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Story: Gretchen Wagner
Photography: ROGER WADE

HOW A HANDFUL OF INDIVIDUALS BECAME ONE T0 DELIVER FOR ALL.

It is a slightly awkward indulgence for me to write about the Maffei house. As a member of the architectural team, I spent three years working with many talented people to create what I consider to be a striking end result. Completed more than two years ago, its glorious spaces and delicious details—and the complicated task of achieving them—are still close at hand in my memory. Now, with the benefit of some distance, I am struck not only by its beauty and utility, but also by the exceptional teamwork that produced it. Part memoir, part tribute, part insider’s guide, this is the story of how the Maffei house came to be.

The Ketchum house of Sharon and Greg Maffei is, in a word, stunning. A glass and stone prow housing the gathering spaces gently stretches into the private valley below and drinks in spectacular views. Low horizontal shaded forms containing more private spaces anchor this prow to the dished-out hilltop. The house nestles comfortably into the landscape amid exposed rock cliffs, massive boulders and tall native grasses. Inside, exquisite natural materials and precise detailing define voluminous spaces. And within these spaces, furnishings both refined and lyrical celebrate each room.

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