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Kameon Residence

Garden designer Judy Kameon's home is located near Elysian Park, in Los Angeles, California. The lot is 553m2 large, horizontally-shaped, and slopes from east to west. The main house (where the family of three lives) and the guesthouse face each other.
Because the first floor of the main house is sloped, the main entrance is located on the M2 floor. Both floors can be accessed from the main entrance. The living and dining rooms are located on the first floor; there are no dividers so the space feels spacious. In contrast, the second floor is private, with each family member's individual bedroom being divided.
The outside look of the house is simple, but once inside, one sees artwork of various colors made by Erik Otsea, who is a designer and also Judy's husband. They created an interior with originality with their use of color.
In the garden, "West Coast style" plants like cactus and succulent plants were selected. Judy's philosophy is that gardens are not just for viewing, but for spending time in, a concept evident in her own garden. Making the most of the natural character of the land, she made multiple terraces of different heights. In each space, Judy placed plants that will block the strong L.A. sun. With various plants and outdoor furniture placed in different spaces, an atmosphere of diversity was created.



A Residence

The A Residence stands in a quiet residential area in the city with a pool in the center garden. The owners frequently host guests so they have the west side of their home as a formal area. The east side of the home and the second floor functions as a family area.
In the formal area, a classical living/dining room with a Japanese-style guest room was designed to surround the center garden. To minimize the sights and sounds from their surroundings, the owners built a 6m-high wall in the center of the garden. The garden is so peaceful; it makes it hard to believe you are in the city. The garden was designed to be beautiful from inside the home as well. The garden includes tropical trees such as the Queen palm, Sago palm, and Yucca rostrata, all planted at different heights.
To enjoy garden parties, the owners built an outdoor kitchen to the west of the pool and an outdoor dining area to the south. The central garden is connected to both the western room and the Japanese room, creating a sense of harmony.
Next to the Japanese room rust stones and stone pillars were placed to make bonfire. A mixture of Western and Japanese plants were planted to give a different effect. For the approach, Mikagestone was piled like a pathway toward a teahouse. New Sairan and Astellia were planted along the pathway. Herbs and citrus trees were planted near the kitchen and a tree with movement was planted to highlight the home. The diverse garden brings a similar diversity to the home.



VK Residence

The VK residence is located in Jo-so-, Ibaraki where there is much greenery. The spacious 600m2 land was cultivated 45 years ago by the owner's father.
The home is located in the northeast section of the property near the road to minimize the need for plant cutting and transfer. The home was designed so the garage (where the husband spends his free time) and kitchen where the wife cooks face each other. The living room, dining room and kitchen are in one continual space located horizontally along the garden that spreads east to west. The living room ceiling was made higher from the center to both ends, and creates a more spacious feel.
In the garden, the 2m wide eaves were planted to minimize wind, but are also a focal point of the garden, particularly when looking at it from indoors. With its eight wooden portal frames and vertical outdoor slabs (walls) the inside of the home is free of pillars and is one dynamic atmosphere.
In the garden, the hill of about 1 meter high, planted grass throughout, gives depth to the space. The garden has been divided into five areas, with the hill being the center point. From each indoor window one can see a different view. For example, in the "jade garden," hydrangeas grow even in the shade; in the "conifer garden," Cornus florida is the symbolic tree. The windows are also different shapes and sizes so as one moves through the house, different scenes can be enjoyed.
White flowers like Cytisus x praecox 'Albus' were planted to go along with the white, gray and silver color palette of the interior of the home.




Moltenil&C is the world's leading high-end Italian brand for modern furniture. It started in Brianza, Milan in 1934, with husband and wife Molteni specializing in bedding furniture. The brand is now sold in over 60 countries and has over 500 distributors.
In 1969 the brand launched "Unifor," which specializes in office furniture. The kitchen brand "Dada" followed in 1979. Today, Molteni&C is a company with 900 employees. Taking advantage of its size, Molteni&C is able to create various original products. The company devotes about 20 hundred million for product development; individual skills are improved in the kitchen and office furniture department, and employees enhance each other's work by supporting one another. Molteni&C is able to pursue its objective, "creating furniture that will last even one year longer" by producing high-end quality products at appropriate pricing.
At the 2014 Milano Salone, Molteni&C coordinated 9 styles in a 1000m2 area. For example, bedroom and wardrobe by Patricia Uruquiora, and Dining with Rodolfo Dordoni were showcased. Both designers showcased a new style of storage ideas, which is another strong point of the Molteni&C brand.



