Flamingo Estate by Studio KO is a masterpiece of landscaping design. On the top of a hill in the Eagle Rock neighborhood in LA. The former adult film studio is now an urban oasis.
From an erotic film studio to pirate radio broadcast to finally an urban oasis. That’s is the story of the renamed Flamingo Estate property in Los Angeles. Richard Christiansen founder of Chandelier Creative agency is the owner of the house. French-based Studio KO renovated the interior of the Spanish colonial-style pink property. Studio KO is a veteran when it comes to Moorish-inspired architecture. The creative duo Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty designed the iconic Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakesh, Morocco.
It took two years to restore the interior of the house. While Studio KO was working on the inside, Christiansen was working on the landscaping design. Both indoor and outdoor have features from every corner of the world. For instance, the house has vintage furniture from Italy, Japan, or Morocco. Outdoors there are Mediterranean olive trees and plants from Australia. As matter of fact, the landscaping design started before the renovation of the house. As a child, Christiansen lived on a farm in Australia. During his childhood, Christiansen bonded with nature. In this manner, he worked alongside Studio KO landscape designer Arnaud Casaus to pursue the ethereal landscaping design project.
The inside of the house is a modern eclectic temple. The furniture is either custom-made or vintage. Every room has a special aura, and timeless vintage pieces as well. The kitchen, for example, has a terrazzo floor paired with a dining table with a rich composition of wood. It is almost Memphis style. The home bar is extravagant, an eccentric art-deco aesthetic in deep hues. The living room is maximalist, with cobalt blue walls and an animal print sofa. In addition to all these interior design styles, there is a vintage bathroom with purple marble. The living room is boho-chic.
Besides the renovation and interior decoration, the French-based architecture studio designed a new building, which is now the home office to Richard Christiansen. On the outside of the building, there are green tiles from Morocco. On the inside, vintage furniture bought in an auction house.
What did inspire Richard Christiansen to create his own private Eden? His childhood on a sugarcane and avocado farm in Australia, but also Moorish households. Similar to Moroccanean architecture, Christiansen wanted his garden to be the biggest and most important room in the house.
At Flamingo Estate flowers and succulents adorn the entrance. Nevertheless, there is plenty of fauna and flora on the property. Such as cacti, fruit trees, hundreds of herbs, and even native Australian plants. There’s a colony of bees and egg-laying chickens as well. Perhaps the most extraordinary vegetation at Flamingo State in LA is the tobacco leaf.
Since it was thought to details, Flamingo Estate landscaping design recreates David Hockneys “Caribbean Tea Time” on the outdoor pool area. Not only in colors and imagery but also in greenery.
Flamingo Estate in Los Angeles is an outstanding property. The building has an iconic history, and every room in the house tells a story. In this fashion, the landscaping design is a love letter to nature, and its unique power. Flamingo Estate has become a lifestyle and wellness brand. From the farm, you can buy honey and fruits, vegetables, and flowers weekly harvested. Candles and organic self-care products are also available for purchase, among others.