The Great Outdoors | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From thoughtfully landscaped grounds to immaculately manicured gardens, what lies just outside the front door is what makes a house a home, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

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Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture, sought to channel the “genius of a place” in his projects. He believed every habitat had a spirit of its own and accessing that quality was the most meaningful way to connect with one’s surroundings.

At their best, designed landscapes appear spontaneous – an extension of nature’s best expression. On private estates, these elegant statements go beyond initial visual impressions or curb appeal. Gardens are a full sensory experience of colors, scents and textures. They lure you inside and guide you through multiple spaces that, by turns, can be meditative, enchanting and surprising. “Gardens are very experiential and very ethereal,” says Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles, who has worked throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

In reinterpreting the environment, designers consider the site, orientation of the sun, climate and architectural style of the residence. Landscapes can also be used to camouflage flaws. For homes that lack strong aesthetic merit, “landscaping can become the dominant design element that allows residences to recede and fade into the environment,” says Jungles.

Gardens are points of personal pride and neighborhood identity. In cities like Charleston, South Carolina, where estates are known for their flourishing azaleas, oleanders, camellias, crepe myrtles and magnolias, “people spend a good deal of time outside on their porches and in their gardens,” says Daniel Ravenel of Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston. “It’s part of our way of life.”

Even in dense urban settings, rooftop gardens, courtyards and balconies enable residents to feel connected to nature. They soften the city’s hard edges while providing an oasis of calm.

Olmsted well recognized the effect. “Gradually and silently the charm comes over us,” he said on a trip to England in 1850. “We know not exactly where or how.”

Charleston$5,900,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina |Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International

This grand lakefront estate exudes the elegance and grace of an historic English manor. Charming gothic features throughout the home are tastefully and thoughtfully combined with the highest modern technologies to create the ultimate retreat. The expansive grounds are comprised of a unique synergy of lakeside views with sophisticated gardens.

BridgehamptonPrice Upon Request |Bridgehampton, New York |Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Combining the elegance of a royal European country estate with the amenities of a five-star resort, Three Ponds Farm offers an unparalleled private residence on nearly 60 picturesque acres. Meticulously designed and executed with the finest imported materials, the eight-bedroom, twelve-bath manor home with guest wing and staff quarters is a tour de force of custom luxury design and contemporary flair by renowned architect Allan Greenberg. The beautiful outdoor oasis includes magnificent formal gardens, a rose garden with orangery and over 7,000 specimen trees.

Las Vegas$28,000,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Built to the most exacting standards and exemplifying graceful and symmetrical design, the Rameses Estate took over five years to remodel. This singular property comprises a main residence of over 13,000-square-feet with six bedroom suites and nine bathrooms, as well as a private office, screening room, billiard room, art room and four-car garage. Venturing beyond the picturesque residence, guests find themselves in formal gardens that flow into expansive lawns, private walkways and romantic rose gardens.

Texas$24,500,000 USD | Magnolia, Texas| Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

With the planting of over 20,000 trees, shrubs and flowers through the years, the spectacular Emerald Lake Estate is a veritable paradise with a resort-like ambience. This meticulously developed estate boasts the private 25-acre Emerald Lake, a world-class bass lake with ten islands, a nine-acre Japanese garden and a seven-acre botanical garden with over 5,000 azaleas, both designed by landscape architect Keiji Asakura.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Côte D’Azur, France | Côte D’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

On the Golf de Biot, discover this sublime and rare residence designed by architect André Svetchine. This beautiful domain is entirely enclosed, offering exceptional living amidst French gardens, ponds and olive trees. The main property provides spacious living opening onto two terraces; one is covered and overlooks the French gardens while the other overlooks the park.

New York-based writer Iyna Bort Caruso has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, among others.

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Magnificent Jewels at Sotheby’s New York

The 21 April sale of Magnificent Jewels in New York is led by a diamond unlike any offered before: an extraordinary 100-carat perfect diamond in a classic Emerald-cut that is estimated to sell for $19–25 million. At this impressive scale, diamonds of this exceptional quality – D color and Internally Flawless clarity – are incredibly rare, and are considered ‘perfect’. What distinguishes the present example within this rarefied league is its beautiful shape: it is the largest perfect diamond with a classic Emerald-cut ever to be offered at auction. The original rough – weighing over 200 carats – was mined by De Beers in southern Africa. The current owner spent over one year studying, cutting and polishing the rough diamond to deliver the spectacular stone.

