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This is How You Combine Modern Architecture, Flea Market Finds, and Art All Together

By Dwell @dwell
Once a horse stable, this Chicago house first got a superficial makeover from Oprah (we wonder whether Stedman likes modern) before architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang was called in for a more substantial renovation and a dazzlingly porous brick screen.

Originally an 1880s horse stable, Studio Gang wrapped the home in an airy brick screen.  The house continues to make quite the impression. “Especially in the beginning, the facade was very polarizing, people didn't understand it. Almost a decade later, it's become more appreciated.” Surratt says. Hernadez describes that people are often surprised at how much light fills up the space. "Because the house is flitered by the screen, the light is constantly changing and producing these amazing patterns that you could never could imagine. People are often amazed how dynamic and alive it feels when you are on the inside." 

Photo by Gregg Segal.

A lot has changed since 2009. You may have been first introduced to creative directors Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez when we covered their home, the Brick Weave House by Studio Gang that year. And it should be no surprise that the couple continues to find the house a source of inspiration inside and out. "It's put us in the position to move things around and trying something different. It allows us to treat our living space a little more like a gallery rather than just a formal living space." Hernandez says. While the architecture is modern, the couple’s aesthetic isn’t defined by just one style. An assortment of rotating flea market treasures and local art continues to fill the house and beyond. The couple has brought their eclectic sensibilities into their offices and installations to Ogilvy & Mather, the advertising agency where they both work. And when the couple isn’t working, you can find them at their passion project, Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin, building new cabins and cultivating a community of artists, designers, and thinkers.  

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