When most people love an artist, they go to a museum to see the work. This couple in Omaha, Nebraska, decided to do most people one better by turning their house into their own personal museum.
During a remodel of their three-bedroom home, the couple decided to reshape the space around the work of Jun Kaneko, an Omaha-based artist known for his striking graphical paintings and large ceramic sculptures.
The architects at Olson Kundig, who are not strangers to working with big time art collectors, reimagined the house as a livable gallery where Kaneko’s works brush up against quotidian furnishings like sofas, tables, and lamps. It’s a juxtaposition that’s less jarring than it sounds.
The architects were able to custom design the space with the couple’s collection in mind. Paintings fill the large, neutral walls, and windows frame two large sculptures. The whole thing is modern but cozy—rich with detail but understated enough to let the art and architecture shine.
The house centers around the main floor, where the living room flows into the dining room and kitchen. A pitched wood roof hangs overhead with a skylight running down the center, allowing plenty of light to flood into the art-filled space.