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The Victor Christ-Janer House Tour — Interior Design by Victoria Lyon
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Here, mid-century modern architect Victor Christ-Janer built his family home. The building to the right was later created as a studio, and served as his testing ground for some new architectural materials which he patented. The designer emphasized the modern, sculptural qualities of the architecture by placing an abstract white sculpture by artist Judith Steinberg on the front lawn close to the primary glass wall of the main house, so that it could be enjoyed both from both inside and outside of the home.

The designer emphasized the modern, sculptural qualities of the architecture by placing an abstract white sculpture by artist Judith Steinberg on the front lawn close to the primary glass wall of the main house, so that it could be enjoyed both from both inside and outside of the home.

An early papier-mache sculpture by contemporary artist Judith Steinberg, situated in the 2 story center of the home, ties into the textures of the stone walls both outside and inside the home, as well as echoing the angular geometry of the architecture.

What was once the mid-centruy modern architect's studio where he made sculptures was furnished as a home office by the designer.

The dining area of the Victor Christ-Janer house is simply furnished with a Saarinen table and chairs, The were designed during the same period of time as the house. The elegant curves of the furnishings offer a nice contrast to the otherwise angular, rectilinear nature of the architecture, while their simplicity does not deter from the all important views of the landscape outside.

The designer echoed the elegant sculptural form of the house in the white Mies van der Rohe chairs and floor lamp, while the warm wood tones were picked up in the abstract painting supplied by Annelle Gandelman Fine Arts. The mossy greens of the landscape viewed through the glass walls are echoed in the sofa and carpet.

Furniure: Design within Reach
Furniture: Design within Reach
Artwork: Annelle Gandelman Fine Arts

The designer sought to emphasize the views of the bucolic landscape by keeping the furnishings simple; also by echoing the colors of the landscape or the architecture.

Furniture: Design within Reach
Small sculptures: Annelle Gandelman Fine Arts

The architect designed and built these unusual built-in bookcases himself, which the designer has highlighted through the use of a similarly colored Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen in the creation of a cozy reading nook.

Furniture: Design within Reach
Artwork: Annelle Gandelman Fine Arts

The entry foyer of the home still maintains it's original mosaic mural.

Here, a view is offered from the bridge through the dining area and on into the main living room on the left, and the kitchen on the right. The glass walls on both sides flood the house with light.

The designer sited a geometric abstract sculpture by contemporary artist Judith Steinberg on a knoll in the landscape in front of the house to draw the eye in toward the historic house, and to emphasize it's sympathetic geometric qualities.

Photos by Alan Goldfinger. The house is currently for sale through William Raveis Realty.

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