December 19, 2014

Home Run: Inside the Residences of 10 Designers

High in the sky or deep in the country, what kinds of spaces do Hall of Fame members live in?

1. Designer: Robert Kleinschmidt of RDK Design

Lives in: Chicago, Illinois

Standout: After living in one of Chicago’s famed Ludwig Mies van der Rohe towers for 17 years, Robert Kleinschmidt expanded his apartment by buying a similar one next door and combining the two. The result was a 1,800-square-foot corner unit with sweeping views of Lake Michigan.

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Jamie Drake’s NYC apartment. Photography by Marco Ricca. View the slideshow for more images.

2. Designer: Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates

Lives in: New York, New York

Standout: Even before Annabelle Selldorf, Jamie Drake’s fellow Interior Design Hall of Fame member, had broken ground for a New York apartment tower buzzed-about for having private sky-garages, Drake had already signed on to buy a second story unit there. The kitchen opens to the living area, where standouts include a cocktail table in Greek marble and a white tufted sectional where he sits to smoke a slim brown cigarette.

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Laura Bohn’s Pennsylvania house. Photography by Wendy Silverstein. View the slideshow for more images.

3. Designer: Laura Bohn of Laura Bohn Design Associates

Lives in: Ottsville, Pennsylvania

Standout: Amid a woodland landscape that Bohn compares to Italy’s sylvan Tuscany, she reimagined three structures as a single compound. Five bedrooms morphed into three, including a master suite where the bathroom’s freestanding tub has been joined by a driftwood table, long used outside, and a sepia-tone photomural of a sultry Marilyn Monroe surveys the scene.

Inside Laura Bohn’s Weekend Retreat in Pennsylvania


Jim Olson’s house in Longbranch, Washington. Photography by Benjamin Benschneider. View the slideshow for more images.

4. Designer: Jim Olson of Olson Kundig Architects

Lives in: Longbranch, Washington

Standout: Longbranch, population 30, was the Washington town where Jim Olson’s grandfather bought an 8-acre property in 1913. On it was little more than a 14-foot-square bunkhouse that eventually passed down to Olson, who started working on it when he was 18. Furnishings vary in provenance. The living area’s pair of linen-covered Bauhaus chairs join a sofa by Pietro Arosio and Olson’s own Douglas fir table and stools, which double as storage.

George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg’s house in Amagansett, New York. Photography by Richard Powers. View the slideshow for more images.

5. Designer: George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg

Lives in: Amagansett, New York

Standout: The plastic shingles, spiral stair, and pink bathtub of the existing house aside, this beachfront plot was hard to beat. In the living area, white-ash paneling makes a quiet backdrop for a large painting of an abstracted waterfall, and a granite wall rises above a woodburning fireplace in blackened steel. The sectional, which comes from the couple’s former furniture store, Avenue Road, is joined by pillows covered in vintage fabric and chairs by Marcos Teldeschi Arte e Design.

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Lee Mindel’s house in Southampton, New York. Photography by Michael Moran/Otto. View the slideshow for more images.

6. Designer: Lee Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates

Lives in: Southampton, New York

Standout: As a kid at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Lee Mindel felt free to follow his architectural notions wherever they led him. His two-story, 4,500-square-foot structure’s unusual angles derive from lines paralleling the shore out back. On the exterior, cedar clads two pavilions split by a wedge of channel glass. Inside, eucalyptus veneers the paneling of rooms with polished concrete flooring.

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Paul Siskin’s house in Hudson, New York. Photography by Eric Laignel. View the slideshow for more images.

7. Designer: Paul Siskin of Siskin Valls Interior Design

Lives in: Hudson, New York

Standout: The movie Brokeback Mountain was enjoying a huge success at the time Paul Siskin acquired 4 acres in a largely gay and lesbian residential enclave in Hudson, New York. A lifelong penchant for flexible, multifunctional spaces is instantly evident in a foyer lined with mahogany bookcases to serve as a library. That opens onto the 20-by-40 foot main room, which incorporates the living and dining areas and the kitchen.

Kevin Walz’s NYC apartment. Photography by Garrett Rowland. View the slideshow for more images.

8. Designer: Kevin Walz of Walzworkinc

Lives in: New York, New York

Standout: Kevin Walz’s 875-square-foot floor-through rental unit is unmistakably his. Walls, for example, are surfaced in a sanded fiberboard made from cellulose. His own production pieces and prototypes abound. A pendant fixture in custom-colored Corian hangs over a dining table in mahogany and red oak. He fabricated both the bedroom’s armoire, in rusted and waxed steel, and his steel-framed bed in Rome, then shipped and assembled them on-site.

Steven Harris and Lucien Rees-Roberts’ NYC apartment. Photography by Scott Frances/Otto. View the slideshow for more images.

9. Designer: Steven Harris and Lucien Rees Roberts of Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts + Partners

Lives in: New York, New York

Standout: Harris and husband Rees Roberts’ 1,500 square-foot apartment boasts a gas fireplace and a trio of windows, now framed in a brushed-oak veneer recalling Josef Frank. To bring reflected light into the core, the pair clad a corridor in beveled antiqued mirror–flush doors and all. Farther back are two efficient bedrooms. Almost everywhere, the raw-looking floor is sealed oak in a chevron pattern.

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Rand Elliott’s residence in Oklahoma City. Photography by Robert Shimer/Hedrich Blessing. View the slideshow for more images.

10. Designer: Rand Elliott of Elliott + Associates Architects

Lives in: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Standout: An ethereal light box occupies the upstairs of the 1920’s Italianate garage sharing a downtown Oklahoma City property with the house where Rand Elliott lives with his wife, Jeanette. Besides being about light, the project is a meditation on the number four, revered in Native American culture, the subject of Losey’s work. All four sides of the 600-square-foot open plan have windows, and he built an etched-glass enclosure around each.

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View the slideshow for more images from each residence.

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