The Future Perfect takes up residence in Elvis Presley’s former home
Opened to the world last year, The Future Perfect’s first Casa Perfect saw a 1957 mid-century modern pile designed by architect David Hyun re-jigged as a 3,000 sq ft showroom for the Manhattan-based gallery and design store.
That house, perched on a slope above Sunset Boulevard, was a perfect first stop for a wilfully nomadic project that seeks to place the one-of-a-kind and studio designs curated by The Future Perfect in locations of architectural and historical significance. The Casa Perfect remit, explains the company, is an ‘anti-retail experience in the age of dying brick and mortar and accelerating web conglomerates’. (Not for nothing did we extol the virtues of that first iteration in an extensive profile last year).
The living room. Photography: Pia Riverola
Now, with the acquisition of the Trousdale Estates house in Beverly Hills, The Future Perfect reveals the second instalment of this nascent scheme. Designed in 1958 by architect Rex Lotery and a former home to Elvis Presley (he purchased the estate in 1967 and lived there for six creatively-fecund years), the house’s typically Californian architecture and symbiotic combination of panoramic LA views, expansive space and light – plus elegantly decorated interiors and a neat, Hockney-style pool – were an ideal fit for the Casa Perfect philosophy and aesthetic.
Indeed, The Future Perfect describes the recently renovated build as ‘nothing short of the mythical California pad imagined in vivid celluloid dreams’, flooded with light from the full height windows and filled with details dating back to Presley’s domestic tenure. Embellished with The Future Perfect’s expertly chosen pieces, the aesthetic effect is more sophisticated still – begging the question of just what Casa Perfect v3 might hold in store.