October Architecture Issue 2014

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Fun House 56

Communit y

on the cover: t h e o at e s r e s i d e n c e , p h oto b y c a s e y d u n n


Passage to the Past 66

Social Hour


Profile in Style


Column: Kristin Armstrong


Behind the Scenes


Funky Junk Kingdom 74



Inspiration Board




Water and Light 82 Life by Design 94



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Style Pick Last Look


Arts & Entertainment Calendar


Arts Spotlight



Column: The Nightstand

Without Reservations


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: profile in style photo by jessica pages; oates residence photo by casey dunn; crystal bridges photo by jody horton; water skis photo by molly winters; elisabet ney photo by nicole mlakar; olamaie photo by molly winters.


Editor’s Letter

hese days you can’t drive downtown and access the natural beauty of Lady Bird Lake without navigating a sea of cranes and jumble of construction. In our growing city, it’s impossible to escape the sights and sounds of

building—everywhere. The architects who create those designs are literally shaping tomorrow’s skyline. So what’s next? As the impressive roster of talent assembled in this issue tells us, there are common concerns driving modern architecture that address challenges of affordable housing, urban density, sustainable communities, and the increasingly urgent need to preserve our precious green spaces. In Texas, Lake|Flato Architects has led the charge in creating striking sustainable structures that meld with the landscape. So it’s an honor that David Lake (Perspective, page 34) took time

Art director Ashley Horsley scored a rad cap at the photo shoot for Funky Junk Kingdom.

out from his current projects (including the forthcoming Austin Central Library) to reflect on his childhood in Austin and share his take on what matters now. At our photo shoot at Hotel San José, one of his firm’s iconic projects, he marveled at massive wisteria roots and other natural elements that have enveloped the property and made it a flourishing green refuge in the South Congress landscape. Some of the coolest projects on our radar mix the old with the new. In “Fun House” (page 56), Clayton Maxwell takes us on a tour of the Oates House, a stunning home designed by Shiflet Group Architects that combines an old barn and modern sensibilities to create a striking space that welcomes the chaos of life with young children and dogs. In “Funky Junk Kingdom” (page 74), three Austin talents who see beauty in detritus tell how they transformed their love of scavenging (and a massive barn full of quirky treasures) into an idea lab where entirely unique projects are born. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, a couple of times. When I heard that the museum’s architect, Moshe Safdie, would be there last month giving a personal tour, I booked my ticket right away. The spectacular building should be on any design geek’s bucket list; in “Water and Light” (page 82), I tell how the region makes for the perfect arts-inspired weekend. A good story from that trip: When Alice Walton set out to build Crystal Bridges, she spent two years anonymously visiting architectural works that interested her. After her research, she invited Safdie to visit her in Bentonville. She and the architect toured the locations where she envisioned the museum. That evening, over a steak dinner that she prepared herself, she described her vision and Safdie listened. The next day she drove him to the airport and he asked how she planned to begin the search for the right architect. She responded, “After the last two days, I’ve made my decision.” In this era of mega projects awarded after breathless competitions, this story is a nice reminder that sometimes complex challenges and enormous opportunities can bloom over a home-cooked meal, while listening with an open mind, finding a shared language, and embracing the wild possibilities of what can unfold.

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Social Hour



Ice Ball





Ice Ball broke records this year by welcoming 700 guests and raising $500,000 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters on August 23 at the Hyatt Regency’s brand-new Zilker Ballroom. The event included a live auction that boasted many impressive items, including a guitar autographed by Willie Nelson.





Ben-Willie-Darrell “Links & Lyrics” Gala

On September 5, two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grammy Award winner country artist Vince Gill joined Edith Royal and Ben Crenshaw in a fund-raiser for the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. Featured events included a golf tournament at Barton Creek Country Club’s Crenshaw Course, hosted by Honorary Golf Chairman Ben Crenshaw, and performances by Vince Gill & Friends at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

Ice Ball: 1. Dave Alben & Lucrecia Rodriguez 2. Melissa & Barrett Lepore 3. Klint & Rachel Kingsbury 4. Amy Byrd & Dave Mastronardi 5. Lauren & Darin Muse Links & Lyrics: 6. Sean Foley, Callie Hudson & Christian Campbell 7. Hilary Mundinger, Glyn Tower & Katie Brawner 8. Luke Kline & Lela Aberg 9. Rob Heiser & Samantha Bernstein 10. Shane Boasberg & Charisse Sayers


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Night Fever TRIBEZA and Austin Fit magazines put on the dancing shoes to boogie the night away at the Night Fever event, held August 21 at First Texas Honda. Guests enjoyed live music by BeeGees Songbook, drinks by Deep Eddy Vodka, Corona Light, Pacifico, and Modelo, along with snacks by Diesel Foods and






A Community for Education Back to School ACE: A Community for Education raised $10,000 this year at the back-toschool fund-raiser at the Belmont on August 22. The proceeds will help cover the cost of literacy tutoring for 20 students from low-income schools in our community. The Belmont, Hudson on Fifth, and Turf N’ Surf Po-Boy, Betsy’s Bar, and District 301





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Hacienda Grand Opening Hacienda, one of the 2nd Street District's newest boutiques opened with a first look at their exclusive collection of home decor, furniture, and gifts. Guests enjoyed live music, cocktails, and bites from Searsucker.

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Members of the Harry Ransom Center previewed the new exhibit, “The Making of Gone with the Wind” on September 5. Guests sipped signature cocktails from Dripping Springs Vodka and feasted on movie-themed appetizers, barbecue from Freedmen’s, and desserts from Walton’s while viewing the 300-item exhibit chronicling the making of the iconic film.







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DIFFA Picnic by Design DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS hosted its first event in Austin on September 11 at Trinity Hall, showcasing urban picnic tables designed by 20 talented local designers and benefiting our local AIDS Services of Austin.


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Austin Title Company celebrated the end of another great summer with their annual End of Summer Bash at The Belmont on August 22. Festivities included a live show with music from Waterloo Revival and Suede.

Raven + Lily/TOMS Fashion Show

TOMS hosted a Raven + Lily Pop Up Party on September 12 at the South Congress store, celebrating


Raven + Lily’s newest apparel launch as a marketplace designer through TOMS. Guests browsed the offerings while enjoying live music and Dripping Springs Vodka cocktails.



DIFFA: 1. Joseph Kozusko & Kevin Burns 2. Brant Stead & Rebekah Gainsley 3. Kelly LaPlante & Nathan Warner 4. Ana & Matt Holm Austin Title: 5. Delaney Brown, Meg Alley & Lara Burns 6. Camille Armstrong & Kathryn Scarborough 7. Joe Lamy, Leslie Lamy, Josh Williams & Bryn Williams Raven + Lily/ TOMS: 8. Kristy Matthews & Kirsten Dickerson 9. Ashley Yarborough & Laura Gassaway 10. Risa Mitchell & Kayla Haack 11. Paul Mitchell & Aleece Methvin


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The Place Where You Belong BY K R I STI N ARMSTRONG I llu s tr atio n by Joy G a ll agh er

If you have ever built or remodeled a home, you know

the glory and the grit involved. It isn’t simply the budget and the time required that end up being far greater than you ever imagined—it’s the emotional investment. Creating a proper nest is akin to birthing a baby. Months are spent deliberating whether to go forward or not. I mean, it’s a big damn deal, after all. When you finally decide you are all in, you go for it with great exuberance, and things start happening all at once, breathless and exciting. And at last, months and months of dreaming and planning become your new reality. I wonder what it will be like? How it will feel? Will I love it? Can I afford it? Will it measure up to my lifetime of dreams? Will I be happy in my new place? How can I possibly make all these decisions? Which ones matter the most? What’s up with all the butterflies in my stomach? The months of planning can turn into something of an obsession. Poring over books and magazines, surfing the Internet, ordering all kinds of things you have no idea if you will like or need. You go to stores you never even knew existed before they pertained to you. Who knew there were so many choices? You seek out experts, trying to make up for your cluelessness, even though you pretend to know what you are doing. The process takes on a life of its own. It’s almost surreal, watching the changes occur, noticing every little thing that you always took for granted when it was happening to someone else. Strangely enough, you come across people who are in your same situation, and finally you’re free to talk for hours about the minutiae of it all without having to watch anyone fall asleep

or begin to mumble responses like Whoa, look at the time. These new people feel like old friends. You want to be around people who understand what a big ordeal this is. As D-day approaches, all kinds of complications crop up constantly. You feel so out of breath, and there are so many details to attend to. It’s as if you are carrying the weight of the world. All you want to do is nest, but there is work to do! You go over your punch list (and your budget) again and again, thinking that the more you review exactly how you want it to be, the more control you will have over how it all turns out. Especially when it turns out. The when becomes extremely important. You are suddenly, shamelessly, willing to pester people endlessly to ensure that everything will be ready and go exactly according to your specifications. You know you are being a total pain, but you cannot stop yourself. You can only hope that people remember you from before, back when you were nicer and had more patience. But right now, the time for pleasantries and small talk is past; let’s just get this thing done. Regardless of your punch lists, your planning, and your attempts at control, the final result is always a surprise. Things unfold as they unfold; the date, the timing, and the final details are out of your hands. It’s happening, and you have no alternative but to breathe deeply and surrender to the process. The end is an enormous heave-ho, a true miracle. And suddenly there it is, the very thing you have thought about, prayed about, and dreamed about for so long. The very place you envisioned is now the place where you belong.

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i n hi s ow n wor ds

David Lake Partner , L ake | F lato A rchitects 1950 Austin popul ation: 250,000

Growing up in Austin was a blast! I was born at St. David’s Hospital in 1951, and our raucous family of six lived in a neighborhood east of Balcones Drive. Camp Mabry—untamed and unfenced—was our backyard. My friend Reed and I traversed Austin on our bikes, back when anything north of 45th Street was wilderness and MoPac was a dusty rail line. Summers passed slowly. Our daily routine revolved around being in, on, and around water. Whole days were spent sailing on Lake Austin and swimming at Barton Springs or Deep Eddy. At night, we chased fireflies, were serenaded by cicadas, and marveled at the heat lightning’s false promise of rain. 1960 Austin popul ation: 300,000

I loved being outdoors, but I also loved building things. My brothers and I spent endless hours exploring Mount Bonnell’s crystal caves, constructing tree houses, and digging out forts on the vacant lots next door. In 1962, I was a Capitol Page, running handwritten messages between the House and the Senate, where I was awed by the building’s spatial expanse and fascinated by the presence of the Texas star upon everything from doorknobs to cuff links, and, of course, by the Capitol dome itself. 1975 Austin popul ation: 420,000

Being away for a couple of years made me miss Austin’s swimming holes and waterways, so I quickly returned to attend University of Texas Scool of Architecture to pursue my nascent interest in the building arts. I graduated in 1976,


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and that year I had the privilege of serving on the Austin Bicentennial Committee, led by urban planning visionary Sinclair Black. Our committee recommended that a comprehensive plan be adopted to “preserve, restore, and enhance the creeks of Austin . . . to create a city of greenbelts.” Under the guidance of councilman Lowell Lebermann, the city adopted our plan to expand Shoal Creek’s hike-and-bike trail to Lady Bird Lake, and develop similar trails and open space on Blunn, Waller, and Barton Creeks to the Colorado River. Later followed the completion of linear parks on Austin’s remaining creeks that flow into the Colorado. These scenic corridors continue to define the city of Austin, serving as living proof that thoughtful urban design creates lasting civic value. In 1979, I moved to San Antonio to work for my mentor, O’Neil Ford, whose refrain was, “Keep it simple. . . . Nothing beats a screened porch—except a beautiful shade tree.” It was there that I met my future collaborator, Ted Flato, and in 1984 we struck out and formed Lake | Flato Architects. Our first projects were mostly ranch houses, to which we brought a shared belief that a building should respond to the culture and climate of its natural surroundings. Thirty years later, our design process is still grounded in these principles, augmented by our desire to balance the art of architecture with the science of engineering and conservation. Lake | Flato has grown from its modest roots to a firm of 80 people, with clients throughout the United States and beyond. The consistent thread in our work is striving to shape each

building with the least impact on our natural environment. The threat of global warming to all species has made our efforts more urgent. Our integrated design process includes engineers, users, and owners, creating buildings that seek to minimize energy use and curb habitat loss through sustainable resource specification. In the past decade, Lake | Flato has focused on designing mixed-use districts that strengthen cities by sensitivity in filling underutilized vacant land with more dense, animated, and authentic places to live, shop, and work—which brings me back to my hometown, Austin. 2000 Austin popul ation: 1,250,000

