Brent Bolthouse: LA Story

by Melissa Goldstein

THE DOSSIER: NAME: Brent Bolthouse. TRADE: Owner and Creator of The Bungalow in Santa Monica. VIBE: Baja California meets midcentury. ABODE: Loft-style apartment set in a '20s-era building in Venice Beach, CA.

Promoter, event producer, and nightlife entrepreneur Brent Bolthouse may hail from Joshua Tree, but he is about as Hollywood as they come: he got his start promoting nights at Sunset Boulevard's Viper Room and the House of Blues, has co-hosted a radio show with Danny Masterson, and opened countless LA hotspots--most recently, the perennially packed west-side destination The Bungalow. And for a postmodern clincher, he's even guested on MTV soap opera The Hills. But when it came to his new home in Venice Beach, the characteristic that sealed the deal was its Manhattan appeal: "I loved the old brick, and I've always wanted that romance of living in a loft in New York," he explains. "It feels expansive and not claustrophobic--it was a no-brainer."

VARIATIONS ON A THEME Bolthouse's prior residence was a modernist architectural gem by John Lautner, which led him in a midcentury furnishings direction. "I wanted to stay true to the house," he says. For his new residence, Bolthouse updated the retro-leaning furniture with a more bohemian, south-of-the-border twist: complementing Danish modern-inspired dining room chairs and a groovy custom credenza by Lawson Fenning with accents including baroque mirrors, Mexican rugs, and industrial chairs.

PHOTO FRIENDLY Bolthouse has an enviable art collection spanning an Obama Superman print by street artist Mr. Brainwash to a gallery's-worth of musical artifacts including a rare black-and-white photograph of the Clash, and a Sex Pistols poster purchased off of the band's guitarist himself, Steve Jones. An avid photographer (his weapon of choice is a Leica M.), Bolthouse's own arresting landscape photograph of Greenland serves as a focal point over a dining room table from Seventh Designs.

REAL SIMPLE The bedroom is the most minimal corner of Bolthouse's living space, but is not without charm: a pair of white tufted Split Rail Chairs is adorned with multicolor vintage serapes for a conversational moment, a flag discovered at Pasadena's Rose Bowl flea market serves as an unabashedly Americana headboard, and a well-edited selection of ceramics from Heath add a decorative touch. The reason for the semi-Spartan treatment? "I was raised with the idea that you have to clean your room before you leave the house--it's ingrained in me--so this way I just have to make my bed and go," he confesses.

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"Patchwork" Cabinet
Lawson Fenning
Floor Lamp
Jules Seltzer
Dining Table
7th and Seventh
MidCentury Nightstands
Denmark 50
Outdoor Rug
Zingara Trading
White Lounge Chairs
Modernica 
Custom Color
"Tolix" Chair, Antiquaire 
Coupe Bowls
Heath Ceramics

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Photographs: Justin Coit

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