10580 Wilshire, a high rise condominium situation on the prestigious Wilshire Boulevard, is one of the finest buildings in Los Angeles. It stands 27 stories, has 97 units and the finest service in the city. The exterior is unmistakable. Every unit features floor to ceiling windows, private elevator access (only three other existing buildings offer this feature), as well as every conceivable amenity from a first class gym to personal wine cellars.
The unit of 5SW was completely remodeled and redesigned reflecting the dual life styles of Chinese Actress Shi Lan and former Publisher of the Hollywood Reporter and Producer Eric Mika. Architect Derek Uskert seamlessly worked to realize the goals and objectives of the couple. Working closely with Shi Lan’s interior design concept of capturing the grace of old Europe with precious antiques ranging from Napoleon III to Louis Phillip, Venetian and Ming Dynasty furniture combined with modern classic furniture with an overall touch of a Chinese influence. Derek understood Shi Lan’s interior design concept from conception and structured his architectural plan around style and furniture. Situated on the fifth floor, facing South West, with apartment views of Century City, palm trees, and the Pacific Ocean outlined in the horizons compliments the serenity found throughout the apartment.
The uniqueness of the remodel and interior design is noted immediately when exiting from the personal and private elevator directly into the foyer of the apartment. Explosive Chinese red walls and ceiling, along with a specially chosen powerful oil painting from French artist, Danny Chalis, offset six, two to three foot slim, delicate glass flower vases and a modern mirrored sculptured table, offset by an 17th century five feet pedestal and a Napoleon III card table. These set the tone for the apartments continually complimentary contrasting designs. Entering into the stunning living room from the explosive red foyer, one is greeted by the same sense of openness and a design that possess both style and functionality between old and new, East and West. The condo features are stunning and detailed from niches that highlight single antique vases to the one hundred 17th and 18th century books placed in a library under an internal unique lighting system to softly highlight the books and the complimentary antiques pieces. An ultra-modern fireplace is stunningly featured in the center of the living room between the two libraries giving a feeling of 21st century art deco. On the one wall facing the floor to ceiling windows is an oversized, bold and striking modern painting that floats above an original Ming Dynasty table that hosts three Napoleon III bronze and marble clocks. The painting was created by Eric’s 89 year old Father who also features a five foot sunflower painting in the kitchen. The juxtaposition of Chinese antiques with European clocks highlighted by a deep red and black free modern painting is found throughout the condo. Louis Phillip (card) sitting chairs placed in the far corner surrounding an inlayed Chinese shower stool used as table is an example of the working contrasts. The ultramodern black and steel design featured in the living room, with delicate imprinted Chinese flowers embedded in the leather couch, is just one of the touches that highlights the very well delicately conceived designs by Shi Lan. The steel features flow over to the open dining room with six heavy leather bound chairs trimmed with German steel, placed around a modern leather circular table- once again capturing a European designer style with a “touch” of Chinese traditional.
The sprawling and elegant Italian designed kitchen by Ernestomeda and retailed by Montanari Group in West Hollywood, is both practical for family dinners, romantic evenings, and open house dinner parties. The latest event hosted over seventy guests including political and media figures. Incorporated seamlessly into the overall interior design it affords full views of the palm trees and the sky scrapers of Century City. With the highest quality built Sonos music system with Bowers and Wilkins speakers built in throughout the Apartment, the designer and owner, created a unique sound-proofed Media Room separated from the kitchen by one inch black on black sliding glass door. The media room, with plush black carpet and matted black walls and ceiling hosts a 90 inch screen and an outstanding sound system and is decorated with film posters of Shi Lan and vintage 1929 and 1930 front pages of Variety Magazine. The soft leather white couch makes the room inviting.
The apartment boasts a separate private apartment area for visiting guests with an in suite bathroom and a full office, internet, telephone and a 70” television/video for the complete comfort of their guests. Stretched across the other side of the apartment, the master bedroom is designed for simplicity and harmony; a spa like feeling of tranquility with light beige interiors and matching linen curtains that flow lightly with the breeze from the two balconies overlooking the 50 meter swimming pool and fountain below. The plush white carpet highlights the Italian lacquered bedroom set of modern art deco furniture that captures a hint of Chinese design with inlayed shells and crystal features with steel framing continuing the relationship of interior design found throughout the apartment.
“We wanted something special, something that reflects our life style between Beijing and Europe, something that is both romantic and intimate for us, but something that is fun for our guests and family and the dinner/cocktail parties we love to host,” said Shi Lan. Eric agrees, “she captured everything perfectly, incorporating ourselves in to every part of the apartment.” Architect Derek Uskert says, “Everything has contrast that seamlessly works beautifully. It was a pleasure working with Shi Lan and Eric who knew what they wanted and trusted me to guide them architecturally to achieve their goals.”