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JULY/AUGUST | PAGE 43 | 2016 Previous page: The living room, as seen from the courtyard, with sliding doors open. B&B Italia sofa and Minotti ottomans, all from Internum. Vintage 1950s Hans Wegner armchairs. Over the sofa, Amy Ellingson's Variation (accumulation), 2013, a commission. The sculpture is Steve Murphy's Untitled, 2011. This page, clockwise from top: Walnut table by German manufacturer Wilkhahn, with vintage Zanotta leather chairs from Kuhl-Linscomb. Mies van der Rohe stools in the kitchen were originally designed for the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC. The commissioned round painting is Darren Waterston's Tondo, 2013, from Inman Gallery. Bronze figure is by Mario Korbel, 1923. A partial wall made from Parisian limestone hides a staircase in the entry. In the living room, B&B Italia sofa from Internum. Vintage 1950s Hans Wegner armchairs. Mixed-media artwork is Jacob Hashimoto's Untitled. The courtyard's retractable Flexy canopy is by FIM Manufacturing. Knoll Bertoia chair, Ekitta red table, sectional lounge by Gandia Blasco from Internum, Eames outdoor lounge by Herman Miller from Office Pavilion. Bubble portable firepit by Planika from Internum. Birdfeeder by J Schatz. Rug from Internum. marble console and a contemporary version of a Victorian rolltop desk crafted in maple with exquisite nickel teardrop pulls. "When I design furniture," he says, "I always design custom hardware. My attitude is: If that's where the human hand touches, you need something unique and tactile." Other furnishings in the house were chosen for their sculptural qualities, such as simple Shaker-style side tables, an Arne Jacobsen floor lamp designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, a vintage bentwood mahogany Ward Bennett chair and a pair of chrome-and-red-leather Mies van der Rohe bar stools that were originally designed for The Four Seasons restaurant in New York. A pair of 1950s Hans Wegner chairs was purchased with an inheritance left to him by his godparents, whose home was furnished in mid-century style. "I think about them every time I look at the chairs," he says. Braun's collection of mid-century furniture is interspersed with a sleek new B&B Italia sectional and Minotti ottomans purchased specifically for the house's large-scale, open rooms. Those ottomans help transition the indoor space to the inside. "They look like they could be made for the outdoors, but they're not," he says. "I wanted something low that you could see over. I've had events at the house with over a hundred people, including the Rice Design Alliance. With the door slid open, it's a great way to tie the two spaces together." For the

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