Razor-sharp midcentury modern asks $1.25M in Valley Village

By Pauline O’Connor

In a neighborhood dominated by 1920s Spanish bungalows and 1930s traditional ranches, this early midcentury modern in Valley Village really stands out.

Located three blocks west of Laurel Canyon Boulevard at 12360 La Maida Street, the redwood-sided residence calls to mind the work of Gregory Ain. In actuality, it was designed and built in 1948 by its original owner, Harry A. Kornberg, a supervisor for the Pacific Construction Finance Co. Founded in 1920, this Hollywood-based firm provided home design, construction, and finance services for more than four decades.

The Kornberg family owned the home until 2014, when it was purchased by designer Thomas Hayes, who collaborated with Anthony Giovanni Design on a renovation. Low-key and unassuming from the street, the overhauled house saves its drama for the interior stage.

On the other side of a fluted-glass entry awaits an impressive open-plan living room with lofty ceilings, a brick fireplace, and dark cherrywood walls, which provide high contrast to the blonde oak floors. In keeping with the midcentury modern principle of merging indoors and out, vast expanses of glass line the wall looking out to the property’s leafy backyard.

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