Excellent use of space and light in this Los Angeles office. Modernica’s Cloud Couch and Noguchi Coffee table are doing what they do best, being at the center-of-attention and looking like an oasis. Thanks Maurice for sharing your office with us.
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The May issue of Vanity Fair mentions Stark Bar as LACMA’s latest attraction and with good reason. Brilliant color, modern furnishings, including our Cloud Couch and ottomans, and an MCM vibe offer plenty of reasons to visit the outdoor bar designed by Renzo Piano. Stark Bar and Ray’s were named after the late Hollywood producer, art collector and Vanity Fair editor, Ray Stark. His daughter Wendy Stark Morrissey said he always wanted his own restaurant. Piano created an inviting outdoor piazza for the dining area, bar and performance space giving Angelenos another reason to revisit the museum.
Architecture is like frozen music. Goethe. There is an underlying structure, composition and style. – Stanley Anderson
From childhood, Stanley Anderson was always drawing and enjoyed design oriented toys like Etch a Sketch and Lincoln Logs. While other kids picked up wind instruments, Stanley went against the trend and chose to play the drums. His creativity shifted into more visual forms with photography and culminated in architecture and design.
Presently, the Director of Interior Design at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Stanley gave me a tour of his unique home where we spoke more about his career and design collection. Built in 1948 by architect Romeo Aristides Rodriguez, the modern house looks out of place on a street lined with Spanish Colonial homes. Stanley was wowed when he first saw it and knew it was the one. Kept mostly in it’s original state, the few additions made by the previous owner, like the granite wall with fireplace and the wood ceiling painted white, are a couple of his favorite details about the house.
Renee Massaro: Do you feel there are similarities between architecture and music?
Stanley Anderson: Architecture is like frozen music. Goethe. There is an underlying structure, composition and style. I have always been a Phillip Glass fan – I like the repetition, building on a theme and the rational and minimal approach to his music.
RM: How did your interest in photography evolve into studying architecture?
SA: Photography is all about composition and “seeing”. I always “see” my designs through a photographic lens – stills of the space the client will see when it is built. The photographs i took and the ones I collect have always been black and white. I see spaces that way first – as contrast and texture, and then add on the color for emphasis. The space, for me, has to be formally and volumetrically composed first, with color and material as added benefits.
RM: How would you describe your approach in design?
SA: My approach to design is very fundamental and modern: problem solving with aesthetics, function, and budget all in mind. I typically ask “what is the big idea” and find solutions that work for my clients on various levels.
RM: What is your favorite project recently?
SA: My favorite projects at the moment are The Penthouse at the Ritz Carlton, LA Live and Embassy projects in Helsinki and The Hague.
RM: Can you tell us more about Moore Ruble Yudell?
SA: Moore Ruble Yudell is a multidisciplinary architectural firm with expertise in various architectural scales: residential, institutional, master planning, interiors, graphics and landscape architecture. Our guiding philosophies are Humanism and true collaboration with our consultants, contractors and clients.
RM: Are there architects who have influenced your work?
SA: Architects who have influenced my work are Richard Neutra, Aldo Rossi, Richard Meier and Philipe Starck.
RM: Is there a particular project that taught you a lifetime lesson in design?
SA: All of my projects teach me something new. One never stops learning in architecture and design. New technologies, new materials, and new products keep an architect and designer engaged in continual education.
RM: Can you recall a project that exemplifies the psychological experience of space?
SA: We had the opportunity to work on the United States Embassy in Berlin and there is a very powerful and psychologically experiential space right next to this site: The Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe by Peter Eisenman. Walking through the corridors and rows of monoliths that represent the bodies and tombs of those who were murdered is experientially very powerful as the black boxes rise and fall over the hilly site. It’s truly one of the most simple and sublime pieces of architecture I have ever experienced.
RM: What would be your dream project?
SA: I’m currently working on my dream project for a wonderful client at the Ritz Carlton. Arguably the best residential interior site in Los Angeles, in an amazing building, designing a modern, minimalist Penthouse for all of the interior architecture, furnishings, art and accessories. Who could ask for a better dream project?
RM: Is there advice you would offer an out of work architect?
SA: Specialize, get Revit Training and make sure architecture is your absolute passion.
When I asked Stanley what he would be doing if it wasn’t architecture, without hesitation, he said psychology. He explained that helping people with design is similar because it’s about understanding what they like and need. Many of Stanley’s interests are design related including woodworking custom furniture, collecting Bertoia chairs, black and white photography and making music with GarageBand.
You may recognize the fantastic photo of Boston Terrier Bebe from our Pets on Furniture Contest. Here’s how Stanley describes her, “Bebe is my favorite non human, though sometimes she seems like one. George, my partner, is my favorite human.”