It was a case of strange bedfellows: an Italian couple based in Washington D.C. approached local architecture firm Fowlkes Studio with a 1980s brick Colonial and an impressive collection of pedigreed European modernist furniture. How to combine the two into a family home?
Fowlkes, which is run by husband-and-wife team, VW and Catherine Fowlkes (they studied architecture separately—he at Harvard, she at MIT—while living together), rose to the challenge by deftly streamlining both exterior and interior. Out went the window shutters and the center hall. In came the Poul Henningsen front door light, the Finn Juhl sideboard, and extensive custom cabinetry that in several key spots also serves as partitions.
It’s a makeover that transformed the house from the kid next door to international sophisticate. Let’s take a tour.
Photography by Jenn Verrier, courtesy of Fowlkes Studio (@fowlkesstudio).