The Only Home in America Designed by Ai Weiwei Is Listed for $5.25M – New Haven Register

A minimalist structure located in Ancram, NY, is the only Ai Weiwei–designed home in the United States. It’s on the market for $5.25 million. 

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A striking minimalist structure located in Ancram, NY, is the only Ai Weiwei–designed home in the United States. It’s now available for $5.25 million.

Ai, a contemporary Chinese artist and activist, agreed to the project requested by a couple who collected his art.

“They loved his art and loved him so much, they commissioned him to design this house,” says listing agent Graham Klemm.

In conjunction with the Swiss architectural firm HHF, the artist and architect created the main house in 2006, and the Y-shaped guesthouse a few years later.

Although Ai is known primarily for his art, this wasn’t his first foray into architecture. His bird’s nest design—in collaboration with Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron—won the bid for Beijing’s National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics.

This vacation home, which comes with 37.5 acres, comprises four interconnected, cubelike buildings of corrugated galvanized iron. It features walls of glass, along with massive gallery space to showcase an art collection.

The 3,700-square-foot main house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The guesthouse has two bedrooms and two baths.

There’s a large dining and living area with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and access to the porch. The sleek Boffi kitchen is equipped with Gaggenau appliances, which are tucked away, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Outside, the verdant grounds feature a rectangular pool and covered decks. The master suite includes a double-sided fireplace. Wood floors run throughout the space.

“This is livable art,” Klemm says. “But it’s still very livable and practical and everything a luxury home owner would want.”

The rural retreat changed hands in 2013, after the original owners found they weren’t visiting the one-of-a-kind country home as often as they desired. It was quickly snapped up by its current owners who are now moving to Europe.

The location is two hours outside of Manhattan, near Hudson (for shopping and dining), and just 15 minutes to the train.

The spot is “seemingly removed, but actually connected,” Klemm says. “It’s truly one of a kind, done by one of the most sought-after contemporary artists of our time. It couldn’t get more unique than that.”

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Julia Haney Montanez Had to Move Out (and Back In) to Achieve Her Spatial Sweet Spot – Architectural Digest

Julia Haney Montanez’s 400-square-foot Chelsea studio is the stuff of fantasies for many space-starved New Yorkers: She lives alone, with a certified and lots of natural light, and is within walking distance from her office. Still, she recently found herself restless and decided to take a break from her home. In 2018, she moved out, spending half the year on the Upper West Side and the other half living in Bushwick. It was a clarifying experience for her. “I wanted to create and emulate a hotel room,” she says. “That was the biggest inspiration.”

Julia Haney Montanez in her Chelsea apartment.

Julia, who curates the MADE section of the yearly AD Design Show, says leaving her apartment was a big turning point for her: She now takes a far more minimalist approach to decor, and she hasn’t moved her furniture around since she settled back in last October. “This time around, everything sort of found its home. I think that every room has its sweet spot, and I think I finally found it, where I sleep well at night and I feel productive, and the light hits my face and wakes me up in the morning,” says Julia. In part, she was able to achieve that sweet spot—and rid herself of about half of her possessions—thanks to the physical act of moving and, specifically, putting her things into storage. “The amount of stuff I got rid of was truly unbelievable, and I was like, ‘I’m never going back.’ That’s the Julia Kondo method: Put your shit in storage, and see how long it takes you to get it out.”

These small ceramic pieces by , , and are particularly special. “Every AD show, I always buy a piece off an exhibitor. I always make sure that it’s a purchase. These people paid us a lot of money to show, and I want to give back in the littlest way, and that’s taking a piece of their work with me. So I always keep my eye out for something that is very striking or something that speaks to me,” says Julia. “Those are favorite pieces that also make me smile.”

