Home Tour: A Young Art Consultant's Expertly Curated Colonial
Behind the walls of a Dutch Colonial home in the Wellington Square neighbourhood of Los Angeles lies an enchanting art collection of diverse range and epic proportion. Curator, art consultant, and broker John Wolf of John Wolf Fine Art has crafted a home surrounded by his work with furnishings and textiles carefully chosen to enhance his collection.
Art leads the way for the home’s aesthetic, but doesn’t stop there. The mix of unique vintage, custom, and contemporary furnishings were expertly selected to complement the art. Wolf notes none of this remarkable design would be possible without the help of his friend and interior designer Adam Bram Straus.
Though built in 1923, Wolf’s home was completely remodeled in 2013 and purchased by the art advisor in February of 2014. “Adam was crucial and instrumental to the interior design—and doing so within a very short timeframe,” shares Wolf.
“I really love interesting and unique pieces, so many items came directly from Adam and his gallery collection of curated custom and vintage furnishings and accessories,” shares Wolf. “I’m fortunate we’re such close friends!”
“Adam understood that I’m an art consultant and advisor, and my home needs to showcase art,” Wolf shares. “He created an environment which captures and expresses me, my personality, and my lifestyle: artistic, whimsical, comfortable, and functional.”
A unique furniture plan allows for two separate seating areas in the living room which looks directly into the dining room through a pair of French doors.
When asked about his favourite aspect of the home, Wolf has no hesitations. “The windows!” the collector exclaims. “The guy who flipped the house kept the original windows, which have immense charm and character.”
“Because the house was completely renovated, it looks new inside, even though it’s old,” shares Wolf. “I love old. In the future, I want to bring in some architectural detail, like crown moulding, something built-in, something with age.”
In Wolf’s eyes, it’s clear that the sculptures, paintings, photographs, and objects in his home are additional residents. “Art is like a tenant that I gratefully lease my space to,” says the burgeoning art advisor and consultant to the stars.
Wolf treats his space as a warming ground for the art he sells. “Before I can truly serve as an ambassador for one of my artists, I like to experience the art myself on a day-to-day basis,” he shares. “By hanging their work in different spaces in my home, I form new relationships with the pieces.”
Collected furniture pieces range from industrial stools and Italian marble coffee tables to colonial American tables, one of which is used as a kitchen island.
No stranger to the world of interior design, Wolf works with top talents everyday. “A major part of my business is consulting for the interior design trade. I have been extremely honored to work with some of LA’s top designers,” he shares. “I’ve learned from their keen attention to detail and dedication to perfection.”
To make the art and sculpture in the home pop, the majority of the furnishings and textiles are restrained to a palette of warm woods, black, and deep charcoal grays.
“Art is transcendent. Transcendence is a different experience for everyone, which is why art has always been so subjective,” he shares. “That which takes my subconscious back to a favourite childhood memory may remind someone else of a horrible dining experience on a bad date.”
Even the home's master bath features artwork which coordinates with the all-white tiles punctuated with black accessories.
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When it comes to his work, Wolf’s objectives are clear. “Whether I’m assisting a major collector in liquidating a collection or finding an original canvas under $1000 for a new young collector, I take pride in my approach: The client’s needs come first with an equal respect and honour for the artist.”
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