Downstairs, a sliding door connects two triangular bedrooms during the day and separates them come nightfall. “It just feels like that’s what you were supposed to do, move the wall back after your sleepover and have this great area to do a race track or build Legos,” says Hara. Judd happily uses it as planned. The few contemporary additions—a Donald Judd plywood chair (their son is indeed named after him), James’s brilliant linear works—were chosen to coexist easily with Gifford’s designs.
The family doesn’t have one central hangout spot. “We follow the sun throughout the course of the day,” explains James. “The house is like a sundial with its slits of windows and rounded rooms.” Even in winter, those walls of glass create a greenhouse effect both inside and out, despite the fact that the home doesn’t have heat (Gifford was ahead of his time when it comes to sustainability). “You could be sitting on the deck in a T-shirt and shorts, and then the minute you leave, you need to put on a down jacket. You’re still having somewhat of a summer experience,” adds James. “When the sun sets, it gets cold again, so you light a fire and drink some whiskey.”
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Table Legs from $59 each tiptoe.fr; Faucet deltafaucet.com.
Lätt Chair, IKEA; Printed Bandanas by Craig McDean, Byredo; Bicycle, Priority Bicycles.
Wood Fired Bottle Vase by Stephen Rodriguez,
Sara NYC ($150)
IC Lights S Pendant
Light by Michael Anastassiades,
LÄTT Kids Table and Chair Set, IKEA ($30)