Judy Kameon

Judy Kemeon is a Los Angeles based garden designer for homes, hotels and shops. She graduated from UCLA's art course and designs gardens with a great sense of color, something she mastered at school. To create a long-lasting, lovable garden, Kemeon chooses plants that will grow well in the hot dry climate of the Western US. She selects plants like Agave, Cactus, and Dasylirion; all have both volume and impact. She surrounds the base of the trees with plants that are delicate in texture and color. This contrast is complimenting, and blends well with most building structures and brings a modern feel to her gardens.
What is special about Kemeon's gardens is that her gardens are meant for people to spend time in. Kemeon believes gardens should feel like part of a room, and not something separate; this is particularly important in California, where many people relish an outdoor lifestyle. She creates shade with parasols and trees and incorporates furniture her husband Erik Otsea designs in the outdoor area; She coordinates the total outside atmosphere, including pools, if her clients have one. Each element supports each other and creates a cozy feel.




Plates and cups made at BAUER POTTERY have a distinct California style. The brand, was started in Kentucky in Paducah, 1885 and made whisky bottles and water pitchers. In 1909 when the brand moved to L.A they started making planters and garden products that suited the local weather. In 1929, they launched their tableware series "California-colored pottery," with its characteristic bright colors, as a way to lighten the economic mood of the country. The pottery series used a lot of red and blue, and yellow and green to emphasize its California feel; the unique, original colors appealed to many consumers and have become iconic of the brand.
In 1962, BAUER POTTERY discontinued their products although by that point, they were selling over 3000 different items. Janek Boniecki, a collector of BAUER POTTERY, bought the trademark in 2000 and restarted the brand. Boniecki combines old traditions with new color variations to bring new life to the brand and keep it moving forward.



Porada was established in 1968 in Cabiate Milan, Italy, and is an old furniture brand famous since the first Milano Salone. It is a family-owned company; four sons manage, create, and send the products. Known to showcase the beauty of wooden furniture with its soft smooth curves, Porada is said to have "the world's most beautiful wood furniture."
With its motto that "no straight lines exist in humans or in nature," Porada has been able to create products with help and contributions from talented designers and experienced modelers. Porada imports their trees from North America and France and slowly dries the trees over a yearlong period so the moisture content is between 7 and 8 percent. From the solid wood, its products are carved mostly by hand, although some machinery is used. With repeated sanding and lacquer coating, a beautiful texture with organic form is created. Porada is also environmentally conscious: they replant trees from areas where they purchase trees to support the global environment.



Qusamura, Oda Kohei

Qusamura, located in Hiroshima, is a rare shop specializing in cacti and succulent plants. Succulent plants are plants that grow in areas that have both rainy and dry seasons; they are plants that store water in their stems (i.e. stalks) or leaves. Cacti retain water in their stalks. There are about eight thousand kinds of cacti in the world including breed improvements and mutated variations. In order to breed cacti, the head of a cactus is cut off so new branches come out. The unique variations in cacti are in stark contrast to foliage plants. Qusamura owner Kohei Oda collects plants from various producers and fanciers all over the country. He collects plants that most would say have no big value but are still unique. For example, he collects plants that have turned brown with age, or "arty" looking plants that look like they were grown in a unique environment. He likes that the plants are "survivors" of their environments, commenting that "such plants are not 'elitist,' in the sense that they had not been taken care very much."
Oda holds exhibitions throughout the country while still operating shops. In the future he would like to have a home garden with just succulent plants.
In Japan, succulent plants and cacti are often enjoyed indoors, but with proper attention, both plants can be grown outside. To successfully grow catci or succulents, the following 5 things are important: light, water, wind, temperature and dirt. Opuntia, pillar-shaped cactus, agave, and aloe can be grown in Japan pretty easily. Key points in creating a good growing environment are to set a roof above the plant to avoid the rain, plant in a location with a good light source, and good drainage.
Oda promotes cacti and succulent plants because he believes they not only look beautiful now, but will blend nicely with the land and create an original garden for the owner in 5 to 10 years.


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