The LA Times looks at the home of Chinese-American Lisa Ling and Korean-American Paul Song who combine 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.
“We were looking for a New York loft-like space, with large, empty walls so we could display all our things,” Song says.
Other pieces of art add the patina of age. That’s a large Korean silk screen of ancestral figures at the bottom of the broad, light-washed staircase, and those are Chinese calligraphy paintings mounted onto the breezeway’s pocket doors. A watercolor by 20th century Chinese master Qi Baishi, a gift from the artist to Ling’s grandfather, takes pride of place in the couple’s bedroom.
“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.
Lisa Ling house: Modern lines, family circles (LA at Home)