Romanek Design Studio

Old and new classics cohabiting in Los Feliz

Photo by Tyler Hogan

How to explain the raging popularity of Hans J. Wegner’s AP-19 chair, a matched pair of which commands a corner of this Los Feliz, California, living room? “The Papa Bear chairs hold a very dear place in my heart,” says Brigette Romanek, designer of the renovated 1920s home. “These structured pieces, with their strong, beautiful lines, have such a presence wherever they are installed and have become part of design history.” Romanek plays with opposites here, letting Wegner’s organic curves sing against a chorus of repeated squares and rectangles — notably in Poul Kjærholm’s PK80 leather bench, discovered, like the Wegner chairs, on 1stDibs. “This family is made up of design enthusiasts who know the classics and have a high level of respect for the process,” Romanek adds. “On top of that, they were just flat out fun.”

Photo by Ye Rin Mok

“Eclecticism and livable luxe provide a personable and personal aesthetic that will stand the test of time and will bring joy for many years to come.”
— Brigette Romanek

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Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen AP-19 Chairs, Early 1960s, Offered by Open Air Modern
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“You. Can. Not. Beat. The. Profile. Of. These. Classic. Chairs!!”

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“Sometimes the best part of the table is the base. With a glass top, you can see the artistry, form and beauty.”

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“The beauty and elegance and fun of this piece are what I strive for in any room I design.”

Persian Khorassan Area Rug, ca. 1920, Offered by Nazmiyal
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“The right rug brings it all together.”

Illum Wikkelso for Holger Christiansen Armchair ca. 1970, Offered by GALERIE HARTER
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Illum Wikkelso for Holger Christiansen Armchair ca. 1970, Offered by GALERIE HARTER

“An incredible chair placed strategically in your room gives it life.”

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“Nothing like a great sofa/sectional to anchor a room.”

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