The Levinas's Living Collection

The Levinas's Living Collection

Leah Moss
Sep 22, 2010

Often, art makes a house a home, but in the case of the Levinas's newly renovated Georgetown abode, art makes the home a museum. Mirella and Dani Levinas have been amassing pieces from up-and-coming artists for the last thirty years, but their newest home has given their collection a special spotlight, to which their 6 year old grandson's warning: "Don't touch anything— it might be art" attests.

As DC Magazine explains, the home is made up almost entirely of right angles and straight lines— one of Mirella's only requests. So with sharp angles and clean lines in mind, Dani worked with his architect brother, Salo, of Bethesda-based Shinberg.Levinas, to create a home to house the couple's vast collection. The house was originally made up of two adjoining Georgetown townhouses, which had previously belonged to Evalyn Walsh McLean, the last individual owner of the Hope Diamond.

In the home's transformation, expanses of glass and clean lines create a striking backdrop for the couple's art. The couple is particularly passionate about collecting work from emerging and Latin American artists of all mediums from a Cristian Segura video art piece to a piece created from plastic utensils by local artist, Dan Steinhilber.

To learn more about the Levinas's collection and renovation, check out the full article on DC Magazine.

Images: Powers and Crewe for DC Magazine

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