Imagine a gallery without ropes to keep you away from paintings, no plexiglass around the sculptures. No guards to prevent interacting with the collections. A space that blurs the line between art and everyday life. That’s the feeling our clients wanted in their new home.
We capitalized on the light provided by generous windows and 15-foot ceilings throughout the multi-story space. We chose white walls to allow the art itself to do all the heavy lifting: the owners’ extensive collections of paintings, photography, ceramics and three-dimensional pieces transform themselves into the color and texture necessary for each room.
We used their furniture collection functionally, with eclectic styles from Art Deco to mid-century and contemporary. In this house, art is no longer relegated to just the walls – it’s the medium for gathering and enjoying family together.
We paneled the stairs with glass, adding safety without intruding on the visual openness. Upstairs, there’s ample room for storage and a workspace. All areas of this home pulse with the energy from the collections the owners have worked so hard to build.
Every square inch is maximized. The tiny kitchen is a mastery of function, with cabinetry and compact appliances making room for art and expressive objects. Auxiliary kitchenettes on each floor are surprisingly convenient. Flexible-height shelving holds beloved art and family memorabilia. Even the under-stair nooks showcase unusual pieces or serve as tucked-away office space. In this house, art is always ready to play, work and explore.