Tradition, but with a twist

LINDA ALLEN: TABLETOP AS CULTURAL FUSION LINDA ALLEN is a self-confessed "aluminum Christmas tree baby." Although that may make her part of the generation of interior designers who celebrated their first holidays in the 1970s, her work has evolved into a synthesis of 21st century multicultural influences. Her 1950 design-and-build home in the Oaks neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills is a case in point. Playing off the clean lines of Case Study Modernism and Asian fretwork exterior details, Allen has created a living and dining space she describes as midcentury Pacific Modern. It is the perfect setting for her nontraditional holiday table, which is a part of a set of early...