John Eshaya: Design of a Decade
THE DOSSIER: NAME: John Eshaya. TRADE: Founder and designer of T-shirt and denim line JET, former Vice President, Creative Director and buyer for Fred Segal. VIBE: Contemporary. ABODE: California-style bungalow in Larchmont Village, Los Angeles, CA.
Just ask The Olsens: If you want to stay relevant in fashion, you've got to be able to change with the times. John Eshaya's bungalow is a testament to the fashion designer's ability to do just that, having experienced several makeovers over the course of the last 15 years. "My living room started out white, then it went Cuban paradise pink for a minute, then hunter green--I was all into that barn vibe--and then red, because I wanted it to be very Moroccan and vintage looking," he says. It was that last evolution that was captured on HGTV's Awesome Interiors in the 90s (see clip below), leopards, paisley and all. "I totally got over that," he says, laughing. We stopped by to see Eshaya's latest incarnation, a "clean and contemporary" take with an emphasis on pop art.
GARDEN VARIETY: Rather than banish his decorative phases to the garage, Eshaya repurposed select souvenirs to use outside for a mixed look all its own. "I wanted the backyard to have color, so I used my old pillows and draped curtains on benches," he says. An oversized mirror from Indigo Seas and a remnant from a Balinese temple add drama.
ON DISPLAY: Eshaya's penchant for art is his driving decorative impulse: "If I had a sign, it would say 'Will Work For Art,'" he confesses. His collection of Andy Warhols, including his prized Elizabeth Taylor, extend from the living room to the kitchen, where a pair of Takashi Murakamis hang over a pair of houndstooth chairs by Eero Saarinen. The bedroom's masculine gray and black color scheme takes direction from a photo wall comprising images by the likes of Irving Penn and Herb Ritts, and the sitting room anchors the traditional arm of the collection, with a large-scale 19th-century church painting picked up at London's Portobello Market. "I grew up Catholic, and so it's still a part of my everyday," he says.
BRAND LOYALTY: "When a fashion house does a home collection I go crazy," says Eshaya, who rattles off his Gucci Home acquisitions as proof (his coverlet and fire screen are just two of the many examples). Hermès is another popular favorite--Eshaya owns an Avalon Blanket, a desk clock, a horse head letter opener and two ashtrays. But the most fashionable touch of all is his own personal collaboration with the storied brand, an installation comprising the trademark orange gift boxes: "I originally made it to use as my Christmas tree," he says, "and then I decided I was not putting it away."
See John Eshaya's bungalow in all its Moroccan glory in the archival clip below.
|"Platner" Coffee Table
|White Round Table
|Blue Kilim Pillow
Min Young Lee
|Black Chrome Chairs, Milos Baughman
|Brutalist Lamp by Laurel
|White and Silver Vases
Photograph: Andrew Arthur