Groundbreaking Koenig Case Study House #21 Now A Gallery For Korean Design


Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21 astonished people when it was first built in 1958. Photographed by Julius Schulman, it would go on to become an icon of Mid-century architecture. Impeccably restored by Michael LaFetra, the once-private house is now the Seomi International, a gallery and setting for the finest in Korean contemporary design. Below, a langorous wood settee by Bae Se Hwa and a stone sculpture by Choi Byung Hoon flank a howling wolf by (the lone Portuguese in the gallery stable) sculptor, Joana Vasconcelos.

In the kitchen, an exquisite lacquer table and stools by Kang Myung Sun.

More: For a background on the house and its restoration, check out this link for Michael LaFetra, the Los Angeles architecture enthusiast who restored the house. You can still view the auction details from 2006 at Wright, including floor plans.

Seomi International
9083 Wonderland Park Avenue, Los Angeles
Monday through Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm

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