The Diplomat apartment is a private home designed by Los Angeles-based Dan Brunn Architecture.
Since the owners moved from a 7,000-square-foot house to this 2,400-square-foot apartment, it was crucial for Dan Brunn Architecture to maximize open areas to adhere a large-scale feeling. Horizontality, an open floor plan, and unified materials work together to give the illusion of limitless space. A structural concrete column anchors the free-flowing living, dining, and kitchen zones for respective activities.
Diplomat’s expansive space is immediately felt upon arrival. Large wall-to-wall windows open to spectacular city views and provide abundant natural light. Minimal Italian furnishings in simple color schemes complement the sleek, urban aesthetic within the living spaces. Vibrant rugs and accessories playfully disrupt the mostly neutral décor. Ceramic flooring throughout the entire home provides visual continuity.
An open kitchen intentionally makes the space a part of daily life rather than a cloistered destination. Streamlined custom dark-gray, wood-veneer cabinetry and shiny white upper units move the eye horizontally to appear unexpectedly spacious. The kitchen island includes deep storage drawers on the inner side and provides ample room for food preparation. Wider than usual, the island also allows space for dining with two bright-green felt chairs to add pops of color.
A minimally furnished guest bedroom with ensuite bathroom continues the contemporary vibe. Large windows permeate the room with sunlight. Brunn opened the bathroom walls and redesigned the shower as a glass-enclosed jewel box facing the windows. The shower’s new position affords enjoyable views while bathing.
The master bathroom’s neutral palette is intended to create a serene spa retreat. Brunn opened the wall behind the Caesarstone tub to allow light inside from the adjacent master bedroom’s window wall. Varying light-gray porcelain tiles visually expand the space, while white oak veneer vanity drawers add a hint of warmth. A rain shower provides gentle cleansing and uses the water flow to illuminate a ring of LED lights.