When Contemporary East Met Midcentury Modern

Lisa Ling, (best known for her stint on “The View” and currently host of “Our America With Lisa Ling” on OWN) is married to a radiation oncologist Paul Song, the couple are settled in Santa Monica. Their house is just stunning…… Marco DiMaccio of Punchouse Ecodesign Group designed it and met all their requirements ……  I love that DiMaccio kept their ethnicity in mind throughout the design process. Song is originally Korean and Ling is originally Chinese and you can see touches of both cultures throughout their house.

“Although I grew up in a very traditional-looking house, a family friend introduced me to architecture when I was about 12 years old,” Ling says, adding that he took her on home tours and to lectures at USC, so she learned about Neutra, Eames, Soriano and other icons of Midcentury Modern design.The result is a gorgeous house that combines Mid-century aesthetics with traditional and contemporary Asian art.

Ling and Song personalized the interiors further by framing their traditional Korean wedding outfits in the dining room.

A series of arresting portrait photos by contemporary Chinese artist Huang Yan stare out from an adjacent wall.

What also makes their house so perfect is that it is an energy-neutral house!…. And has earned the platinum LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. How much electricity the system can generate will vary with the weather, but Song says he expects to get $50 to $150 a month for the electricity they sell back to Southern California Edison! Isn’t that just brilliant?!

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