Nature Is The Muse For A House On Lake Michigan


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A sunburst mirror by Baker brings sparkle to the entryway of a family home in Glencoe designed by architect Celeste Robbins. The marble-and-steel console table is by Powell & Bonnell.

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The architect designed the house with large white walls to accommodate the homeowners' growing art collection. In a corner of the living area, a painting by Meredith Pardue hangs near a pair of chairs from Bernhardt Design. The coffee table and ottoman are from Minotti, and the rug is from Pensare Group, Inc.

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An eat-in kitchen offers a more casual gathering-and-dining space as well as immediate access to the pool patio. The Boffi kitchen features an island that accommodates four Jean-Marie Massaud barstools. The nearby table and chairs, which join a built-in banquet designed by Robbins, were purchased at Luminaire; above them are Tom Dixon pendants.

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The architect created idyllic spaces to display paintings upstairs as well. In a hallway, a mixed-media work by Italian artist Marco Grassi joins a window to the treetops.

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he rear patio includes a fire pit from Hart Concrete Design in Costa Mesa, California, surrounded by Harbour Outdoor seating. Platinum Pools constructed the pool.

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The master bedroom was kept neutral to focus views on the property's ravine and lake. Classic midcentury pieces from Knoll include Eero Saarinen's Womb chair and Warren Platner's side table. The bedding is from Bedside Manor.

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A Tibetan lamb-fur bench from Barneys New York adds to the master bathroom's glamorous atmosphere created by large Fiandre porcelain tiles from Transceramica on the floor and walls.

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Duratherm windows provide a dramatic view of the ravine from the master bathroom. The clean lines of the Corian countertops, Dornbracht Deque faucets and cabinetry built by Stay-Straight Manufacturing allow the setting to take center stage.

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Carefully thinking out the location of the pool, the design team placed it on the edge of the site to maintain a clean view of the ravine. Landscape architects Kris Barker and Tiffany Evans worked with David Migdal from The Garden Consultants on the installation of new plantings.

Years after falling in love with a home designed by architect Celeste Robbins, a Chicago-area homeowner and her husband tapped the professional to configure a modern dwelling for their family.

“Our weekly team meetings were exciting, as it was fun to work through challenges and make creative design decisions based on our collective vision,” she says of the process, which also included builder Jake Goldberg, interior designer Travis Clifton and landscape architecture firm Barker-Evans.

The residence — located on a steep ravine that offers views of Lake Michigan in the winter and a leafy respite in the summer — is a modernist jewel designed by Robbins to not only take advantage of its setting but to accommodate the family’s growing collection of contemporary art.

“You can’t separate the architecture from the materials here; it’s one cohesive element,” says Robbins, noting the suspended Corion desk that floats before a window in the study, erasing any sense of boundary with the natural world.

“It’s such a gorgeous site,” adds Robbins. “The architecture is all about connection with the outdoor spaces and how everything ties in together. The landscape was really the inspiration.”