This high-concept contemporary estate is an astounding architectural landmark with a delightfully rustic interior. Originally designed by Larry Speck and remodelled by award-winning architects Paul Lamb and Ted Young, this masterful Austin home juxtaposes austere concrete with sleek white pine floors and lofty wood-and-steel roof trusses.

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Artwork by Firelei Báez anchors a neutral-hued seating area in the living room. Though the pine flooring is original to the house, Vaughn Miller “pushed for the floor colour in the beginning, as grey created a neutral envelope to showcase the furnishings and her art collection,” she says. Midcentury, Moroccan, and custom pieces—like the Haas brothers’ “Stool on the Hill”—conspire to create an eclectic look that matches interiors throughout the rest of the house.

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An Apparatus fixture hangs above the seating area in the library, which is separated from the hallway with sliding doors that pocket into the bark-clad walls and slide behind the painted wood bookshelves.

Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows create expansive views of the lush hillside and twinkling lights of Downtown Austin, allowing bursts of natural light to soften and envelop the living spaces. Purposefully neutral tones form a gallery-esque backdrop for a beloved art collection and bold furnishings, with ingenious interior architecture and design by New York-based Vaughn Miller Studios.

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The kitchen features a wall clad in tiles of lichen-speckled tree bark and a pristine island topped in white macaubas quartzite, with a traditional LaCanche range.
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A glass-topped desk designed by Gio Ponti dominates a cantilevered office area off the kitchen; it sits opposite a custom bed platform highlighted by Yayoi Kusama artwork.
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A moody powder room features a custom vanity made of perforated stainless steel and an Italian marble sink by Kreoo. The pendant is by Workstead, and the faucet is by Waterworks.

In the kitchen, blackened steel panels carried over from the entry join an island topped in white macaubas quartzite and a wall clad in tiles of lichen-speckled tree bark. A moody powder room balances an Italian marble sink with a custom perforated steel vanity and unlacquered brass hardware.

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Korean artist Hun-Chung Lee, in partnership with R & Company, created a minimalist ceramic dining table that offsets the antique chairs, ornate Bakalowits chandelier, and vibrant artwork by Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille.
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A Haas Brothers chair and a rug picked up during the client’s travels in Morocco add warmth in the main dining space. Tavares Strachan’s neon You Belong Here brightens the space that leads to the entry.

While a lot of that daring came courtesy of the existing architecture, much of it was also a result of the relationship between the client and Vaughn Miller, who, like Lamb, was inspired by the poured concrete walls and their ability to provide a neutral, gallery-like backdrop for bold custom furnishings, including a sheepskin chair and hand-carved walnut stool by the Haas Brothers, and a ceramic dining table by Korean artist Hun-Chung Lee.

 

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Arabescato marble and cement tiles with radiant heat set off the poured concrete walls in the master bath, with blackened steel panelling similarly accenting the master bedroom.
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Blackened steel panelling in the master bedroom creates contrast for a tufted headboard and a custom brass-covered cabinet with a television lift.
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Things are equally vibrant in the kids’ rooms, where the client’s penchant for fashion-forward pattern mixing is apparent.
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Indoor-outdoor living is embraced by a series of multi-level connecting decks that lead to a large, pristine pool. An exercise room and private garden tucked at the back of the house offer a peaceful retreat, while a fabric-walled media room provides a cosy gathering space.

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My collection is a visual expression of how I feel about the world,” says the client of the world-class artwork on display throughout her Austin home. She draws parallels between her life and Awol Erizku’s Girl with a Bamboo Earring, which hangs next to an Apparatus sconce in her home’s entry. “It’s about reclaiming things that you may not feel entitled to,” she says. “As a black woman and as a divorced woman, I feel like I’m finally carving out room for myself in the world.

Constantly blurring the line between spectacle and subtlety, this Austin home is the epitome of ingenuity in design.

Source: Architectural Digest
Photography: Douglas Friedman

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