Emerald Cut Diamond

Also showcased in this sale are pieces from a variety of makers that exemplify the Art Moderne movement. What these pieces have in common is their bold nature, their use of unexpected materials and their allusions to modern society. Art Moderne jewelers were not concerned with the intrinsic value of their work; they felt jewelry should be bold enough to command attention from afar yet personal enough to speak to the wearer of the jewel. Many designers represented in the Magnificent Jewels sale such as Gérard Sandoz, André Rivaud and Jean Després had families rooted in the jewelry industry. Many were also deeply connected to the art world, further fueling their desire and ability to transform jewelry design.

art-moderne-318 Karat Gold Bracelet, Jean Després, France. Estimate $75,000–85,000.

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18 Karat Gold and Lapis Lazuli Bracelet, Cartier, Paris. Estimate $7,000–9,000.

 

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18 Karat Gold and Coral Brooch, Cartier, Paris. Estimate $25,000–35,000.

2015 Sotheby’s Showhouse | AD 100 Designed Homes

This week, Sotheby’s, along with Sotheby’s International Realty and Architectural Digest, will present its second annual Designer Showhouse, where 14 interior designers will each design a room using a diverse selection of fine and decorative art in one of Sotheby’s museum quality gallery spaces.

In celebration of the event, Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present a curated collection of extraordinary residences for sale designed by members of Architectural Digest’s prestigious AD100, its annual ranking of the world’s preeminent architects and designers. Rarely offered for sale, homes designed by members of the exclusive AD100 offer the opportunity to live in an extraordinary space designed by the men and women who are shaping the way we live—one building, one house, one room at a time.

42mil Central Park West NYC$42,000,000 USD | Central Park West, Manhattan, New York

Shelton, Mindel & Associates — listed numerous times by Architectural Digest’s AD100 — brought their refined sensibilities to the recent renovation of this rare five-bedroom home in one of Manhattan’s finest prewar buildings.

Greenwich Connecticut$27,895,000 USD | Conyers Farm, Greenwich, Connecticut

At the heart of this 30.97-acre compound is a sophisticated country estate designed by the influential Alan Wanzenberg, who was included on Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects.

Egypt Lane East Hampton NY$13,900,000 USD | Egypt Lane, East Hampton, New York

Architect Alexander Gorlin, recognized on Architectural Digest’s AD100 every year since 2000, is recognized for splendid private residences such as this one. The main house of this East Hampton compound has an open layout of enchanting rooms leading to broad verandas and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse is open to the public this Saturday, April 11th through Sunday, April 19th on the fifth floor exhibition space of the Manhattan headquarters located at 1334 York Avenue.

Sotheby’s Second Annual Designer Showhouse in New York

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For the second year, Sotheby’s is pleased to present the Designer Showhouse from April 11-19th. The event, which is sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., will feature thirteen interior designers and design firms who will each curate a room on the fifth floor exhibition space of the Manhattan headquarters. The objects, around 300 in all, come from myriad Sotheby’s departments – American Paintings, Silver, Photography, English Furniture, Carpets, 20th-century Design and more. The show will culminate with a dedicated auction on April 20th. Each space, ranging from a bedroom and living room, to a dining room and library will evoke the designer’s unique aesthetic.

See below for a sneak peek at some of the participating designers and photographs of their recent projects. Their completed designs will be unveiled at Sotheby’s on April 11th.

Kravis & Cullman Living Room

“We love mixing traditional art in a modern setting or hanging a contemporary painting over a beautiful 18th-century chest,” Elisa Cullman of Cullman & Kravis.

Piccione Dining Room

“I really love dining rooms,” says Russell Piccione, who believes that a home is not complete without “a space for the celebration of domestic rituals.”

Library

“The library as an independent space in the home remains very much in vogue in high-end residential design,” says Juan Carretero of New York firm Capital C Interiors.

Eric Cohler Family Room

“They want to live with what they love, but comfortably,” says the New York-based Eric Cohler of the couple he envisions inhabiting the Sotheby’s Showhouse.

Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse is open to the public Saturday, April 11th through Sunday, April 19th on the fifth floor exhibition space of the Manhattan headquarters located at 1334 York Avenue.

Serenity Now | Art & Home

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 Art & Home – April 2015

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing tranquil, harmonious environments inspired by Asia that provide refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

California$2,300,000 USD | Beverly Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- Beverly Hills Brokerage

Because the external world seems to be in a perpetually chaotic and frenzied whirlwind, internally, serenity is always in style.Creating a calm, meditative state within one’s home with an environment that’s at once soothing, orderly and sophisticated, can be achieved by incorporating earthy colors with inspired furnishings and restrained accessories, so each room is a serene, tranquil haven.

