Ten houses with interiors that showcase art

For our next lookbook, we selected 10 interiors from the Dezeen archive that were designed to showcase the owners’ art collections.

The houses were designed for art collectors, professionals and enthusiasts to showcase their art collections.

Each has its own style, with some featuring minimalist gallery-like interiors while others have a busy and eclectic look that echoes the pieces on display.

This is the latest round up of our Dezeen Lookbooks range, providing visual inspiration to designers and design enthusiasts. Past lookbooks include green Japandi interiors, U-shaped kitchens, and interiors that use biomaterials.

Turner’s Studio, Great Britain, by Rodić Davidson Architects

Rodić Davidson Architects transformed two artist studios in London into a family home filled with the client’s diverse furniture and art collection.

The house combines whitewashed brick walls with huge blank walls covered in art. A sloping glass roof lets light penetrate into the open living area and creates a light and airy room.

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Double-height gallery in the Windward House by Allison Brooks Architects

Windward House, UK, by Alison Brooks Architects

Alison Brooks Architects added an extension to a Georgian farmhouse to convert it into a double height gallery space.

The client’s art collection is displayed on the walls of the extension and in numerous niches designed for specific pieces. A mini gallery with 100 small works is integrated into the main staircase of the house.

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Roly Poly chair by Faye Toogood under art by Paul Rousso

Muskoka Cottage, Canada, by Ali Budd Interiors

Pure white walls have been paired with stained wood floors and wood-paneled ceilings in this log home designed by Ali Budd Interiors to serve as a backdrop for the client’s art collection.

In the cabin, a matt black Roly Poly chair by designer Faye Toogood and a cream-colored, thread-wrapped footrest were placed under a large graphic piece by American contemporary artist Paul Rousso.

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John Wardle's house has an ornate interior

Kew Residence, Australia, by John Wardle Architects

John Wardle renovated his own two story house in Australia adding Victorian ash to the walls, ceilings and floors.

The white-painted and wood-clad walls serve as a neutral backdrop for his collection of Japanese sculptures, ceramics, and colorful works of art.

Built-in shelves, cupboards and surfaces offer discreet storage options for the architect’s collections without distracting from the green view of the surrounding landscape.

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Bookshelf and display cabinet in double height

Home for the Arts, Netherlands, by i29

The resident’s art collection, comprising around 100 works, is on display on two levels of the loft-style house designed by i29.

Behind a double-height shelf made of larch wood and gray HPL is a staircase that leads to the mezzanine floor and houses books and small sculptures.

Gray resin was used on the floors of the house to create a blank backdrop for the collection.

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Ornate interior in a US house

Artery Residence, USA, from Hufft

As the name suggests, the design of the Artery Residence was influenced by the owner’s extensive art collection.

Large wall spaces have been created to showcase paintings, photographs, and sculptures, and a bespoke lighting and air conditioning system, similar to what is found in gallery spaces, helps maintain the pieces.

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Cambridge Residence by Stern McCafferty Architects

Cambridge Residence, USA, by Stern McCafferty Architects

This 20th century Massachusetts country house was renovated by Stern McCafferty Architects to better showcase the owner’s art.

White, matte walls were fitted with large baseboards, drawing on the space to its rural heritage, while the floors were clad in light-colored wood, similarly reminiscent of the interiors of galleries and museums.

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Ornate interior in Italy

Casa Salvatori, Italy, by Elissa Ossino Studio

This apartment, designed by Elissa Ossino Studio, was built in a 200 year old palazzo in Brera, Milan, for the boss of the Italian stone brand Salvatori.

The home features marble and stone furniture, sculptures, and artwork placed on top of the home’s original fluted terrazzo floors. The wood-clad ceiling was stained green and combined the permanent furnishings of the living room with the green-tinted stone furniture and works of art.

A wicker armchair by De Padova and a brown butterfly chair in the living room create a gentle contrast to the range of stone materials.

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House with white interior

Four Seasons Residence, USA, by Magdalena Keck

Located in Tribeca, Lower Manhattan, this two bedroom home has a minimalist, monochromatic look.

A reduced palette of materials, high ceilings and large windows were designed to create a sophisticated gallery-like space for displaying art.

Herringbone floors as well as vintage, contemporary and bespoke furniture give the room a homely feel.

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At home with an ornate interior

Residence for two collectors, USA, by Wheeler Kearns Architects

This Chicago penthouse was designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects for an art collector couple.

The open space with a continuous walnut floor was designed as an inviting home, but also functions as an event space.

Artwork from residents’ collections, including a George Nakashima bench, Harry Bertoia sculptures, and furniture by Paul Evans, were distributed throughout the apartment.

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This is the latest in our line of lookbooks with curated visual inspirations from Dezeen’s image archive. Check out previous lookbooks for more inspiration with U-shaped kitchens, quiet living rooms, and home offices.

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