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First score a rental in one of L.A.’s pedigreed apartment buildings. Then make it a personal statement with a few had-to-have-it pieces that you’ll never leave behind
Good View Hunting
The city vista is what photographer Peter Vitale coveted most in Hayworth Tower, a 1931 art deco gem that he found while looking at hundreds of rentals in Los Angeles. He snagged the amazing lookout when the Hayworth’s top floor became available nearly two years ago and he was first to claim it. With the help of L.A. interior designer Tom Boland, Vitale mixed classical, baroque, and modern items that he’d amassed—some carefully collected, others pure impulse buys—to blend with the deco moldings and other period touches. Who says a must-have response to an antique carving or a museum-quality lamp—the one that put a huge dent in your credit card—won’t pay off over a lifetime?
A Person of Interests
The 1947 neocolonial by Paul Williams, the celebrated African American architect to the stars, beckoned to interior designer Tom Boland as he shopped for an apartment ten years ago. Luckily the owner of the building, a former dancer with Tito Puente, favored tenants in the arts. “She asked me if I knew who Paul Williams was,” Boland remembers. He did. Now Boland, who has made a practice of recombining a small trove of pieces wherever he’s lived, uses his keepsakes to give the space, where the trees have formed a thick canopy, an urban flair.