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January 2007


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A Class Act

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In both the living and sleeping wings, custom furnishings by Schriber—tables, shelves, storage units and stair railings—done in light-colored woods are sprinkled among classic modern pieces. Alvar Aalto's bentwood chairs bring a human scale to the open, glass-corner view in the master bedroom, and a Mies Barcelona chair adds a light touch to the living room. There are pieces by the Breuer office, too. A glass-topped stone table base, surrounded by Mies Brno chairs, brings a pared-down elegance to the dining room, and in the living room, a sculptural stone low table anchors the center of the space.

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To bring warmth to the interiors while maintaining their modernist purity, Veral chose neutral fabrics and carpeting. She also designed some of the cabinetry in the master bedroom—which Schriber fabricated—and helped find some of the furnishings, including two large bronze planters she ordered from Italy that look like they were designed for the house. They sit on the large, open porch, reminiscent of a Greek temple, on the higher level and echo the bronze trim on the exterior.

Work is still proceeding on a seawall and its railings. Large rocks were recently lifted into place to reinforce the house, which is perched just high enough over the ground that the long swath of grass in front of it seems to meet the water and sky. It's a view with the serenity of a painting by Rothko—an artist who respected classical forms while creating something entirely new.

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