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December 11, 2013

OKA, Hunziker make top 100 list

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider [enlarge]
This vacation home in Baja was designed by Jim Olson with a central, two-story gathering space that separates the living, dining, kitchen and catering from the master suite. Terry Hunziker did the interior design.

Photo by Aaron Leitz [enlarge]
Terry Hunziker did the interiors and custom furniture for this five-bedroom house in Austin, Texas, designed by Lake|Flato of Texas.

Architectural Digest magazine put Olson Kundig Architects and Terry Hunziker Inc. on its 2014 list of the top 100 talents in architecture and interior design.

The magazine said the list recognizes people who are “shaping the way we live — one building, one house, one room at a time.”

Olson Kundig is a “powerhouse (that) is praised for its handsome industrial-meets-organic aesthetic, which generally features unpainted wood paired with expanses of steel, concrete and glass.” The magazine said the firm's portfolio of homes, retail and hospitality projects “reflects a consistent concern with capturing a sense of place in an environmentally responsible way.”

Olson Kundig also made the list in 1991, 1995, 2007, 2010 and 2012.

Interior designer Terry Hunziker is a strong admirer of “the Japanese aesthetic — the simplicity of form, the horizontal line, the relationship of outside to inside,” the magazine said.

His work reflects a sensibility closely in tune with nature, and the peaceful nobility of the 17th-century Katsura Rikyu, a Japanese villa that Architectural Digest said is one of his favorite structures. Hunziker has designed projects from Singapore to La Jolla, Calif., as well as home furnishings collections for David Sutherland.


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