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.


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.



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.



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.



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 furniture store, avenue Road, is joined by pillows covered in vintage fabric and chairs by Marcos Teldeschi Arte e Design.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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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