Colorado$2,625,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

The hallmark of this approach: Asian-inspired décor, which utilizes classic elements from exotic nations such as China, Japan, India and Nepal: a Mongolian area rug; an antique, blue and white Chinese vase from the Ming Dynasty; a delicately hand-painted Japanese screen; an ornately carved console or chest.  The Zen is in the details. “Clients want touches, not whole spaces, to look Asian,” said French native interior designer Marie Burgos.

North Carolina$7,800,000 USD | Raleigh, North Carolina | Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty

So the key to a successful design is not to recreate period rooms, noted New York City interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield, but rather to employ economy of design with carefully selected, refined furnishings that have clean lines, combined with a selection of ornamental pieces, for an eclectic effect. “Contemporary Asian styling is less ornate than in previous years, less formal and rigid,” added Andrew Hunter of Sotheby’s International Realty in Thailand.

Thailand$9,750,000 USD | Phuket, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Additionally, the principles of feng shui are sometimes utilized to emphasize an uncluttered, open flow throughout the spaces, and to accentuate harmony and balance.  To that end, New York-based Burgos incorporates the five natural elements –wood, fire, earth, metal and water—in her home designs.  The elements needn’t be literal, she emphasized.  The earth, for instance, can be represented with a collection of terra cotta vases or stone tiles. Fire can come into play via an interpretive lighting fixture, while a pop of red in a painting can serve the same purpose.   But it’s best to keep the overall color palette in neutral tones to underscore the desired intent:  a peaceful space.

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Sotheby’s Celebrates Spring 2015 Asia Week NY

This week Sotheby’s celebrates Asia Week 2015 in New York by showcasing the cultures and art of Asia. With over a week of exhibitions, lectures, and events, the citywide program will also include various pieces up for auction. From Sakamoto Gorō and Classical Chinese Paintings, to early Ceramics from the Yang De Tang Collection and much more, the celebration is an extraordinary opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike. asiaweek_spring2015_banner_4.jpg.webrend.1920.350 Highlights Include:

003N09336_7YS3BA Rare Blue and White ‘Peony’ Jar, Guan | Yuan Dynasty | Estimate 1,000,000 – 1,500,00 USD

193N09319_7YSNYAn Important Thangka of the Vajradhatu Mandala | Tibet, 11th Century | Estimate 800,000 – 1,200,000 USD

N09317-295_webA Set of Four Famille-Rose ‘Eight Immortals’ Panels by Wang Qi (1884-1937) | Estimated 500,000 – 700,000 USD

 

Belle of the Ballroom | Back en Vogue

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing exquisite ballrooms found in some our most sought after, exclusive international properties. From Tuscany and the Czech Republic to Houston and New York, ballrooms are back in vogue.

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Among the labyrinth of rooms that make up grand old estates, none is more evocative than the ballroom. You can practically hear the orchestra, feel the rhythm and see the dancers in flickers of gloriously bygone images.

Italy25.000.000 € EUR | Lucca, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

These Downton Abbey-worthy dance halls are legacies of a time when formal entertaining at home was common and square footage was considerable. Ballrooms demanded generous, obstruction-free dimensions with high ceilings for optimal acoustics.

NewYork$12,000,000 USD | Lloyd Harbor, NY | Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

Grand and gilded ballrooms have largely gone the way of drawing rooms, fainting rooms, cloakrooms. Chambers given over to the sole pleasures of music and dance are extravagances are now near exclusive to hotels and private clubs. Modern life is lived less formally and more intimately with a lot more entertainment options than gliding across the hardwoods in three-quarter time.

KlecanyPrice Upon Request  | Central Bohemia, Czech Republic | Czech Republic Sotheby’s International Realty

Some residential ballrooms have been repurposed for more practical activities like playrooms, gymnasiums or home theaters. Others have been partitioned into cozier spaces. And yet in some homes, ballrooms are enjoying an afterlife.

Texas$43,000,000 USD| Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

Martha Turner, founder and co-presidentof Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty in Houston, Texas, can tick off a number of estates with private ballrooms still used in ways that honor their original intention. The very first home she sold was an early 20th century residence in the prestigious Courtlandt Place Historic District with a third-floor ballroom that remains in tact. Examples span the decades. A modern Versailles-inspired chateau on the market for $43 million–Houston’s priciest ever–features a breathtaking ballroom among its many public spaces. The current homeowners use it for large-scale entertaining, concert performances and charity galas. And then there’s a pair of would-be Fred and Gingers so passionate about dancing that when they couldn’t find an existing residence for sale with a ballroom, they decided to construct a new one.

