ISSUE 7  |  Winter in the Desert

Minimalism in Marfa

February 13, 2012 11:30 AM

BY Lydia Lee

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Starting with an old adobe house, designer Barbara Hill created a space that feels timeless: white plaster walls, minimalist interior architecture, and classic midcentury furniture comingle effortlessly.

Documented in the New York Times ("A Contemporary Retreat With a 100-Year-Old Soul"), Hill's house in Marfa was a nondescript adobe that had suffered the indignity of several additions and faux-wood paneling. After Hill acquired it, she worked with an architect to insert steel beams into the ceiling in order to save the adobe exterior walls (and remove all the dividing walls inside). The result is a home with an almost completely open layout, akin to a white-walled gallery. In this instance, the art that is being showcased is Hill's collection of midcentury furniture, including a pair of Eames sofas and Bertoia wire chairs.