Project Report: Four Seasons Penthouse

Cravotta Interiors Project: Four Seasons Penthouse. View of entry.

Cravotta Interiors Project – Four Seasons Penthouse entry.


As Charles Eames famously said, “Details are not the details. They make the design.”

While there is certainly more to design than just the details, it’s detail that provides opportunity for innovative and nuanced expression in ways both subtle and significant.

Pictured above is the entry to a recently completed penthouse apartment in the Four Seasons Residences in Downtown Austin, Texas. Being my second project for these clients, I had the benefit of knowing them well and understanding their appreciation for design detail. When it comes to their home, they are an adventurous couple – making it especially fun for me.

The fiery red wall is a dimensional tile by Natalie Blake. Natalie and her team are extremely talented and a delight to work with. Immediately in front of the tiled wall is a custom bench I designed which appears to float in the space. The hand-forged bronze chain provides additional support and added an opportunity for a little jewelry.

The floor is white oak arranged in a Marie Antoinette pattern. Even though the building is new, I wanted the floor to look as though it might have been there for decades. This was achieved by milling 1/16” off the underside of the boards in the center sections, then beveling the interlaced borders and hand-scraping the entire surface on site before applying a traditional oil and wax finish.

The light fixture is vintage 1930’s Italian iron and rock crystal. The pair of chairs are Austrian from 1905. The bronze and walnut bookcase I collaboratively designed with the talented architect David Webber of Webber + Studio who also is responsible for the architecture of the space.

The list of notable details in this project is extensive, and I will share more along with other shots of the space in future posts. Until then, be well!