Amazing Maui House Is Memphis From Top to Bottom

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Ettore Sotsass, the late Italian postmodern architect, designer, and father of the resurging Memphis movement, built only three private homes in the U.S. One of them is an eye-popping Silicon Valley house with six pavilions and a glass atrium, and another, spotlighted in the latest issue of Dwell, is this hilltop house in Maui—which is about the most Memphis house we’ve ever seen. That’s because in addition to the colorful geometries defining the exterior, the interiors, down to much of the furnishing, were also designed by Sottsass. Look out for the whimsical shelves, floor lamp, and chair in the home office, plus the custom bed and headboard in the master bedroom.

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Though the home’s owners, Lesley Bailey and Adrian Olabuenaga of the jewelry and accessories brand ACME Studio, are long-time Sotsass collaborators and hold his vision in high esteem, they’ve nonetheless had to make a few touchups to keep the house in tip-top shape for modern living. According to Dwell, Sotsass “expressly forbade them from ever painting the house.” But the pair recently decided to restore the faded colors with rubberized paints expected to last a lifetime. Other changes include new LED lighting on the interior and a docking station for an electric car. Do check out the full story and gallery on Dwell.

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