As an Austin native and part-time resident, I share a concern that by growing too quickly, Austin will compromise its connection to the natural realm. Sprawl and traffic threaten our health and place the Hill Country under siege. Both Sinclair Black and UT Architecture dean Fritz Steiner agree on a comprehensive plan that features a well-connected public transportation system including light rail to concentrate Austin’s growth and safe pedestrian and bike systems, all supported and unified by a green infrastructure. 2025 Austin popul ation: 2,700,000 (expec ted)

Smart, sustainable planning will determine how Austin grows. As someone once said, the first generation plants the trees and the second enjoys the shade. Let’s plant the strategies that will make Austin . . . the “outdoor capital of the world”!!! [See work on next spread] P h oto g r a p h y bY b i ll s a ll a n s

Hotel San José pays tribute to the creative through its transformation from a 1930s motor hotel into a stylish and forward-looking destination. A lush inner courtyard creates communal outdoor spaces that provide social and cultural significance, serving as a surprisingly quiet retreat from Austin’s busy main street.

photo by A n dr e w Sh a p ter

A screened boathouse

The Pearl Brewery redevelopment

pavilion captures views of

in downtown San Antonio serves as

Lake Austin and catches

a model of downtown transforma-

the breeze from the lake

tion. The historic brewery’s identity

to provide year-long use.

is preserved, while a derelict urban district is revitalized.

photo by H e s ter + H a r daway

The Austin Central Library, in collaboration with Shepley Bulfinch of Boston, is designed to be one of the most sustainable libraries in the country. Charging stations for electric cars, a 150-bike corral, and direct links to multi-use paths that run along the river encourage visitors to use alternative transportation. A green roof overlooking Lady Bird Lake and large screened reading porches welcome visitors to outdoor spaces, while maximum daylight floods the structure’s interior.

R en der i ng s by L a k e| Fl ato A rch itec ts

An exploration of balance is represented in our design of the synagogue for the Austin Congregation Agudas Achim. The design harks back to the forms of the very first synagogues— nomadic tents re-interpreted into a silent, sacred space filled with light, but grounded solidly in the earth.

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October 2, 8pm Texas Performing Arts


October 2, 8pm Holy Mountain JON PARDI

October 3, 10pm Lamberts JENNY LEWIS

October 3, 8pm Stubb’s Outdoors TEGAN AND SARA

October 4, 8pm Stubb’s Outdoors TUNE-YARDS

October 5, 9pm Emo’s Austin BEYOND THE SCORE: SCHEHERAZADE

October 10-11, 8pm The Long Center OLD 97’S

October 17, 7pm Stubb’s Outdoors SWINGLE SINGERS


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October 19, 7pm Bass Concert Hall BOB SCHNEIDER & MITCH WATKINS

October 21, 7:30pm The Long Center


October 24, 8pm Austin Symphony


October 28, 7pm Cedar Park Center


October 30, 8pm Emo’s Austin



October 22, 7:30pm The Contemporary Austin Jones Center AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL


October 22-25 Cap City Comedy Club


October 1-2 The Long Center BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

October 7-12 Bass Concert Hall


Through October 18 Zach Theater A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE


October 12, 4pm The Long Center


October 23-30

October 8-11 Cap City Comedy Club



October 29, 7pm Republic Square Park


October 23, 7:30pm Bass Concert Hall


October 5, 2:30pm Austin Ventures Studio Theater ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

October 19, 2pm The Paramount Theater


October 25, 12pm One World Theater


October 26, 2pm Austin Symphony


October 5, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater THE DANCER’S SOCIAL HOUR

October 17, 7:30pm Alisa’s Dance Academy-Westlake SHAPE YOUR SOUND

October 18, 8pm

The Long Center Westin at the Domain


October 9, 9:30am Hyatt Regency Austin MERCEDES-BENZ OF AUSTIN LAUNCH OF FALL LINE

October 10, 7pm Mercedez Benz of Austin LA DOLCE VITA

October 16, 7pm Laguna Gloria


October 18, 10am Hilton Austin


October 22, 7pm Brazos Hall


October 22, 5:30pm Hyatt Regency Austin


October 24 The Blanton Museum


October 25-26 Trattoria Lisina

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Arts Calendar october 4 WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY

Elizabeth Chapin: Diversity of Affection Opening Reception, 6pm Through October 25 october 8 visual arts center

Your Pleasure SALON de Your Pleasure, 2pm Through October 25


The Making of Gone with The Wind Through January 4 YARD DOG ART GALLERY

Death Came to Texas: New Works by Mike Egan Through October 12 New Painted Paintings by Jon Langford October 17 – November 1 DAVIS GALLERY AUSTIN

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Texas Book Festival

Peter Max Meet the Artist, 6pm Exhibit October 17-26

Face Value: Leon Alesi, Scott David Gordon, Lesley Nowlin & Jamie Panzer Through October 18 Constructs: New work by Gladys Poorte and Hollis Hammonds Through December 6

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the 19th annual Texas Book Festival is no exception. With more than 275 authors, including stars like Walter Mosley, Martin Amis, Katherine Applegate, and Lidia Bastianich, being featured during a week brimming with diverse events, the festival promises to attract devoted bookworms and casual readers alike. “I aim to convert everyone into literary lovers,” says Steph Ortiz, the festival’s literary director. “We really want the festival to feel like there’s something for everyone, so each year we aim for a diversity of titles, topics, and authors.” This year’s events cover everything from panel discussions with authors at the State Capitol to cooking demos and a “Lit Crawl” across Austin’s East Side, with performances, games, trivia matches, and storytelling sessions. The Texas Book Festival is adamant about breaking out beyond the bound page this year, and is even asking readers to join authors in the last place anyone at a book festival would expect to find themselves—at a sporting event. “I’m really excited for our alternative sports-related events: we have authors kayaking on Saturday morning to kick off the festival at Congress Avenue Kayaks (anyone can sign up on the website; it’s free). It’s great to engage readers in ways that are beyond the written word.” From book signings to food trucks at the ready to feed hungry readers, the 2014 Texas Book



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Festival promises to be a real page-turner for the entire city to enjoy. m. dunn Oc tob e r 25 - 26 | tex a s bookf e s ti va l .org


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Do Ho Suh Through January 11 Richard T. Walker Through January 11


James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) October 19 – January 4 La línea continua Through February 15 BULLOCK MUSEUM

La Belle: The Ship That Changed History October 25 – May 17

Margo Sawyer: Reflect Through October 19


Wayne Lawrence: After Tears Through October 25 Domestic Furniture Through November 8 FLATBED PRESS

Remembering Bob Anderson Through November 1 MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM

Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art Through November 23 Community Altars

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Do Ho Suh

September 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015 On view at both locations.

OCTOBER 2 Good Taste: Home is where [ ] 6:30-8:30P International bites and drinks inspired by Do Ho Suh. Copresented by Edible Austin. Jones Center Roof Deck $25/$20 for members

OCTOBER 8 and 9 Rooftop Architecture Film Series: Tiny 7:30P Jones Center Roof Deck $10/Free for members

OCTOBER 22 and 23 Rooftop Architecture Film Series: Sagrada 7:30P Jones Center Roof Deck $10/Free for members

Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78701 Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park / Laguna Gloria 3809 West 35th Street Austin, Texas 78703 thecontemporaryaustin.org Exhibition Support: Alturas Foundation, Agnes Gund, Christopher Hill, Korean Air, The Lippes Foundation, The Moody Foundation, Linda Pace Foundation, Meryl and Andrew B. Rose Museum Support: Oxford Commercial, Pedernales Cellars, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Do Ho Suh, Specimen Series: Toilet, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013. Polyester fabric, stainless steel wire, and display case with LED lighting. Edition of 3. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

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Elizabeth Chapin: Diversity of Affection


’ve been painting people since I was five years old,” Elizabeth Chapin says in her native Mississippi drawl. The Austin painter will be unveiling her first solo exhibit at Wally Workman Gallery on October 4, featuring more than a year’s worth of work. Even at first glance, Chapin’s paintings beg the viewer to uncover the deeper sentiment hidden beneath the brushstrokes. The subjects she paints are deceptively familiar characters who have stories to tell. For her exhibit, Chapin chose her close friends and family as subjects. A majority of those whose faces are featured hail from Chapin’s home state of Mississippi, and the portraits reflect a distinctive Southern charm and complexity. “Mississippi has its grip on me, and I guess I let that show when I paint,” Chapin says. A permanent piece in Chapin’s studio is a portrait of her mother with a glass of iced tea resting on a table made from individually cut up artificial sweetener packets that Chapin has fashioned into a collage of a tablecloth pattern. Another canvas features Chapin’s aunt, who looks the part of a prim and proper socialite. “I know my aunt Jane will look at this painting and hate it,” Chapin chuckles, “but to me, this is who she is. I love her, and she’s beautiful, and this is how I see her.” The splendor in Chapin’s work is apparent. Each painting bursts with unexpected bright color, pattern, and detail, which create a vivid, refreshing perspective for the viewer. “I only paint what I see,” Chapin insists. “I live in my head, and that’s where everything is beautiful. Even if something appears tragic, the beauty is there nonetheless.” Chapin says that she looks at her paintings as a loving relationship that is “an exchange between painter and person. The magic comes through details.” m. dunn Oc tob er 4 - 25 | wa lly workm a n g a llery | wa lly workm a ng a llery.com Opening r ecep tion Satu r day, Oc tob er 4, from 6 to 8 pm


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3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 thecontemporaryaustin.org the contemporary austin: Jones Center

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 thecontemporaryaustin.org Blanton Museum of Art

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org

Bullock Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org

George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org

Mexic–Arte Museum

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org O. Henry Museum

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5


1830 Simond Ave Hours: T-Fri 10-5, Sa-Su 10-6 thinkeryaustin.org Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org

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arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com

austin galleries

5804 Lookout Mountain Dr.

(512) 495 9363 By Appt. Only austingalleries.com

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com capital fine art

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com

Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab Davis Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com

Flatbed Press

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com GALLERY 702

702 San Antonio St. (737) 703 5632 Hours: Tu-Su 10-6 gallery702austin.com Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery

2213 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702 (512) 826 5334 Hours: Th -Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com La Peña

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org Lora Reynolds Gallery

360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 lorareynolds.com Lotus Gallery

1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com Mondo Gallery

4115 Guadalupe St.

Hours: Tu - Sa, 12- 6 mondotees.com

Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com

The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

Women & Their Work

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 293 5177 Sa 1-5 or by appointment okaymountain.com Positive Images

1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4 Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com studio 10

1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 studiotenarts.com Testsite

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only fluentcollab.org Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org Yard Dog

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com Austin Presence

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

(512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org farewell Books

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Mon-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7 domystore.com

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #550 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M-Sa 11-6, Su 1-4 Co-Lab Project Space

613 Allen St.

214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 insightgallery.com LARRY JACKSON ANTIQUES & ART GALLERY

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org

209 S. Llano (830) 997 0073 Hours: M-F 9:30-5, Sa 10-5 larryjacksonantiques.com

Roi James

Space 12

Clarksville Pottery & Galleries


Pump Project Art Complex

Bay6 Gallery & Studios

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 bigmedium.org

314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5 fbartgallery.com

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only roijames.com

Big Medium


Julia C. Butridge Gallery

330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com

5305 Bolm Rd. (512) 553 3849 By appointment only bay6studios.com

(830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3 artisansatrockyhill.com


230 E. Main St. (830) 992 3234

Hours: M 8-6, W-F 8-6, Sa 8-9, Su 8-5

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org

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Fredericksburg AGAVE GALLERY

208 E. San Antonio St. (830) 990 1727 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 agavegallery.com ARTISANS AT ROCKY HILL

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pop art

A n i n s i d e r ' s g u i d e to A u s t i n ' s h i d d e n g e m s .

by stephanie der stine

Do - Ho Suh at The Contemporary Austin On our short list: the Do-Ho Suh solo exhibition at The Contemporary Austin (it runs through January 11). Showing at both the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria,

what 's in you r bag? Conni Reed’ s Jet-setting Essentials Since leaving the corporate world in 2005, Conni Reed has been promoting happier living with her lifestyle brand, Consuela. The playful line of clothing, bags, and home decor echoes rich hues and textures from Reed’s world travels. This fall, Consuela’s signature collection is ready to take flight with its luxurious Italian leather bags and punchy color schemes. Reed let us see what’s always inside her Consuela carry-on. 1. iPad (apple.com): I am addicted to my iPad even more than my phone—I’m never without it. I use Evernote for photos, sketch apps, calendar, music, etc. I am a believer. 2. Le Plume and Copic (jerrysartarama.com) markers and sketchbook: I love to doodle, especially with markers. The colors and tips available are endless. 3. Reed Krakoff sunglasses (reedkrakoff.com, $275): Acrylic aviators with gold. 4. Small Consuela crossbody ($180) that I use as a wallet: I cart around a ton of stuff and love to be able to pull the essentials out and wear hands-free whenever I’m on the run. 5. Pashmina I got in a little market in India. It’s amazing how comforting and warm the texture is, even though it's super lightweight and doesn't take up much space.

the evocative work of Korean-born renowned sculptor and installation artist Do-Ho Suh examines the layered dimensions of personal versus public space, globalism, and





documentary films, and videos. At the Jones Center, guests are encouraged to wander upstairs through brightly colored, transparent large-scale installations—replicas of Do-Ho Suh’s apartment spaces from a single building in New York City—and downstairs in the dark among light-box fixtures, made entirely of polyester fabric and stainless steel, from his Specimen Series (2013). At Laguna Gloria, Do-Ho Suh’s Net-Work (2010) is refabricated. The sheeny “ fishing net,” comprising thousands of tiny gold and silver human figures, recollects the nets that Do-Ho Suh observed stretched across the shorelines of Japanese seaside villages. As guests explore the architectural settings of Do-Ho Suh’s nomadic past, they begin to meditate on their own notions of “home.” For more information, visit thecontemporaryaustin.org.

