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Venetian Vicissitude

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Shedding a past filled with farmhouses and ornamentation, Dawn Farmer and Pierre Kozely decided to embrace simplicity— and architect Michael Sant designed them a home to match.

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  Dawn Farmer walks from the kitchen to a guest bedroom. The seven-foot-tall doorway lines up with the glass doors and cabinetry throughout the house—which is made of 
13-layer multi-ply apple core with rift-oak veneer.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    Dawn Farmer walks from the kitchen to a guest bedroom. The seven-foot-tall doorway lines up with the glass doors and cabinetry throughout the house—which is made of 13-layer multi-ply apple core with rift-oak veneer.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Seven-foot-high glass doors bring the garden, landscaped by Jay Griffith, into the living room. A skylight brings even more light into the white-walled room with polished-concrete floors. There is a splash of color in a custom rug designed by Dawn Farmer and made by Della Robbia, which also made the sofas.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    Seven-foot-high glass doors bring the garden, landscaped by Jay Griffith, into the living room. A skylight brings even more light into the white-walled room with polished-concrete floors. There is a splash of color in a custom rug designed by Dawn Farmer and made by Della Robbia, which also made the sofas.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Dawn Farmer looks out from her office at Darby, one of the couple’s two dogs, in the front yard. The house is clad in smooth stucco top-coated with white Venetian plaster, and has a perimeter wall made of Cor-Ten steel panels and stuccoed cinder blocks.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    Dawn Farmer looks out from her office at Darby, one of the couple’s two dogs, in the front yard. The house is clad in smooth stucco top-coated with white Venetian plaster, and has a perimeter wall made of Cor-Ten steel panels and stuccoed cinder blocks.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Dawn Farmer sits on the bed in the master bedroom. The white leather bed was designed by Pierre Kozely and manufactured by Della Robbia. The view carries through the master bathroom to the yard on the other side of the house.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    Dawn Farmer sits on the bed in the master bedroom. The white leather bed was designed by Pierre Kozely and manufactured by Della Robbia. The view carries through the master bathroom to the yard on the other side of the house.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  The dining room features a Tulip table by Eero Saarinen with a customized walnut top manufactured by Pietrarte and a contemporary chair by the Italian company Arper.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    The dining room features a Tulip table by Eero Saarinen with a customized walnut top manufactured by Pietrarte and a contemporary chair by the Italian company Arper.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Only glass separates Farmer and Kozely from their backyard (and Celtic cross reproduction) when they shower. The shower floor is ipe wood; the walls are covered in one-inch-square travertine mosaics.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    Only glass separates Farmer and Kozely from their backyard (and Celtic cross reproduction) when they shower. The shower floor is ipe wood; the walls are covered in one-inch-square travertine mosaics.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Pierre Kozely mends his bike on a patio in the rear yard, seen from their garage—which was transformed into a media room. Behind him is a Cor-Ten rolling gate that gives access 
to the back alley.  Photo by: Gregg SegalCourtesy of: Gregg Segal
    Pierre Kozely mends his bike on a patio in the rear yard, seen from their garage—which was transformed into a media room. Behind him is a Cor-Ten rolling gate that gives access to the back alley.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

    Courtesy of: Gregg Segal

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  The front, middle, and rear yards are conceived as outdoor rooms. Pierre Kozely relaxes 
in the middle yard in a prototype of an outdoor furniture line by Pietrarte. A bronze Ganesh is on a raised pedestal in the middle of a small water feature.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    The front, middle, and rear yards are conceived as outdoor rooms. Pierre Kozely relaxes in the middle yard in a prototype of an outdoor furniture line by Pietrarte. A bronze Ganesh is on a raised pedestal in the middle of a small water feature.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Dawn Farmer sits at her desk made of multi-ply apple core with rift-oak veneer, manufactured by Pietrarte. The garden is planted with lavender, red ginger, flax, and California pepper trees.  Photo by: Gregg SegalCourtesy of: Gregg Segal
    Dawn Farmer sits at her desk made of multi-ply apple core with rift-oak veneer, manufactured by Pietrarte. The garden is planted with lavender, red ginger, flax, and California pepper trees.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

    Courtesy of: Gregg Segal

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