A short drive from Mount Horr in suburban Connecticut sits a work of art that, to hear the reaction on social media, is masquerading as a haunted house.
“Traumatizing,” “nightmares” and “hell house” are mentioned, as is the less ominous summation, “gloriously overdecorated.”
None of those comments comes close to the artist/owner’s true inspiration: the painter Wassily Kandinsky.
“Nikolay Synkov, who designed and built the expansion, is a devotee of Wassily Kandinsky's paintings and writings, and embellished the rooms with details from the world of his mind's inner fantasy,” according to a 142-page treatise on the house, which Synkov dubbed “Experimental Art Studio.”
In a description that calls to mind the aims of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of architecture, it continues, “The forms he developed for the building harmonize - either by contrast or by assimilation - with the pervading spirit of the mysterious and beautiful power of nature: they belong to the landscape.”
Overall, the 2,950-square-foot home, which is on the market for $339,900, “reflects that peace is more honorable than the tragedy of war.”
The artist took that vision in his own direction and appears to have poured buckets of shiny copper throughout the home. Hammered copper surrounds the fireplace and is painted above the mantel, on kitchen cabinets and along the staircase. In places, it festoons the stairs themselves.
Where copper takes a pause, dusty rose and gauze reminiscent of cobwebs adorn the walls.
The listing agent is Sheree Rossi of ERA Property Center.