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a n e w nest

King Bee Lounge owners, Colette Dein and Billy Hankey.

King Bee Lounge's signature frozen bees knees cocktail.

a reim ag ined blues bar Billy Hankey and Colette Dein knew they had a legacy to uphold when they moved into the space that previously housed East Austin’s staple blues bar, Legendary White Swan. Named in homage to a Muddy Waters song, their bar, King Bee Lounge (which opened August 1), adds its own charisma to the history its predecessors have left behind. Some things haven’t changed:

After losing his parents to cancer, Brian Allen-Aguilar vowed to spend the remainder of his life doing solely what he loved. “Life is too short. I want to do woodwork,” he says. A self-taught craftsman, Allen-Aguilar, owner of Eagle’s Nest Artistry, approaches his carpentry organically. “I’m fascinated by the natural figure of wood. The way the grain turns, swirls, and fans out,” says AllenAguilar. “Most wood is either dyed or stained rather than allowing natural variations to come out.” Utilizing wood that he’s harvested either from local suppliers or a friend’s ranch in Kerrville, Allen-Aguilar works with the organic lines and blemishes of his materials, creating sleek hardwood tables with a contemporary edge. His work can be found at Urbanspace Interiors (urbanspaceinteriors. com), Primitives Furniture (primitives-furniture.com), and on display at Houndstooth Coffee (houndstoothcoffee.com) on North Lamar. He’s also working on new tables and art to showcase at E.A.S.T. in November. For more information, visit eaglesnestartistry.com.

A little bookmatched Walnut side table with crushed Turquoise​

there’s still live blues on Monday nights from the Little Elmore Reed Blues Band, and a section of the bar has been left untouched, with old concert posters and other remnants from the Legendary White Swan. But other details have changed for the better—like the lounge’s redesigned cedar bar and warm accent lighting. Hankey, former bar manager at Bar Congress, and Dein, former operations manager of Second Bar and Kitchen, want to provide a relaxing getaway outside of the downtown grid with a neighborhood bar that offers the same highquality cocktails and food, but at much more enticing prices. We’re certain King Bee’s curated wine list, impeccable cocktails, and delicious made-in-house-pizza menu will do the trick. For more information, follow @kingbeelounge on Facebook and Twitter or visit King Bee Lounge (1906 E 12th St.). k i n g b ee p h oto g r a p h y by l e a h ov er s t r ee t

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photography by casey dunn

s t y l i n g by a da m f o rt n e r

A s t u n n i n g c o n f l u e n c e o f r u s t i c fa r m h o u s e a n d m o d e r n f lo u r i s h e s c r e at e a s ta g e t h at w e lc o m e s s e r i o u s p l ay, e a s y e n t e r ta i n i n g , a n d t h e u s u a l m e s s i n e s s o f fa m i ly l i f e .

While there is much to delight you when you first

swing is both an invitation and a hint of what’s to

walk into the home of John and Sara Oates—a

come. Here is a house where you’re allowed to have

sweet country breeze, the smell of fresh espres-

fun, it says. Come on in.

so, a handsome trifecta of glass, concrete, and

Indeed, play and ease seem to inhabit every

stone walls framing the entryway—the thing

corner of this winsome union of stone farmhouse

that stands out most is a child’s swing. Behind

with minimalist glass and metal forms. In my

the glass back wall of this contemporary farm-

short time in the Oates’ gorgeously spare kitchen

house, hanging from the porch on thick chains

and living area, two wet Labradors traipse inside

that John Oates put up himself, a simple red

to wrestle, leaving little trails of water and slob-

wood swing looks out over the green backyard

ber in their wake. Later, a confident nine-year-

and the surrounding hills of far West Austin. This

old boy skateboards back and forth across the tribeza.com october 2014


At the front door, the stone farmhouse connects with glass and steel in a balanced convergence of old and new.

smooth concrete floors as if that’s the norm for

Concrete floors and sparse

kids’ activity in the living room. Because here, it

furnishings make for easy

is. Forty-three-year-old John has even ridden his

indoor bike riding.

Vespa through it. And no one bats an eye. Because for the Oates family, form definitely follows function, and the function for this daring couple and their three young children is to live, play, and work close to the land, unfettered by extras. Relying on the innate appeal of the raw materials themselves—limestone, glass, steel, wood—simple and unadorned, they and their architect, Sam Burch of Shiflet Group Architects, have built a home of elegant indestructibility. With no paint on the exterior, no fancy adornments, no stains on the decks, no precious antique furniture and rugs, and no maintenance, there is a lot more freedom to swing, skateboard, plant a garden, have a party. “Really, for us the design was secondary to the lifestyle we were trying to create,” says John Oates, who grew up on a West Texas farm where he learned the value in having a piece of land that offers endless outside chores and adventures. “The kids can come in from the pool wet. We often entertain their friends, and there will be 20 kids here and we don’t have to worry about it; there’s no ‘Don’t touch that!’” But building a simplified house is not always so simple; the Oateses were met with resistance from some architects and subcontractors along the way. They interviewed four or five architects before they met Burch, their ideal match. “We talked to other architects,” says Sara. “We took them our inspiration picture and said, ‘This is what we are looking for,’ and then they would bring out a picture and say, ‘This is what I think you should have. Let’s tribeza.com october 2014


It’s not always about fun around here; the dining area is a clutter-free zone for homework.


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A spacious, streamlined kitchen offers plenty of room for cooking amid hula hoops and guitars.

meet in the middle.’ And we would say, ‘Why

ered sloping lot as their starting point, the Oate-

stonemasons, saying that this was what they

don’t we just meet where we started?’”

ses and Burch focused on the farmhouse as the

wanted to use to build the farmhouse. The stone-

Finally, they approached Shiflet Group Ar-

heart of the project. Sara, a real estate appraiser

masons balked.

chitects. “We went to them and said, ‘Sara

with Danish roots, wanted an authentic Scandi-

“The masons were pushing us toward cut

wants a farmhouse and John would love to live

navian-style farmhouse and barn with vaulted

stone, something with more polish,” says John.

in a glass cube, and we’ve got to figure out a

roofs and rough-hewn stone and wood. (The

“And we said, ‘The ugliest possible stone is what

way to make those two things meet.’ Sam got

barn, now Sara’s home office, is built of wood

we want.’ Sam helped a lot with that, too. He

just what we were looking for. We were lucky

treated by a process called shou-sugi-ban, a cen-

definitely had an opinion of what would make it

to find an architect who could turn our vision

turies-old Japanese method of burning wood

look old.”

of a really low-maintenance and livable house

to help prevent rot and insect infiltration).

The farmhouse looks so authentically time-

into something really pretty as well,” says Sara.

They collected the limestone rocks scattered

worn, in fact, that most people don’t realize it

With the tabula rasa of a cedar-and-oak-cov-

around the property and showed them to the

was recently built, believing instead that it was a tribeza.com october 2014


The barn, treated by a Japanese wood burning process called shou-sugi-ban, makes a handsome backdrop to Sara Oates’ vegetable garden.

A book in one hand, a skateboard in the other; homework and play coexist peacefully.

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The upstairs music room doubles as a studio for aerial acrobatics.


long-standing fixture on the property. And yet its

ly blend the old with the new. Too much blending

ter practices her aerial dance moves from a hook

juxtaposition with the contemporary pool house

would have resulted in a very homogeneous house,

in the children’s music room, kids outside jump

and sleeping quarters feels natural, like an easy

and too little blending would have made for an aus-

from a mini-trampoline into the swimming

meeting of different eras.

tere compilation. The traditional and contempo-

pool; shoot archery and BB guns on a green lawn

“The rural Texas landscape is dotted with col-

rary elements needed to stand on their own with-

edged by Sara’s vegetable garden; and ramble

lections of farm structures born out of necessity,”

out one or the other dominating. Hopefully people

down a trail to the creek below, where they swim,

says Burch. “For me this is a beautiful image and

will find the contemporary aspects of the house

kayak, and get muddy. Even the dogs paddle-

is in large part responsible for the outcome of the

to be unpredictable, timeless, and comfortable.”

board in the pool. It would seem that if you can’t

house. From the beginning of the project I felt

That’s certainly how the home is playing out

the key to executing the concept was to careful-

for the Oates family. While their young daugh-

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have fun at the Oates house, then you probably can’t have fun, period.

Air-born children and Labradors on paddleboards are not uncommon here.

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O n t h e h e e l s o f a r e c e n t r e n o vat i o n , t h e E l i s a b e t N e y M u s e u m i s r e a d y t o r e - i n s p i r e , u p l i f t, a n d e n g a g e i t s c omm u n i t y. T h e a r t i s t w o u l d b e p l e a s e d .


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The Elisabet Ney Museum in Hyde Park formerly housed the studio of the talented sculptor who lived and worked there until her death in 1907.

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Window in the addition that was built in 1902. Right: Fireplace and frieze in main studio. The figure in the frieze is unknown, but thought to be a prominent art critic in England.


long the untouched stretch of East 44th Street be-

much of her childhood watching her father carve intricate statuary and

tween Avenues G and H, a bucolic meadow of native

gravestones. This sparked her passion for the artistic discipline, and she

prairie grasses shimmers under the blaze of the hot

became the first woman to study sculpture at the Munich Academy of Art

August sun. Near the middle of the two-and-half-acre

and later at the Berlin Academy of Art, where she had the opportunity

field, tucked into the quiet neighborhood of Hyde

to study with master sculptor Christian Daniel Rauch (whose bust can

Park, resides one of the city’s most stunning cultural gems—the Elisabet

be seen in the main room of the museum). Through her ambitions and

Ney Museum. The word sursum—the Latin word for “uplift”— is carved

connections, Ney went on to create sculptures of some of Europe’s most

along with the dates “1892–1902” on the limestone cornerstone at the

important thinkers and leaders, including Otto von Bismarck, Arthur

front of the museum. That word was the motto of the internationally re-

Schopenhauer, and King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

nowned sculptor Elisabet Ney, who embraced the belief that humankind is always capable of aspiring to greater heights and ambitions.

took a deliberate break from her artistic endeavors to run an 1,100-acre

“This was her vision,” explains Oliver Franklin, director and site super-

plantation, called Liendo, and raise her only son, Lauren, while her hus-

visor of the museum. “She was trying to lift everyone up—and very actively

band, Edmund Montgomery, wrote and advocated to improve the op-

trying to uplift the downtrodden, particularly women. She had very noble

portunities of the local community. (Montgomery is responsible for the

intentions despite being eccentric and a bit shocking from time to time.”

founding of what later became Prairie View A&M, a historically black

Ney was born in Münster, Westphalia, Germany, in 1833, and spent


After immigrating to southeast Texas by way of Georgia in 1873, Ney

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university in Prairie View, Texas.) During this 18-year period, she devel-

Original studio space looking into the addition with one of the artist’s final works, Lady Macbeth (1902, plaster), visible through doorway, with an early portrait of Ney hanging above it.

