The Elements of an Extraordinary Life
Art & Home’s November 2015 issue is here! Feature writer, Iyna Bort Caruso, focused on homes that transformed carefully curated art collections by providing specially designed spaces in order to properly appreciate them.
Garages as showrooms. Gallery-caliber sculpture gardens. Home libraries with Dewey Decimal swagger. For some homeowners, their passion for fast cars, fine art, or rare books extends beyond their private collection to the environments that showcase them.
Price Upon Request | Rabat, Malta | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty
Joseph Brazen, Owner & Managing Broker at Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty in Bellevue, Washington, knows this lifestyle choice all too well. “Home owners like these enjoy the richness and elegance of fine art. They are statement pieces that further accentuate their lavish residences“, Brazen says.
$19,125,000 USD | Chilmark, Massachusetts | Wallace & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty
Thoughtful staging transforms these prizes into experiences and an extraordinary setting allows the stories behind each item to be told. Properties like Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty’s listing in Austin features an art gallery designed with high ceilings, travertine floors, and a light palette to display the homeowner’s paintings and sculptures.
$4,495,000 USD | Vero Beach, Florida | Treasure Coast Sotheby’s International Realty
“Space, lighting, and proportion are all of equal importance when showcasing any kind of art,” says Roger Ferris, a contemporary art collector and architect with offices in New York and Connecticut. A well-conceived home gallery provides “opportunities to discover the art“ from different perspectives as one moves through the home.
$17,500,000 USD | San Antonio, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty
There’s no question viewing blue chip art in a museum-quality wing of one’s residence or sipping a rare vintage in the comfort of an exquisite home wine cellar peaks excitement within. That goes for collectors of every type.
$1,499,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty
The true measure of whether a setting does its collection justice is simple – Does it inspire you?
“Everyone has their off days,” says Joseph Brazen. “Coming home to your pride and joy helps you forget about all outer-world frustrations and sets you right in a peaceful mood.”