INTERIORS SAY WHO ONE IS.
WHEN I THINK OF INTERIORS THE IDEA OF RELICS IN A PERSONAL SPACE COMES TO MIND. TOM HOUSE IN ECHO PARK, CALIFORNIA REFLECTS THIS IDEA.
TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION WAS FOUNDED BY DURK DEHNER AND TOM OF FINLAND (BORN TOUKO LAAKSONEN) IN 1984, THEN JOINED BY HIS PARTNER S.R. SHARP IN THE EARLY ’90S. TOM HOUSE IS A EROTIC OASIS IN A WORLD THAT’S BECOMING INCREASINGLY DRY.
TOM’S WORLD IS ALL ENCOMPASSING, AS ACCEPTANCE BECOMES GREATER FOR LEATHERMEN AND KINK. YES, TOM WAS FROM FINLAND AND RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE, BUT THE MAGIC OF TOM HOUSE COULD ONLY EXIST IN LA.
Text and images by Rick Castro. Castro is a photographer/filmmaker/writer/blogger. He has lived in Los Angeles his entire life.
Rick Castro shows us the interior of Tom of Finland’s LA home (now Tom of Finland House), and in that way, shows us insights into the character of Tom when he lived in LA in his later life. The interior is recognisable as an early 20th century familial home, with all of its spaces organised in a formal and traditional way. However, the décor is a celebration of Tom’s love for leather, fetish and gay iconography. A fine art portrait of a gimp on the wall, with a remote control visible in the corner. A large Tom of Finland piece on the staircase, above tidy carpeting with hair dryer in the bathroom behind. Teapots and harnesses. This home, is a superb reflection of the man and it contains the physical manifestation of his memories and experiences.