Design Takes Flight
"Alex Martin’s life has revolved around aviation, as both his father and grandfather had careers in the Air Force. He grew up with a love for
classic aviation of the 1930’s, having role models such as Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes. This passion for aviation led
him to become a pilot for a major commercial airline based in Houston, Texas, once the home of the aviation great Howard Hughes.
Alex was excited to relocate to Houston. His desire was to find a home that would encompass Houston’s aviation history, but also include the
most modern conveniences. Built in 1910, consisting of eight floors, The Beaconsfield was the first apartment high rise in Houston. In its day
it was considered the height of luxury with its ultimate downtown location on the edge of the business district between classic Victorian homes.
The building featured hardwood floors, mahogany beams and brass fixtures.
Furthermore, the ultimate attraction to Alex was the fact that it was once the home of his idol, Howard Hughes. Upon entering the apartment,
the living room wall is composed of a mural from an airplane fuselage. The scrap metal fuselage pieces and exposed rivets set the tone for
the entire space. The apartment boasts a mix of metal, wood and concrete which compliments this industrial, aviation style. To add energy to
the space there are five layers of light present with suspended cable lighting serving as both ambient and accent lighting. The adjustable
MR16 recessed lights in the kitchen serve as task lighting. The industrial style pendants are used as decorative lighting, and finally the
colored LED strips at the bottom of the exposed concrete columns, add both texture and vibrance to the home.
The frameless cherry cabinets by Wood Harbor compliment the kitchen by adding contrast to the stainless steel countertops and appliances.
Aluminum framed cabinets with frosted glass inserts go to the ceiling for maximum storage. With their sleek, classic styling and modern look,
Sub-Zero’s stainless steel integrated refrigeration units are a perfect match for this aviation style. While in town, entertaining is a top
priority for Alex, he never has to worry about running low on wine as Sub- Zero’s Wine Storage unit offers ample space for up to 78 bottles.
As if his wine storage wasn’t enough, his friends will be so impressed by the meal he prepared on his new Wolf 36” Gas Range that they will
think he is not only a professional pilot, but a professional culinary chef as well. However, because of his busy travel schedule, Alex
doesn’t always have time to prepare such elaborate meals. During these times, the Wolf Microwave and Warming Drawer are a perfect fit for his
life style. With the help of Sub-Zero and Wolf, this aviation lover has been able to take design to new heights."