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A Condo Becomes a Showplace for Contemporary Art



Matthew Millman

“A downtown Jackson pied-à-terre” is how architect Andy Ankeny describes this loft remodel he and his Carney Logan Burke Architects colleagues designed for two New York City transplants. The clients, serious collectors of paintings, photography and sculpture, wanted to establish a permanent base in town while their primary house, also designed by the firm, was being built. So they enlisted Ankeny, principal architect Eric Logan and architectural intern Maria James to reimagine the space.

They found the ideal spot in an open-plan condominium, one of nine residential units in a mixed-use building Carney Logan Burke designed back in 2003. The first of its kind in Jackson, the structure combines two levels of urban living with ground-floor offices, and is situated within two blocks of the town square. 

The new owners hoped to showcase artwork from their collection in the 1,805 square feet of living space, so they asked the architects, along with New York-based interior designers Timothy Macdonald and Greg Knudsen of Timothy Macdonald Incorporated, to transform the loft into an art-centric haven. “It had to feel contemporary and minimalist,” Macdonald says—an approach that not only highlights the art but also makes the place feel more spacious. 

The result of the six-month-long remodel is an aesthetic that would feel just as appropriate in Manhattan as it does in the Rocky Mountains. The design team added distinctive yet low-key finishes that complement the collection—and are works of art in their own right. 

 

The loft occupies downtown Jackson's first mixed-used development, a building that combines modern urban living with Western-style exterior touches including timber columns, steel beams, cedar siding and corrugated-copper cladding. 

 

The entry hall leads past bedrooms and a powder room to the main loft-like space containing the living, sitting and dining areas, and kitchen. Framed by the living area's two windows is Grace Building VI, a negative-image, pinhole-camera gelatin silver print by Vera Lutter.

 

In the kitchen, a backsplash of cappuccino-colored glass tiles by Walker Zanger harmonizes with the earth tones of the rustic-looking reclaimed Douglas fir floors. The tiles reflect the light from windows on the opposite wall, helping to brighten and visually expand the space. Built-in cabinetry, stainless-steel kitchen counters and appliances, and white or off-white walls create a sophisticated yet low-key style that doesn't distract from the fine art on display throughout the residence.

 

The master bedroom's clean-lined leather headboard by Altura echoes the simple frame that surrounds Year of the Dog #9, a multimedia woodblock/digital/hand-painted work by Judy Pfaff. The bedroom curtains—gray and taupe checks on a semisheer fabric by Pollack—are a rare instance of pattern in the space. Their blackout backing provides darkness and privacy in the downtown Jackson setting.

 

The master bathroom's small square footage is visually expanded with the help of mirrors, wall-mounted sink fixtures and a walk-in shower with a frameless glass door. 

 

An existing niche for a dresser in the master bedroom's storage wall was streamlined to showcase Red S, a Plexiglas-and-wire sculpture Rebecca Welz.

 

In the home office/guest bedroom, a cantilevered resin desktop by 3Form sits  three screenprints by John Baldessari.

 

The dining room's chandelier of translucent mica discs, by McEwen Lighting, and the far sitting room's black-steel-clad fireplace, help define distinctive areas within the open space.

 

Material Lights, a painting by Fabian Marcaccio, occupies a wall space in the living area that's framed by built-in cabinetry and bookshelves. Illuminating artworks throughout the residence is low-profile Translite Basis track lighting in a satin-nickel finish that complements the cabinet hardware.

 

Existing sofas were reupholstered in soft, textured chenille fabrics.

 

The terra-cotta area rug, already in the owners' possession, was cut down to fit the new living room.

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