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Act 4 Entertainment
Santa Monica, CA

Team

Mark Rios
Jennifer Schab
Mark Motonaga
Aimee Less
Daniel Torres
Siobhan Burke
Blair Pettigrew
David Heikka

Categories

Architecture
Awards
Interiors
Landscape
Our client David Johnson's vision was to transform this landmarked 1880s Victorian home overlooking Santa Monica Bay into vibrant offices for Act 4 Entertainment, the socially conscious media company he founded. We provided historical architectural restoration, landscape architecture, and interior design services to craft a showcase for Johnson's extensive collection of contemporary American art.

Our renovation maintained the historic exterior, and refurbished the interior in a clean, crisp, modern style. Stark white interiors contrast with the dark exterior walls, while accents of color—like the blue, pink, and purple leather Eames conference chairs—breathe new life into the Queen Anne-style building. We re-stained the original oak floors to create a dark, neutral background for the art and furnishings.
Johnson, chair emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art's Board of Trustees, curated the building's art collection with works by artists with a social or political edge, such as Monica Bonvicini, Sam Durant, and Jenny Holzer. These pieces constantly disrupt and challenge the new space, as do the furnishings. Each piece was chosen for qualities like innovative design, construction, form, materials, or cultural significance.

Pops of color continue in the front garden. Passing pedestrians marvel at its manicured rows of bright flowering annuals, which mimic a canvas of brilliant stripes of color. Nestled in a private court behind the house, a 16-foot square white marble plinth floats six inches above ground level. A piece of art itself, it is both a terrace and a sculpture to be occupied.
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