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Location: Kula, Hawaii
You might know Memphis design group leader Ettore Sottsass for his whimsical, colorful, geometric furnishings from the 1980s, but the Italian-born Sottsass was also an accomplished architect.
He designed only seven residences during his career—three in the United States, including this one in Silicon Valley—and was meticulous in overseeing every detail.
Now, this brightly-colored, Sottsass-designed gem—called Casa Olabuenaga—is on the market for the first time in Hawaii. Completed in 1997, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house is located on the gentle slope of Haleakala, in Maui’s Kula district.
Its ocean views are stunning, but design lovers may find it hard to peel their eyes away from Sottsass’s unique vision for the house itself; nearly everything in the home, from the furniture to the flatware, is a Sottsass design.
The home comprises a collection of box-like red, black, yellow, and green forms connected to a prefabricated-steel garage. The living room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the views, and vintage Hawaiian koa-style lounge chairs designed by Sottsass (the art and decor are available for purchase as a separate sale).
The master bedroom is bathed in light thanks to a series of square windows, and a Sottsass-designed headboard features small cubbies created to hold art and knick-knacks. A tall bathroom towel rack looks more like a ladder, and throughout the home you’ll find surprising angles, arches, and furniture that provide insight into the whimsical yet functional world of Sottsass.
If you’re yearning for some Memphis style, 0 (yes, zero) Kolohala Drive is on the market for $9,800,000.