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Same architect, same designer, same contractor, same family— two extraordinary homes halfway round the world from each other.

Shax Riegler

ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO this family decided they wanted a place of their own in Kona, after traveling to the Four Seasons resort there for years. “They kept sending me pictures and saying, ‘But we don’t really like the houses,’ ” says Primack, who was in the middle of designing the clients’ New York City apartment. “And I was like, ‘Of course you don’t, because they’re terrible.’ ”

Pastiches of clichéd Hawaiian style, none felt special. And after a summer of disappointed searching, Primack suggested that the then London-based couple, serious collectors of art and design, build something they would really like. They quickly found the perfect lot, and then the designer introduced them to Kundig. “I just thought his aesthetic would be right,” Primack explains.

The clients agreed, and the designers got to work. A prime objective was to create a house that could host 20-plus family members and friends at a time but that wouldn’t feel big and fussy. “It’s full of amazing pieces, but at its heart, it’s a beach house,” says Primack.

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January 2018