Acoustic music and avant-garde contemporary art frame this serene weekend getaway in Calistoga. Unexpected colors, funky vintage classics, bespoke new furniture, and evocative photography enhance the minimalist architecture while expressing our client’s personality. Subtle, elegant moves merge nature with art: the striking views and natural textures of the surrounding hillsides fill each of the large windows, adding to the collection with a calming sense of retreat.
The client’s collection—which includes a range of artists such as Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Edward Burtynsky, Leo Villareal, and Laurie Simmons—called for a muted palette that lets the artwork speak for itself. Commensurate in tone, the furniture, lighting, installations, and housewares are as original and rare as their counterparts on the walls.
Subtle nods to design history are illuminated in every room of the house, through custom pieces that reflect and elevate the client’s sensibilities. Light fixtures are from a little-known art dealer found while exploring Milan. A custom wood counter was designed to cut into the island at a diagonal, inviting people to gather and stay. A ceramic backsplash inspired by concentric crop circles evokes vinyl records, connecting to music references elsewhere in the house and playing off the client’s love of a good outdoor guitar session.