Hoffman was born in Hungary and moved to Los Angeles at age 14. In her current home, her first improvement was installing cherry planks in a herringbone pattern -- flooring that is common in the kind of apartment her family occupied in Budapest. She bought the Lajos Kozma chairs pictured at left on a trip to Budapest in the late 1990s. "I ran to the Museum of Applied Arts and discovered that he was the Frank Lloyd Wright of Hungary, the preeminent architect, designer and graphic artist of his time." The contemporary artwork in the foreground is by Hungarian painter Laszlo Feher.
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