Living in harmony with the elements

Bright white, precious stuccowork, dark wood, a selection of contemporary art, and furnishings by Minotti. These are the ‘energetic’ ingredients of a private residence in Houston designed by Nina Magon

Private residence, Houston - Photo © Julie Soefer
Private residence, Houston - Photo © Julie Soefer

Though it is located in Piney Point Village, a residential district of the metropolitan area of Houston, Texas, the private residence completely redesigned by Nina Magon absolutely complies with the principles of the Indian science of Vastu Shastra, to improve the flow of energies inside the house. This is the orientation of the founder and creative director of the architecture and interior design firm Contour Interior Design, working in collaboration with an expert.

Private residence, Houston - Photo © Julie Soefer

Probably the oldest form of holistic architecture in the world, this doctrine of construction is based on directional alignments and correct arrangement of the primordial elements – earth, air, fire, water – with respect to the space and the points of the compass. The technique makes it possible to create harmonious living areas that radiate wellbeing and encourage balance, serenity and success in all the aspects of life. The positive vibe is perceptible in all the rooms, organized in an area of over 1000 sqm and carefully developed through the sophisticated tastes of Nina Magon.

Private residence, Houston - Photo © Julie Soefer

Her interior design calls for walls and ceilings in bright white, in elegant combination with dark wooden chevron floors, a dramatic stone fireplace in the living area, precious stuccowork in the large living room, and a refined selection of contemporary art to enhance the spaces, giving them a vivid character.

Private residence, Houston - Photo © Julie Soefer

The quality of materials determines the fluid sensation of overall wellness, and Magon has chosen furnishings produced by Minotti as the protagonists of the living area, brightened by full-height glazing. The Seymour seating system with its sequence of soft, welcoming forms is combined with the Tape chair covered in fabric and pale gray leather, and two ample Damier ottomans. All these items are accompanied by the Benson, Duchamp Bronze and Noor tables.

Private residence, Houston - Photo © Julie Soefer

A full composition of the Freeman seating system stands out in the family room, as a true invitation to relax in a context of maximum comfort. Here the setting is completed by two Leslie chairs, the tables of the Calder Bronze, Jacob, Aeron, Duchamp Bronze and Brisley collections, and the Morrison storage system, with doors and drawers in a particular granite-color glossy lacquer finish. The master bedroom, on the other hand, contains the Yang bed, with a soft, ample upholstered headboard and a functional headrest to facilitate reading, combined with the Morrison bedside units and the Riley table, with its young, contemporary spirit.

Photo © Julie Soefer