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Landmark Charm

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They've commingled contemporary Philippe Starck furniture and lighting with German Expressionist paintings and African art, and paired Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona furniture with Burmese Buddhas and exquisite French antiques. Yet the home remains remarkably spare.

"I definitely think less is more," says Wolfgang. "You might say I'm somewhat static in my feelings, which I think shows in the interiors of our home." While the rooms throughout are sober, pared-down furnishings are softened by dynamic fine art and sculptural accents, many of them antiques.

In the dining room, for example, an ultra-modern dining table and Starck's Louis Ghost chairs look surprisingly comfortable next to an Art Deco-era painting by Clément-Serveau and an 18th-century console topped with an urn-shaped lamp made of lead. In the entry to Wolfgang's study, a settee by Jean Baptiste-Claude Sené anchors a scene that includes German Expressionist art and Colombian artifacts.

Like the main residence, a small guesthouse has limestone floors and a mix of antiques and modern furnishings. The pale backdrop and dramatic canopy bed hung with flowing white fabric make the bedroom feel almost ethereal; only the art adds color. "I say that sleeping in the guesthouse bedroom is like sleeping in a gallery," Wolfgang says.

A sizable porch on the back of the main house overlooks a 60-foot-long pool and a patio furnished with a faux bois dining set that Wolfgang designed and manufactured. "Making faux bois is a hobby of mine," he says. "It's something that I enjoy very much."




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