Midcentury Modern Mashup: At Home with a Rising Design Star in LA

Ever since we discovered him last summer, Kirill Bergart has become one of our favorite up-and-coming designers. His gift is in mining the best of contemporary and vintage midcentury modern design for his retail outfit, County Ltd.—which he started with Joe Lorens, Phillip Proyce and Taylor Caruso—as well as in creating his owns designs, again with partner Joe Lorens, for Counter-Space.

Kirill’s penchant for midcentury style is on display in his own home, located in the historic neighborhood of Highland Park, in Northeast Los Angeles. Indeed, the Ukrainian-born designer’s 850-square-foot apartment, which he shares with his wife, Alysha, reads like a who’s who of international midcentury design. Kirill notes, “My style is a blend of both Japanese simplicity and neutral environments, and European (French and Italian mainly) modernism.”

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Above: Kirill and Alysha’s living room centers around a vintage leather sofa by midcentury Swedish designer Arne Norell.
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Above: Kirill found many of the items in his home, such as this vintage lamp from Sweden, while traveling abroad in search of one-of-a-kind items for County Ltd.
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Above: Structurally, Kirill and Alysha did not do much to the kitchen except add the box shelves, which Kirill made, as well as the simple island from Crate & Barrel. (Alas, no longer available.)
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Above: Why hide the utility closet if your cleaning supplies are this nice?
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Above: Surrounding a 1950s George Nakashima for Knoll table is a set of Charlotte Perriand Les Arcs chairs, which Kirill found in France.
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Above: Midcentury modern details in the dining room feature a pendant made in Sweden, as well as a Danish hutch, a 1956 drawing by Jean Negulesco, and an unidentified 1950s sculpture.
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Above: In the minimal bedroom, the couple’s dogs, Olive and Wilson, lounge on the bed.
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Above, L to R: A dresser by George Nelson for Herman Miller stands alongside a Charlotte Perriand Les Arcs stool; on another bedroom wall, a swing-arm lamp by JJM Hoogervorst for Anviaa hangs opposite a 1970s leather chair by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, which Kirill bought in Italy.
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Above: A “pottery/sculpture/object fan,” Kirill has a large collection sourced from his travels, most recently in Japan and Mexico. Here, a collection of Swedish pottery by Gunnar Nylund, Carl Harry Stalhane, and others rests on a French table by Pierre Chapo.
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Above: In the office, an industrial desk and chair are illuminated by a flea-market find.
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Above: Midcentury modern gems in the office include an original drawing by Max Ernst and an Italian chair by Massimo Iosa Ghini.
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Above: Playful midcentury modern pieces rest on Sticotti Shelving from Design Within Reach.

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Above: On their outside patio, appropriately adorned with drought-tolerant plants, a pair of Ny Rocking Chairs provide seating for humans and dogs.
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