SANTA FE MODERN
Anderson translates his facination with the simple line into his sculpture, and on a larger scale, into his architecture.
Santa Fe Modern reveals the high desert landscape as an ideal setting for bold, abstracted forms of modernist houses. The vigor and the allure of modern art and architecture hearten each other in a way that is visible and exciting, and this book demonstrates the synergistic relationship between art, architecture, and the land.
The owners wanted a structure that was contemporary, with clean lines and hard edges, that maintained a softer sense of home.
Tapping his experience as a furniture-maker, textile designer and contemporary artist, Anderson orchestrated the home’s blend of traditional pueblo architecture and contemporary lines, Old World finishes and of-the-moment furnishings, and native pottery and modern art, to create an environment with a true sense of place.
Anderson orchestrated the home’s blend of traditional pueblo architecture and contemporary lines, Old World finishes and of-the-moment furnishings, and native pottery and modern art, to create an environment with a true sense of place.
The architecture is rather understated and I wanted the furnishings to convey that same feeling. But they also had to be very comfortable and luxurious—and kid-friendly. I try to let things kind of flow. Let certain things be dictated to you and you’ll be surprised by the outcome. Your surroundings, the movement of the sun, what’s happening with the trees, what you already own and enjoy, how you live: those are the things that ultimately create a home for you.
It's hard not wanting to spend a morning, afternoon or evening in this space.
The focus of this project was to capture the expansiveness and unique light of New Mexico, while keeping the space uncomplicated yet comfortable. A neutral palette, simplified textural materials, high ceilings and a southern exposure all helped to achieve this goal. Views from the kitchen frame the piñon-covered hills of New Mexico and horses on a nearby ranch make it equally soothing inside and out. It's hard not to want to spend a morning, afternoon or evening in this space.
Anderson’s visions for blending design, art and architecture are as continuous as lines themselves. Each project is steeped in the concept of the art of building, and the building of art.
“When artist, designer, and builder Seth Anderson is asked where his inspiration comes from, his answer is simple: “The Line.” He started doodling in school, drawing continuous ink pen lines as a way to freely roam and connect with deep creative expression. The drawing process itself became a revelatory bridge between Anderson’s subconscious and the resulting art that was ultimately expressed.
When looking at the clean symmetric interiors and exteriors of the stunning homes Anderson’s designed and built, including his own, elements of The Line are central, including how sightlines converge with the sky, surrounding landscape, vast windows, and each other—as well as how structures connect, integrate, and complement one another through form, light, and angles.
Anderson’s visions for blending design, art and architecture are as continuous as lines themselves. Each project is steeped in the concept of the art of building, and the building of art. Every form has process, structure, and they overlap with his understanding of DNA, the environment, and abstraction. In fact, the finished projects themselves become the manifestation of how these elements combine to push boundaries, provide calm, and offer backdrops of aesthetic cohesion.
As a contractor, Anderson has a keen understanding of how materials can be used to realize the conceptual building and landscape vision for his clients, and how to integrate artistry with application. “Work I’m doing now blends everything I’ve ever done,” he says. ‘There’s no separation for me as an artist, a builder, or designer. My expression is a journey of passion, interest, and a desire to always learn. To push boundaries. To examine light, structure, textures, and color, and find dynamic ways to juxtapose them against the beautiful yet elegant simplicity of lines.’”