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“ S h e h a d v e ry noble intentions despite being eccentric and a b i t s h o c k i n g f ro m t i m e to t i m e . ”

- oliver franklin -

The collections room located in the museum’s basement. Painting is of Mrs. Willie B. Rutland and a Ney bronze. Rutland was the museum’s curator from 1927-1967.


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Studies that Ney presumably used for anatomical reference in her work. Right: Carving beside front doors on the main façade of the museum. Its origin is unknown.

oped an eccentric reputation because of her short hair, her unladylike

metheus Bound, into and out of the space. (After Ney sold her studio in

attire of pantaloons, her practice of riding astride horses rather than the

Berlin, all of her European sculptures were shipped to Austin and prom-

traditional sidesaddle (expected of women during this era), and her deci-

inently displayed at Formosa.)

sion not to change her original surname after marriage.

On a recent August afternoon, the sun casts luminous shadows and light

Ney’s career as a sculptor resumed when she was invited to Austin by Tex-

upon the sculptor’s masterpieces. It’s quite easy to imagine Ney at work in

as Governor Oran Roberts and commissioned to create two seminal sculp-

the bare-bones, well-lit studio. Exposed wood beams stretch across the high

tures, one of Sam Houston and the other of Stephen F. Austin, for the 1893

ceilings. Various figures and busts seem to stare like ghosts from the distant

Chicago World’s Fair. Ney invested much of her earnings ($32,000) in pur-

past, among them a sculpture of Lady Macbeth, her elegant hands clasped

chasing land and building her studio in Austin, so she could work in the new,

in anguish. As it turned out, Ney’s husband never permanently moved from

growing city and be available for future commissions.

their plantation home in southeast Texas. That didn’t stop Ney from embrac-

Today, a visitor who steps inside the front door of the Ney Museum

ing her new home; the artist slept, often naked, underneath the stars on the

can view many of Ney’s important life-size sculptures and busts of these

rooftop of Formosa. Above the main studio space, a visitor can spot a spartan

extraordinary men. Built in 1892, the original studio—called Formosa,

loft with a ladder to a trapdoor that leads to the building’s roof. Franklin says,

which means “beautiful” in Portuguese—harks back to another time and

“She called that her ‘sky trap.’ ”

place. In the main studio, the enormous window also doubles as a slid-

Later, in 1902, Ney enlarged the space with a third room on the main

ing door, through which Ney could move large sculptures, such as Pro-

floor, a second floor with a parlor for visitors, and then a castle-like turret, tribeza.com october 2014


In the Formosa studio, an impressive display of the plaster and marble busts of prominent politicians, intellectuals, and other important thinkers carved by Ney during her years in Texas.

where she set up a small writing studio for Montgomery with an uninter-

renovations in hopes of increasing visitor traffic to the once-sleepy cultural

rupted view of the surrounding meadow. Now, at the top of the narrow spi-

site. Eighteen months ago, Franklin came on board as the new director, and

ral staircase, one finds a beige-colored Selectric sitting on a simple wooden

additional staff—including Frank Wick and Lindsay Barras—are working

desk with an invitation to write on “Edmund’s typewriter.” “People have left

to expand educational programs, marketing, and the ongoing care of the

a James Joyce quote and Fitzgerald,” says Franklin with a playful smile. “It’s

unique collection. Some of the updates in the master renovation include

become exactly what I hoped—a room dedicated to words.” Behind a modest

the restoration of the surrounding landscape, a new drainage system, and

wooden bookshelf, a hidden doorway offers another access to the rooftop.

a more sophisticated climate control system. In 2012–2013, the institution

Upon Ney’s death in 1907, Montgomery sold Formosa to Ella Dancy Dibrell. In keeping with the sculptor’s wishes, the contents of the stu-

Throughout the year, the museum hosts a variety of events on its beau-

dio were bequeathed to the University of Texas. In 1911, Dibrell and her

tiful property. For example, on October 26, in partnership with Polka-

friends established the Texas Fine Arts Association (which later became

Works and Texas Folklife, it will present Polkapocalypse, with live mu-

Arthouse and, more recently, the Contemporary) in memory of Ney and

sic and other family-friendly activities. More recently, on Museum Day

her visionary spirit. Similar to the days when the sculptor lived in the

(September 21), the museum offered Portraiture in the Park, an explora-

studio, groups of artists, suffragists, and intellectuals gathered on the

tion of the art of portraiture that featured free caricatures, mask making,

sloping banks of nearby Waller Creek and exchanged thoughts, ideas,

stone-portrait carving demonstrations, and other activities.

and inspiration. The property and building were eventually bought by the City of Austin, in 1941. During the past two years, the museum has undergone a number of


was closed for eight months while the entire roof was replaced.

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All of these efforts and more speak to the revitalization of the spirit of Elisabet Ney and her vision. “Ney was all about inspiration and engagement,” says Franklin. “We’re trying very hard to bring her voice back.”

Left: Restoration of the surrounding prairie grasses was a part of the museum’s recent renovation. Right: Chair in the upstairs’ parlor; according to legend, it’s the chair where Ney died.

A l l s t u d i e s a n d p l a s t e r p i ec e s co u r t e s y H a r ry Ra n s o m C e n t e r , t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f T e x a s at a u s t i n

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Architect Mark Odom, interior designer Veronica Koltuniak, and scavenger extraordinaire Greg Wooldridge bonded over a barn and formed the Freedom Arts Factory.


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b y p a u l a d i s b r ow e | p h o t og r a p h y b y mo l l y w i n t e r s

For a group of innovative Austin creatives, a barn packed with ephemera becomes a think tank where outside-the-box ideas and wildly original projects are born.

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Some collected objects neatly fit into a canvas bucket, while some require more space, such as the turn of the century sharecropper house (left) that was saved from becoming a parking space near Circuit of the Americas.


t’s a thinly veiled hoarder’s delight, and you can’t help but think

cards and detritus is in the DNA of those who are the Scavengers,”

that Wes Anderson would have a field day with the stockpile of

Wooldridge says. “I was always drawn to creek beds and abandoned

vintage skis, hand-tooled leather belts (many that answer to the

places and dumpsters, any mini adventure into the unknown. Some-

name “Jerry”), rubber ducks, bouncing balls, and heaps of plastic

where along the way you begin to notice that objects are more beau-

animals and horseshoes. It’s not the sort of curated showroom

tiful in their brokenness than they were at their bright and shiny

that immediately suggests the beginnings of some of Austin’s


coolest commercial and residential projects. But for interior design-

It didn’t take long for collaborations to ensue. Greg and Lynne

er Veronica Koltuniak, foraging through piles of “cool shit,” as she

became Koltuniak’s first clients when she moved to Austin in 2000.

describes it, has been the inspiration for her best work. Like that

Since then the friends have collaborated on two homes, and they’re

bathtub full of compasses, for instance—she’d like to see them on

currently working on a new ground-up project. “Greg and I are like

the wall of a restaurant someday.

siblings who actually get along,” she says. “We have the same quirky

So it was fortuitous when Koltuniak met Greg Wooldridge

eye and love the pursuit of obscure objects.” The barn has also been

and his wife, Lynne Dobson, over margaritas at Güero’s. Wool-

the source of inspiration for some of her clients and restaurant de-

dridge, a fellow scavenger and kindred spirit, happened to have

signs, including Easy Tiger.

a 9,000-square-foot barn brimming with vintage clothing, furni-

“It seems that if you tell the world stridently, ‘I am not a hoarder

ture, classic cars, salvaged buildings, and randomness from his

and have never been a member of the hoarder party,’ then you just

many years of picking. Jackpot!

might be,” Wooldridge confesses. “I can say—with witnesses who

“I think the habit of harvesting the planet’s endless orchard of dis-


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will come forward when I go to hoarding court, I hope—that I re-

There is magic in multiples, especially when there is variation within a theme, such as bouncy balls. And can you ever really have too many coffee mugs?

Objects that possess the idea of place and personality have an irresistible appeal, as do tactile toys.

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Rubber ducks used in a carnival game were rescued from a dumpster; retro college flags


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A black cat fire crackers sign and a one-of-a-kind fiberglass sports car named Johnny Cash have found their way to Cuernavaca.

Vintage water skis have a beauty that extends beyond their time behind a boat. Some objects are sorted, but generally chaos reigns at Freedom Arts Factory.


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Horseshoes poised to add horsepower to a new project; two cool vintage rides.

ally love to share. It’s the discovery and sharing that is the most

hope the barn can be a fulcrum for artisans and folks to leverage

satisfying part of it. If you have creative friends who know how

their ideas into reality. A fluid space for artists and musicians on

to put the rubber to the road—like Roni—then there is a cure for

their way up, and open to nonprofits to host events.”


So they decided, with the help of their friend architect Mark

The thrill of the hunt has led both of them down back roads

Odom, to utilize the barn as an open work space. They even

throughout Central Texas. “I really appreciate small towns and look

formed a new venture, Freedom Arts Factory (named after a

for any opportunity to see where the ranch roads and farm-to-mar-

nightclub in an obscure Australian film, of course), a couple of

ket roads lead me,” Koltuniak says. “Once, I found some cast-off

months ago, and Wooldridge has been remodeling the space to

pecan trunks in a construction yard. Greg brought over his trail-

accommodate a welding and ceramics studio and a commercial

er and a “Texas toothpick” (super-long crowbar). We spent way too

kitchen. They plan to open the space up for events and sales of

much time trying to cajole this very large hunk of wood up the ramp.

the work that comes out of FAF. “Mark immediately felt part of

Finally, a crane operator working in the yard took pity on us and

the tribe,” she says. “We started FAF after many free-range dis-

hoisted it onto the trailer. Now it stands proudly as the vanity in

cussions and a decision to purchase a 3D printer together to ex-

my powder room and I’m just so grateful we still have all our toes!”

plore ideas.”

“When we bought the property it was a much larger space than I

Wooldridge hopes that “ideally FAF will be a place that

had been looking for, and I knew then that it had to be shared and

produces unique and useful objects and designs that someday

put into use in a different and productive way,” Wooldridge says. “I

become beautiful in their brokenness.” tribeza.com october 2014


Nestled in the rolling hills of northwestern Arkansas,

a stunning museum, a hip boutique hotel, and an emerging food scene create a surprisingly perfect escape.

by pau l a d i s b row e photography by jody horton


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C r y s ta l B r i d g e s M u s e u m o f Am e r i c a n A r t

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Exploring the Art Trail is an essential part of the experience; a guest admires contemporary works in a sunlit hallway.


n afternoon perusing American masterworks.

to the Art Trail, which passes the Skyspace sculpture The Way of Color,

A luxury hotel with edgy art installations. Styl-

by James Turrell, and ends at the museum’s south entrance. If you want

ish restaurants devoted to local ingredients and

to cover more ground, you can rent wheels at Phat Tire Bike Shop and

craft cocktails. The description likely conjures up

explore the miles of paved trails that wind all the way to Fayetteville.

several cities across the South, but you probably

Design geeks will want to rent a car for scenic drives that lead to signif-

wouldn’t guess that we’re talking about Benton-

icant architectural treasures, revealing a deeper understanding of the

ville, a town known primarily as the birthplace of Walmart. But over the last few years, the little town that Sam Walton put on the map when he opened the original Walton’s Five and Dime in 1950 has been enjoy-

The Mecca

ing a cultural renaissance. The buzz began when Alice Walton, Sam’s

Named after the nearby natural springs and the glass-enclosed

daughter, set out to create a museum devoted to American art and

bridge that’s incorporated into the building, Crystal Bridges is a daz-

commissioned world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie to build it. The

zling play of water and light. Which is precisely the point: Safdie’s goal

spectacular result, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, opened

was to create an integration of art and nature (read more about his

three years ago. Then word got out, and the need to accommodate a

vision in the Q&A on page 92). A deceptively simple facade of an ele-

growing number of cultural tourists enticed the edgy 21c Museum Ho-

vator on a broad concrete expanse sets the stage for surprise when the

tel to come to town, and also fueled the local food scene.

elevator descends to the big reveal of a fantastic view of the structure. A

Even with its new urban offerings, Bentonville has maintained the friendly, small-town charm that makes it welcoming and easy to navigate for weekend visitors. From downtown, it’s an easy 10-minute stroll


region’s unique culture and heritage.

