Timeless BeautyAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Kelly Schandel of thinkpure adds a sophisticated touch inside a new build for a family of seven
“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.
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 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.”
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!”