Modern Luxury Interiors Texas writer Helen Thompson recently featured a Bodron+Fruit-renovated home in the Bluffview neighborhood of Dallas, noting:
“Bodron+Fruit has also carved a niche for itself renovating midcentury houses designed by some of the country’s greatest architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Philip Johnson and Howard Meyer.”
Architect Svend Christian Fruit and architecture-trained interior designer Mil Bodron met working on a project and in 1998 formed their eponymous firm, which is widely known in the greater Dallas area for modern design.
Bodron, who hails from Louisiana, told Bayou LIfe Magazine: “My introduction to architecture was all the old plantation homes in south Louisiana,” he says. “As a child, I knew all the Louisiana antebellum homes by name and most of them by floor plan. To this day, I love old, classical houses. Just the old ones, not the new ones.”
Bodron’s philosophy of using “the most beautiful nothing we can find” for interiors creates the perfect backdrop for art-filled homes the firm is often commissioned to design or update. One of the most notable is the renovation of Strait Lane, the 1960s-era home originally designed by famed modernist Philip Johnson, for the Henry C. Beck family.
After the home fell into disrepair and was sold in the early 2000s, Bodron+Fruit and landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand of Cambridge MA completely renewed the dilapidated structure and grounds, retaining the clean lines but recreating the space as a family-friendly home. Sebastian performed the construction.
The renovation of the “strangely fascinating” Strait Lane property was featured in a 2010 New York Times article, commending Bodron’s “neutral color scheme [which] also creates a quiet background for works by artists like James Lee Byars, Ross Bleckner, Thomas Demand and John Chamberlain.”
The Bodron+Fruit website features 30 photos of the stunning renovation. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but image #6 captures the clean lines and “beautiful nothing” that frames the new owners’ modern art collection.