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Tour d'Art: Artful Abodes, a Home Tour Fundraiser

October 3, 2015

A Grand Marais Art Colony Fundraiser:

Tour d'Art
Thanks for a successful 2015 event, stay tuned for information about the 2016 tour. 


A few highlights about the 2015 homes:

THE HOME designed by Richard Olson
Background: This home owner wanted a home where the most important part of the design was the focus of the lake - simple and linear to match the horizon line.  Secondarily, it was to be maintenance free cabin with all the comforts of home.  That was the task for designer Richard Olson.  The result was an elegant, easy to maintain home that brought the lake and surrounding elements into the house at every turn.  The play of light reflects on the natural materials and colors used throughout the home.  Just as the sky and water change in color and intensity, so do the wood walls and stone floors reflect the changing moods of the outdoor landscape.  This family retreat melds simplicity, functionality and warmth.
THE HOME designed and remodeled by Dale Mulfinger
Background: Originally designed by Dale Mulfinger as a woodshop garage, in 2015, it was remodeled by Mulfinger as a 1,200 square foot living space that feels like a New York Loft meets the Northwoods. This abode features include a spacious kitchen, a suspended loft bedroom and a design that blends wood cabinetry and industrial items.  On this property you will also have a chance to tour a traditional log cabin, sauna and tranquil writing retreat.
THE HOME remodeled by David Salmela
Background: The original owner conceptualized and built this 70s time capsule based on his experience as an engineer and his artist wife’s aesthetic eye.  Using scavenged wood from the U of M’s Northup Auditorium and other accent materials, the couple designed a functional home with strong symmetry.  New owners approached architect David Salmela about a remodel that would emphasize the original aesthetic and connection to nature.  Salmela agreed, especially because he loved the re-occurring symmetrical squares.  This lovely modern home echoes it’s past while featuring classic Salmela components like the “unchimney” and the philosophy of outdoor living space.
THE HOME designed by John Howe
Background: The Seagull house, as it’s become known, was the 4th home built by John Howe for the original owner.  John was known for designing structures that organically complimented the building site.  Legend has it, as John walked the location, he noticed the seagulls flying overhead and envisioned a home that was made in their shape with the outdoor decks bending as graceful bird wings.  Howe’s second inspiration was a set of antique Japanese water globes the owners wanted to display.  Trained by Frank Lloyd Wright, John Howe believed in the philosophy of bringing the outdoors into the home as he has done with this harmonious building which also includes hallmark features like the central fireplace (made from local Carlton Peak rock), high doorknobs and built-in furniture.


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