Like Father, Like Son

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Vintage Italian airport seating is paired with a set of playful Takashi Murakami prints.

It was inevitable that rug designer Erik Lindstrom of was destined to live in Venice, in a home of his own design. After all, he grew up on Seattle’s Bainbridge Island in an AIA award-winning home built by his architect father. Design—and the ocean—are in his blood (his Danish great- great-grandparents were sail makers). “I need to be close to water even if I don’t see it,” he says, “It helps keep me sane.” And it was an empty lot on a quiet street in the seaside enclave that provided the perfect canvas for his dream home. Lindstrom turned to whose work he’d discovered during a Dwell on Design home tour, to bring the architecture to life. “I interviewed a few other people and not only did they feel like the right fit, they were also willing to relinquish some of the creative control,” he says, admitting that “I knew, given my background, I was going to push back a lot.”


In Lindstrom’s office, Inkblot #8, a rug from collection, is paired with a profusion of treasures and art collected over the years including a Damien Hirst painting.
Poliform cabinets, which hide a dumbwaiter that hoists groceries from the garage level, are a sleek counterpoint to the Thomas Hayes Studio’s Gachot Stool.

The 30-by-40-foot, three-story home he created, in conjunction with the architects and interior designer Lisa Strong, is a miracle of modern space planning. “It was a real jigsaw puzzle. When you don’t have a big footprint you really have to be diplomatic about how you arrange the space,” he explains. For Lindstrom, flow was key. A roof deck with clear glass railing sets up this area as an open-air space adjacent to the public rooms and is equipped with a dining table, a barbecue, a fridge, a firepit and a concrete ping-pong table by furniture designer James de Wulf. “There’s not a lot of homes in Venice that are this tall. On a clear day you can see the Hollywood sign and up to Malibu,” Lindstrom explains.

In the living room, Patricia Urquiola’s Tufty couch for B&B Italia sits on a sibling of the dining room’s Agate rug, A painting by William Ingham, Lindstrom’s uncle and a prominent Northwest painter, Annie Leibovitz’s collected works on its Marc Newson stand.

Just beneath this level, the living room, dining room and kitchen offer another setting for the frequent dinner parties around which Lindstrom’s social life revolves. “I love to entertain, so having a big kitchen was important.” Pale gray cabinetry by Poliform is enhanced by two pieces of dramatic Rosso Levanto marble. The swirling Italian stone finds its echo in the book-matched Laguna rugs in the living and dining rooms, from Lindstrom’s Geode collection. A fireplace wall, designed by Mike Danielson Studio, clad in reclaimed steel plates found at shipyards then finished in antique nickel, acts as a subtle divider between the two rooms. Its large hearth provides additional seating.

In the dining room, reframed portraits of Lindstrom’s Danish great-great- grandparents keep watch over Marcel Breuer’s
Cesca chairs. Apparatus’ Link Porcelain pendants. The Laguna rug is from Lindstrom’s
Geode Collection.

Also on Lindstrom’s list of must-haves: two bedrooms, in addition to a master suite, with one full-time guest room and a flex space that also acts as Lindstrom’s home office. Vying with the kitchen as Lindstrom’s favorite space to hang out in, it’s a temple to his creative evolution, from a print of Joan Miro’s Equinox drawing—“It’s the first piece of art I remember seeing as a child”—to another of his rugs, this one from his Inkblot collection.

Untitled by Keith Haring, from his seminal Blueprint Collection series, hangs on a wall next to the wine cellar.

“I’m a homebody,” says Lindstrom. “I wanted a house that I loved being in and that was a nest for the family I hope to have someday.” For now, until the wife and children come along, “the house is a museum of my personal interests.” His love of art, travel and family is reflected in every inch of the small home: The dining room table was designed by his father to complement Marcel Breuer’s classic Cesca chairs. Paintings of his Danish great-great-grandparents in new gold and velvet frames hang nearby. In the living room, B&B Italia’s Tufty-Too sofa, designed by Patricia Urquiola, keeps company with a snowy owl his father won in a bet, vintage Italian chandeliers discovered at Obsolete in Culver City, the collector’s edition of Annie Leibovitz’s work on its Marc Newson stand, and a painting by Lindstrom’s uncle, William Ingham, a prominent Northwest painter. Even this floor’s guest bathroom reflects Lindstrom’s passion for collecting; lined with nude studies of reclining females, it’s affectionately known as “the Lady’s Room.” “If you do it artistically, you can have a lot of things,” he explains, “They just have to be organized.”

Patricia Urquiola’s Tufty-Bed for B&B Italia is
paired with nightstands from Lawson-Fenning and pendant lights from Allied Maker. Bunny, a photograph by Brian Bowen Smith, hangs over the bed; the Silk Shag Rug from Lindstrom’s Textural Collection offers a soft landing.

Urquiola’s Tufty-Bed anchors the master bedroom. “A lot of people would’ve put this room on the top floor because of the view. But since you’re generally sleeping here, I flipped it,” Lindstrom explains of his decision to drop the room to a lower floor. Still, when Lindstrom opens his eyes, he’s surrounded by his treasures: there’s the wall of portraits of his family in the immaculate walk-in closet; pieces including the dreamcatcher made by Alicia Drake, the meditation pillow by Alex McAfee and the adjacent bathroom’s onyx-covered shower; and a pair of ram’s horn candlesticks discovered on a trip to Uruguay.


In the mudroom, Kenneth Koch by Alex Katz welcomes visitors.

“Everything tells a story,” he says, adding, “There’s only so much to talk about in a minimal home.” Look around. This home tells a tale of rich life, well-lived and well-loved.

Lindstrom created a cozy rooftop deck overlooking Venice.