Timeless Beauty


Kelly Schandel of thinkpure adds a sophisticated touch inside a new build for a family of seven

In the entry way, the Well pendant is by Allied Maker the floating console is by Rimadesio and the mirror is a custom design by thinkpure. Photos by Taiyo Watanabe.

“The thinkpure ethos is the humanity, livability and warmth of each space,” says designer Kelly Schandel, founder and principal designer at thinkpure. “We strive to balance texture and shape to reveal natural materials in their most authentic expression.” They applied the firm’s vision when designing this 8,500-square-foot new build home for a family of seven that had previously lived on the property.

The expansive living room a pair of Redondo swivel chairs are by Moroso that face the Beam sofa by Patricia Urquiola. The round Tobi-Ishi table by B+B Italia is surrounded by Threepiece chairs by Claesson Koivisto Rune. Photos by Taiyo Watanabe.
thinkpure designed a custom dining table that seats 14. The Ambit pendant is by Muuto, the chairs are by Walter Knoll.
Photos by Taiyo Watanabe.

Architectural icon Hagy Belzberg of BA Collective was hired to bring the structure to life. “The home was designed and built for a young, modern, observant Jewish family,” Schandel notes. “Most of the rooms in the house were organized to optimize the expansive views, as well as create an easy flow of spaces. For this project in-particular, we were challenged with creating multiple different opportunities for the clients and their five young children to inhabit the spaces collectively and individually.”

The Kosher kitchen features the Ambit pendant by Muuto and a Saarinen table by Knoll. Photos by Taiyo Watanabe.
The powder room features a custom oak and stone floating vanity designed by thinkpure. The Raw copper Lav set is by Cocoon, the Trapeze wall sconces are by Apparatus and the Pathways cork wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.
Photos by Taiyo Watanabe.

The team selected durable yet still playful and modern materials and furniture that would feel welcoming while enhancing the grand, modern direction inside each room. “We designed the living room to serve as a space for hosting parties and family gatherings but could also function as a meeting space more formal gatherings within their community,” she notes. “The dining room was not particularly large, yet the clients needed a table that could seat 14 people comfortably for weekly shabbat dinners with extended family. They also required a Kosher kitchen, where most of the activity and life of the house would take place.”

In the primary bedroom, the bedside tables are by Disc Interiors, the Womb chair is by Knoll and the Star Silk rug is by The Rug Company. Photos by Taiyo Watanabe.
In the primary bathroom the Platner armchair by Warren Platner faces the vanity that features the Raw copper Lav set by Cocoon, a vintage rug by Marc Phillips and the Gea wall sconce is by Hector Finch. Photos by Taiyo Watanabe.

When Schandel and her team revealed the project to the clients she shares, “They were thrilled. And thankfully the home was completed just as the lockdowns for Covid started, so the family ended up working, learning, and living happily together there for the next two years!”

In the family room/gym, the Five pouf ottoman is by Muuto and the side table is from Muuto. Photos by Taiyo Watanabe.