We launched VIRTUAL ICONIC HAUS to share the beauty of our luxury designer showhouse with the world. Designed to be an in-person tour, we shifted to a virtual approach to honor community responsibility and public health. With some many of us sheltering at home, we hope you will take time to peacefully enjoy beauty, our original intent to support others. In our five-part series, we will celebrate five days of design. We start with these first four spectacular spaces that you see first when you enter this elegant home in Cameldale Estates.
We start with these first four spectacular spaces that you see first when you enter this elegant home in Cameldale Estates.
GRAND ENTRY TOWER
David Michael Miller | David Michael Miller Associates
Designer Inspiration: I am inspired by the contrasts created between the architectural styling of the house design itself by C.P. Drewett, and the amazing Sonoran desert. In the shadow of Camelback Mountain stands this bold stroke of a brilliant white building, with strong horizontal features that are reinforced by the distant McDowell Mountains to the east. Natural materials and a sense of place are integral characteristics of the interiors that we do, and this was where we started.
Drewett’s unique building plan encourages the integration between interior and exterior living space—with multiple locations of glass expanses that bring the outside in. C.P. leads with this intention in the first space a guest enters. By not designing a formal interior space to receive visitors, the architect devoted this covered foyer tower to greeting guests with a dramatic outdoor volume of space that feels much like an interior space.
We combined a native flat-weave wool rug, with a strikingly contemporary console table in sandblasted white oak, a found object lamp in French terra cotta, a large format modern painting, along with large antique limestone vessels, planted with tactile species that again blur the line between interior and exterior space. The large pendant light enhances the visitor’s sense of entry. The overall mood of the space is organic, dramatic and natural. To the visitor, the space is ambiguous about whether it is inside or outside.
Anita Lang | IMI Design
Designer Inspiration: The home’s architecture inspired by Mid-Century Mexican Modernism was the impetus for the interior design of IMI Design’s living room space. The architectural framework of massing, simplistic forms and layered elements are echoed in the appointments of the furnishings space. The innovative Italian sectional is formed with blocks of interlocking cubes, which is a fractal pattern of the home’s structural massing. It also allows for an unconventional way to lounge or socialize within the space.
Inspired by the layered windowpanes in the fenestration, the designer echoes the layering in woven textile screens. The textile art commissioned for the room references Mayan graphics while executed in a medium often used in the sixties and seventies. The neutral palette with hues of black, brown and ivory emphasizes texture and form. Two mirror imaged coffee tables of natural cerused oak incorporate biomorphic forms and a strategic use of negative space. The curation of the room’s pieces includes two 1970s leather sling chairs by Max Gottschalk, a John Rose sculpture and other collectible pieces. The design is guided by architectural inspirations, several layers of international influences, bespoke furnishings and curated accoutrements.
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CULINARY & DINING OASIS
Claire Ownby | Ownby Design
Designer Inspiration: The Ownby Design team was very humbled and honored to be asked to design the heart of the home in the ICONIC HAUS. The kitchen is an incredibly vital centering space to any home, that needs to be both a functional and inspirational place of gathering. We were inspired predominantly by the platform of the architecture in the home. We are always excited to work with the Drewett Works team, and this project has been no exception. We complimented the work of C.P. Drewett with clean lines, high contrast and a neutral palette as our foundation to build upon. As our team began collaborating on this space, our vision was driven by an emphasis on seamless indoor-outdoor transitions.
From the desert itself, to the many rock outcroppings and surrounding mountains, we strive to pull these organic elements into the spaces we design through a repetition of material, utilizing a neutral palette, rustic pottery and wooden elements along with clean lines to bring the modern luxury our firm is known for. We focused largely on the breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain that envelop the home. You will notice this inspiration in the blackened terra cotta pottery and large-scale flowering branches we curated. Our goal with this design was to highlight the use of rustic organic elements in a highly refined manner, resulting in a stunning kitchen space that is equally warm and inviting as it is luxurious.
Claire Ownby | Ownby Design
Designer Inspiration: Carrying through the cabinetry from the kitchen, this wrap-around design provides form and function with both beauty and storage. The wine cellar wall with cabinetry to store bar and entertaining items essentially separates the elegant kitchen from passageways through the estate. Glass-fronts give the collector constant view of his vintages. At night the wine cellar lighting gently illuminates the space. Professional wine curation was provided by wine guru and ICONIC LIFE contributor Mark Tarbell.