Connecticut$5,200,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

If you build it, they will rumba.

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Altitude with Attitude | Dramatic Mountain Homes

The first edition of Art & Home is here, a new literary collaboration between Sotheby’s and Sotheby’s International Realty, showcasing all the elements of an extraordinary life. Eight times a year, it will engage readers with sophisticated content and beautiful images related to the art and real estate worlds. See below for the first Sotheby’s International Realty featured article, Altitude with Attitude.

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Not long ago, modern mountain architecture was an aberration. Today, it’s a movement. Alpine architects are now in the rules-breaking business. They’re importing exotic materials and innovative ideas from around the world for a mile-high mash-up of contemporary design and modern sensibilities.

Refined is the new rustic.

Shed roofs are replacing complicated gables. Floating stairs are nudging out log staircases. Mini-skyscrapers are rising on mountaintops.

Edwards$7,995,000 USD | Edwards, Colorado | Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty

Modern mountain design encourages homeowners to toss aside notions of what a resort residence should be and redefine the vacation home experience. Advances in materials, construction techniques and engineering allow for more stylistic choices and greater personal expression in the most challenging locations and elevations. Those technical advances have also facilitated an important shift. Mountain residences no longer need be built as protective shelters against harsh environments. They can be inviting light-filled spaces animated by sun and brilliant vistas.

Imported materials, progressive designs and artisan crews come at a price, which is why avant garde architecture is typically found at the highest end of the market. “When you’re willing to pay $3,000 a square foot, that opens the door for craftsmanship and quality,” says Tye Stockton of Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty in Vail, Colo. “Affluent buyers are less concerned about budget and more concerned about the emotional feelings that gets stirred in them.”

FrancePrice Upon Request | Megeve, France | Propriétés de Megève Sotheby’s International Realty

Stockton is putting the finishing touches on his own modern mountain estate, one that hints at industrial design with steel I-beams and rolled steel decorative panels warmed up with imported reclaimed woods. The kitchen is sleek with stealth appliances and poured concrete countertops. Glass is one of modern architecture’s most fundamental materials, and Stockton employs it as a showstopper. A 10-foot-tall sliding glass wall system opens onto a quintessential Rocky Mountain panorama of jagged peaks and waterfalls. “In traditional mountain homes, solid walls are for hanging art. With modern, there’s expansive glass and the exterior is your art,” he says. “It’s magical.”

Modern is also unpredictable. And therein lies its seduction. “The more chances you take, the more creative the work,” says Stockton, “and the more exciting it is.”

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Luxury Home Libraries Worth Studying

The Sept-Oct 2014 issue of Sotheby’s magazine features Libraries Worth Studying.

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Even in the digital age, libraries continue to be the focal point of some of the world’s most elegant homes. While the architectural details of these four showcases are designed to dazzle, it is the books lining the shelves that provide an insight into the owners’ interests. These personal spaces provide shelter from the outside world and a place for the mind to wander.

Montecito, CA prop id VG4ZDR$23,500,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road

Prima Luce, whose name was inspired by the unobstructed views of the first sun rays that rise each day, is located in a prime Montecito location. Famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan-style country villa with details like hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, which were quarried from these very grounds. The approximately 8,425 square foot main residence has five bedrooms, six full baths, two powder rooms and five fireplaces.

Los Altos Hills_CA_ prop ID G44KRK$27,000,000 USD | Los Altos Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

The Morgan Estate was built in 1914 for Percy Tredegar Morgan, whose many accomplishments included starting the California Wine Association. One of the finest examples of Tudor and Jacobean revival architecture in the United States, the manse has hosted presidents, kings, queens and celebrities.

London England Prop id vgw4y7-hi resPrice Upon Request | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in one of the most glamorous locations in London, this magnificent penthouse apartment has spectacular views of Hyde Park and offers state-of-the-art luxury living, featuring such amenities as a fully equipped gym, beauty treatment room, home cinema and six roof terraces and gardens.

Greenwich CT prop id W944G7$14,000,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Designed by premier architect Ira Grandberg, AIA and built with unparalleled craftsmanship by Hobbs Construction Company, this regal stone manor blends Old World ambiance with the ultimate in 21st-century technology. Hand-milled woodwork, moldings and doors highlight the majestic yet warm interior. It features broad oak-appointed corridors and octagonal galleries.

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