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Life Meets Art Book Provides Insight into the Interiors of Leading Designer Homes


Norman Foster’s large dining room and Faye Toogood’s tactile living space are among the interiors revealed in author Sam Lubell’s new book, Life Meets Art.


Life meets art was organized by Lubell to “reveal a new side” to over 200 of the world’s most beloved designers by offering a glimpse of their private spaces.

Houses of notable and lesser-known architects, designers, musicians, poets and artists from six different centuries and from more than thirty countries are also presented, many for the first time.

Above: Richard Neutra’s former home appears in the book. Above: Life Meets Art by Sam Lubell

“It started with the most talented, interesting, original and in some cases weird people, artists, architects, writers, musicians and others,” Lubell told Dezeen.

“We knew we wanted to reveal a new side to these creatives, but we also wanted a lot of surprises, people and places that people might not have heard of.”

“All spaces are the reflection of their owners”

According to Lubell, one of the most important discoveries in the book is how “all spaces are a reflection of their owners.”

“There’s this phenomenal feedback loop between a creative person and their living space,” he explained.

“Their experience inspires their art, which inspires their home, which inspires their art, which inspires their experience, and so on,” he continued.

“Every square inch is fueled by a creative vision that manifests in totally different ways. We learn how they shaped their homes and how their homes shaped them. It’s almost like looking inside someone’s body. . “

“Designer homes have the most influence on residential design trends”

Lubell believes Life Meets Art also sums up the extent of influence architects and designers have had on residential interiors.

According to Lubell, this “trend is going through history” and is evident in homes ranging from the postmodern dwelling of Charles Moore in Texas to the minimalist London residence of John Pawson.

“I think the homes of architects and designers have had the most influence on residential design trends,” explained Lubell.

“It makes sense because it’s their specialty and in many cases their homes have been an opportunity to experiment and champion entirely new design philosophies. “

Read on to discover Dezeen’s selection of 10 designer homes in the book:


A high and white residential dining room

Sailing, France

One of the most notable contemporary architects to feature in the book is the Pritzker Foster Prize-winning architect, with his La Voile residence he created in a 1950s tower on the French Riviera.

The building was sculpted to create an open and futuristic interior, with a series of balconies leading to a white-walled dining room and living room at its heart.


A tactile living room with brick walls

Toogood / Gibberd Residence, United Kingdom

Toogood’s minimalist home, which she shares with Modern House co-founder Matt Gibberd, is located in a 1960s London home by Swiss architect Walter Segal.

In her living room, pale bricks are used as a tactile backdrop for a number of clean-lined pieces of furniture that range from her own pill-shaped coffee table to playful geometric tapestries.


The living room of a wooden cabin

Cabin in Longbranch, United States

American architect Jim Olson created this wooded stilt house for himself at the age of 18 and has remodeled it several times since.

The dwelling is characterized by its exposed timber frame and large windows, captured here in this seating area, designed to remain focused on the home’s natural surroundings.


A colorful penthouse

Rainbow Penthouse, United Kingdom

Zandra Rhodes’ vibrant and colorful home aptly named Rainbow Penthouse is an embodiment of the fashion designer’s signature style.

Situated atop London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, which she also owns, the penthouse apartment is filled with contrasting color surfaces and adorned with her personal art collection.


A living room with white walls in Finn Juhl's house

Finn Juhls Hus, Denmark

Modernist furniture and artwork fill every space of Finn Juhl’s former home in Ordrup. This includes the living room, pictured above, in which her Chieftan lounge chair takes center stage.

In the book, Lubell describes housing as “a perfect example of how Juhl weighed interior design and architecture equally.”


A postmodern living room

Moore / Andersson Complex, United States

The last home of the late Charles Moore, which he created for himself was in Texas, perfectly captures the daring postmodernist style for which he is best known.

Life Meets Art highlights the main living room of the home, which is packed with decorative pilasters, a collection of toys, colorful ceramics and kachina doll statues.


The living room of Eileen Gray's house

Villa E-1027, France

The furniture is at the center of Villa E-1027, the former clifftop house of modernist designer Eileen Gray which is now open to the public in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

Life Meets Art takes up residence in its main living room, which features the iconic Bibendium chair and the E-1027 glass and steel side table.


A gallery-style apartment in New York

Rashid Residence, United States

This gallery-style kitchen and dining room is part of industrial designer Karim Rashid’s four-bedroom townhouse in Manhattan.

White walls and floors form a backdrop with bright finishes that range from a bright lime backsplash to a multi-colored rug that echoes Rashid’s cheerful approach to design.


A living room with a bay window

Juan O’Gorman House-Studio, Mexico

Located just outside Mexico City is the home of the late architect, painter and muralist Juan O’Gorman, which he built for himself in 1933. It is located near La Casa Azul, the home which he created for Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo.

Today it is owned by artist Paulina Parlange, who has combined her bright and luminous finishes with an eclectic mix of furniture, murals and patterned textiles.


A mid-century style living room

Neutra VDFL Research House, United States

Large glass walls that frame the view of a nearby reservoir line the Neutra VDFL Research House – the former home of Modernist architect Richard Neutra.

Lubell chose the dwelling for the book in recognition of its innovative mid-century design, which he describes as “amazing ahead of its time.”

The photograph is courtesy of Phaidon.


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