Inside Kim Gordon’s Colorful Home Office

Home is the new office. Since we’re all working from home indefinitely, this Real Estate & Finance issue asked some industry leaders profiled on these pages how they are handling the new normal.

Here, we look at the #WFH life of Kim Gordon, the home design and real estate star profiled in Furnishings. Gordon moved into her 3,600-square-foot abode in Brentwood’s Mandeville Canyon about a year ago. “My regular office was a small mid-century house in the outskirts of Venice. Still a home, but the feeling was more of a busy beach city,” says Gordon. Now, she is able to hike just outside her door and enjoy the mountain views. “It’s like camping,” she says.

A mix of eras, styles, and textures converges in the dining room, which includes a black-and-white photo by Australian artist by Greg Nagel. Below it, Gordon collects miniature houses by Japanese-English artist Yukihiro Akama.

A profusion of plants surrounds a portrait of a homeless person by Cristian Strittmatter that Gordon purchased at an auction for Safe Place for Youth.

Gordon is still in the process of renovating the property, which she saw as a blank canvas to put her mark on.

Industry Interior design and real estate 
Location Brentwood 
Scope 3,600 square feet 
Interior Design Kim Gordon 

Gordon in her “cloffice,” the office she created in the master closet, where she also keeps jewelry, design books, and stacks of international design magazines.

Notable Features

  • Gordon describes the aesthetic when she moved in as, “grandma’s midcentury with brown and beige mushroom tiles and spring onion wallpaper.” 
  • With her two sons homeschooling during quarantine, she had nowhere to work quietly, so she cleared a corner in the oversized bedroom closet, which features views of the Santa Monica mountains, to create her “cloffice.”
  • Because of the slight slope of the property, she designed a series of decks and little houses for various uses: a writer’s cabin, a sauna, a grow house.
  • Gordon salvaged the pieces of a fantastic kitchen from one of her other projects and they miraculously fit into the kitchen here. 
  • The house butts up against federal land so no one can build a house adjacent to hers.

The home has views of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Photos by Michael Brager Photography.