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Austin Home by Mark Ashby Design

A 1960’s Lake Austin Ranch Home Gets an Update with Spectacular Art Collection and Neon Writing

Austin Home by Mark Ashby Design
Photography by © Douglas Friedman

Christina Simon of Mark Ashby Design recently completed the renovation of this stunning 1960’s Lake Austin Ranch Home designed by Tobin Smith Architect. Mark Ashby Design designed the home with unique furnishings, textiles, finishes to highlight the homeowners fabulous works of art. The home on the lake features a spectacular art collection and some fun and funky furnishing, bringing the 1960’s ranch up to date while keeping its retro charm. Discover more after the jump.

Austin Home by Mark Ashby Design
Photography by © Douglas Friedman

From the architects: The original home, built in 1968, underwent an architectural transformation that maintained the structure’s slab and shell but dramatically redefined the exterior presentation and interior experience. The back of the house opens up to Taylor’s Branch, a quiet inlet off of Lake Austin. Tucked in the treetops above this waterway, the house’s dramatic perch is concealed from the street behind an understated facade that provides little hint of the experience beyond. Exquisite materials, furnishings, and art are revealed upon entry and are set in dialogue with the natural realm beyond.

Austin Home by Mark Ashby Design
Photography by © Douglas Friedman

One of the interior highlights of this project is the world class art with works from Mapplethorpe, DeWitt, Cragg, Fischl, Hirst, Bourgeois, Ulrikk Dufosse and many more. With the exception of the vintage collection (original pieces from Alvar Alto, Edward Wormley, Roche Bobois, Karl Springer), much of the fabrics, rugs and cabinetry are custom, bespoke and handmade in such a way as to also stand as their own unique works of art — designed and or curated by interior designer, Christina Simon, Mark Ashby Design. A ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ in the lower level den houses an assortment of natural and historical objects: special finds of an avid collector that extend beyond fine art.

Photography by © Douglas Friedman
Photography by © Douglas Friedman
Austin Home by Mark Ashby Design
Photography by © Douglas Friedman

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While this 3,500 plus square foot home was designed to be a relaxed family lake house, it also serves as a hub for entertaining friends and hosting events. In addition, the dining room pulls double duty as an elegant conference space with an enormous stainless steel pull-out white board wall to accommodate board meetings and presentations. The homeowners, Lanham Napier, former Rackspace CEO has launched a VC firm in Austin. Lanham uses this Austin home as an office and private conference space for business. Dr. Dacia Napier is an art collector and historian – she believes giving art a unique way to be viewed outside a museum setting is important.

Project credits:
Interior Designer: Christina Simon of Mark Ashby Design, Austin, TX – markashbydesign.com
Contractor: Dalgleish Construction, Austin, TX
Architect: Tobin Smith Architect, San Antonio, TX
Art Curation: Armstrong Art Consulting, San Antonio, TX

Art Collection:
Exterior: Joel Shapiro
Entry : Do Ho Suh
Living Room: Ruud van Empel, Ed Ruscha, Tony Cragg
Dining room: Ulrikk Dufosse, Sol LeWitt, David Wiseman
Hall to Powder: Peter Alexander, Liza Lou, Rick Owens
Hall to Master: Damien Hirst
Master Bedroom: Shirazeh Houshiary, Eric Fischl, Tomás Sareceno
Master Bathroom: Kiki Smith
Guest Bedroom: Ross Bleckner, Fred Tomaselli
Stairwell: Roxy Paine
Den: Roni Horn, Gisela Colon
Hall: Ellsworth Kelly, Ron Gorchov
In the Collection not photographed: Zhu Jinshi (Entry), Robert Mapplethorpe (Hall), Jeff Zimmerman (Hall), Jiri Dokoupil (Hall), Mark Schlesinger (Guest), Laurent Grasso (bath), Louise Bourgeois (Girl’s Bed)

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