These days, Julia has transitioned from collecting furniture to collecting art, and every aspect of her home is intentional. Nearly everything she owns has a story or a sentimental value. She says doing interior design—her job before becoming the MADE curator—taught her a valuable lesson. “You’re moving furniture and objects in and out, and you start to realize after a while that objects make your life more beautiful, but at the end of the day, stuff is just stuff,” says Julia. “I’m lucky that a lot of my friends are artisans and craftspeople and designers, so that the pieces I do have remind me of a person or an experience, versus an act of needing to buy something.” She aims for a collected home, and has truly achieved one: Her pillows, for example, were made in France, Turkey, and Colombia.

Design-wise, the primary influences for the apartment, and for Julia in general, are Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics. She likes her furniture low to the ground (case in point: her Floyd Platform bed), especially since it helps show off the high ceilings she loves. High contrast, along with natural textures and plenty of white space, are key: “Give the eye a place to rest.” Though a lover of maximalist design, Julia has found that in her own life, spacing things out is a way to calm her hectic mind: “I thought that I’d be happy surrounded by beautiful things, but in fact I was more happy surrounded by air and by lightness.”

Global Capitalism Makes Your Hipster Minimalism Possible – The Libertarian Republic

The family-owned barbecue truck at Porcfest was doing a bang-up business. I stood in line and finally ordered my plate of meat.

In years past, most vendors at this event processed Bitcoin for purchases, even as far back as 2011, when the idea of magic Internet money seemed goofy. All these years later, its inability to scale to its popularity has made it slow and expensive to use for regular purchases, so people have turned to other tokens and cash. But actually, what is handling most transactions at this campground is credit cards.

To get the bill paid, the vendor took out his smartphone with a small attachment, stuck in the card, and the deed was done. My receipt arrived via email. I asked about the technology. The truck owner was thrilled to discuss it because it is the source of 95 percent of his business now. He considers the whole thing to be a lifesaver.

Ten years ago, you had to be a merchant of a certain size to accept credit cards. There were multiple layers of third-party providers, fancy hardware, high fees, lots of annoying apparatuses. That’s why so many small merchants would only accept cash. It was a kind of commercial apartheid developing, one that the arrival of cryptocurrency (fast, low fees, no intermediary) came along to fix, possibly ending financial exclusion.

The same year that Bitcoin was invented, another company came along to change the situation, not by bypassing the existing system but by making it far more democratic and efficient. The company was Square. Its CEO is Jack Dorsey (yes, the same man as the CEO of Twitter), who is sometimes compared with Steve Jobs for his charisma and visionary brilliance. His tiny device attached itself to any smartphone with a card swiper, reducing the giant cash register of old to a small box in your pocket.

Among many other great innovations: the card reader comes free. The profit comes from the fees, which are quite low at 2.75 percent, with no additional subscriptions or layers. The company produces these little readers by the millions.

How is this possible? One word: trade. That means China. Global capitalism and trade. Innovations in shipping. Supply chains. Profits. Big business. All the stuff both Left and Right claim to hate. It all sounds really intimidating. Left and Right are both determined to hobble the system, via tariffs and antitrust and taxes and all kinds of investigations and denunciations, even tech blacklists.

But look who actually benefits in the end. It’s the smallest merchants. It’s the minimalist lifestyle. It’s the home-cooked-barbecue truck. What we see is the small merchant making money by selling home-cooked food to passersby. What we don’t see are the factories abroad, the crowded shipping lines, the complex supply chains, the multitudes of layers of production that go into making this seemingly simple transaction possible.

Simplify Our Lives

When I was in Budapest recently, I debated a self-proclaimed left-socialist who stood before the audience decrying the complexity of our lives. He longs for a time when people sit around together, discussing big ideas, eschewing the smartphone and internet, drinking a locally owned beer. Here’s the problem. There is no way these microbreweries on the current scale could exist without global capitalism. The steel from China, the internal combustion, the smart applications for managing payroll, the fossil fuels for shipping, with parts and replacement parts coming from all over the world.

My socialist friend longs for the simple life and doing without. And today this truly is possible, more and more so. This is why people are choosing to live in what they imagine to be this minimalist way, keeping only that which sparks joy. The digital nomad. But this is possible only because of global capitalism and its creation of ebooks, tiny devices that access all the world’s knowledge, communication technology that allows instant video chatting for free with anyone on the planet, credit card processing that allows us to get what we need, full grocery stores that remove from us food uncertainty, locks and safety devices to grant us security, and so on without limit.

