Modern Art Smart

When art lovers Yvette Bhutani, 33, a Morgan Financial

corporate planner, and her allergist husband Sumit, 34,

couldn’t find an existing contemporary home they loved, they

turned to husband-and-wife architects Russell and Rame

Hruska to design something new. The foursome collaborated

on an open, 3,000-square-foot Museum District stunner that

prizes natural light indoors, as well as outdoor details like

modern, crisp-lined balconies. The Bhutanis and their daughter

Samaira, nearly 2, have a house filled with splashy art by the

local Ray Phillips, surrealist master Joan Miró and others. In

a favorite vignette, a four-panel bamboo painting by Tattfoo

Tan—which was snagged in Philly, and now watches over the

room’s porcelain ceramic tile floors—hangs over a simple lowbacked

gray sofa they found on the Internet. Yvette explains,

“We didn’t want anything that would compete with the art.”  Husband-and-wife architects Russell and Rame

Hruska designed and built the Museum District contemporary home.  Yvette Bhutani tossed a cheerful pillow with a green Ganesha she found at onto the neutral sofa, ‘just for a punch of color.’ Alluding to Sumit’s Indian heritage.  ‘All the stars aligned perfectly with this modern home,’  says Yvette Bhutani, with husband Sumit.

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