The Wilkie residence is a 6,000 sq ft apartment on the 29th floor of the Four Seasons Residences in downtown Austin, Texas. It is the home for a philanthropic couple from New York who fell in love with the city and decided to live in Austin full time.
The apartment is a reflection of the Wilkies’ sophisticated taste: It is composed of rich textural surfaces--such as bronze and glass panels, hand-painted silk-papered ceilings, leather mosaic walls, floating wood walls, patterned wood floors, and fiery dimensional ceramic tile. Many of these details are custom and unique. The furnishings are a mix of pieces by local artisans, vintage pieces, funky finds, as well as many pieces designed by Cravotta Interiors. The art collection was also assembled by Cravotta Interiors and includes work by important early and mid-century artists.
Interior Design by Mark Cravotta of Cravotta Interiors (cravattointeriors.com). His projects have been published in The Robb Report and Luxe magazine. Architecture by David Webber of Webber Studio (webberstudio.com). Walter and Sandra Wilkie originally purchased a 3,000 square foot apartment in the Four Seasons Residences in 2009 and hired Cravotta Interiors for the interior design. The couple intended to use the apartment as a getaway from their home on Central Park in New York but after completion of the original space, they fell in love with Austin and decided to make it their permanent home. The Wilkies subsequently purchased an adjoining 3,000 sq ft apartment and again hired Cravotta Interiors to design the new space and to blend it into the original space. Two of the Wilkies’ previous homes were published in Elle Décor magazine.
The Wilkies’ primary loves are entertaining and philanthropy. Their apartment was designed to be a venue for their fund-raising efforts for the causes they are passionate about such as The Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, the Austin Lyric Opera, and the Austin Children’s Museum. The Wilkies also represent a current trend in Austin of new residents from historically more cosmopolitan areas who want to be a part of this rapidly developing and thriving community. They are bringing fresh energy, culture, money, and imagination to add a city that is vibrant and welcoming.