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May 16, 2016
We catch up with the creative couple living in Studio Gang's Brick Weave House.
Once a horse stable, this Chicago house first got a superficial makeover from Oprah (we wonder whether Stedman likes modern) before architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang was called in for a more substantial renovation and a dazzlingly porous brick screen.

Originally an 1880s horse stable, Studio Gang wrapped the home in an airy brick screen.  The house continues to make quite the impression. “Especially in the beginning, the facade was very polarizing, people didn't understand it. Almost a decade later, it's become more appreciated.” Surratt says. Hernandez describes that people are often surprised at how much light fills up the space. "Because the house is flitered by the screen, the light is constantly changing and producing these amazing patterns that you could never imagine. People are often amazed how dynamic and alive it feels when you are on the inside." 

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At the edge of the dining room, with its eclectic collection of fixtures and furnishings, orange velvet curtains playfully frame an opening to the skylight garage. It serves as a kind of sculpture gallery for motorcycles and cars, including one of Surratt

"Inherently, the house feels like a gallery." Surratt says, referring to their wide range of furniture and objects. "I love to juxtapose all of it together. It does all hang well together because of the space Studio Gang designed." Where the dinning room and garage connect is just one example of the modern structure supporting the whimsical collection owned by the couple. 

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Hernandez and Surratt relax in the living room, which is enlivened by the house’s internal topography. A short flight of steps divides the interconnected areas and offers a place to sit. Above is a loft that can be converted to a bedroom.

Since Dwell last visited the couple, they now have a daughter and one chair in particular is in constant competition. "It sounds like a cliché, but a day doesn't go by where everyone sits in the Eames chair. It really is part of our daily routine. We sometimes fight over it." Hernandez says. 

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Camp Wandawega cottage

Hernandez had been visiting Camp Wandawega since he was a child and when the opportunity presented itself, the couple acquired the camp in 2004. The couple continues to be busy inviting people to collaborate on cabins and structures while they rebuild the camp. Camp Wandawega has even extended into collaborations with brands such as Land of Nod, Anthropologie, and the motor cycle company URAL. This garage-turned-cottage is just one dwelling converted by the couple.

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Trailer at Camp Wandawega

An exterior shot of a trailer at the camp. 

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Treehouse at Camp Wandewega

The interior of a treehouse at the camp features a wood-burning stove and antler chandelier. 

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Office at an advertisement agency.

Recently, Surratt has been making the office feel more like home. A colorful carpet complements the cork wall filled with inspiration for projects. 

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Office at an advertisement agency.

"A lot of our projects are inspired from what we do outside of the office walls and it was inevitable that at some point we would furnish the space like this." she says.  

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Installation at an advertising agency

"What I am doing more than ever is thinking about interior design and architecture, the Brick Weave House really made us think differently about our work. People love to immerse themselves in spaces and they want to know the stories behind them."  Surratt says. She is now leading the agency's Experiential Branding division. In addition to furnishing office spaces, she has also created installations. Inspired by constellations and her agency's history, a collection of lapel pins featuring projects from the past 40 years make up the starry scene. 

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Once a horse stable, this Chicago house first got a superficial makeover from Oprah (we wonder whether Stedman likes modern) before architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang was called in for a more substantial renovation and a dazzlingly porous brick screen.

Originally an 1880s horse stable, Studio Gang wrapped the home in an airy brick screen.  The house continues to make quite the impression. “Especially in the beginning, the facade was very polarizing, people didn't understand it. Almost a decade later, it's become more appreciated.” Surratt says. Hernandez describes that people are often surprised at how much light fills up the space. "Because the house is flitered by the screen, the light is constantly changing and producing these amazing patterns that you could never imagine. People are often amazed how dynamic and alive it feels when you are on the inside." 

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A lot has changed since 2009. You may have been first introduced to creative directors Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez when we covered their home, the Brick Weave House by Studio Gang that year. And it should be no surprise that the couple continues to find the house a source of inspiration inside and out. "It's put us in the position to move things around and trying something different. It allows us to treat our living space a little more like a gallery rather than just a formal living space." Hernandez says. While the architecture is modern, the couple’s aesthetic isn’t defined by just one style. An assortment of rotating flea market treasures and local art continues to fill the house and beyond. The couple has brought their eclectic sensibilities into their offices and installations to Ogilvy & Mather, the advertising agency where they both work. And when the couple isn’t working, you can find them at their passion project, Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin, building new cabins and cultivating a community of artists, designers, and thinkers.  

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