Every age has considered itself “modern” and “contemporary,” and transmitted that self-image through its art and architecture. Here on offer is a message from our own age: masterpieces of modern and contemporary art—from Andy Warhol’s Pop Art soup cans to the street art-inspired works of Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, and Banksy—at Christie’s forthcoming Contemporary Edition sale in New York on February 27. Highlights of the collection include important works on paper by artists Louise Nevelson, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Julie Mehretu and Pat Steir, as well as works by Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Julian Schnabel, and Chuck Close. Inspired by the sale, Luxury Defined spotlights eight exemplars of contemporary residential architecture, where luxury, comfort, and elegant design engage with the world and what critic Robert Hughes called the engine of modernism: “the shock of the new.”
551 West 21st Street, 15th Floor in West Chelsea, New York Cityprev next
Masterfully designed by Foster + Partners, this extraordinary property is the largest and first fully combined apartment within West Chelsea’s 551 West 21st Street. Direct elevator access into a large private vestibule with custom cove lighting offers a stately entrance to the 15th floor, a full-floor residence with over 8,300 square feet of interior space and sweeping views of the Hudson River, downtown Manhattan and beyond. This remarkable home features two distinct wings, separated by an 82-foot grand room, seven bedrooms with en suite baths, two powder rooms, a library, den and media room. Also included are three dedicated parking spaces in the building’s valet-attended garage, accessed through a private porte cochère with a 20-foot wall of green ivy. Other amenities include a 34-foot, double height lobby, 24/7 doorman and porter, residents’ lounge, yoga room, children’s playroom, bike storage, and a custom designed gym with sauna and steam rooms.
Lane Meadows Mountain Retreat in Sun Valley, Idahoprev next
Elegant and environmentally friendly, this unique residence is one of the finest homes in Lane Meadows, a new contemporary development just minutes from Ketchum. This unique mountain property features several entertaining areas and intimate family spaces, including five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Indoor-outdoor living is effortlessly achieved via sliding glass doors, which create a fluid floor plan filled with natural light. The interiors are meticulously designed throughout: Porcelanosa tiles, walnut doors and trim, and Poliform cabinetry in the gourmet kitchen are among the fine finishes. Other highlights include a media room with 5.1 surround sound. The outdoor spaces incorporate natural, native landscaping, creating a harmonious environment, while a patio with gas fireplace offers views of the Red Cliffs and the surrounding mountains.
Pacific Rim-Style Retreat in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaiiprev next
The Kahana Estate rests on half an acre of prime oceanfront land in West Maui, with over 250 feet of ocean frontage. Perfectly located between Kaanapali and Kapalua, this contemporary estate has no equal in the Hawaiian Islands. Completed in late 2009 and extensively updated in 2015, the main house measures nearly 10,000 square feet with seven oceanfront suites and a one-bedroom ohana. The house epitomizes Pacific Rim architecture: Every room is oceanfront with sweeping views of the island of Lanai and glimpses of Molokai. In the great room, walls of glass seem to disappear by sliding into rock walls. Above is a mezzanine with a sports bar. Outside, the house appears to float in the ocean-side infinity pool, which is enhanced with a spa and waterfalls, and a pool terrace with a fire pit and tiki torches.
Modernist Beach Villa in Los Cabos, Mexico
Casa Tierra is sited on two prime lots in the resort community of Puerto Los Cabos. The dwelling demonstrates modern eco-architecture at its finest with rammed-earth walls, a wood-and-metal roof, and contemporary natural finishes in every room. The fluid open-plan interiors are ideal for social gatherings and luxurious family living. Three private sleeping quarters and two traditional casitas, and six bathrooms provide amply for owners and their guests. Outside, a tranquil paradise awaits: gathering areas for parties large and small and a splendid infinity pool and terrace framed by far-reaching views to the Sea of Cortez. A playroom and a volleyball court, staff accommodation, and a two-car garage are among the amenities.
Contemporary Aerie in Bel Air, California
Architect Mark Rios epitomized the Los Angeles lifestyle in this Bel Air contemporary, with panoramic views over the City of Angels. The 11,000-square-foot home, which includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and four powder rooms, is a luxury haven surrounded by gardens and pathways. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to a sun-filled living room to an outdoor pool and panoramic views. Furthering the elegance is a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen and a family room that flows into a chic den. The master suite features his-and-her heated stone-floored bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes. Four en suite bedrooms and a staff berth complete the second floor. The 21st-century lifestyle amenities include a spa/steam room and gym, screening room with rooftop terrace, cabana, exterior bar and kitchen, sundeck, and motor court. The property also includes a separate guest suite and security office.
Coastal Contemporary in Ashigarashimo-Gun, Japan
Built in harmony with the sea, Galleria Costa is an 8.5-acre oceanfront estate framed against the breathtaking backdrop of Sagami Bay on the Manazuru Peninsula, within an hour and a half of Tokyo. The multi-level contemporary residence features vast windows and light-filled living spaces which showcase the dramatic views. Magnificent vistas of Sagami Bay are the focal point of the palatial living and dining room, while the outdoor pool and Rotenburo open-air hot spring baths create an infinity view of sea and sky. A deck is ideal for alfresco entertaining. The home is equipped with the latest resort-inspired amenities: gym and wellness center with mist and stone saunas, Jacuzzi, and treatment room; home theater with karaoke system; state-of-the-art golf simulator; and a tennis court.
7128 Wildgrove in Dallas, Texas
This contemporary custom-designed home in Dallas blends nature, impeccable architecture, and unique design details that exude style and grace. Wood floors gleam from light coming through many windows on the first level. A perfectly appointed chef’s kitchen connects with a dining and living area perfect for entertaining. The master suite and three additional bedrooms and two bathrooms can be found on the second level. Across an attached covered iron catwalk is another large living space with full bathroom, suitable as a guest suite or as a playroom, music room, or art studio.
Countryside Villa in Bosch en Duin, Netherlands
Biltseweg 7 is set in eight forested acres in the Dutch village of Bosch en Duin, near Amsterdam. The seven-level, 23,282-square-foot contemporary residence, which took a decade to complete, was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture. Stone gates with lamp posts and steel garden walls open to the estate’s formal grounds. The jewel-like façade is composed of white stone, glass, and brushed-aluminum. At the entrance, a huge arcade, crafted from Jerusalem Gold limestone, is illuminated by an LED installation. Lavish appointments include a double-height living room with dazzling views over a pond, a library with walnut and cherrywood floors, an elevator, a sumptuous master suite, separate guest apartment, 20-seat home theater, and a wellness center with swimming pool, spa, and gym.Find More Contemporary Estates Lucy Carsen
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