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PaperCity Dallas September 2022

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from the clients' tree farm. The Kruegers have been interested in art for years, often bringing home works they saw on their travels. "Our art is really eclectic, and I wanted our new place to feel refined," Diane says. "It's still a little eclectic, but it's a whole different level of experience now." The artful adventure starts the minute you walk in the front door. Lambrakos looked to the neoclassical Benaki Museum in Athens as inspiration for the foyer and galleries flanking each side. "The Benaki is separated into different jewel boxes of experiences, and it formed the basis of the idea that you can feel differently in spaces even in an open floor plan," she says. Works by two important Latin-American artists with strong Texas ties dominate the penthouse foyer. Eduardo Portillo's Echoes of Light, which blurs the lines between painting on canvas and three-dimensional sculpture, was a year-long, site-specific collaboration that allowed the Kruegers to watch it come to life. Late artist Carlos Cruz- Diez's spectacular 1965 Transchromie consists of long, transparent strips of colored acrylic mounted in front of a window to refract a stream of colors and patterns across the floor, a light show that changes depending on the time of year and angle of the sun. The Kruegers entertain a lot, and people are often curious what it's like to live in such a building, with art-filled rooms that might double as a museum. "This is a completely different lifestyle than we've ever lived before, but it's a happy house with a good vibe," Ray says. In the afternoons, he blasts rock music from 30 speakers he installed throughout the house. "I crank it up — the acoustics are incredible in here." Architect Ben Koush provided information on Karl Kamrath for this article. A seating area in the living room, with B&B Italia sectional from BeDesign, Houston. Custom Moroso chairs and CC-Tapis rug from Shop, Houston. Foscarini pendants. Coffee table from clients' own collection. Vibia pendants in background. (Continued) 169

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