After a tree falls in Santa Monica, a garage is reborn as a 600-square-foot family gathering spot. What better place for a turntable than a comfy garage conversion? LPs can be hidden behind the swinging office door.
A prefabricated off-the-grid vacation home in eastern Washington provides not just a getaway, but lessons in learning to be one with the land. The floating bookshelf is composed from wood found on the property. The owner purchased the Technics turntable and receiver from a used audio store; the receiver and LPs are tucked into the shelf below.
It was the surf and the artsy vibe that attracted Eric Grunbaum to Venice Beach, California, 18 years ago. He turned to the Los Angeles–based architect Barbara Bestor to design a house for him near the Pacific. A music and cycling fan (the vintage bike is by Vivalo), Grunbaum mans the turntables while friends gather in the kitchen. All the vinyl is kept close at hand in the tall bookshelf behind him.
Henry Hill’s 1947 renovation of a 1908 Victorian tucked away on an alley in historic Russian Hill is clearly the lair of an audiophile. The bank of translucent glass windows diffuses light evenly in the living room and contributes to the sensation that you have left the world behind. Eames chairs for Herman Miller are accompanied by Italian manufacturer U-vola’s unique speakers from Elite Audio Systems.