House Tour: Daniel's Multicutural Modern

House Tour: Daniel's Multicutural Modern

Gregory Han
Aug 1, 2008

Name: Daniel du Plessis
Location: Long Beach, CA
Size: 3,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 years


We were debating whether to post this today or a few weeks from now when our next house tour opening would come up. But we were so impressed with the unique decor of Daniel's spacious abode, we couldn't help but want to get this up before the weekend. Admittedly, Daniel's home tour is unlike most of our other tours, both because of the size of his Long Beach home and its interior decor. But we think good ideas spring forth from big and small, expensive or frugal, traditional or modern...and Daniel's home reveals a sumptuous marriage between a rich multicultural style draped across a modern interior that we think is worth highlighting. Indian, South African, Chinese, Zulu and British motifs, patterns and objects intermingle with contemporary furnishings, and we love the stark contrast between the rich painted room and its monochromatic neighboring room. As you'll soon see, the beauty is indeed in the details...


AT Survey:

My/Our style: Eclectic, with own art and acquired works providing a diversity of visual experiences. Rooms transition from the contemporary to the traditional. The media room, kitchen and bedroom are a warm version of contemporary/modern style, while the dining and living room are dramatically traditional, with a color-saturated mix of Asian, Persian and African elements. Comfort and function take precedence over form - people should feel welcome and at home in any of the rooms. I need to be surrounded by lots of artworks and objects to look at.

Inspiration: Collectibles such as paintings, antiques, rugs and objects from across the world spark color choices. The abundance and richness of color stems from many years spent on the subtropical Natal coast of South Africa. There Indian, Zulu and British colonial influences seemed to coalesce into unexpected combinations of color, pattern, and texture.

Favorite Element: Surprise transitions from stark contemporary spaces to quirky, exuberant arrangements of color, furniture, and objects. The rooms create a sense of visual discovery.

Biggest Challenge: I have a studio inside the apartment and need to rotate works throughout the house. I need a gallery space without the place looking too impersonal. Asymmetry of interior architecture. A long, narrow apartment with lack of natural light in certain rooms. A shotgun hallway.

What Friends Say: You definitely are not scared of color. The place is full of surprises.

Biggest Embarrassment: Front security door in desperate need of replacement.

Proudest DIY: Redesign of an old, dark fireplace into a well-proportioned and incorporated structure.

Biggest Indulgence: Lighting. Resurfacing of existing parquet floors and installing new wood floors in areas.

Best advice: Buy the best and cry only once.

Dream source: Asian antique stores.


Appliances: Bosch

Furniture: Living Room:
C.S.. Wo & Sons, Costa Mesa
Chao's Chinese Antiques, Anaheim
Ethan Allen, Artesia
Room & Board, Costa Mesa

Accessories: C.S.. Wo & Sons, Costa Mesa
Treasures, Fountain Valley
Arkraft, Signal Hill

Lighting: Schonbek

Artwork: Koplin del Rio Gallery, Culver City
Personal friends and fellow artists

(Thanks, Daniel!)


Photos by Photos by Daniel du Plessis and Karen Emmett

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