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Houston Mid-century House by AD100 designer Jamie Bush

This House by AD100 designer Jamie Bush,  tempered International Style Mid-century with abstracted classical references a favorite of Houston’s cultural elite.

A colonnade wraps the 1963 Modernist brick house. Photography by Roger Davies.

With its exterior of warm, variegated bricks, wraparound colonnade, and rooms that look onto a leafy central patio classical references a favorite of Houston’s cultural elite.

A custom console joins a vintage Lumi Milano disc chandelier in the entry. Photography by Roger Davies.

Jamie Bush started by turning the entry into a gallery. It features paintings, sculptures, and drawings by a variety of artists, including Bush himself, whose output ranges over drawings, paintings, and conceptual photography.

The entry and gallery are separated from the living room. Photography by Roger Davies.

In mid-century style using Biomorphic, peach-colored shapes painted on the hallway’s white walls provide a backdrop for framed drawings, while the wall behind the large totemic sculpture at the north end is covered in a distinctive blue ombré wallpaper.

Backed by ombré wallpaper, Ohm Dieter’s totemic wood sculpture dominates one end of the gallery. Photography by Roger Davies.


In the living room, a curved Vladimir Kagan sofa stands in front of Bush’s striking Pier bookcase, made of American white oak, which anchors one end of the room.

Jamie Bush decided preference for Modernism with “a playful quality,” while a trio of polished brass coffee tables by Atelier de Troupe provides a shiny contrast to the room’s more textured materials.

In the living room, Jamie Bush’s white-oak Pier bookcase presides over Vladimir Kagan’s curved sofa, Franco Albini’s rattan armchair, and a trio of Atelier de Troupe custom brass coffee tables. Photography by Roger Davies.

The clients wanted to keep the kitchen’s existing white cabinets, so Jamie Bush framed them with a slatted pergola and crisp wall planks in the same white oak as the bookcase.

In the adjacent dining area, which is dominated by Jill Greenberg’s arresting photos of a monkey and a bear, the dining table displays a variety of ceramic vases by Mitsuko Ikeno, pieces that echo the fondness for “variations on a theme” found in Bush’s own art.

Constance Guisset’s pendant fixture and two Jill Greenberg animal photographs preside over a collection of Mitsuko Ikeno ceramic vases on the dining table. Photography by Roger Davies.

For the master bedroom, Bush created three “floating” celadon-painted wall panels, each with a narrow, undulating brass shelf at its base to display small sculptures by the artist Alma Allen.

Directly above the Naoto Fukasawa-designed bed’s upholstered headboard, a delicate cast-bronze tree branch offers an airy counterpoint to the solid panels.

The powder room features a bronze bell by Paolo Soleri. Photography by Roger Davies.

Outdoors, Bush provided seating areas near the swimming pool, and “added some layers” to the landscaping in the form of agave, canna lilies, and palms in planters.

Marvelous project by Jamie Bush.  For more incredible style Mid-century you can read here. Don’t miss the fantastic article about Top 100 Interior Designers of the World.

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