Free shipping on all orders $100+

Spotlight: Robert Bruno’s Steel House

February 05, 2018

What happens when a sculptor decides to build a house? You get Steel House – an undulating, twisting, UFO-like steel form that was a thirty-five-year labor of love for Texas artist Robert Bruno.

Vogue
Photo: Vogue

One of the most famous homes in all of Texas, Steel House sits just twenty minutes outside of Lubbock in Ransom Canyon. It’s a visually striking architectural home among a neighborhood of perfectly ordinary houses. This year will make a decade since the acclaimed sculptor passed away and left Steel House unfinished.

1977-3
Photo: Robert Bruno

Started in 1973, Bruno had big plans for his hand-welded masterpiece. A style unto its own, Steel House is perched on a hill overlooking Lake Ransom Canyon. Built from 150 tons of steel, Bruno worked on the home constantly, with big plans to include an aquarium, pool, and library – all of which were never realized. But what he did accomplish is truly stunning, and he did it nearly entirely on his own.

big_07
Photo: Robert Bruno

From the front, the home looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. It appears to float above the ground, held up by four massive support pillars. The roof sweeps back as if it was bent by the prairie winds. The windows, many of which are stained glass, are all uniquely shaped and mimic the sweeping patterns of the roof line.

big_03
Photo: Robert Bruno

Stepping inside the home, you discover that Steel House could have easily been featured in the Lord of the Rings movies (the elves would definitely have lived here)! Wood was used throughout the inside of the home, a warm and welcoming contrast to the steel exterior. Gently curving walls and arched ceiling hallways leave you curious about what is just around the corner. Light shining in through the stained glass windows paints beautiful, colorful mosaics onto the floors.

What at first glance appears to be a haphazard building, is, in fact, a carefully planned, lovingly built piece of art. This love continues on through Bruno’s friend Charles Hobbs who has become the caretaker of the property. Because the home was left unfinished, tours of the interior are a very rare occurrence and require careful planning. Here’s to hoping they open it up again soon!

big_09
Photo: Robert Bruno

Bonus: If you take the drive out to see Steel House, be sure to also check out the Stone House (also known as Candy Cane House and Slide House) across the way. While you can’t tour the interiors of either home, both offer visually intriguing exteriors and make for a great photo op.





Also in Blog

HHC Living Portfolio: Retro & Rad

November 07, 2018

HHC Living 2018 Portfolio

If you’ve been keeping up on our regular blog posts, you’ve recently seen a fun tribute to the resurgence of wallpaper, and another festive Halloween post. Both posts may have you wondering as to where many of those photos have come from. Wonder no more! This week we’re highlighting a recent home design by HHC Living.

Without further adieu, let’s hop in and check out this gorgeous 2018 interior design from our ever-growing portfolio.

Continue Reading

The Spooky Spirit for Halloween 2018

October 23, 2018

HHC Halloween

Halloween is officially one week away – scary, right? If you haven’t quite gotten into the spirit yet, we have several Spooktacular ideas for what to do, plus tons of decorating inspiration via one of our recent interior design projects. After all, what could HHC stand for other than Halloween Home & Co? Grab a favorite candy bar, light that pumpkin candle, and let’s Hocus Focus on having a bewitching Halloween celebration.

Continue Reading

The Wallpaper Comeback

October 21, 2018

Wallpaper Comeback 2018

Wallpaper is back, in a big way, and better than ever. When you think of the classic wall covering, you might find yourself traveling back in time to your grandparent’s home where dingy, yellowing, overwhelming patterns were found literally everywhere in the house. You can almost smell it, right? Yikes. Trust us when we say the new and improved version is not your grandmother’s wallpaper. Click through to fall in love with this updated classic. After all, everybody loves a comeback.

Continue Reading