Studio Shamshiri

California’s low-key cool

Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson

Curled up like a snoozing Labradoodle puppy, a Swedish sofa from the 1930s drives home the point of Studio Shamshiri’s design for this ranch house in Southern California. In the words of Pamela Shamshiri, who runs the L.A.-based firm with her brother, Ramin Shamshiri: “Home is the place you recharge, that gives back to you.”  The clients, East Coast transplants, shopped the best of California online, via 1stDibs, and in person, picking up a vintage sling chair from Sumner LA, a Lorenzo Burchiellaro copper coffee table from Almond & Co., an antique Oushak carpet from Woven Accents and a rustic three-legged stool from Obsolete. “Every room was designed to look as good messy as it does with everything in its place,” Shamshiri says proudly.

Photo by Dewey Nicks

A home is a respite, a place to nourish, to nurture. To us, you’re home when each room makes you want to sit down and take off your shoes, turn on some music and stay a while.”
— Pamela Shamshiri

Designer Picks

José Zanine Caldas Hand-Carved Side Table, 1970, Offered by MORENTZ
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José Zanine Caldas Hand-Carved Side Table, 1970, Offered by MORENTZ
  • “We’ve been really drawn to Brazilian modernism lately, especially the work of José Zanine Caldas, known for his commitment to celebrating organic forms and materials, transforming them into beautiful, sustainable objects for daily life.”
Stan Bitters Collection of Graduated Thumbprint Planters, 1960s, Offered by Adam Edelsberg
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Stan Bitters Collection of Graduated Thumbprint Planters, 1960s, Offered by Adam Edelsberg

“A California pottery icon, we love placing Stan Bitters’s Thumbprint pots in projects.”

Axel-Einar Hjorth Lovö Cabinet, 1930s, Offered by Studio Designboard
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Axel-Einar Hjorth Lovö Cabinet, 1930s, Offered by Studio Designboard

“The rich iron and pine of the Lovö cabinet fit so seamlessly within the walls of our California Spanish Revival residence. We love the details and design of this piece. To us, it really embodies Hjorth’s inspired aesthetic.”

Lorenzo Burchiellaro Coffee Table, 1960s, Offered by Fuchs Interiors OHG
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Lorenzo Burchiellaro Coffee Table, 1960s, Offered by Fuchs Interiors OHG

“The warm wood and soft bronze finishes of this table brought a refined coziness to the room we placed it in in the house. We love details that are subtle and sophisticated.”

Grooved Clay Vessel, Early 20th Century, Offered by Carefully Curated Studios
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Grooved Clay Vessel, Early 20th Century, Offered by Carefully Curated Studios

“The organic form and rich patina of this vessel make it a perfect accent.”

Isamu Noguchi Akari Model 60F Floor Lamp, 1951, Offered by WA Design Gallery
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Isamu Noguchi Akari Model 60F Floor Lamp, 1951, Offered by WA Design Gallery

“We chose a traditional Japanese paper lantern for one of the sitting rooms in the home. It casts such a warm glow, making the space feel livable and human scale. We are Noguchi enthusiasts for his deft use of paper to create the same warm, livable light with each of his fixtures.”

Isamu Noguchi Sculptural Bowl, 1950s, Offered by 20CDesign.com
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Isamu Noguchi Sculptural Bowl, 1950s, Offered by 20CDesign.com

“It’s so rare to find these sculptural pieces of Noguchi’s. It feels so special — the perfect vessel for a coffee table.”

Danish Lounge Chair, ca. 1945, Offered by Ponce Berga
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Danish Lounge Chair, ca. 1945, Offered by Ponce Berga

“This chair has such great bones. Re-covered in a cozy shearling, it’s a chic and sculptural addition.”

Bruno Gambone Glazed-Earthenware Vase, ca. 1970, Offered by Cupio Gallery
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Bruno Gambone Glazed-Earthenware Vase, ca. 1970, Offered by Cupio Gallery

“This vase by Bruno Gambone, son of famed ceramist Guido Gambone, is a beautifully simple and elevated addition to any corner or bookshelf. We love incorporating versatile yet sophisticated ceramics in our finishing layers.”

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