A farm and a modern house, opposites attract.
How is it possible to have the best of a modern home and the peacefulness of the countryside without leaving NY? Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky managed to merge all these contrasting features in Millerton, a rural village 2 hours north of Manhattan by car, with a little help. He preferred the bustle of the works in the city, while she only thought of living more sustainably and close to the land.
The mission of uniting the wishes of the Brodsky family was in the hands of Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig, known for making modern homes in remote places. The site chosen was a deactivated farm described by the architect as “A peaceful, quiet building in the landscape. Then inside, it's a big yin and yang” to the Wall Street Journal.
The couple chose Kundig after the recommendation of friends who described his work as bold, with emotionally resonant homes that are havens for modern and contemporary art collectors. Then, in 2012, they set out to raise on that land with a privileged view, caring care for the land, cultivating, and raising chickens — at the request of Estrellita.
On the outside, it may still look like a modern farm, but on the inside, it's like a contemporary museum full of personality. There are pieces like the Le Corbusier tapestry that Estrellita bought for her husband in the lobby, handmade Norwegian stools, and many leather pieces to match the rural feeling.
In the living room, a low-riding Jorge Zalszupin leather chair shares the space with a pair of vintage Easy Armchairs by Pierre Jeanneret. At Estrellita's desk, a woven handmade leather chair gives an air of comfort, matching the landscape.
What would our lives be without the contrasts to make everything more interesting, right?
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