Tour a Conventional But Fashionable Atlanta Residence That Includes a World-Class Automotive Assortment—and Storage
When Shashi and Fortunate Reddy, cofounders of the cellular equipment model Case-Mate, had been available in the market for a brand new abode, they began to go for drives across the leafy Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven. Finest recognized for its manicured landscaping and beautiful prewar structure, the group is included on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations. “It was not the preliminary home that caught our consideration a lot because the 100-year-old oak tree proper in entrance,” Fortunate mentioned of the couple’s final discover. “[W]e mentioned that is it, that is the home.”
The Reddys (who met throughout their undergrad years in India) bought the home in 2007 and fortunately lived within the house by 2016. At that time they determined to develop and bought their neighbor’s adjoining lot. Two full home demos later, they started to construct a wholly new construction on the mixed 2.5 acres of open land.
The duo tasked the Atlanta agency Summerour Architects with designing an exterior façade to suit into the historic neighborhood. “We noticed a number of houses in Atlanta that had been siding planks or stucco—[materials] that didn’t really feel like they’d [last] endlessly,” Fortunate, whose full identify is Lakshmi, says. “In India, it’s all cement and metal houses, which is to say, it’s a bit sturdier.” In the long run, the Reddys determined to make use of limestone as their predominant materials, in addition to loads of glass.
Via their architect, the Reddys had been launched to Joel Kelly Design and Wyeth Ray Interiors, who spearheaded the decor efforts. “Shashi and Fortunate requested that we take a conventional exterior and seamlessly mix it into a contemporary inside in a means that made sense,” Joel Kelly, founding father of the eponymous design agency, explains of the temporary. “They needed to be a form neighbor on the surface however fashion-forward on the within.”
“It was important for us that the entrance door felt like a portal from one fashion to a different,” Whitney Ray, principal designer at Wyeth Ray Interiors, provides. “The Reddys had been very energetic within the design course of, however they saved saying to me and Joel, ‘simply maintain us accountable, as a result of we don’t need this house to show right into a Frankenstein with 100 elements forming one, disjointed physique’.”
That was a believable threat. And but, the Reddys by no means backed down from their imaginative and prescient, which stemmed partly from Francophile musings: “While you go to the Champs-Élysées in Paris and also you stroll towards the Hermès or Louis Vuitton [store], the façade could be very outdated and classical,” Shashi explains. “However after you enter, the house has this glorious lighting, these very clear strains, and the antiquated feeling goes away. That’s what we had been searching for in our house—we needed the house to suit the neighborhood however to have interiors that matched our personalities.”
In 2020 the home was lastly accomplished. “I do know we succeeded as a result of it’s a house they each love equally, however from totally completely different views,” Kelly says. (Notably, each Kelly and Ray have since been employed to design the houses of among the Reddys’ pals.)
This might simply be the tip of the story—if it weren’t for Shashi’s exemplary automotive assortment. Simply contemplate just a few on the listing: 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, 1955 Jaguar D Sort (gained Le Mans motor race), 1961 DB4 GT Zagato (there are solely 19 on the planet), Jaguar E-Sort Light-weight—the listing goes on. “All of my automobiles are distinctive and onerous to get,” Shashi explains. “For instance, Porsche designed a Carrera GT that they constructed only for me.”
By schooling, Shashi is a mechanical engineer who is aware of the way to take aside a automotive and put it again collectively. “I grew up in India with very modest means, but I’ve all the time been fascinated with automobiles from a younger age,” he says. “I take a look at automobiles within the sense of, what nice automobiles have moved the trade, some may say the world, within the final 60 years? What designs, what engines, what braking programs have had the best impact on the auto trade? Finally, these are objects of magnificence and ought to be handled as such.”