I wrote about it for International Architecture and Design; here’s the PDF (5 pages). More, and pictures, after the jump..
Working with a couple of clients who travel often to Southern California (and South Florida), Mazen El-Abdallah did a thoughtful job of importing materials and moves that fit in those contexts – spiky grasses, George Nelson furniture, a conversation pit – into an unusual blend.
Mazen, a young architect and designer whose work I’ve covered here and in Desinglines, usually works in a more contemporary mode. He’s achieved something really interesting here, I think. It’s not so much that the specific materials or moves are unusual; they are mostly quite common. But it’s an un-placeable mashup of details and textures that is impossible to tie to a specific moment in design history. It is, in a word, timeless.
Photos by Scott Norsworthy.