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68 room was designed in Italy in 1966 by Liisi Beckmann, who named her now-iconic undulating forms after the coves of Karelia, the region in Finland where she grew up. It's Loera's favorite spot to stretch out and watch TV. "Jaime is quite eccentric and at the same time very sophisticated; the house reflects this," Hunter says. The interiors are also a little bit bohemian, a crash pad for an artist who is deeply interested in the world around him. In the way that a frog is not just a frog but a metaphor for something deeper, Loera doesn't just see a sofa in his living room, but a larger idea. The sofa in question was made in Italy by Castello Lagravinese Studio and designed with areas that are tufted and other areas where the fabric hangs loose; seen through the eyes of an artist, the sofa is a work in progress — a little like we all are. "I love that it's finished, but it's also unfinished," he says. "I lost my grandmother to COVID two months after moving into the house, and it profoundly shaped the lens through which I see my world — unfinished but in pursuit of a beautiful life." In the bedroom, a painting on raw canvas by Jaime Loera. Hästens bed and Tekla bedding, both from Sweden. Center cardboard artwork by Alejandro Diaz from David Shelton Gallery; other art by Jaime Loera. Opposite page: In the living room, vintage Le Corbusier chairs for Cassina. Mario Bellini vintage cube tables from Tienda X. On wall, artworks by artists including Emma Kohlmann and Judith Supine from New Image Art, L.A., and Alex Katz and David Hockney from McClain Gallery. (Continued)

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