As you may have noticed, there’s a new blogger here on A Modern Haven—our good friend and partner, Dan Brunn. A decorated architect based in Los Angeles, Dan’s design philosophy is a unique mix of traditional Bauhaus and modern sensibility—a combination that we just can’t get enough of—unsurprisingly, because we at Bosch live by those same values.
Last week, I sat down with Dan to learn a little bit more about him and what defines the Dan Brunn Style. From childhood musings to present day inspirations, we’re getting to know Dan up close and personal, and giving you a glimpse into the way his love for architecture, art, and even music inspire his unique, purposeful approach to design.
Nitasha Rohatgi (NR): When did you decide that you wanted to become an architect? Was there a certain moment, person, or building or event that inspired you?
Dan Brunn (DB): I think it was something inherent and quite apparent to me, even at a really young age—when I was seven years old, I would build these fantasy cities out of LEGOs. But, above all, I think it was growing up in Tel Aviv that really inspired me.
Tel Aviv is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage city, because of its world-class architecture. It even has the largest amount of Bauhaus style buildings in the world. As a result, all of the houses that I grew up in had an international style to them. My parents’ home had white terrazzo floors, an open floorplan and large sliding glass doors. Even my grandparents’ apartment was an inspirational space! This was my normal. Growing up around it, and living in it, had a profound impact on my aesthetic sensibility.
NR: Tell us about your time in undergrad at USC. What was the most inspiring class you took, and why?
DB: I would have to say that my first year studio was my most inspiring class. This class is quite important because it can really set the tone for your entire education, as you learn basic
skills and begin to curate your design taste. I had a great instructor that really pushed me. Most notably, he taught me not to fall in love with what you create. Because of this, I’ve learned to let go, and go with the flow of each project. There is usually something else out there, something greater waiting around the corner.
NR: After USC, you got your MA in Architecture from Harvard University. How did your time at Harvard shape your style as an Architect, and has your view of design changed since you graduated?
DB: My time at Harvard was interesting. Since I had worked for a couple of years between undergrad and grad school, I had learned to manage my time really well, and produce projects quickly. I realized that I wanted a challenge, so in my last term I picked a studio that would not quite fit my aesthetic sensibility. It turned out to be one of my best decisions. It pushed me to be open towards a different process of design, thinking about the experience I wanted to create with my design, instead of simply what the project would look like. Ultimately, I think this is where I started to define my own design language, where the aesthetics are based on the experience I’m aiming to create.
NR: Define the Dan Brunn style of Architecture.
DB: Bold and graphic, fluid simplicity with a touch of the surreal, wrapped in a minimalist material palette. As I just mentioned, Dan Brunn Architecture (DBA) is all about experience. We don’t just create a design that is interesting to look at. We create an immersive space.
NR: What is the first question that you ask a client when designing a space for them?
DB: That’s a hard question, because there are so many layers to design. I usually say though, it’s not in what a client says, but the blank and silent air between words that matter most. I listen and feel for the tiny gestures and the unspoken meaning behind their words.
NR: Let’s talk about your other passions. Word on the street is that you’re a musician. What instrument do you play, and what type of music?
DB: Ha, yes I am. I play the guitar, piano and sing. Years ago I had a band, but now I either perform solo or sit in with a band to do some fun covers. The Beatles are my all-time go to. I just love them, aesthetically and musically.
NR: Do you have any other artistic talents we should know about?
DB: I paint, that counts right?
NR: That counts! It’s evident that you’re an artist through and through. Does your music and art inspire your design, or vice versa?
DB: Aw, thanks. Absolutely. It might not be literal, but music is the backdrop to my life. I can’t say a particular song had inspired a particular project, but I would say that they definitely do touch one another. Art, music, and architecture—they all hinge on creating the golden ratio. The same math that is aesthetically pleasing to the ear is also pleasing to the eye. In the end, it’s all connected.
Dan Brunn is a gifted and inspired architect, and we could not be more excited to have him as a part of the Bosch family. Have an architect or design question for Dan? Let us know in the comments below—we’d love to hear from you.
Dan Brunn is a leading architect based in Los Angeles, California and a partner of Bosch home appliances. Learn more about Dan Brunn at http://www.danbrunn.com/.