March & White- Mansion Global Designer's Corner

Designing a Media Room

It’s about more than just seating and screens

Think Outside the Box

“We are seeing a trend toward media rooms that incorporate bar elements as well, which make the space more social and interactive, as well as functional.

We tend to design spaces that don’t typically look like media rooms. Seating should be seriously comfortable yet elegant.

"We love spaces that create mood and ambience. We mix up the lighting with picture lights above art, wall sconces, and most importantly, low-level floor lighting for wayfinding.

"We also always work with a specialist A/V consultant to include the best sound system into the design of the room. We try to eliminate any visual clutter and always look to incorporate clean, built-in solutions where possible.”

 Elliot March of March & White, based in London, New York, and Los Angeles

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Nile Niami, OPUS & The One- The Guardian

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America's costliest house: developer takes $500m gamble on Bel Air eyrie.

Niles Niami specializes in homes for the super-rich. All he needs is a billionaire to snap up his LA hilltop mansion called The One.

Nile Niami at his completed property The Opus in Los Angeles, California. He is due to put an even more luxurious property, known as The One, on the market later this year. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Guardian

Niles Niami stands on the rooftop of the most expensive house in America, the latest property he has built for billionaires, and considers the best way to describe his design aesthetic. “Badass,” he grins. “Yeah. Badass.”

Sweeping in every direction is a panoramic view of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. Beneath him is a gargantuan glass and marble residence with moats, four swimming pools, 20 bedrooms, a nightclub, a bowling alley, a cinema and walls and ceilings made of jellyfish aquariums. Price: $500m.

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The Origami House- The Observer

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Can Snapchat Specs Sell a $15.9 Million Mansion in L.A.?

When it comes to selling an expensive home, agencies and brokers will do whatever it takes to find a buyer.

As such, pricey marketing videos have become a new fad—and a dime a dozen. Typically, these glamorous trailers are packed with shots of expensive cars, models lounging by the pool and curated art on the walls. It’s all in an effort to create the perfect fantasy of what your life could be like, if you resided in an eight-figure home.

When 28-year-old developer Patrick Fogarty completed The Origami House—named for its “folding paper” architectural design—in West Hollywood, he hoisted the home onto the market for $22 million in 2017 but saw little movement using traditional marketing methods. So he figured it was time for a new approach and a price chop; the home is now on the market for just $15.9 million.

“We were just bored of the same real estate videos,” he says. “We wanted to do something more authentic.”

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