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June 2017 - Dallas

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59 foot table in the dining area, which seats the extended clan, was handcrafted in the Netherlands and is surrounded by Danish-inspired walnut-and-cane chairs made in Brazil. Contemporary brass lighting throughout was sourced from artisan companies in Brazil and New Zealand. A sleek daybed, upholstered in horsehair with dressmaker details, was custom- made by a Wisconsin craftsman who apprenticed in Paris. Rice also took pains locating rare vintage teak and leather stools by Poul Hundevad, a Finn Juhl Japan sofa, Alfred Kill's FK81 lounge chair and ottoman, and a pair of leather chairs by an obscure mid-century British manufacturer. "I'm a little bit of a furniture snob," admits Rice. "Classic modern furniture, while it is wonderful, can be a bit boring and ubiquitous. I want things to be unique." Avid art collectors, the Mongas asked Nimmo to design a 70-foot gallery leading from the entry to the meditation room. While they have purchased a handful of artworks — the latest a large Andrea Galvani photograph discovered at the Dallas Art Fair — they have left many of the walls bare on purpose. "We had gallerists bring us art we had fallen in love with, but after a few days, we realized the quiet spaces will be gone if we put a lot of art on the walls." When the rooms and views are this sublime, artwork can hardly compete. After all, says Preeta, "Our home was intended to be a livable work of art in itself." In the breakfast room, vintage walnut-and-bronze Warren Platner table for Knoll and teak Hans Wegner Classic chairs, all from Sputnik Modern. Harry Bertoia bronze sculpture on table. Melvin Shuler standing sculpture, circa 1970. Photo Costa Christ. In the living area, Fern Studio Shore low table. Vintage FK81 lounge chair and ottoman by Alfred Kill. Heirloom inlay table from India. CasaDesús sofa from Barcelona. Geiger Brabo chairs by Vincent Van Duysen. Nanimarquina Melange pouf from Scott + Cooner. Photo Robert Yu.

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