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Casa Olabuenaga / Ettore Sotsass


Ettore Sotsass, the late Italian post-modern architect, designer, and father of the resurging Memphis movement, built only three private homes in the US. 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 colourful 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.

Though the home’s owners, Lesley Bailey and Adrian Olabuenaga of the jewellery 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 touch-ups 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 colours with rubberised 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 — via Curbed

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