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giant suspended golden heart, created by Jeff Koons, provides a warm welcome when you walk through the doors. The museum comprises a series of pavilions built around two ponds

James Turrell’s “Skyspace” is located on a scenic hillside.

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Roaming the grounds gives a fuller perspective of flourishes like the museum’s glass-enclosed bridge structure.


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Artist Jeff Koons created the giant gold heart that hangs over the dining room of Eleven restaurant.

that house galleries, meeting spaces, and a large glass-enclosed gather-

by James Turrell, Robert Indiana, and Keith Haring, and a recently ac-

ing hall. The abundance of natural light means that a playful dance of

quired Frank Lloyd Wright house. And it’s a thrill to view the museum

shadows and reflections keeps the space constantly fluid and animat-

from an entirely different perspective.

ed, making the space itself as pleasurable as the paintings on the wall. The museum’s permanent collection spans five centuries of American

The Hotel: Art at every turn

masterworks, and the chronological order of the galleries offers a walk

Like the flagship 21c in Louisville, the 21c Bentonville is a combina-

through history as they reveal the unfolding story of American art.

tion boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, and restaurant. De-

Begin with evocative early works, such as Asher B. Durand’s Kin-

signed by renowned architect Deborah Berke, the hotel features guest

dred Spirits, and end on a punchy technicolor note with Andy War-

rooms and suites that are sleek and spacious, with contemporary cus-

hol’s Dolly Parton.

tom furnishings, large windows, and in-room video art channel. Stop

Whether it’s a cappuccino and pastry, a light lunch, or a leisurely dinner

by the bar for a cocktail (like the Apple Wood, made with Woodford

to watch the light fade over the water, don’t miss a chance to visit Eleven

Reserve, fresh apple juice, basil, and honey) before wandering through

restaurant. Its location in the glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds

the site-specific installations like Orange Tree, by Cuban artist Alexan-

makes it one of the most beautiful settings in the South for a meal. The

dre Arrechea (a large-scale sculpture of an orange metal tree sprouting

menu is a mix of café standards (salads and burgers) and interesting items

basketball hoops) and A Sudden Gust of Wind, by Turkish artist Serkan

like local shiitake and onion fritters, Gulf shrimp and grits (ground at the

Ozkaya, made up of 400 sheets of metal that emulate a scattering of papers

nearby War Eagle Mill), and their take on crème brûlée (brown-butter cus-

frozen in motion. Other rotating exhibitions feature both established and

tard served in a Mason jar), all of which speak to the region’s culinary heritage.

emerging artists, and appear in elevators, lobbies, and public restrooms.

Give yourself plenty of time to explore the lush, 120-acre museum

When you’re ready for a different kind of sustenance, head to the Hive,

grounds, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes: you’ll discover sculptures

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Mod details add graphic interest to the 21c Museum Hotel’s exterior. “A Sudden Gust of Wind” by Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya is part of the hotel’s permanent collection.

McClure serves a refined version of country cuisine, including selections

ed in 1980, the majestic glass structure soars 48 feet into the sky and

like barbecue quail with peach mop, pole beans, and almond butter, and

features more than 6,000 square feet of glass. Elaborate trusses and a

ham-brined pork chop with apples, butternut squash, and fennel puree.

forest frame mean that constantly shifting patterns of light and shadows

His commitment to local ingredients like black walnuts, trout, milled corn-

play a powerful role in the experience. Afterward, check out funky Eure-

meal, and smoked ham results in meals with a distinctly Arkansas terroir.

ka Springs for lunch at Local Flavor Café, then take a gallery stroll (the

Other enticing possibilities await within easy walking distance. Tusk &

quaint Victorian town boasts more than 30).

Trotter serves a porky, charcuterie-driven menu, an array of local brews,

On the way back to Bentonville, detour to Bella Vista. You’ll wan-

and homemade limoncello. You’ll see locals lined up at popular food trucks

der down a lush wooded path to find the Mildred B. Cooper Memo-

like Crepes Paulette and Big Rub Urban BBQ & Street Taco Lunch Trailer.

rial Chapel, another seminal work of Jones’s, which earned him the American Institute of Architecture’s highest award, the AIA Gold


The St e e pl e C h ase

Medal, in 1990. Like Thorncrown, Cooper Chapel was influenced by

Legendary architect and Arkansas native Fay Jones studied under

the Prairie School of Architecture popularized by Jones’s mentor, Frank

Frank Lloyd Wright, and his influence can be seen around the state (the

Lloyd Wright. Don’t miss the wooded trail that circles the chapel, for a

University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture is in Fayette-

360-degree view of the space, a symphony of birdsong, and the luxury

ville). Design buffs shouldn’t miss the chance to see his extraordinary

of quiet reflection.

chapels. It’s a pretty, hour-long drive through oak and hickory forests to

It’s a spectacular amount of history in a couple of days, and it’s all

Thorncrown Chapel (listed fourth on the AIA’s top 10 buildings of the

there for the taking. As the light starts to fade, chances are you’ll be

20th century) in Eureka Springs. Jones claims that Sainte-Chapelle,

ready to head back to the Hive for a cocktail and a comfy spot to reflect

the light-filled Gothic chapel in Paris, inspired the project. Construct-

on inspired architecture and the uniquely American spirit of the place.

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Abundant glass at Thorncrown means that shifting patterns of light and leaves enhance the reflective experience.

The La Jardin at Crepes Paulette is packed with spinach, mozzarella,

If You Go

pesto and egg.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (crystalbridges.org, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712, (479 418 5700) Upcoming exhibitions include State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now (September 13, 2014–January 19, 2015) and John James Audubon and the Artist as Naturalist (September 27, 2014–January 5, 2015). 21c museum Hotel Bentonville (21cmuseumhotels.com, 479 286 6500, rooms from $199/night, see website for October weekend packages) The hotels new exhibition, Dis-semblance: Projecting and Perceiving Identity, examines the evolution of portraiture as a platform for capturing the fractured identities we exchange in our now intertwined analog and digital lives. The Hive (thehivebentonville.com, 479 286 6575) An array of bourbon and rye cocktails (and pimento cheese with bacon jam and toasted white bread on the bar menu) and refined, Arkansas-inspired fare in a stylish dining room. Tusk & Trotter (tuskandtrotter.com, 110 SE A St 479 268 4494) The giant charcuterie and cheese board can make a meal; other hearty items like smoked catfish and trout chowder, or pork and beans (pork belly confit with collard green slaw, corn casserole, white beans, and smoked ham hock) make perfect autumn comfort fare. Crepes Paulette (213 NE A Street, 479 250 1110) Start with La Jardin (fresh baby spinach, mozzarella, pesto, egg) and finish with Violet Beauregarde (fresh blueberries and fresh whipped cream wrapped in a sweet crepe). Big Rub Urban BBQ (bigrubbbq.com, 213 NE A Street, 479 372 3802) A local favorite for hearty fare like the Jordan Sandwich (barbecued brisket, mozzarella, blue cheese, and bacon on a ciabatta roll). Phat Tire Bike Shop (phattirebikeshop.com, 479 715 6170, 125 W Central Ave) Bike rentals by the day, including helmets. Thorncrown Chapel (thorncrown.com, 12968 U.S. 62, Eureka Springs) See website for hours, closed Saturdays in November. Mildred Cooper Chapel (cooperchapel.com, 504 Memorial Drive, Bella Vista, 479 855 6598) It’s a popular spot for weddings, so call to verify hours, especially on weekends. Eureka Springs (eurekasprings.com) A funky, quaint Victorian town in the Ozark Mountains, packed with over 30 art galleries, See artofeurekasprings.com for gallery events and news. For lunch, grab a set by the window at Local Flavor Café (localflavorcafe.net, 71 S Main St, Eureka Springs) for fresh salads, sandwiches, and a long wine list. Local Flavor Café (localflavorcafe.net)


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The hearty Jordan Sandwich at Big Rub Urban BBQ is loaded with brisket, cheese, and bacon.

The hardwood forests and lush landscape of the Ozark mountains provide plenty of scenic vistas.

While you check in at 21c Museum Hotel you can peruse their current photo exhibit.

The old fashioned Bentonville water tower speaks to their small town culture.

Past and present: A bee and a signature green penguin adorn the 21c, just around the corner is the original Walton’s Five and Dime.

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t Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the shimmering play of water and light is a constant companion to the vast collection of American

masterworks. Last month, I was lucky enough to tour the museum with Moshe Safdie, one of the world’s most renowned architects and the man who created this magical integration of nature and art. As he strolled through the galleries, he spoke softly and eloquently about the project, and I hung on every word.

Describe your first impulse to become an architect. It was when I was growing up in Israel. I was always interested in agriculture, and I’d started thinking about creating a kibbutz with my youth movement. Then I moved with my parents to Canada, and farming was not at the top of the agenda. I’ve always been obsessed with design as well, and not just buildings—I used to doodle cars. It’s the feeling that one could intervene with the environment. As soon as I started studying architecture and creating little houses, I was hooked; it became a calling. What aspects of building excite you and inspire your There are so many facets to what makes a good


design. I love doing a type of building that I’ve

Mos h e Sa fd ie

types. Questions like, What makes a great munic-

b y pa ul a dis b r o w e

patients and healing? Invention comes from con-

with architect

never done—an airport, hospital, library, or museum. It allows the typology to evolve from the first principles of interpreting the program of building ipal library? What makes a hospital conducive to sidering that initial program, and appreciating the


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p h o t o b y p a ul a dis b r o w e

next project?

uniqueness of the site, and creating a design that

Where do you spend most of your time, and what

How have your aesthetic and perspective changed

resonates with the heritage, culture, typography,

does a typical day entail?

from your earliest work in the 1960s to your most re-

and climate of a place. Also, I’m completely in-

Half of my time is spent traveling now, mostly

cent projects?

trigued with the expressive powers of the building

to Asia. So I’m on airplanes standing, reading,

What’s changed a lot is the problems I address,

systems, and working at the cutting edge of struc-

sketching, and sleeping. The trips to project

and with it the architectural issues of response. In

tural and material possibilities.

sites are very intensive, with meetings, site vis-

the sixties I did a lot of work with modular housing

its, looking at mockups, and so forth. Then I

and habitat projects. Then for many years it was

Which architects inspire you?

return to my home in Boston and hope to have

mostly cultural institutions that were site-specific

From the past, Frank Lloyd Wright is a great inspira-

two weeks of uninterrupted design work in the

and program-specific. Now, we are back focused

tion. I also admire Swiss architect Le Corbusier be-


on the issues of the public realm. We’ve come full

cause I always react to his work, and sometimes feel

circle and we’re back to working with the archi-

the opposite impulse. In the present, I feel a collegi-

How do you unwind?

tectural issues of affordable housing and density

ality with Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, and Richard

Two to three times of year, I go to Mexico with my

that we addressed 40 years ago. As with my latest

Rogers because we work with similar themes.

family and spend time with my grandchildren.

projects in China and Singapore, much of the lan-

Where do you find inspiration, and how do you begin

You’re an avid sketcher, and you’ve said that young

the design process?

architects should pick up pencils more often. Why is

Broad inspiration comes from the designs of na-

that important?

Do you have a daily ritual that prepares you for dig-

ture, plant life, and the evolutionary work of D’Ar-

I think computers are effective tools, but they are

ging into the creative process and wrapping your head

cy Thompson; the entire field of the revolution of

stiff and rigid and don’t allow the fluid thinking

around a project?

natural forms and morphology.

that needs to occur at the beginning of a project.

I used to run—that was great thinking time. These

Pencils, pens, and charcoal are more conducive to

days I swim daily, and I only stay in hotels with

When it came to Crystal Bridges, how did you settle

fluidity of thought. Many young architects have

pools. Although swimming is less effective—if I

on the defining detail of integrating art and nature?

been schooled on computers and become depen-

think too hard I hit the end of the pool. One of

When we decided to build the museum in the

dent on them, and they miss that facility. The

the benefits of working for fifty years is that I can

bottom of the valley, in a streambed, and employ

reverse of it is that I wish I had their know-how

now design in my head, and think through issues

water as part of the experience, that led to the po-

with a computer, but I’m another generation, so

before they’re on paper. I have a new understand-

tential of a building that integrates with nature,

I don’t. The best possible results come from the

ing of how Beethoven was able to compose deaf,

the pond, and the notion of water flowing through

ability to utilize both.

because the music was in his head.

accomplish that. As far as art and nature, I knew

You’ve been adept at realizing the aspirations of an in-

What will be the most important factors influencing

about the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in

credibly diverse group of clients around the globe. Is

the future of architecture?

