Furniture designers Arthur Johnson and Scott Hill of Dallas-based Square One Furniture, are serial remodelers (I wrote about them and one of their fabulous houses for Metropolitan Home magazine nearly a decade ago). But last January they decided to take a break from home ownership when they sold their rambling ranch-style home. The pair became renters and now live in a two-bedroom, ground floor apartment in the mid-century-era Terrace House. Their 2500-square-foot residence is much smaller than any of their previous homes, so the pair was challenged to find a way to integrate their large collection of contemporary furniture (including prototypes of their own designs), their art, and their favorite pieces.
If you have the feeling you recognize some of their furniture it may be because the W hotels and the Nasher Sculpture Center are clients, as well as residential designers Mil Bodron
, David Cadwallader
and Emily Summers
The gold-leaf screen in the sitting room is by Square One; there’s also a vintage Ward Bennett
for Brickell sofa and a vintage Knoll Platner coffee table.
A tree sculpture by Dallas artist Shane Pennington.
The 24-karat gold Midas’s Lunch is by sculptor Paul Suttman.
A Riviera chair and Champagne end table are by Square One; the lamp is by Philippe Starck; and the sculpture by David Brothers;
Johnson and Hill own hundreds of art and architecture books which they use for reference.
The triptych in the dining room is by Tom Freund; the walnut table is Square One, and the leather Laverne chairs are vintage.
A silver tray displays natural elements like berries, moss, and an artichoke. At right, tiny chairs — all found objects — are grouped together to form a little sculpture.
In the living room: Square One’s Zen walnut console and U2 bench; a Richard Meier bowl, Karim Rashid votives; the photo on the left is by Michael Booth; on the right, by Flip Art.
Living room detail: Johnson and Hill’s collections include a silver bowl by Richard Meier and a Robert A.M. Stern candlestick.
The custom fireplace is faux shagreen. Large scale floor lamps are by Leavitt Weaver; the painting is by London artist Luke Elwes
In the living room, a T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings end table is from Nancy Hamon’s estate; terra cotta bowl by Elsa Peretti;
chairs, sofa, and side tables from Square One.
The custom display tower is by Square One; Christian Liagre’s Paris-made India
chair was deaccessioned years ago from the lobby of the Rosewood Crescent Hotel
Now that they don’t have to worry about the lawn, the gutters, the pool, or the roof, Scott Hill and Arthur Johnson relax in a pair of Frank Gehry
‘s Cross Check armchairs with Connor, a white Westie, and Gunther, a black Scotty.
In the master bedroom, the Square One custom made, quarter-sawn white oak headboard also doubles as interior architecture; the benches and side tables are also by Square One; painting is by Linda Ridgway.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN CLEMONS
FOR MORE ON ARTHUR HILL AND SCOTT JOHNSON, SEE REBECCA SHERMAN’S WONDERFUL BLOG, http://www.housesgardenspeople.com/2011/12/how-to-layer-modern-interior-with.html
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