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August 22, 2013
Modern furniture and architecture looks even richer when paired with a robust art collection. Look to these seven homes for how to create just the right synthesis.
The open-plan living room was inspired by the couple’s previous residence, a London loft. The paintings are by Dunlop. The louvered floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling fan, and sliding deck doors usher in sea breezes and encourage good air circulation.

New Zealand-born painter Stefan Dunlop and his wife snapped up a residence in Australia, 10,000 miles away from their previous London loft. The open-plan living room sports mid-century furniture classics alongside paintings by Dunlop. The louvered floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling fan, and sliding deck doors usher in sea breezes and encourage good air circulation. Photo by Richard Powers.

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Aumas' assorted collectables.

Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of art and furniture he’s brought back from his travels. A vintage 1950s credenza discovered in Paris supports three works by Aumas and two Sol LeWitt–inspired cubes used in one of his window displays. The dark paint is from Dulux Valentine, and Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market to better shed light on his artwork.

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Open stairway by home office

Both a gallery and a residence, the Antwerp home of Veerle Wenes redefines the boundaries between public and private, art and interior design. Here, an installation by Willem Cole hangs in the gallery, which leads to an open stairway to the office and private bedrooms upstairs.

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Modern eclectic living room with yellow sofa and red ball lights

Another Belgian gallery/home, this time a mansion in Brussels mansion, is the purview of two design experts curating their fantasy house. For the living room, the residents commissioned the overhead light from designers Sylvain Willenz and Hubert Verstraeten. “The use of red billiard ball references Charles and Ray Eames’s Hang-It-All coat rack,” says Smith. The wall-hung light is by the contemporary São Paulo–based designers Luciana Martins and Gerson de Oliveira. The rug is a Moroccan patchwork from the 1960s; the teak-and-leather Kilin chair is by Sergio Rodrigues; and the cane-backed sofa is a student daybed designed by Hans Wegner for Getama in the 1950s.

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Modern open-plan kitchen dining and living area

In a Melbourne suburb, a family of four redefines “interior design” with a private house that doubles as a public art gallery. In the open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area, the family cohabitates comfortably with their art. The wooden furniture was custom built for the space by the Melbourne designers Xilo.

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Clémence and daughter Clara, nine, relax on a purple Pierre Paulin 261 sofa below an installation by artist Alan McCollum. A small family of Verner Panton 1969 Wire lamps, featured in the inaugural Kreo exhibition, live to the left.

For Parisian gallery director Didier Krzentowski, the art of collecting has become a career by design. Clémence and daughter Clara, nine, relax on a purple Pierre Paulin 261 sofa below an installation by artist Alan McCollum. A small family of Verner Panton 1969 Wire lamps, featured in the inaugural Kreo exhibition, live to the left. Photo by Philippe Munda.

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In Toronto, painter Kent Monkman created an airy artistic haven with both working and living quarters for a more balanced and polished picture. Inside, white paint lightens up the middle of the building. A vintage Danish dining set and Cloud pendants by Frank Gehry for Vitra define the dining area. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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The open-plan living room was inspired by the couple’s previous residence, a London loft. The paintings are by Dunlop. The louvered floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling fan, and sliding deck doors usher in sea breezes and encourage good air circulation.

New Zealand-born painter Stefan Dunlop and his wife snapped up a residence in Australia, 10,000 miles away from their previous London loft. The open-plan living room sports mid-century furniture classics alongside paintings by Dunlop. The louvered floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling fan, and sliding deck doors usher in sea breezes and encourage good air circulation. Photo by Richard Powers.

Photo by Richard Powers.

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