Copenhagen. It’s located directly on the shore of

there a common thread that helps you translate such

We’re beginning to have a breakthrough in deploying

the Øresund Sound in Humlebæk. I went with Al-

varied viewpoints and desires into built form?

smarter, more flexible materials and building much

ice [Walton] to visit, and it reaffirmed the poten-

My cultural and intellectual agility. My clients

more responsibly to nature than what we do today.

tial of integrating art and nature.

couldn’t be more different in mind-sets, aspi-

guage and issues has to do with problems you are trying to address.

it. I started to think about which museums try to

rations, and backgrounds. We find a common

Have you ever been to Austin?

When you return to Bentonville, as you did last month,

ground because I am a listener, and I am interest-

Yes, once. I have a vivid memory that it was one of

and stroll through the finished building, how do you feel?

ed in understanding places and culture and enjoy

the hottest days I’ve ever experienced. The two hot-

I feel terrific. Uplifted. It’s a great satisfaction to

the diversity of what humanity is all about.

test cities I’ve ever been in are Dubai and Austin.

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A-OK Chinese, Kevin’s first solo commission, is an “American” take on an Asian market-turned-restaurant and features a subway-style installation of the clients’ picture of ‘Tricky Dick.’


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This mid-century remodel and addition in the hills west of Austin is the home of one of Kevin’s favorite clients, Alan and Ellen Muskin.

Stewart shows off the Dai Due’s Texas tiles. They are featured on the wall across from the display case and above the sink in the restroom area.

F or an e mergi ng a rc hi tec t (w it h a s of t sp ot f o r b eets a n d bu r r ata), b oth wo r k a nd p l ay are an endless quest for i n s p i r i n g s e n s o ry d eta i l s .









multi-family project down the

Tom Hurt Architecture. “There’s

rives at Dai Due, the

40-year-old Houston native left

street from Contigo (where 38½

the saying ‘Less is more,’ but it

butcher shop and

the Michael Hsu Office of Archi-

St. turns into Anchor Lane); a

should really be said that less is

supper club that the

tecture (Olivia, Uchi, La Conde-

restaurant in the Skyhouse apart-

more work.” Architecture is in-

architect completed

sa) and started his own firm

ments on Rainey Street; and the

herently addictive, he explains.

in August, and apol-

(stewart-architect.com). He em-


The challenge is to create a

ogizes for being three minutes

braced the challenge of securing

and-mortar-restaurant Peached

space that doesn’t feel crammed

late. Dressed in jeans with up-

new clients, reasoning, “If you

Tortilla. Whether he prefers com-

or overcomplicated.

turned cuffs and a Western-style

lose a job because you weren’t

mercial or residential “depends

plaid button-up shirt, Stewart is

the right fit, then it’s probably

on the day.”

the epitome of Austin workweek

for the best.”

Like all architects, Stewart has a highly discerning aesthet-

Stewart refers to his work as

ic, gravitating toward stylish

casual. His hair, more white than

Stewart’s credentials and de-

modern, which, for him, means

spaces that resonate on a num-

gray, is an unexpected counter-

sign philosophy have already

simple. “My wife hates when

ber of levels, so we asked him

balance to a youthful optimism,

landed him a number of high-end

I say this, because it connotes

for a short list of his favorite

Pharrell-like, though without the

residential and highly anticipated

easy,” says Stewart, whose wife,

spots to eat, drink, shop, and

cloying effect.

commercial projects, including a

Liz Rau, is an architect with

hang out. tribeza.com october 2014


shopping traveller denim (travellerdenim.com, 1403 Chestnut Dai Due’s bright, white butcher area segues into an airier, softly lit dining space with warm colors, farmhouse chairs, and an open kitchen and bar.

Ave). “The hand-crafted quality of the space is inspiring, but my favorite detail is the way the thread that feeds the machines runs up the back wall and down to the machines. It’s like you’re inside a sewing machine.” Stewart’s attachment to the store is also sentimental. “Cotton is the second wedding anniversary, so I got Liz a pair of their custom jeans for ours.” Oh, Laszlo (etsy.com/shop/OhLaszlo). An online shop featuring hand-cast concrete home goods, such as planters with accent colors for succulents, by Joanna Wojtkowiak. Stewart commissioned Wojtkowiak (who’s also his longtime tenant) to make the light-green tiles featuring the state of

dining Dai Due (daidue.com, 2406 Manor Rd) A favorite “for so many reasons.” There are the personalities behind the space, the food, the ethos, and it was one of Stewart’s earliest solo undertakings. “Also, their tisanes, which change nightly, are the best way to end a perfectly cooked meal—along with a quarter pound of chicken liver mousse to take home on the way out of the butcher shop.” Eden East (edeneastaustin.com, 755 Springdale Rd). “Slow dining at its best!” Along with the ever-changing menu, “the service is amazing and the outdoor atmosphere– the trees, the hanging lights and farolitos–couldn’t be better.” Vaudeville (vaudeville-living.com, 230 E Main St, Fredericksburg). “The basement of a design/home furnishings store turned into wine bar/brasserie with a Hill Country twist. The tin ceilings and antique light fixtures make you feel like you’re in Europe. They have an amazing bicycle chain chandelier, the burrata is insanely good, and you can grab a bottle of wine to enjoy while you walk around town.” Salt and Time (saltandtime.com, 1912 E 7th St). “Jake Maddux, behind the bar, offers exemplary hospitality even in the most hectic times, and the changing lunch specials—I really love the vegetarian options—are unexpected for a butcher shop and awesome.”


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Texas that are thoughtfully placed in Dai Due. East Austin Studio Tour (east.bigmedium.org). “There’s no better place to get in touch with the creative spirit of Austin. My wife and I try to find a painting each year we go. Last time it was a work by Court Lurie that hangs at the end of the entry into our bedroom.” F-Stop Farm (facebook.com/fstopfarm). Though not technically a store, this CSA at HOPE Farmers Market “has the sweetest beets you’ll ever eat.” Ryan Farnau runs it along with his wife, Hillary Welde. “They have about a dozen chickens and my wife and I each named one. I picked Karl Feathers and she selected Lucille 2. Lucille’s great, but I’m sure Karl lays way better eggs.”

Not only does Stewart return to Green Pastures for inspiration, but it’s also an anniversary destination. He and his wife were married there two years ago.

drinking 1888 Bar at Green Pasture’s (greenpasturesrestaurant.com, 811 W Live Oak St). “The peacock blue color of the space is over the top and it’s small and intimate,” says Stewart, who got married at Green Pasture’s and sips Sapphire and tonics while he’s there. “Most architects don’t get to design places of this scale or intensity. It’s an interesting study to take the concept behind this and try to use color in a larger space without it dominating, or to utilize it in more intimate rooms that lend themselves to a more ‘dramatic’ experience: powder rooms, bathrooms, studies.” Whisler’s (www.whislersatx.com, 1816 East 6th) has become a go-to not only for Stewart but also architects throughout town, even if the relationship is sometimes love-hate. “The building is my nemesis,” jokes Stewart. “So many of my clients want to have a space like that but their buildings don’t have those bones.” Stewart is partial to the Negroni with Waterloo Gin and barstools made from re-purposed mail sacks.

hanging out In addition to Shoal Creek Park, Barton Springs and Lady Bird Lake, one of Stewart’s favorite hang-out spots is two hours outside Austin, at There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect pair of jeans. “I’m still breaking in a pair made at F-Stop 24 from denim manufactured in 1969.”

the The River Inn Resort in Hunt, Texas (riverinnresort.com, 2960 Hwy 39 Hunt). “Many of the units haven’t been updated since I went there as a 10-year old kid. I love that nostalgia,” he says. “There’s needle pointing and quilting on the walls, and every unit has a view of the Guadalupe River.”

Stewart’s most beloved hang-out spot? With his wife on the front porch of their East Austin home, which he built with his father 10 years ago. (His mom helped with the metal siding.) The house was designed around a 100-year-old post oak, so that no matter where you are in the public areas of the house you can see the tree. “This is more about the porch relating to the adjacent landscape,” he says. “It is a reminder that the connection to nature is important and shouldn’t be lost.” tribeza.com october 2014


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Chotsie Gregson & Willem Sypesteyn Co - f o u n d e r s , R e w o r k s Chotsie Gregson and Willem Sypesteyn

moved to Austin from

in preparation for executing them. They subcontract stonework and

New Orleans to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

welding and some other specialized tasks, but for the most part they

Both Gregson and Sypesteyn are natives of the Big Easy, with families

do the carpentry themselves. "Sometimes we agree and sometimes we

going back four generations (their grandparents knew one another).

disagree," Sypesteyn, "but it's great to have each other's opinions."

“In many ways, Austin is almost the direct opposite of New Orleans,”

Sypesteyn and Gregson have been together for eleven years. They met

says Sypesteyn. “Where New Orleans wants to stay the same, Austin

when she bought a house that he renovated in New Orleans, which she

was exciting to us because it is so adventurous with regard to change.”

found surprising at every turn, each room interesting to her in some way.

Sypesteyn lived in Austin for a stint in the 1970s, but for Gregson the

"We're together all the time," she says of their relationship now. He says

move here was a leap into the unknown. When the couple first arrived,

that the business takes up "nearly every waking moment," though he

they collaborated on renovating real estate—Sypesteyn had worked as

seems to enjoy the demands of the job. "We realized what our passions

a high-end contractor in New Orleans for 30 years, so the venture felt

were, and that's how Reworks came to be," adds Gregson.

natural. They found the Austin market saturated with people doing similar work, however, and decided that it was time to reinvent.

With galleries in Houston and New Orleans, as well as steady business from interior designers and other clients, they didn’t last long in

“To come here and be completely anonymous allowed me the op-

the driveway studio. They soon settled into a larger space in South

portunity to dig deep and learn who I was," says Gregson. She and Syp-

Austin—a workshop and repository for finished pieces and materials

esteyn founded their company, Reworks (reworks-works.com), in the

waiting to be used. “We needed to separate our studio from our home

driveway of their former home in Rollingwood in the summer of 2010.

so that we wouldn’t work all the time,” laughs Gregson.

The company blends their talents—his architectural background and

Still, Sypesteyn keeps an office at their home, and the house is chock-

her artistic talents—as well as her aptitude for business with his for

full of their beautiful, eclectic creations: an assortment of lamps and

architecture and design. “It’s cheaper for someone to buy a lamp than

chandeliers that look as if they could have come from a span of hun-

a house,” Sypesteyn comments wryly.

dreds of years; a beautiful, large-scale mirror framed with reclaimed

He and Gregson fabricate furniture, lighting, and other features for the home. They work together to hammer out concepts for pieces P h oto g r a p h y by j e s s i c a pag e s

barn wood; a side table made from an antique rabbit cage. In their own words: “We’re surrounded by our inspiration.” d. a zim tribeza.com october 2014


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3. 1. The couple lives among their creations: tapered-leg end table with antiqued mirror top by reworks 2. Reclaimed teak cabinet by Four Hands Home, Austin, topped with family heirlooms 3. Among the couple’s eclectic collections, a papier mache skull, from Bush Antiques, New Orleans 4. Their living room captures multiple eras, with an antique Dutch cabinet (circa 16th century) and a modern painting hanging above the fireplace; a reworks two-tier tri-leg table appears next to


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5. the couch 5. Royal Crown Derby, English bone china 6. The dining room features a barn wood mirror by reworks, next to a lamp that they also designed 7. An antique Italian headboard distinguishes the bedroom, from Gail Armstrong Interiors, Asheville, NC 8. An antique French sideboard serves as a bar, from Old World Antieks, La Grange; clay raku fired angel by Mario Villa, New Orleans P h oto g r a p h y by j e s s i c a pag e s

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behind the scenes

Set in Stone: Escobedo

These test-run designs were cut by the stone mill’s Peligrini 2 Axis CNC stone wire saw. The Italian machine can cut through blocks of stone weighing more than 20,000lbs.

