BY NANCY COHEN ISRAEL
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIMOTHY KOLK
mile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Pierre Chareau, and Josef
Frank may not be household names, but it was their
design esthetic that defined early 20th century
decorative arts. Ruhlmann and Chareau honed their craft
in Paris while Frank earned his credentials in Vienna.
A collection of their combined furniture provided the
palette upon which Mil Bodron of Bodron + Fruit created a
modernist idyll in an Uptown Dallas condominium.
The culturally prominent homeowners prefer to avoid
the limelight. This preference for anonymity is evident by
the plain white door that greets visitors. The only flourish
is a sculpturally twisted door handle—a vestige from their
previous home, designed by the internationally acclaimed
architect, Steven Holl.
Once across the threshold, a large painting by Philip
Guston welcomes visitors. Radiating down opposing
hallways, ceruse white oak doors and doorways punctuate
white walls. Bodron’s use of flooring also defines spaces.
The entry and hallways feature a neutral grey terrazzo,
while fumed white oak floors create warmth and visual
distinction in the gallery, study, and dining room.
Above, in the living room: chair, vintage Follot, collection of the owner; side table,
Khouri Guzman, Bunce Lininger, New York; art, Richard Artschwager. Below, in
the gallery: art (foreground), Robert Irwin; sofa (beyond), vintage Emile-Jacques
Ruhlmann, collection of the owner; far sculpture, Ken Price.