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A Person of Interests
Peek inside the West Hollywood home of Tom Boland
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.
The entry columns span the height of the two-story building.
Boland sits in the living room, which looks out on a well-planted courtyard.
Long before he aspired to live in a building from that period, Boland purchased the 1940s French stainless steel table with aluminum inset at a New York store. “It’s very James Bond and sets the mood well here,” he says.
Boland had the walnut table custom made for the long, narrow dining room.
The designer couldn’t walk away from this Robert Motherwell artist’s proof he saw in a Bergamot Station gallery ten years ago. But the $4,000 price tag meant “I didn’t buy underwear that year,” Boland says.
Boland was 15 when he fell for this late-19th-century Korean morijang chest—his mother chauffeured him to the shop the day he brought it home. It’s followed him to college and every place he’s resided since.