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Cutlines dining room, he purchased a massive seven-foot walnut table by Wilkhahn, the esteemed German manufacturer of conference furniture. "It was important to me to get a round table for this house," he says. "There's something special about being with friends and being able to see everyone." Because Braun is an interior designer who also thinks like an architect, he gave plenty of consideration to how the architecture would aesthetically support his growing art collection. "I wanted to have a space that celebrated the art and was not just a passive foil for it," he says. He worked closely with Julie Kinzelman of Kinzelman Art Consulting to buy artworks for specific areas in the house. "She understands what art can do for you in a bigger sense, in terms of your emotions and how you enjoy it," he says. "The works I gravitate to show how the artist created the piece." One example is a complex paper wall sculpture by Japanese artist Jacob Hashimoto, which hangs in the living room. "It's a fabulous piece of execution, and everybody loves to look at the various layers," he says. "It has a magnetic draw." A black-and-red 1967 lithograph on cheesecloth by Louise Nevelson that hangs in the master bath is highly textural and shows the artist's hand at work. And artist Makoto Sasaki, using a quill pen and red ink, recorded a dozen hours of his own heartbeats onto paper to create 12-Hour Heartbeat, which hangs in Braun's guest bedroom. "It looks like a textile, then you realize it's ink. It's continuous. He never lifted the pen." Braun also has collections of hand-turned wood vessels (including one by Philip Moulthrop, one of three generations of the legendary Moulthrop family of woodturners in Georgia) and woven baskets. One basket is by Billie Ruth Sudduth, an acclaimed basketmaker living in the mountains of North Carolina whose works are in the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery. "She was a former math teacher who Nick Hornby's Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief (Jane Austen), 2011. Above, top: Marble console designed by Wayne Braun holds a Helmut Newton book. Above: In the kitchen are Poggenpohl cabinets, custom white opaque glass countertops, Dornbracht plumbing fixtures. On the shelves, a collection of unique objects including a hand-turned wood vessel by Phillip Moulthrop and an Alessi Bauhaus martini shaker designed by Marianne Brandt. Tea kettle is an industrial design by Ross Lovegrove. Below: In Braun's study, a Florence Knoll marble table from the Knoll showroom holds blueprints. In the sitting room, one of a pair of spruce and bird's-eye maple 12-string Guild guitars. Braun's favorite architecture and design books are stacked at the ready. In background, Makoto Sasaki's 12 Hour Heartbeat lithograph.

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