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great downtown view." The couple had been redoing the apartment slowly over the years with their previous designer, and after meeting with Rice and looking at his portfolio, they asked him to step in and finish it. "He was very polite, but I could tell he wasn't thrilled with what the other designer had done," Hargrave says. White walls and hard-edged contemporary furnishings gave the interiors a harsh feel. Rice says, "I love minimalist looks, but I don't like cold minimalism, and this space was flirting with being cold." But he wasn't being hired to do an overhaul; the goal was just to get them through the holidays and then some. They liked the changes he made, and over the next few years, the couple enlisted Rice's help finishing other areas in the apartment. "Very long story short," Hargrave says, "we went to Sweden for two months over the summer — my husband was born and raised there — and when we came back, pipes had burst, and the whole place was flooded." It wasn't just furniture that was ruined; floors, walls, and cabinets had been steeped in muck for weeks. The whole apartment had to be gutted, but Rice had a blank canvas to work from. "That's when he gave us our dream place," Hargrave says. Joshua Rice is known in the design world for obsessively curated interiors filled with important furnishings, and national magazines have taken note: His collaboration with Wernerfield Architects was published in Dwell in 2014, and interiors he created for a modernist house in Diane Cheatham's award-winning Urban Reserve enclave landed in the pages of Architectural Digest in 2017. But the residence he created for Hargrave and Wetterstrand ranks among his favorite projects. "They are great clients and incredibly fastidious — it makes sense because they're in professions that are exacting — so these interiors are detailed and refined." The clients moved into a temporary apartment for a year while extensive renovations were underway. "We took a totally different direction with the design after the flood," Rice says. "The space is southeast facing, so it Friederike von Rauch's Sleeping Beauties diptych, 2012, from Gallery Fifty One, Belgium. Bottom: Designer Joshua Rice Designer Joshua Rice 59

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