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Ten homes with interiors designed to showcase art


For our next lookbook, we have selected 10 interiors from the Dezeen archive that have been designed to show off the owners’ art collections.

The homes were designed for art collectors, professionals and enthusiasts to showcase their art collections.

Each one has a distinct style, with some boasting minimal gallery-like interiors, while others champion a busy and eclectic look that echo the pieces on display.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provide visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include verdant Japandi interiors, U-shaped kitchens and interiors that use biomaterials.

White loft space with skylights

Turners Studio, UK, by Rodić Davidson Architects

Rodić Davidson Architects transformed two artists’ studios in London into a family home that is filled with the client’s eclectic furniture and art collection.

The home pairs whitewashed brick walls with vast blank walls covered in art. A glass sloped roof allows light to filter into the open-plan living area creating a bright and airy space.

Find out more about Turners Studio ›

Double-height gallery in Windward House by Allison Brooks Architects

Windward House, UK, by Alison Brooks Architects

Alison Brooks Architects added an extension to a Georgian farmhouse to convert it into a double-height gallery space.

The client’s art collection is displayed on the walls of the extension and within numerous niches designed to hold specific pieces. A mini gallery displaying 100 small works is integrated into the home’s main staircase.

Find out more about Windward House ›

Roly Poly chair by Faye Toogood under art by Paul Rousso

Muskoka Cottage, Canada, by Ali Budd Interiors

Pure white walls were paired with stained wood floors and wood-lined ceilings at this log cabin designed by Ali Budd Interiors to serve as a backdrop for the client’s art collection.

Within the cabin, a matte black Roly Poly chair by designer Faye Toogood and an offwhite, yarn-wrapped footrest were placed beneath a large graphic piece by American contemporary artist Paul Rousso.

Find out more about Muskoka Cottage ›

John Wardle's home has an art-filled interior

Kew Residence, Australia, by John Wardle Architects

John Wardle renovated his own two-storey home in Australia, adding Victorian ash across its walls ceilings and floors.

The white painted and wood-clad walls serve as a neutral backdrop for his collection of Japanese sculptures, ceramics and colourful artworks.

Built-in shelving, cabinetry and surfaces provide subtle storage areas for the architect’s collections without distracting from the leafy views out to the surrounding landscape.

Find out more about Kew Residence ›

Double-height book shelf and display cabinet

Home for the Arts, the Netherlands, by i29

The resident’s art collection, which comprises around 100 pieces, is displayed throughout the two levels of this loft-style home designed by i29.

Double-height shelving, built using larch wood and grey HPL, conceals a staircase that leads to the mezzanine level while also housing books and small sculptures.

Grey resin was used across the floors of the home to provide a blank backdrop for the collection.

Find out more about Home for the Arts ›

Art-filled interior space in US home

Artery Residence, US, by Hufft

As its name suggests, the design of the Artery Residence was informed by the owner’s extensive art collection.

Vast wall spaces were created for displaying painting, photography and sculpture and a bespoke lighting and climate control system, similar to those used in gallery spaces, helps to preserve the pieces.

Find out more about Artery Residence ›

Cambridge Residence by Stern McCafferty Architects

Cambridge Residence, US, by Stern McCafferty Architects

This 20th-century country home in Massachusetts was renovated by Stern McCafferty Architects to better showcase the owner’s art.

White matte walls were fitted with large baseboards, tying the space to its country heritage, while the floors were clad with pale wood to similarly echo the interiors of galleries and museums.

Find out more about Cambridge Residence ›

Art-filled interior space in Italy

Casa Salvatori, Italy, by Elissa Ossino Studio

Built within a 200-year-old palazzo in Brera, Milan, this apartment designed by Elissa Ossino Studio was built for the head of Italian stone brand Salvatori.

The home features marble and stone furnishings, sculptures and artworks, which were placed on top of the home’s original rippled terrazzo floors. Its wood-lined ceiling was stained green, linking the permanent fixtures of the living space to its green-hued stone furnishings and artworks.

A woven wicker armchair by De Padova and a brown butterfly chair in the living space provide a soft contrast against the stone material palette.

Find out more about Casa Salvatori ›

Home with white interiors

Four Seasons Residence, US, by Magdalena Keck

Located in Tribeca in lower Manhattan, this two-bedroom home has a minimal, monochromatic look.

A pared-back material palette, high ceilings and large windows were designed to create a sophisticated gallery-like space to showcase art.

Herringbone floors, along with vintage, contemporary and custom-made furnishings, provide the space with a homely feel.

Find out more about Four Seasons Residence ›

Home with an art-filled interior

Residence for Two Collectors, US, by Wheeler Kearns Architects

This Chicago penthouse apartment was designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects for an art collector couple.

The open-plan space, which has walnut flooring running throughout, was designed to be a welcoming home, but it also functions as an event space.

Artworks from the resident’s collections, including a George Nakashima bench, Harry Bertoia sculptures and furniture by Paul Evans, were placed throughout the apartment.

Find out more about Residence for Two Collectors ›

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing U-shaped kitchenscalm living rooms and home working spaces.


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