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CA Boom House Tours: Architect Stephen Kanner in Pacific Palisades

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CA Boom, the trade show for all things design-related, kicked off today at the Santa Monica Barker Hanger. Part of their three-day exhibition includes house tours of architecturally significant homes; this afternoon's tour stopped by five Pacific Palisades homes, including the 3,200-square-foot house owned by--and designed by--Stephen Kanner of Kanner Architects, the firm behind such projects as the forthcoming Venice Apartments and the West LA Exposition building. Kanner has shown his house on previous CA Boom house tours, but this may all be new to you!

Kanner's home got a brief mention in the 2004 Palisidian Post article, in which he talked about the "principles of modernism" in relation to a Long Island residence he was building. Via the PPP: "Kanner believes the principles of modernism continue to hold true, despite the fact that modernism is often interpreted as architecture that is cold and inhospitable. 'It's about light, space, materials and problem-solving,' says Kanner, who designed the modernist home in the Palisades which he shares with his wife Cynthia... "It's an architecture that makes a good modern home feel good.'"

Kanner knew Pacific Palisades well, living just down the street, according to Metropolis magazine, before building this home, which is situated on a 60 by 120 feet lot with an 8-foot slope. According to Interior Design magazine, (not online) Kanner capped costs at $200 per square foot. The bright cabinetry took cues from the Eameses and Albert Frey, according to the magazine, which describes them as "lighthearted and colorful with lacquered MDF panels and sliding fiberglass doors."

Most striking about the home: On the second floor, the walls have an extra wood panel (an architectural trick to secure extra room in the kids room), and a detail that made one attendee remark that she felt like she was on a ship. Secondly, a tall water sculpture stands like a silver reed in the back lawn.