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was born and raised in the business,” says David Escobedo, founder and owner of both Escobedo Construction (escobedoconstruction.com) and his latest venture, Architectural Elements by Esc-

obedo (escobedoae.com). Escobedo started in construction at an early age, working in residential concrete and wood framing for his father’s construction company in Houston. And he hasn’t looked back since. For almost 12 years now, Escobedo’s own general contracting firm has been specializing in both residential and commercial construction. From building and helping to design multimillion-dollar estates with Escobedo Construction to providing intricately carved stone, wood, and metal custom designs to designers and architects through his Architectural Elements component, Escobedo incorporates Old World techniques like traditional chiseling and true-compression cantilevered stonemasonry and artisan skill into creating just about anything for anyone. “Part of our goal is to offer our product to general contractors, and not just to our clients,” Escobedo says. David Escobedo, a self-taught welder and internationally recognized master stonemason, opened his general contracting firm in Buda 11 years ago. His wife, Kathy, is his partner in the firm, and their three children—Matthew, Jessica, and Anna—work for the company as well.


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Escobedo’s unassuming property may appear to be just a handful of warehouses out in the middle of Buda, but inside his three mills, magic happens. In the steel shop, the screeching noise made by machines cutting metal for steel window and door frames reverberates through the space. Michelle, the shop’s machinist, vigilantly runs tests with the mill’s three-axis steel milling machine on a strip of steel that will ultimately be used in one of the company’s steel framing projects. P h oto g r a p h y by l e a h ov er s t r ee t

This type of equipment, referred to as CNC technology, is some of the world’s most advanced computer-controlled milling machinery and it’s almost unheard of in the South. In the cabinetry and millwork shop, six casitas—rustic modular mini-cabins—are being constructed, piece by piece. Eventually they

Reaching up to the second story of the stone mill’s workspace, this wall is filled with model trinkets of mill’s projects. The goal is to eventually fill every cubbyhole with a project mini-model.

will be sent via truck to a hunting ranch in Brady, where they will be assembled. These casitas are a current favorite of Escobedo’s. What appeals to him is the accessibility of the tiny living areas. Some of the most spectacular sights reside in the stone mill on the property. Upon entering, a visitor quickly spots the mill’s humming, larger-than-life CNC machines—the two-axis CNC stone wire saw and

In Escobedo’s steel mill, a window frame is welded on a heavyweight table specifically designed for framework. The holes in the table allow for material to lay perfectly flat on its surface.

the five-axis CNC stone router—, taking up a majority of the space in the huge shop. In the shop’s remaining space are arrayed wall-towall stone masterpieces, both enormous and relatively small (yet still weighing more than 10,000 pounds). Some projects are works in progress, like the 15-foot stone topography of Austin, to be installed at the airport; others, Escobedo keeps as souvenirs, like the true-compression stone doghouse that he made and designed, which won Best in Show at Austin Barkitecture’s fund-raising competition. Every piece in Escobedo’s collection has a story. Escobedo’s reflections on his journey clearly reveal his penchant for his craft. To say that Escobedo loves his job is an understatement; he lives it. s. derstine

Building Better Boats Escobedo’s Sea Dart boats provide a surprising contrast to the home fabrications and design branches of the business. Made in-house, these masterfully crafted 16-foot wooden canoe-kayak hybrids are some of Escobedo’s most prized and cherished works. As an avid fisherman, he found ways to improve upon the elements of the traditional canoe six years ago with Old World Viking planking methods and high-quality imported French marine plywood. Designed predominantly for fly-fishing, these lightweight 55-pound canoes barely View from above: Through repurposed glass from previous Escobedo projects, the stone mill’s workspace overlooks the rest of the warehouse. Below, some of Escobedo’s skilled craftsmen work diligently on outer panels of the casitas. The mill’s cutting edge Peligrini wire saw can be seen on the right.

kiss the surface of the water, displacing only three inches deep when moving. On those rare days when he’s not in Buda running the show, Escobedo likes to take his own Sea Dart for a spin on the Intracoastal Waterway, sometimes accompanied by a client, other times savoring the moments alone. tribeza.com october 2014



n i g h t s ta n d

Hill Country Houses author, Cindy Severson.

Claiborne Smith is the editor-in-chief of Kirkus Reviews and the former literary director of the Texas Book Festival.

The Nightstand By C laib o r n e Smith The geographical liberality, however, allows her to write about one Hill Country Houses, with image after image of smartly designed

of the most stunning homes in the book as well as a crucial aspect of Texas’ architectural history: Spanish Colonial design.

homes, isn’t something to take for granted. After all, the Texas Hill

The real showstoppers here, though, are the houses nestled deep in

Country, to its first 19th-century Anglo settlers, was more of a “trap”

the scraggly land west of Austin and San Antonio. Severson is careful

than a verdant vacation spot, as Robert Caro writes in The Path to

to note when architects of homes like one on a working cattle ranch

Power, the first volume of his biography of LBJ.

in Guadalupe County named Big Tree Camp make innovative use of

Many Hill Country cabins were built in a “dog-run” layout: two

local materials or do a particularly seamless job of integrating a home

rooms separated by an open corridor that acted as a breezeway to at-

into the landscape, as is the case with a house near Boerne, built by

tract the flow of air through the entire structure. (According to Texas

Billy Johnson and Craig McMahon, former Lake|Flato architects.

historian T. R. Fehrenbach, the term “dog-run” comes honestly—“the

For occasional visitors to the Hill Country who know only the stolid

corridor was hardly the most sanitary of spots,” he told Caro.) A tidbit

German architecture of Fredericksburg, Hill Country Houses offers

from Caro’s research reveals what life was like for the early Anglo set-

a nice surprise. The houses featured in the book are strikingly mod-

tlers: “The walls of these cabins, visitors complained, were so full of

ern. Some of their architects manage to give a nod to the area’s early

holes that they did little to keep the wind out,” he writes. “Rutherford

design aesthetic while laying a claim that the Hill Country is as fine

Hayes wrote that he slept in one through whose walls a cat could be

a spot as anywhere else for progressive architecture. (In fact, judg-

hurled ‘at random.’ ”

ing from Hill Country Houses, no well-heeled residents of the Hill

Well. A visitor to the Hill Country these days is in greater danger of

Country have anything to hide, so ubiquitous is the presence of glass

being crowded out than of having to spend the night in an uninten-

in their homes.) Fehrenbach has noted that life for early Hill Country

tionally breezy cabin. Purists may not like the fact that Cyndy Sever-

residents was “hardy, dirty, terribly monotonous, lonely, and damag-

son, the author of Hill Country Houses, takes the broad view of what

ingly narrow.” The evidence presented in this lovingly detailed and

constitutes the Hill Country, with one of the nearly 20 houses fea-

beautiful book, though, suggests that life in today’s Hill Country is

tured in this elegant book located as far east as Washington County.

just the opposite.


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Burton Baldridge For architect Burton Baldridge, compiling an inspiration board was a difficult task. “I am not much of a consumer,” he says. “I like things that are utilitarian and still beautiful. They're objects where form and function meld so completely that it is hard to separate the two.” As an example, Baldridge points to the sleek wall handrail that guides people upstairs and into his firm’s office. He acknowledges that some of his answers are a bit esoteric. “This sounds like I am being pretentious, but we all have a sense of this as we collectively attempt to replace a simple 60-watt A19 bulb.” Baldridge is currently working on a number of “substantial” residences and commercial spaces, including a new Kimber Modern Hotel on Rainey Street, a hotel on East Caesar Chavez, and the highly anticipated Gardner restaurant on East Sixth from Contigo owners Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton. “We weren’t an obvious choice because we are so modern, and we’d be throwing a lot of disparate elements into a pot, making them work together,” Baldridge admits. Until recently, the resulting “chimera” has been public curiosity, much like Baldridge’s white, signless, unabashedly modern office behind the aesthetically frenetic Austinbikes Service Station on West Lynn. Baldridge’s office is beautiful, utilitarian, and when it comes to objects, one of his most beloved. t. lev y


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bu rton' s

Inspiration Board

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1. The Complete Works of Peter Zumthor. “As we collectively chase commerce and comfort, I think some of the potential of architecture is getting lost. Zumthor’s work is so elemental. He isn't working with things like walls and square feet. It’s about mass, solidity, texture, atmosphere, and light.” 2. Dodo Case. I have always loved beautiful packaging. Some times more than the contents. This is the place where Steve Jobs had my number. I love products by DodoCase. It's a San Francisco book binder that makes these lovely tablet and phone cases. There is a real tactile quality there that masks the impersonal nature of the ubiquitous tech within. 3. My Canon EOS 5D. “It's an old camera now and pretty well worn. I love it for its own sake, but it’s the ability to look at things through a marginally skewed lens that allows you to see differently.” 4. Natural materials. “I love natural materials—a piece of knotty walnut, a piece of travertine—that are durable and that possess character and depth. Much of what we use is so milled, composited, veneered, and laminated. It's all so flat. There is a place for that, my office being an example, but a more natural expression is where my head is now.” 5. My office. “Both the physical space and the talented people I get to work with. I love its uncluttered simplicity and the energy of working together in a single room. The natural light interferes with the monitors, but it is so lively and pleasant.”6. Alden Boots. They are just such solid and well-made shoes. There is a real utilitarian beauty to them. They are made to last forever. Not pictured... A blank site. “Nothing is more inspiring than a challenging site or program. There is so much potential there, and the possibilities are open.” Austin. “I have spent about 25 years of my life here. It has always had an outsized importance relative to its size, and it has always been filled with hustle and creativity—a place where the baristas have Ph.D.’s. I feed on the energy.” My children, Elena (11) and Dylan (15). “Watching them experience space and architecture has been such an education. I have turned my entire family into a bunch of design snobs, but to see them experience new spaces with me is more inspiring than you might think.” tribeza.com october 2014




Native Texas plants and succulents decorate the stunning granite patio.

Owner, Adam Jacoby, and creative director, Kris Swift, were a power-team in building Jacoby's. Adam Jacoby says "Having the opportunity to work with Kris taught me much more than how to build a beautiful restaurant. I really could not have done this without him." The wood that adorns the ceiling and bar inside is reclaimed barn wood from the Jacoby ranch in Melvin, Texas. The family had been saving it for something special, and they knew Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile was just the thing.

Jacoby and Swift have not spared a single detail in curating the restaurant and shop.

Jacoby's offers an extensive cocktail menu, including a handcrafted punch.

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile A r u s tic , r a n ch - i n s p i r ed s e tti n g o n th e r iv er—a n d s er i o u s s t e a k s— i n Ea s t Au s ti n .


The meaty offerings (including a stellar bone-in ribeye) on Jacoby’s erched on the banks of the Colorado River in East Austin, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile is rooted in a ranch-to-table dining ex- menu are sure to attract a foodie crowd; however, the quaint atmosphere perience. Adam Jacoby, the restaurant’s owner, has been aspiring is its own draw. Created by Kris Swift, winner of HGTV’s seventh season to open the restaurant since he was in high school, which is no surprise, of Design Star, the restaurant ’s interior transports you from East Austin considering that he comes from a family that has long valued the integrity to a rustic countryside cottage, complete with petite hobnail vases filled of beef. Since January 1981, the Jacoby family has been operating their with Texas Hill Country blooms on every table and blue vintage Ball mafamily-owned farm and ranching business, Jacoby Feed and Seed, in son jars for water glasses. Guests can also linger on a sublime granite Melvin, Texas, which has expanded into a multifaceted operation over the back patio, framed by reclaimed railroad ties from the family rail cenyears. However, Jacoby stresses that the new Austin restaurant is “more ter. Swift and Jacoby have carefully curated the offerings available at the like taking a seed from Melvin and planting it here to grow in a way that adjacent Mercantile, which sells everything from cake stands to cuts of reflects this place.” The restaurant serves Jacoby own beef, which might Jacoby beef, so guests can re-create the restaurant’s eclectic, rustic-chic boast the happiest cows in Texas. “Our cattle receive only the best in nutri- flavor at home. Every aspect of the restaurant is Jacoby’s way of bringing a serving of Southern hospitality to East Austin. “We look tion, including pasture grass, hay, and a finishing ration speJacoby's forward to sharing our family with yours,” Adam says. cially mixed by Jacoby Feed and Seed. They are never given 3235 East Cesar Chavez any type of growth hormone or antibiotics,” Jacoby says. m. dunn



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Small plates of reimagined Southern classics offer big flavors that charm and delight rather than overwhelm.

r e s e r vat i o n s

Dallas design firm Staffelbach created a genteel, charming aesthetic with the addition of a welcoming wrap-around porch and wide open Southerncottage shutters.

