Best of Design 2022: new interior
Jhe modern mountain home, perched high in the Appalachian peaks of Clarksburg, West Virginia, presented Stan Adamik with the designer’s version of a complex mathematical equation. He needed to somehow transform his client’s 40-square-foot by 18-square-foot main salon, with its polished cement floors and 15-foot ceilings, into a comfortable, cohesive space without detracting from the scenic views.
He started with carpets.
For a designer from Weisshouse, who focuses on rugs, it was fine. Rugs, he says, not only define and anchor spaces, but they’re also a reliable way to add color and texture. For this project, they were woven by hand in Tibet with wool and silk and carefully dyed in golden ochre.
But in this massive open floor plan with its wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, rugs just weren’t enough. Adamik needed something bigger to lean on. Something grander.
It lands on an Italian marble dining table. The 86-inch-diameter Maxalto piece he chose is a lush green; located directly in the center of the large room, it effectively divides it into distinct zones and allows Adamik to build a refined and visually connected design around it.
“It guided me and helped me weigh this space,” Adamik says. “The table defines the room.”
Creatively solved equation.
The Best of Design judges agreed, naming the European-influenced modern design the winner of this year’s Best New Interior category.
While the Emperador marble dining table and its perimeter of 10 Saarinen chairs by Knoll covered in mocha-hued mohair create an impressive centerpiece for Adamik’s design, what lives above is equally spectacular – a collection of two dozen hand-blown, individually-lit crystal pendants, artfully arranged and suspended at varying heights from a teak-clad ceiling.
“Definitely the feature that stood out to me the most about this home was the stunning wooden ceilings,” said judge Stephanie Schill Hayden of Cleveland-based Schill Architecture. “The wood tones helped give the large and airy living and dining room a more human scale and added warmth to an otherwise minimalist contemporary space.”
The dining area is flanked by two living areas, each defined by one of the Tibetan rugs and topped with low European furniture. Pieces, including a leather lounge chair from B&B Italia and a petrified wood side table, fulfill the dual role of being both understated and inviting, allowing the design’s most striking pieces to shine.
“You can’t love everything the same way,” says Adamik. “It’s really the combination of how it all comes together. You need balance and harmony.
Shades of saturated gold and peacock green appear throughout the design: on the throw pillows, on the counter stools, and even on the kitchen’s hand-glazed vertical backsplash. The carefully considered palette was chosen to work with the architectural elements of the home and complement the seasonal colors of the natural setting outside. While the owner, who asked to remain anonymous, trusted Adamik’s design decisions – “he wasn’t afraid and let Stan run wild,” Weisshouse owner Stacy Weiss said – he insisted on an indispensable element. He wanted a black elm kitchen, Poliform.
Nobody liked the idea of sourcing the cabinets from Italy in the middle of a pandemic, but the shipping turned out to be the easy part. Because the mountain house’s steel structure sits on a slab, all mechanics had to go through a thin conduit, leaving no room for error.
“It was a very precise setup,” says Adamik.
The sleek, state-of-the-art kitchen features four ovens (one microwave, one steamer, and two conventional), three oversized wine coolers, and a sprawling sitting island with B&B stools.
In addition to the large hall/kitchen combination, Adamik also tackled the design of the office, bedrooms and bathrooms in the 7,600 square foot home. In keeping with the European-born owner’s roots and aesthetic, much of the equipment is imported and modern, including Belgian linen wall coverings, a Turkish-style section, and an Italian sauna.
“As big as the house is, it’s comfortable,” says Adamik. “I like everything to have a warmth. We have made it a real sanctuary.
Architectural design: Jason Miller
Interior design: Stan Adamik with Weisshouse
General Contractor: March Westin
Project manager: Patrick Garcia
Cabinets: Poliform in the kitchen; Desk and closet via Weisshouse
Appliances: Appliances by Don
Flooring: Weisshouse wood floors; Luxury tiles
Countertops: Ultimate Granite