We at Dwell are always on the lookout for unique homes that express the personality of their occupants—and it's no wonder some of the most unique and memorable residences we've featured in recent years belong to artists and art collectors, who embrace the quirky and the unconventional. Join us at Dwell on Design Sunday, June 24th, where we're inviting architect Tom Marble, collector Jeff Wardell, and architect Linda Taalman onstage to chat about ways architecture can best highlight and showcase art. To whet your appetite, flip through our slideshow for a look at some of our favorite homes designed around the display and making-of art, from a famous conceptual artist's industrial-inspired rowhouse in New York City to a street art collector's shipping crate-filled loft in San Francisco.
Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner and his wife Alice commissioned LOT-EK to renovate their three-story rowhouse in the West Village, creating both living and studio space. LOT-EK is known for using reclaimed and industrial materials in their work, and this project was no exception. They created these window alcoves using old truck beds.
The house has many unexpected splashes of color, and exposed industrial materials are used throughout. The diamond-plate steel shown here was also used as a kitchen backsplash, covered with a coating of pink paint.
Another one of our favorite projects is this Noosa, Australia home of the New Zealand-born painter Stefan Dunlop and his family. The airy and elevated building was designed by their new next-door neighbors, who happened to be architects.
To explain their aesthetic taste and vision to the architects, Dunlop and his wife created a scrapbook of inspiration images, including ripped-out pages from design magazines, photos, Polaroids of furniture they'd picked up at flea markets, and images of Stefan's paintings—"to show that the artwork came first and the furnishings weren't necessarily going to match the couch." This pool was inspired by concrete Sao Paulo houses they loved and included in their inspiration book.
Next up, the Parisian apartment of Didier and Cleménce Krzentowski. Didier is an art collector and the founder of the acclaimed design gallery Galerie Kreo, which commissions limited-edition pieces from contemporary designers.
Lastly, check out the Wardell-Sagan apartment from our December/January Prefab issue in 2011. Jeff Wardell collects a lot of large-scale street art and wanted to renovate his loft to preserve as much display space for art as possible.
The office space has a rectangular cut-out that offers a birdseye view of the kitchen below. In the context of the surrounding small-scale paintings, at first glance the view resembles an artwork itself.