The Future of Rustic
A Mountain Village home stakes its claim on timeless design that echoes Telluride’s past
Jennifer M Koskinen
Tucked in among the trees, with walls of locally-quarried stone and a silo clad in rusted metal, this Mountain Village home resembles a relic of the area’s gold-mining past. But once you step inside, you’d be hard-pressed to think of anything but the modern day.
It’s a look that could best be described as “future rustic,” the homeowner says, and she and her husband achieved it with the help of Bruce Wright and Jodie Shike Wright of One Architects in Telluride. “We had the lot for almost 10 years and I’d started working with another architect on a much more modern design, but every time we drove by one of Bruce’s and Jodie’s homes, we wanted to go inside,” the homeowner says. “When we finally did, everything from the materials to the details, the finishes, the quality of the work and the lighting really resonated with us.”
The home’s focal point is the cylindrical staircase uncoiling inside the rusted metal silo that serves as the home’s entryway and introduces visitors to the “future rustic” design. Paneled in white oak, the staircase is flooded with natural light and crowned with a contemporary hanging sculpture that reflects the silo’s curves. “That staircase is what this house is all about,” the homeowner says. “It’s history and it’s modernity and it’s art. The house might be just a few years old, but it feels timeless. It has soul.”
The homeowners furnished the house with minimal yet substantial seating like the Roche Bobois sofas in the living room.
The architects decided to forego upper cabinets in the kitchen in favor of more windows, which are set above counter height to allow for concealed storage under the deep windowsill.
Wrapped inside the home’s silo and paneled in white oak, the staircase serves as the home’s entryway. The homeowner hung the swirling metal sculpture by Houston-based artist Edward Lee Hendricks.
Après-ski gatherings often take place in the outdoor living area, which features a fireplace and in-floor radiant heating. The homeowners furnished the space like an indoor room, with deep, welcoming seating by Alwy Visschedyk for Summit Furniture.
Jodie Shike Wright