Global capitalism has made possible our aesthetic choice for minimalism. The infinite complexity of the global division of labor and international supply chains makes our simplicity seem easy.

It’s true that I can live for days and weeks with a small kit of toiletries, some changes of clothes, a laptop, internet, and a power source. This would never have been possible in ages past. Such a clean and simple life we can enjoy today – thanks only to the extended order of massive complexity that people we will never meet have built for us.

Indispensable

It’s not unusual for socialists to speak as if we can easily dispense with global capitalism. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore on a border trip her very fancy Movado watch that retails for $600. She is being criticizedfor this. Doesn’t matter to me what watch she wears. But the performative contradiction is a bit much to bear. The Movado company is a designer of watches based in Switzerland, but the watches themselves can’t be manufactured there. They are outsourced to China and Hong Kong. They too are a product of the global capitalism she decries.

So too with so many products and services in our lives. The more the division of labor expands, the less visible are the production processes that make our standards of living possible. Look around you. I guarantee that within just a few feet around you, there are goods that involve dozens of layers of manufacturing involving many countries. Thousands and even millions of people have made it possible for these goods to be right within your reach.

Global capitalism has made it possible for you to forget about all the complexity behind the everyday conveniences you enjoy. This is good and bad. It’s good because capitalism is a humble system that loves you and asks nothing back. It’s bad for precisely the reason that it can function without your appreciation or allegiance and thus tempts people to imagine that they could go on without it. It’s not true.

Try even for a day to live without global capitalism. It’s not possible for the experiment to take place, but pretend as if it were possible. It’s a guarantee that you wouldn’t like the results. Moreover, it’s not really about you. It’s about every small merchant trying to make a go of it. The irony is that global capitalism is the best friend that the hipster minimalist, the digital nomad, and small food truck selling local food, ever had.

Jeffrey A. Tucker

Jeffrey A. Tucker is Editorial Director for the American Institute for Economic Research. He is the author of many thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press and eight books in 5 languages, most recently The Market Loves You. He speaks widely on topics of economics, technology, social philosophy, and culture. He is available for speaking and interviews via his email.  Tw | FB | LinkedIn

This article is republished with permission from the American Institute of Economic Research.

A Bowling Alley!? Inside Maria Sharapova’s Minimalist Mansion – E! NEWS

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The walls may be concrete, but there’s nothing cold about Maria Sharapova‘s modern home. 

The famed 32-year-old tennis player took Architectural Digest on a tour of her Los Angeles abode—and let’s just say we’re totally impressed. The athlete’s house is a serene mix of minimalism and modernity with Japanese inspirations and no shortage of artwork.

The beach-adjacent property boasts lofty ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to match with concrete walls and wood siding. 

 But, no matter the concrete, the rooms also feel cozy with seating in serene colors and textures. And, if there’s cause for celebration—or just a craving for rosé and sunshine —Sharapova’s living room leads to a picturesque backyard featuring a deck with a long table, grill and closable patio roof. 

With a pool bordering the house, there’s little travel necessary if you fancy a dunk and if anyone need to dry off, they can do so on one of the nearby daybeds or take a seat close to the outdoor fireplace. 

And, just when you thought what to expect around the corner of Sharapova’s seamless home, there’s a bowling alley (!). As she explained to Architectural Digest, the dimensions of the basement were long enough that it was a good fit. 

“I’d say it is the most surprising aspect of this home because I’m not a bowler myself,” she acknowledged to AD

While she’s not exactly a pro just yet, there’s a standing invite for any others. 

As Sharapova said, “They told me that it’s like a professional alley, so that if there are any pros that want to come and bowl at my house, you know where to find me.”

Check out AD‘s house tour in the video above! We’re sure you’ll agree the home is a grand slam. 

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