Peggy Cooper Cafritz

Making an Entrance
Editor's Note: We were shocked and horrified to hear about the fire that destroyed Peggy's home on July 29, 2009.  O contributing writer and editor Cathleen Medwick said, “Going inside that house was a delight and a privilege—it was so  alive and filled with meaning. Peggy didn't just collect those  pieces, she loved every one of them. It is a terrible loss. My heart breaks for her, and for all of us.”

Peggy Cooper Cafritz stands in her entry hall in front of Federico Uribe's The Fox—made from painted pencils. Hanging on the wall to Cafritz's left is Mickalene Thomas's Rumor Has It, above a cast bronze console by Silas Seandel. 

On floor: Boots, by Demetrius Glover
Hew Locke's England's Rose

Eye Party
In Cafritz's staircase landing, Londoner Hew Locke's satirical England's Rose (far left) and Charles, genteelly poised above Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu's Chiquita.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz living room

Expect the Unexpected
A traditional seating area is sparked by visionary images: William Villalongo's It Was a Hell of a Fight Now It's Time for a Show and Tell (left) and Ruud van Empel's World #6. Guarding the stairwell, with its dramatic fall of hair—Nadine Robinson's Me 6—is Nick Cave's Sound Suit, made of fabric. 

Also pictured: Throw (on chair), Armani/Casa. Floor lamp, Lucca & Co. Love seat, Dessin Fournir Companies. Pale pillows, Armani/Casa. Coffee table, Ed Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Makers
Peggy Cooper Cafritz living area

Atop the living room window, Robin Rhode's Bench Slide, and, on the rear wall, Mustafa Maluka's You Think I'm on Your Side. Hanging from ceiling, Alexandre Arrechea's Dust

Also pictured: Sofa, De Angelis Custom Furniture
Peggy Cooper Cafritz in her doorway

Cafritz with Jeff Sonhouse's duo The Color of Conversion, Liberty and Progression Found on a Fast Food Menu, on wall, and a watercolor portrait by David Jamison, on floor.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz family room

Talking Pictures
The family room, with poodle Gumbo, and Thales Pereira's political cowboy, Bush Gardens. Colorful sculpture, Untitled, by Sang Won Sung. Scottish "Orkney" chair, Amy Perlin Antiques. Drawing on chair by Casey Cooper.
James Marshall Power to to the People

In the entry hall, Kerry James Marshall's Power to the People honors civil rights figures.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz bathroom

Irfan Önürmen's D1 and D3, paintings on layered tulle, in Cafritz's bathroom. Wall hanging, Shinique Smith's Surface Value.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz dining room

In the dining room, Cafritz grouped El Anatsui's After Kings, a wall hanging made of bottle caps, with works by Yinka Shonibare and Deborah Grant.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz bedroom

Cafritz has filled her bedroom with art: Kara Walker's The Emancipation Approximation (Scene 26) is on the bookcase next to the four-poster bed by Maxalto. To the left of the far window is a drawing of Zachary Cafritz, Peggy's older son, by Artis Lane. Not Manet's Type, by Carrie Mae Weems, is to the right of the window. On the bedside table, Bust #1, by Kehinde Wiley. The sculpture above the bed is Patua-Torcao, by Sonia Gomes. The tree sculpture, And the Trees Are Burning in Your Promised Land, is by Kim Krans. 

Also pictured: Wooden chair, A. Rudin. Bedside table, Gregory Warchavchik. Pillows and bedsheets, Anichini. Striped bed cover, Armani/Casa. Floor pillows, Ann Gish. Bubble chair, Eero Aarnio  

Peggy Cooper Cafritz house

Outside Looking In
Cafritz's house, from the front yard.

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