The true focal point of the home, though, is the staircase, a modern architectural sculpture with floating wood treads anchored on steel risers, all encased in laminated red glass—a significant dose of color in the home’s otherwise austere palette. Inspired by a photo in a European design magazine, the wife wanted the staircase to serve as the home’s primary source of visual interest. “Each time that I look at the staircase, it looks like a different color,” she says. “Sometimes it’s a deep red, while other times it’s almost fuchsia. And the way that the sunlight hits the glass, we frequently get these little prism effects with rainbows scattered across the floor. It warms up the whole room. “Given my desire for a simple white and gray palette everywhere else, my husband was worried that I’d get sick of all of that red, but I love it more every day.” Meade and his team custom-designed the dining table and flanked it with sculptural and airy Lucite chairs. “There’s no true head of the table because of its shape, so we like to think that the host’s chair is the lone clear one amid all of the green,” Meade says. Industrial Elements #10 by Paul Ecke adds drama to the back hall; on the buffet rests John Wood’s mixed media on paper, Gold Brocade Rolled Back. Atop the buffet is a steatite sculpture by Jerry Wingren.
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