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The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso explores homes that transform 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.
J Kuper, principal broker at Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, sees it all the time in the luxury home market. “Collections often reflect what individuals have been able to accomplish in their lives” and surrounding themselves with their prizes is “a kind of reward,” Kuper says.
Thoughtful staging transforms these prizes into experiences. One of Kuper’s property listings in Austin features an art gallery designed with high ceilings, travertine floors and a light palette to display the homeowner’s paintings and sculptures. Acquisitions are steeped in memories–the thrill of the find!–and an extraordinary setting allows the stories behind each item to be told.
“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 sets up “an intimate dialogue” and provides “opportunities to discover the art “ from different perspectives as one moves through the home. Visit Venture Sotheby’s International Realty in Pleasanton, at 509 Main Street.
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 elevates the enjoyment factor. That goes for collectors of every type. Auto enthusiasts have been known to spend upwards of six figures on custom-built showrooms for their trophy cars–complete with adjoining club rooms and full-time mechanics.
The true measure of whether a setting does its collection justice is simple: Does it makes you feel good? “A true collector could have a horrible day,” says Benjamin Doller, Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s New York. “But when they come home and look at a painting they love in their collection, it just puts them in a wonderful mood.”
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