Before dinner, expertly mixed cocktails like the classic Sazerac or an icy julep await on the breezy back porch.


Chefs Fojtasek and Grae Nonas bring inventive, modern Southern cuisine to the Austin culinary scene.

refined Southern fare and a ta ste of history.


ou’d never know it from the charming presence, but Olamaie was born after hours in a dark bar—in this case, where chef Michael Fojtasek and general manager Ben Hickerson, both sons of the South, met to relax after shifts at New York City’s Lincoln Ristorante. Fresh out of culinary school, Fojtasek waxed poetic about his dreams for a refined Southern restaurant, with gracious, meticulously prepared versions of the food that’s been served on back porches and in dining rooms throughout the South for generations. Several years later, Fojtasek called Hickerson to say he was actually doing it, with co-chef Grae Nonas on board. Was Hickerson in? Hickerson in turn called culinary school buddy Steven Carson, and the four set off on a road trip through Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Low Country. They avoided much publicized restaurants of the “new South” in favor of back-road soul food joints, historic boardinghouses, and old-school steak-and-seafood spots. The meals from that trip inspire the menu at


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Olamaie. Named for Fojtasek’s mother, and the three generations of Olamaies before her, the restaurant serves the kind of fresh, soulful Southern food your great-grandmother might have made before convenience foods made their way to the table. There’s plenty of pork fat, gravy, and butter on the menu, but the resulting dishes are light, even delicate, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and a playful respect for tradition. Beautifully designed by the Dallas firm Staffelbach, the space is soothing and polished, with a wraparound porch and an entry that leads into a back parlor where cool cocktails await. A sense of place is apparent in Salt and Pepper Cucumbers, served atop tangy buttermilk crème fraîche, dressed with sunflower seeds, sprouts, and petals, which calls to mind a late-summer field and buzzing cicadas. The made-to-order biscuits are revelatory—golden and crisp on the outside, they arrive nestled in a linen napkin and break open to reveal airy layers ready to be spread with the accompanying sorghum butter. The cornbread,

1610 San Antonio St olamaieaustin.com too, is pitch-perfect, baked in an iron skillet and doused with silky stewed okra and tomatoes. A tale of the African diaspora, Smoky Hen of the Woods Mushroom with braised peanuts, smoky tomato likker, and sorghum shallots has history in its DNA. The cultural contrast of country club favorites—a reimagined green bean casserole and tomato aspic atop shrimp mousse—reads as interesting rather than oblivious. Entrées like the meltingly tender Bavette Wagyu Steak or thickcut and aromatic Sweet Tea Red Wattle Pork Chop are hearty without being heavy. If the evening’s nice, wander to the back porch for apple pie with house-made ice cream. As much as we enjoyed what was on our plates, we found ourselves caught up in musing about food culture. How does history become taste? Tied up in a past rife with exploitation and sticky class issues, Southern food has a deeply complicated backstory, but somehow it feels deliciously safe, ensconced in Olamaie’s pearly gray dining room, to explore these dark roads. e. winslow P h oto g r a p h y by m o l ly w i n t er s


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Dinner & Drinks

dining guide

Austin’s leading restaurant architects give us stunning spaces that are as enticing as the food on the plate.

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prepared with simple yet

yaki udon and donburi

elegant flavors. The fan-

with fun sake versions of

tastic front porch is the

classic cocktails, like the

perfect spot for a bottle of

MoSakeJito and the Sake

wine and excellent people






1315 W 6th St

1400 S Congress Ave

(512) 582 1027

(512) 291 7300

Appealing Italian fare

A South Congress staple.

prepared from locally

Expect the freshest fish

sourced ingredients. Sip

and oysters, flown in daily

a glass of Chianti and try

from both coasts, carefully

the Chipotle Canneloni,

(512) 323 9494 BENJI'S CANTINA

Updated diner staples play

716 W 6th St

on comfort favorites like

(512) 476 8226

burgers, griddled sand-

Benji’s offers a fresh, in-

wiches, and Caesar salads.

novative take on Tex-Mex

Major bonus points for

with both seafood and

serving breakfast until

Mexican influences on the

4pm on weekends.

menu. The rooftop lounge,


d o lc e n e v e

an Italian classic with an

ingredients) in a charming

Austin edge.

bistro setting. Perfect for a downtown power lunch or

Dick Clark + Associates

a decadent brunch (with


Marys in town).

ANNIE’S CAFÉ & BAR 319 Congress Ave

designed by Jamie Chioco,


(512) 472 1884

features a happy hour with

1712 Lavaca St

Locally minded Ameri-

perfectly blended frozen

(512) 520 8630

can offerings (with an

margaritas and sangrias.

A roster of popular

emphasis on fresh local

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w i n f lo

one of the best Bloody

DOLCE NEVE 1713 S. 1st St (512) 804 5568 Authentic, handcrafted gelato served every day. Choose from 18 delicious

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benji's cantina

Japanese dishes like

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crowded, Clark’s’ extensive

coming atmosphere that

caviar and oyster menu,

makes Jeffrey’s an old

crisp Nantucket-inspired

Austin staple.

aesthetics, and excellent service make it a refresh-


ing indulgence on West

1601 Waterston Ave

Sixth Street. Indoor and

(512) 477-5584

outdoor seating available.

Rustic Continental fare with an emphasis on fresh,

(512) 436 9626

or lemon) or try an arti-

This sushi lounge fuses

sanal frozen novelty, such

cuisine from East and

as a granita or an affogato,

West. Happy hour specials

which is a freshly prepared

allow you to try a little bit

espresso poured over your

of everything from the

favorite gelato.

extensive menu.

THE GROVE + LOLA SAVANNAH 3001 RR 620 South (512) 263 2366 The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen aims to provide good times with good friends over great food and great wine. It’s adjacent to the Lola Savannah Coffee Lounge, so stop

ents. Serving lunch, after-

(512) 477 5584

noon snacks, and evening

This historic Clarksville

cocktails, the shady porch

favorite received a swanky

is the perfect spot for a

makeover last year. The

late-afternoon paloma.

result is a luxe stage set for

l a co n d e s a

(N. BURNET) 5400 Burnet Road

provide healthy and light

(512) 452 2025

options, this is the place

Cooking up all-natural

to indulge in fried-food

ingredients, founder Drew

glory. Start with fried

Gressett resolves to never

goat cheese appetizers,

cut corners when serving

followed by fried pork

up classic hamburgers at

loin or Gulf shrimp, and


any of Hat Creek Burger’s

finish with the fried pie of

1530 Barton Springs Rd

three locations. Pair your

the day.

(512) 476 0100

meal with a craft beer or a

Savory barbecue, a wealth

Blue Bell shake. Awesome

of beers, and regular live

enclosed playscape = chill

music make this a des-

time for parents.

elegant bistro fare, perfect

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martinis, excellent service (including valets dressed in Wes Anderson–inspired uniforms), and the wel-

tination spot on Barton


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Springs Road.

MAIKO 1600 E 6th St


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CHAVEZ 111 E Cesar Chavez (512) 478 2991

Clayton & Little


Local celebrity chef Shawn



Cirkiel’s Mexican-inspired menu boasts homemade

by for an espresso and a pastry to start your day.

While the menu does

mole and tamales, oysters



1200 W 6th St

500 S Austin Ave,

on the half shell, and more

(512) 297 2525

Georgetown, TX

in a sleek dining room that

Small and typically

(512) 930 9586

overlooks Lady Bird Lake.

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josephine house

m i c h a e l h s u ; l a c o nd e s a p h oto c o u r t e s y o f m i c h a e l h s u.

flavors (like salted caramel

local, and organic ingredi-

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EXPECT THE ABSOLUTE BEST Bob’s Steak & Chop House is not just a meal, it’s an experience. From the upscale atmosphere and top-notch service to the extensive wine list and prime ingredients, Bob’s exceeds its reputation from the moment you walk in the door. Visit your local Bob’s in the downtown Austin area. bobs-steakandchop.com




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1201 S Lamar Blvd

90 Rainey St

(512) 433 6521

(512) 320 0820

Famed food-trailer-

Brought to you by the


same woman who was

mortar, Odd Duck was

responsible for Rainey

the first venture from

Street’s first bar, Lustre

acclaimed chef Bryce

Pearl, Container Bar is a

Gilmore. Expect seasonal

need-to-see space for its

fare and drinks with a

creative design that utiliz-

Texas influence at this

es repurposed materials.

South Lamar oasis. METTLE

North Arrow Studio

507 Calles St

n o rtha r rows t u d i o.

Created by Rainey Street

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proprietor Bridget Dun-

odd duck


400 W 2nd St


(512) 499 0300

8515 Burnet Rd

lap, Mettle offers a diverse,

dining experience set

Killer cocktails, inven-

(512) 420 9242

often experimental menu

against a spare, beauti-

tive tacos, and fantastic

This beloved local burger

exciting for omnivores and

ful backdrop. Menu

ceviches. Vibrant entrées,

shrine’s newest location

vegetarians alike.

selections are artfully

all inspired by the hip and

boasts expansive roof

bohemian Condesa neigh-

structures, floor-to-

borhood in Mexico City.

ceiling glass, and other

A Parallel Architecture

contemporary design

a pa r all el .co m


features, along with the

2043 S Lamar Blvd

signature tasty beef,

(512) 804 2700

chicken, and veggie burg-


A South Austin favorite

ers, flawless fries, and

1600 E 6th St

emphasizing fresh and lo-

thick shakes.

prepared daily, so check quiaustin.com before making a reservation.

to b e i n c lu d e d i n

(512) 436 9626

our entire

cal produce and a diverse

Chef (and media darling)

menu that ranges from

Paul Qui’s new fine-dining

online dining

Mann & Mann Architects

restaurant is a hot spot

Don’t miss the addictive fries with house-made


Asian food. Prepare for an

foie gras to French toast.

for modern Southeast



(512) 236 1022


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The Architecture of Perfect Pastry Holy cannoli! Apparently, food lovers in Austin have

St. Philip 4715 S Lamar (832) 693 3416 stpaustin.com

The rich inner chocolate ganache filling is made from a blend of 36 percent milk chocolate and 66 percent bittersweet chocolate.

been saying their prayers, because St. Philip Pizza Parlor + Bakeshop—the new neighborhood-y pizza restaurant and bakery from the team behind Uchi and Uchiko and named The crust is a flaky, buttery pastry dough, carefully mixed, rolled, and formed by hand.

for the patron saint of cooks and bakers—has opened in the old Cannoli Joe’s in Sunset Valley, offering a heavenly array of pizzas, bar snacks, bakery treats, and pastries to feed the soul. The beautifully redesigned space—a collaboration from Chris McCray of McCray & Co., Daryl Kunik and Chris Romero of Uchi, Tony Linder and Litmus Industries, and the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture—is bright and spacious, with elements of white subway tile, wood ceilings, and a rustic modern sensibility. St. Philip's offerings are a departure from the edgy, high-

A dark chocolate drizzle on the top offers a bittersweet slash for the topping to cling to.

concept dishes that diners expect from Uchi and Uchiko. St. Philip’s lead baker, Kerstin Bellah, says the St. Philip team is aiming for “recognizable flavors updated with a sense of fun and adventure.” Look for hand-stretched, 12-inch thincrust pizza with inventive toppings and seasonally inspired, scratch-bread sandwiches, craveable bar snacks like bacalao fritters and stringy, crispy, cheesy pepperoni monkey bread during happy hour (3–6pm), and pastries from the bakery all day. Mornings will bring chewy “everything” bialys and buttery, ethereal croissants, with more-substantial options like s’mores pancakes and steak-and-eggs available during weekend brunch. The pastry offerings, showcasing the nationally recognized talent of Philip Speer, culinary director and executive pastry chef, are unlike any we’ve seen elsewhere in town. Think your favorite lunchbox treats made over with French pastry technique, enhanced with approachable and enticing flavors and textures. These sure aren’t the Pop-Tarts you grew up with.

Eat this at room temperature or warm. It’s great straight from the bakery case, but a few minutes in the toaster oven turns the center silky and molten.

The corn-flake crunch, an exciting contrast to flaky pastry and creamy chocolate, is made with old-fashioned corn flakes, butter, sugar, milk powder, and a big pinch of salt.

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