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According to interior designer and developer Xorin Balbes, a man's house is much more than his castle, reflecting aesthetics, erudition, economics, even ego. Rather, it is a repository and recharger of the spirit, not to mention a barometer by which one's spiritual condition can be evaluated, nurtured, and buttressed.
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My whole philosophy about architecture and space," says Xorin Balbes, "is that there has to be a very strong relationship between the inside and the outside." As a matter of fact, the Los Angeles-based, metaphysically inclined designer subscribes to a number of such tenets, and he is not shy about sharing them. "In order for people and their souls to rejuvenate, there are two things they need to do," he maintains.
Late on a Thursday night, guests are streaming into Xorin Balbes' quasi-Mayan-style mansion, an otherworldly apparition that looms over Franklin Avenue in Los Feliz. Inside the sculptural front gates, guests ascend a narrow, tomb-like staircase to reach the living quarters. The stone stillness of an Indian goddess sculpture sets the tone at the first turn, and another similar sculpture does the same at the top landing. Silently, they give notice that this is not an ordinary place.
"It's an oasis within hectic Los Angeles," Xorin Balbes says of the Sowden House, which was built by Lloyd Wright in 1928. Balbes, who collaborated with Bashar Shbib on the landscaping, restored the neo-Mayan structure with architect Paul Ashley.
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A REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE I’m not used to asking for help. For the last 30 years I’ve managed to create an amazing life with a wide array of resources at my disposal. All of a sudden, I find myself building something that is bigger than me in every way. I’m a player in a cosmic […]
This article originally appear in the Huffington Post. ———– My Dearest Friends and Associates, I’m writing to share some incredible news. As a select group of you already know (and many of you are just learning about for the first time) I am in the process of relocating to Maui. Not only is my company […]