Dwell regularly features articles from their magazine online, and their latest entry explores one of the few modern domiciles in a rather traditional Utah setting. The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the recently completed home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness. The house was designed by renowned Utah architect John Sugden, who is a revered figure in the Utah modernist scene (a small scene, granted, but a scene nonetheless).
Brent Jespersen took a sabbatical from work to act as the general contractor for the project, and was involved with every detail, from the recessed lighting plan to the vast cedar deck, which extends out into the canyon. High ceilings (10′ 6″) and six ten-foot-tall commercial-quality sliding glass doors create an airy, cross-ventilated space. The decor is an austere yet eclectic blend of old (vintage Eames lounges) and new (slick B&B Italia sofas). The freestanding kitchen features wenge cabinets with custom-made handles, maple flooring, and a Roman travertine-topped work island.
But the real decor is provided by nature, with the floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of a mountain landscape both familiar and ruggedly exotic. The natural beauty offers considerable consolation for living in a place with a reputation for cultural homogeneity.
Follow the links below for the entire article and slideshow featured on the Dwell website.
More images from the feature after the jump.