoors. In our home, we introduced expansive retractable glass panels discreetly integrated within the perimeter walls and an interior atrium with a vibrant mix of grasses, black olive trees and aged stepping stones. Every room has its own outdoor space – even on the second floor, which features a wrap-around terrace interconnecting an outdoor media room and fireplace lounge. 

Describe your design approach. How does this manifest in your own home?

Arya Martin: We like to let the home’s natural landscape guide our design choices. We took inspiration from the earthy tones of the granite hillside at the back of the property when selecting the herringbone oak floors, creamy limestone hardscape and the knotty wood panelling, which emulates the look of Japanese Hinoki wood on the exterior. We then added a front and rear colonnade typical of homes found in LA during the 1960s and ‘70s.

How is your home a reflection of both your personalities?

Michael Martin: So much of our personalities are reflected in the interiors. Carpets brought personally by Arya’s family from Iran are treasured pieces we alternate and cherish. We use collectibles found in cities like Madrid, Tokyo, São Paulo and Marrakech that express our love of travel and art, complementing a furniture selection of all our favourite designers like Rick Owens, Gio Ponti and Vladimir Kagan.

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The indoor dining space features a Studio OSKLO Niehao dining table and Bunny dining chairs.

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The oak-panelled media room features a Studio OSKLO sofa and oak coffee table, and a vintage Oscar Niemeyer console table.

Talk us through the palette; how did you approach selecting the serene lineup of materials, textures and colours?

Arya Martin: Our signature palette of muted, moody, minimalist materials begins with the floor selection; in this case, five-inch planks of white oak in herringbone pattern. We added a layer of white plaster on all the walls for texture and matte paint on the ceiling to minimise glare. The upholstery selections incorporate boucle, velvet, mohair and linen, employing monochromatic palettes with nuanced variations in shading throughout the rooms.

Could you talk about some of your sources of inspiration for the project?

Michael Martin: Our trips to Japan in 2021 and 2022 were a significant source of inspiration for our project. Design elements and woodwork we encountered in Kyoto were combined with antiques we sourced from our favourite antique dealers and the monthly flea market in Tokyo, which we found to be far more authentic than the ones in Paris.

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The main bedroom features a pair of vintage Vladimir Kagan swivel chairs and a Studio OSKLO plaster coffee table.

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Every room has its own outdoor space, ensuring a continuous dialogue with the natural landscape.

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One of the guest bedrooms features a 1920s club chair upholstered in white mohair.

How did you go about striking a balance between comfort and refinement in your home?

Arya Martin: In this particular home, we incorporated oversized corridors around the atrium, creating an entirely open space with full-wall wood panelling. We opted for more intimate furniture arrangements in the public rooms and bedrooms to cultivate a cosy atmosphere, perfect for evening conversations and small cocktail parties. The kitchen features ample bar seating and an open-plan dining area, ideal for family cooking.

Can you share the story behind two or three of your favourite pieces in the home?

Michael Martin: Some of our most cherished pieces in the house include a 1960s bronze bust on a pedestal in the second-floor hallway. The dining room showcases a remarkable artwork believed to be by the Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka. Additionally, the living room boasts our custom Studio OSKLO travertine coffee table crafted from solid stone, which happens to be one of our favourite custom pieces and is available on 1stDibs.

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For the exterior, Michael and Arya chose a muted palette of white columns and Hinoki-inspired wood panelling. Elements like the wraparound colonnade and planted courtyards on the second floor make the home feel like a “modern agora”, Michael says. Pictured are a set of William Haines chairs.

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Michael and Arya drew inspiration from the earthy tones of the exposed granite hillside at the back of the property for the material palette.

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Limestone lines the front walkway and entrance.

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