The Slat House of Marina del Rey

My deep love for wooden slats started when I purchased my Nelson Bench. From that moment on, I started to understand and appreciate what's going on with this kind of building technique. The slats provide a very rigid support, while at the same time, create an invisible view at the right angle. Light flows right thru them. It has a floating effect, allowing a rain of light to pours inside and create an ever changing cast of shadows during the course of the day. I can just imagine how this home will look during full moon on a clear sky...

This is the home of David Feldman, the co-founder and CEO of, the largest online lighting retailer. YLighting ( specializes in modern lighting fixtures for the home.  Since YLghting launched in 2001, YLighting has become a leader in the industry.  Renowned designers from across the globe consult with Dave for advice on which trends will succeed in the modern lighting market.
Dave's enthusiasm for modern home d├ęcor extends beyond his professional life. He works and lives modern. Dave's Marina Del Rey home was once a normal shingle and tile house on a small 35 x 90 lot. When Dave's family decided to move into their new beachside home, they faced one big problem. Due to building codes the home could not be rebuilt and maintain its ocean view. To preserve their beautiful ocean view the original structure had to remain on the property. After many renovations, and a remodel designed by
David Hertz Architects, the home is now known as the "Slat House" of Marina Del Rey

Some of the Slat House's significant features include:
• Slats of Ipe wood on the exterior
• The Slats give the impression of elevation without increasing the size of the home
• Dynamic play with light both inside and out. On the interior light and shadow reiterate the slats throughout the home.
• Repetition of the linear components throughout: the stairs, the light, the shadows, the slats.
• At night the light casts outward from the slats giving the home a unique glow.
• The slats facing the ocean slide open to provide ocean views.
• The slats extend upwards on the rooftop to provide a railing.
• Consistent with building requirements.

All the light fixtures featured in the house are from YLighting and some of the furniture are from YLighting's sister site:

I hope you enjoy the pics!


Many thanks to Molly Murphy and Adrienne Arieff from Arieff Communications ( for the info and pictures and Jaime from for the tip.

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