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By Amiee White Beazley | February 16, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
For his developments around town, real estate entrepreneur Michael Rudin takes his cues form his Aspen home.
With the walls of the living room left bare, the color shines from below, in the lush, rich blues and purples of the carpeting and furniture.
Michael and Sabrina Rudin know how Aspen can pull at the heartstrings. Like many, they began visiting town as children with their parents. After college, each moved to Aspen, in 2008, to spend just one winter. They finally met, after that ski season, when Michael was making his name in real estate development—the family business back in Manhattan, his hometown— with his firm, Rudin West Development. It was four years later, atop his first commercial project, a new mixed-use construction at the corner of Spring and Hopkins, that he and Sabrina would start the rest of their lives together.
Having leased the first two floors, Michael planned to sell the three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot penthouse— that is, before he proposed to Sabrina on the rooftop on a bright spring day, in 2012, against the beautiful views of Aspen Mountain. “Once you propose on a rooftop,” says Sabrina, “you can’t just give up that rooftop.” The Spring Building, as the development became known, turned into home. (It also turned into business— Sabrina, a budding vegetarian restaurateur, partnered with chef Blanca Salas to open the beloved Spring Café on the ground floor.)
Neutral walls allow a budding art collection to shine.
While Michael worked with David Johnston Architects on the building and with Connect One Design on the rooftop garden, Sabrina—with Michael’s uncle, Alex Papachristidis, a celebrated Manhattan interior designer— researched paints, flooring, and eco-friendly furniture for the penthouse. Mixing contemporary and traditional designs with inspiration from both the big city and mountains, the Rudins and Papachristidis swathed the home in rich fabrics, like Cowtan & Tout velvet and Schumacher Darya ikat, and mid-century antiques from New York’s Duane Modern.
The dichotomy between modern design and rugged materials helps establish Michael and Sabrina Rudin’s city-country aesthetic.
The walls remained neutral, painted white or covered in grass papers, to allow the Rudins’ emerging art collection, including photographs by Peter Lik and Scott Rudin (no relation), to shine. This New York-meets-Aspen aesthetic can also be found at Michael’s latest mixed-use project—Hotel Jerome Residences at The Mill, located behind the hotel and comprising two floors of commercial space paired with two more of four spectacular penthouses (from $6 million). The overall design, a collaboration between Aspen’s own David Johnston Architects, New York architect Alan Orenbuch, and Papachristidis, introduces a distinctly urban feel into Aspen’s residential market.
Vintage Midcentury Modern buffets, bookshelves, and console tables from New York City’s Duane Modern establish the home’s East Coast pedigree.
Outside, half of the building’s facade is a nod to town’s architectural history, with sandstone touches and brickwork, while the other half reflects a more contemporary style, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Inside, the apartments emanate a bright, neutral air with white oak flooring and Calacatta Gold marble—a look inspired by the real-life example of Michael and Sabrina’s citymeets- mountain-town abode. “The penthouse is our first home together,” says Michael. “It’s a very special spot. It represents a lot in our lives.” Judging by The Mill, it may also represent some of Aspen’s residential future.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHAWN O’CONNOR