House of art collectors built to also show the beauty of nature

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The driveway crosses an expanse of lawn in front of some large outdoor sculptures. The low, wide house is a mid-century beauty with glass, stone, and cedar on a deep expanse of wooded shoreline.

Across the lake, you see Kirk’s large Gothic carillon in Hills Church and hear his 77 bells when the carillon is played for services or concerts.

This lakeside site is a place of serene beauty. The pleasant views continue as you step into the house with its slanted ceilings, flowing spaces and glass.

At first glance though, the serenity can be hard to discern as a flashier spectacle plays out. It’s been the home of art collectors for 50 years, and it’s packed with enough contemporary arts and crafts for a museum.

Some of the art will be passed on to the Detroit Institute of Arts and others to the University of Michigan museum. More parts will be sold, and the rest will travel with the owners as they downsize and move near their daughter.

So to soak up their dramatic art now is a treat, but we have to move on and look at the house behind.

It was built as a lakeside cottage in 1951, then twice expanded and renovated. The second time, it was by these owners, Dede and Oscar Feldman, extremely active with the DIA.

Among their goals was better display space. Together with Franklin designer David Goldburg, they tore up the interior – raised and sloped ceilings, added room, moved rooms. “It generated a lot of dimensional interest that didn’t exist before,” said real estate agent Nanci Rands. “They are wonderful living spaces.”

Now the high walls contain large pieces of sculpture, some larger than furniture.

From the entrance hall, Goldburg designed a long gallery formed by three display cases containing ceramics and art glass by Dede Feldman. Both sides of the cabinet walls are glass, so you can see both the display and the landscaped yard behind.

The foyer opens onto the 30 foot living room, with its solid glass wall facing the lake. This opens to the 20 foot dining room. In these rooms, Goldburg built a two-level exhibition niche for ceramics and a beautiful bar topped with granite. The lighting is meticulously designed for the screens.

They built a new family room next to the dining room, more glass walls and a view of the lake. This is where the couple keeps their collection of African art, which will go to the DIA.

Near the entrance hall, at the end of the glazed gallery, doors open onto a large bookcase which has two walls of recessed lights and bookcases, including a Murphy Murphy bed.

This is a transition to the private owners suite – a 20 foot room that has sliding glass doors that lead out to the courtyard, as well as a 21 foot soaking tub. Here, too, the bedroom has a beautiful wall of built-in wardrobes and drawers.

“What’s amazing about this house is how permanent the furniture actually is,” said Dede Feldman.

COLLECTOR’S HOUSE

Or: 1265 Club Drive, Bloomfield Township

How much: $ 1,898,000

Bedrooms: 3, plus a Murphy bed in the library.

Thermal baths: 3 full, 2 half

Square feet: 4,571 on the ground floor, around 1,000 in a lower level apartment.

Main characteristics: Beautiful mid-century home in the serene setting of Lower Long Lake. Contemporary interior completely renovated to display art and entertain. Dramatic interior architecture. Many integrated elements

Contact: Nanci Rands, Hall & Hunter, 248-701-9000. All


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