You pay careful attention to the label of your suit, the make of your car, and the brand of your newest gadget. Why consider anything less when it comes to buying a home? These designer digs are veritable works of art—that you get to bum around in.
You wish you lived here.
Location: Thomas Phifer's Glass Mansion in Boulder, Colorado
Size: 5,025 square feet
Key selling points: The entirely glass exterior walls, multiple skylights, white-on-white decor, and polished concrete flooring actually amplify the home's wild, woodsy surroundings in a way no log cabin never could.
Why you know him: The NYC-based contemporary architect has been honored by the American Institute of Architects for his firm's work on buildings like the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Corning Museum of Glass.
Location: David Collins' Duplex Penthouse in Manhattan, New York
Price: upon request
Size: 4,510 square feet
Key selling points: The brand-new First Avenue building is the last residential project the late Collins ever worked on. This penthouse has floor-to-ceiling glass exterior walls overlooking the East River, white oak flooring, automated control of all the home's bells and whistles, and two levels of terraces with a bird's eye view of the city.
Why you know him:The Irish architect and designer crafted the interiors of spaces at four-star venues London's Langham Hotel and the Fountainebleu Miami Beach Hotel, as well as boutiques for Alexander McQueen and Italian furniture brand Promemoria.
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Location: Wallace E. Cunningham's "Ray" house in La Jolla, California
Size: 4,935 square feet
Key selling points: Cunningham may have designed the contemporary home to evoke the abstract notion of endless space, but we like the concrete details: disappearing doors, a central glass-walled courtyard garden, a tower, views of the nearby Pacific Ocean, and not a single boxy room in the mix.
Why you know him:The American designer was mentored by Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentice Marya Lilien, and went on to collect awards from the International Academy of Architecture and the Pacific Design Center for his residential work.
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Location: Frank Gehry's Schnabel House in Los Angeles, California
Size: 5,700 square feet
Key selling points: Gehry's asymmetrical house looks a little like a carefully planned mash-up of kids' block towers. Inside, skylights, wraparound window seats, and a 3,000-square-foot reflecting pond just outside the master suite add to the playful feel.
Why you know him: The famous deconstructivist is also the force behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Prague's Dancing House, and the upcoming Parisian Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, among (many, many) other high-profile commissions.
Listing: Douglas Elliman
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