The Surprisingly Colorful Homes of 10 Famous Architects


Architects often get classified as stark minimalists obsessed with the seemingly boring, non-color palette of black and white. We thought we’d dispel this myth with a virtual visit to the vibrant homes of some of our favorite design legends. Verner Panton, enfant terrible of Danish design and creator of fabulous, funky pieces in exotic colors, once said that “choosing colors should not be a gamble. It should be a conscious decision. Colors have a meaning and a function.” Color brings life, meaning, and mood to even the most simple of spaces, and when done well — in our opinion — is the sign of real genius. From Luis Barragán’s vivid pink walls to Charles and Ray Eames’ whimsical use of red, yellow and blue, click through to peek into the surprisingly colorful lives of some of the world’s most famous architects.

Two Willow Road by Ernö Goldfinger – Hampstead, London

Image credit: Architects’ Journal; Opening Ceremony

Casa Barragán by Luis Barragán – Mexico City, Mexico

Image credit: Casa Barragán via archdaily; Renee Burri via archdaily

Le Cabanon by Le Corbusier – Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Image credit: Cityfurniture; the189

Eames House by Charles and Ray Eames – Pacific Palisades, California

Image credit: Vicki Liantonio via Speaking of Architecture; John Morse; Moon to Moon

Kappe Residence by Ray Kappe – Los Angeles, California

Image credit: João Canziani via Dwell

Gehry House by Frank Gehry – Santa Monica, California

Image credit: figure-ground; Gehry Partners, LLP via The Los Angeles Times

Frey House II by Albert Frey – Palm Springs, California

Image credit: Gregg Felsen via Modernism Magazine; Shel Mosk Photography; Larry Harris; C.J. Builds

Taliesin West by Frank Lloyd Wright – Scottsdale, Arizona

Image credit: asteri

Finn Juhl’s home – Ordrup, Denmark

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