May Lawrence sits at the dining table, which features mahogany planks attached to an actual I beam. Above her sprawls a Rigo 99 painting of a bustling Taipei street scene, which according to Ward helps import some "city energy" into the suburbs.
Charles de Lisle, of the interior design firm Your Space, designed the kitchen backsplash of PVC rubber flooring embedded with stainless steel "plus" signs. The restaurant supply table is flanked by steel-and-wood Lem Piston stools from Design Within Reach.
David Baker and cabinetmaker Thomas Jameson designed the freestanding fireplace / media console, which effectively divides the more formal living room from the dining and gathering space while concealing cords and other clutter.
"The structure is simple and straightforward, with nothing hidden," says Baker, "but I made all of the beams and columns as thin and understated as possible, inside and out, so the feeling is delicate rather than monolithic."
May Lawrence sits beside one of three ground-level "snow-viewing" windows for which Cochran designed meditative water installations. This one depicts ice mountains (made from recycled glass) that take on an otherworldly glow when lit up at night.
The house moves in linear fashion towards increasingly private zones—upstairs to the family room and down the hall to the master bedroom, where an open door reveals a secluded garden room at the very back.