April 12, 2017

5 Historic Houses With Enviable Vintage Style

Firm: Rawlins Design. Site: Fire Island, New York. Photography by Tom Sibley.

1. Firm: Rawlins Design.

Site: Fire Island, New York.

Recap: A sympathetic redo of a 1962 beach house preserves the spatial clarity of the original scheme–by Don Page, I.M. Pei‘s former head graphic designer–while tweaking its anachronisms, from a too-large brick hearth (replaced with a floating ethanol fireplace) to the covered entry porch, now a glass-box stair.

Firm: Neutral Zurich. Site: Zurich. Photography by Christian Schaulin. Produced by Kerstin Rose.

2. Firm:
Neutral Zurich.

Site: Zurich.

Recap: Hans Demarmels’s 1963 Brutalist dwelling, all jutting concrete forms and monolithic might, gets a dose of levity via a steel dining table powder-coated jaunty yellow, an iconic Marcel Wanders chair knotted from aramide and carbon-fiber cord, and a sardonic print featuring M&M candies.

Firm: Polyedre. Site: Boechout, Belgium. Photography by Christian Schaulin. Produced by Kerstin Rose.

3. Firm:

Site: Boechout, Belgium.

Recap: In a centuries-old farmhouse, home to an antiques dealer and his wife who exhibit their finds in restored outbuildings, cerulean walls provide a lively backdrop for abstract modernist art by Alfred Reth, Michel Martens, and others.

Firm: Lezze Architecten. Site: Boom, Belgium. Photography by Christian Schaulin. Produced by Kerstin Rose.

4. Firm:
Lezze Architecten

Site: Boom, Belgium.

Recap: Glass-and-steel cubes nest like Russian dolls inside an abandoned brick-making factory’s erstwhile kiln to create an architect’s live/work space that sits lightly in its historic setting.

Firm: Kayserstudio. Site: Barcelona. Photography by Christian Schaulin. Produced by Kristina Raderschad.

5. Firm:

Site: Barcelona.

Recap: Sand-blasted concrete columns and beams lend texture to a 1970’s former factory, now home to a vintage furniture–dealing couple and their midcentury modern inventory, which includes Percival Lafer’s timeworn leather loungers and Pierre Guariche’s cracked-eggshell-shape Mars chair.

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