In his thirty-five-year career, Dallas architect Jim Rimelspach has designed the interiors of dozens of luxurious hotels all over the world such as Santa Fe’s Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi and China’s Venetian in Macau. At the residence in Dallas he shares with his partner, art consultant David Arment, it’s a different story. The couple has opted for pared-down contemporary décor in their two-story, three-bedroom home.
The dining and living rooms in the Rimelspach-Arment home merge into one space that’s warmed with the beige tones of a Mies van der Rohe daybed and Christian Liaigre sofa and armchair in Hermès leather. In the living room the focus is the textured gray and black oil painting “Zone,” by Irish artist Mark Francis, an example of the minimalist art the couple favors. The mainly sideways seating works equally well for viewing the patio garden where the pair has assembled a small sculpture garden or art installation, as they like to say.
The pair used walnut on a stairway that leads from the foyer to the second floor, echoing the Hudson Furniture walnut dining table. A two-story wall of translucent fiberglass panels provides both insulation and natural light that streams into the dining area, illuminating a bright canvas by British artist Tim Bavington. The paint colors represent the musical notes of the composition reflected in Bavington’s artwork.
Late-nineteenth-century Zulu wood ceremonial walking sticks embellished with brass and copper wire pop up across the back of the kitchen sink; a telephone wire pot and a child’s wooden rhino stool are positioned on the perimeter of the stove.
An imaginative grouping of small paintings on the breakfast alcove wall demonstrates that the link between Rimelspach’s public projects and the couple’s private space is a subtle, selective spotlight on art.
Two woven black metal chairs and a Frank Gehry back Twist cube sit on the limestone terrace in front of a lineup of edge-lit bamboo silhouetted against a composite-board backdrop.
Art and travel are the keynotes of the decorative schemes throughout the home. Arment has had a life-long enthusiasm for Africa and many of the dramatic touches in the house are textiles and other pieces from Africa.
A graceful Frank Gehry Cross Check chair is a foil for the metal and wood cabinet.
In the master bath, Donald Baechler ink-relief prints of flowers and trees await bathers; towels are at the ready on an Ashante stool, and black-and-white wire works hang on another wall.
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