Raised by two aesthetes in an historic 1899 home in Hartford, Connecticut, Audrey Rose Smith had an art-filled childhood. Her father was a preservation architect, and her mom ran an artwork gallery, so their dwelling was continually host to artists and their work. It’s solely logical that Audrey later grew to become a gallerist herself.
It additionally is sensible that she swiftly fell in love with a fellow artistic. Solely eight months after assembly Ecuadorian photographer and designer Vicente Muñoz, the pair collectively bought their prewar Clinton Hill condominium in Brooklyn. They married quickly after, partnering in matrimony in addition to actual property with out wanting again.
Eight years later, the couple has cultivated a tight-knit and like-minded group within the neighborhood. Flip-of-the-century buildings by architects like William Tubby, Montrose Morris, and Ebenezer L. Roberts pepper the streets the place they steadily run into buddies and colleagues. “It seems like an artwork world sitcom,” Audrey quips. “The farmers market is de facto thrilling.” —Morgan Goldberg
“I consider a home as an advanced machine by which one thing new breaks down day by day: a lamp, a faucet, a lock, an electrical socket, the boiler, the fridge…. However after we can neglect in regards to the accountability of steady upkeep, we really feel glad. Then the opposite aspect of the coin, against the obligations of possession, is sheer gratitude.”
That was the pondering of Álvaro Siza, the nice Portuguese architect who, on the age of 89, continues to encourage a youthful technology. Of their house, design duo Eugenia Rolando and Federico Patacchiola of Paros Architettura—a pair in life in addition to at work—begin from these very phrases to create subtly ingenious locations.
A chief instance of their work is Casa Costantino, a small however elegant Rome condominium. The constructing, a Nineteen Sixties construction within the Ostiense district, is a stone’s throw from the well-known Garbatella space. The 700-square-foot condominium is all fashionable, and due to Paros Architettura, it’s been reworked from an previous household dwelling filled with recollections right into a light-flooded setting with a up to date really feel. —Ludovica Stevan
Stéphane Monnet and Jeroen Dijkstra both have good luck, good timing, or just the nice sense to know when one thing simply feels proper. After they have been condominium searching in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Stéphane was searching for out distinctly European environment—since he was shifting from Toronto—and so they discovered them in a one-bedroom property, downtown. “With all of its thrives, big home windows, and open areas, it was an ideal match,” Stéphane says. “It was already snatched up, however that deal fell by way of on the final minute.”
Set inside a constructing from the Eighteen Eighties, dealing with a busy avenue on one finish and a verdant courtyard on the opposite, their dwelling had been just lately restored to replicate what existed method again when. Intricate crown molding sprawled throughout ceilings whereas wainscoting lined the decrease half of the partitions, and that artistry was painted in shades of inexperienced to distinction the white in between. Home windows stretched over their contrasting out of doors views, and loads of gentle streamed in. The couple additionally had a non-public balcony to share, in case they ever needed a better take a look at the birds, whose nice music woke them within the morning. —Kelly Dawson