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All photos by Eva Shuan, with thanks.

This weekend, Stand 47 functioned like a retreat centre for its 2016 WinterTest guest. Eva Shuan is the Condé Nast Arts Editor for House & Garden magazine. We don’t actually know much more about her other than that. She is an extremely private person and her sensitivity toward beautiful and peaceful things made for an intriguing Winter Test guest.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Eva: Very impressive both from outside and inside too. I could not believe all the incredible art and furniture that was inside. I certainly felt at home, very comfortable, and quite tempted to stay for good. It gives the feeling of being a soothing, cosy and calming home.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Eva: All I can say is, wow! The real thing exceeded my expectations.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Eva: At 9 PM, the indoor temperature was just right at 22, while if I stepped outside it was an extremely chilly 10 degrees. I could not believe the difference! It felt like the house had central heating, but of course, there is none. On a scale of 1-10, I would say that I felt a maximum comfort level of 10.
41Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Eva: I felt really well. I began to consider that this home has all the positive qualities of a museum, but one that I can live inside of. It is so quiet – much quieter than other houses I have lived in. It also makes me feel like I will be inspired and productive to live in a space like this.


Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Eva: I enjoyed the openness of the living areas and the privacy of the bedrooms.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live in a home like this?

Eva: Yes! Definitely.