8 Reasons to Love Herringbone

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November 15, 2013
It’s not just for stuffy tweeds; herringbone patterns have a distinct place in modern design. See how in these 8 houses, from Paris to Tokyo.
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  Jerome and Jamie Pelayo's house in Echo Park, just northwest of downtown L.A., is clad in a striking wooden herringbone pattern. 

    Jerome and Jamie Pelayo's house in Echo Park, just northwest of downtown L.A., is clad in a striking wooden herringbone pattern. 

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  In the kitchen of a home by architect Michael O’Sullivan in Auckland, New Zealand, the showstopping ceiling’s herringbone pattern is echoed by the terra-cotta tiles on the floor. Photo by Emily Andrews.   Photo by: Emily Andrews

    In the kitchen of a home by architect Michael O’Sullivan in Auckland, New Zealand, the showstopping ceiling’s herringbone pattern is echoed by the terra-cotta tiles on the floor. Photo by Emily Andrews. 

    Photo by: Emily Andrews

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  Against a herringbone floor, a Knoll sofa is bracketed by two leather-and-wood Falcon chairs by Sigurd Resell in interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler's house in southwest England. Photo by Andrew Meredith.   Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    Against a herringbone floor, a Knoll sofa is bracketed by two leather-and-wood Falcon chairs by Sigurd Resell in interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler's house in southwest England. Photo by Andrew Meredith. 

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A distinctive herringbone wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio. The interior surface is covered with oak boards hammered one-by-one into a honey-colored herringbone pattern.

    A distinctive herringbone wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio. The interior surface is covered with oak boards hammered one-by-one into a honey-colored herringbone pattern.

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  Both a gallery and a residence, an Antwerp home redefines the boundaries between public and private, art and interior design. In the living room, against a herringbone brick floor, a leather chair by Maarten Van Severen joins a lamp by his son, Hannes Van Severen, of design duo Muller Van Severen.Photo by Tim Van de Velde. 

    Both a gallery and a residence, an Antwerp home redefines the boundaries between public and private, art and interior design. In the living room, against a herringbone brick floor, a leather chair by Maarten Van Severen joins a lamp by his son, Hannes Van Severen, of design duo Muller Van Severen.Photo by Tim Van de Velde. 

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  A flat renovated by a pair of fashion insiders breathes new life into architect Moshe Safdie's iconic Habitat '67 building. They restored small alcoves to rooms including the office (shown here) and living room and worked carefully with the existing windows. They also hunted down a craftsman, Marc Ablasou, to install oak floors in a herringbone pattern—a touch that subtly complicates Safdie’s aesthetic. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.  Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

    A flat renovated by a pair of fashion insiders breathes new life into architect Moshe Safdie's iconic Habitat '67 building. They restored small alcoves to rooms including the office (shown here) and living room and worked carefully with the existing windows. They also hunted down a craftsman, Marc Ablasou, to install oak floors in a herringbone pattern—a touch that subtly complicates Safdie’s aesthetic. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.

    Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

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  In a Neoclassical gallery and home in Belgium, a 1959 teak-framed sofa by Illum Wikkelsø for the Danish furniture company Søren Willadsen sits pretty against a herringbone wood floor. Photo by Chris Tubbs.   Photo by: Chris Tubbs

    In a Neoclassical gallery and home in Belgium, a 1959 teak-framed sofa by Illum Wikkelsø for the Danish furniture company Søren Willadsen sits pretty against a herringbone wood floor. Photo by Chris Tubbs. 

    Photo by: Chris Tubbs

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  At designer Inga Sempé's atelier in Paris, her papers, books, models, drawings, and prototypes in a corner room are juxtaposed against the apartment's original herringbone floor.

    At designer Inga Sempé's atelier in Paris, her papers, books, models, drawings, and prototypes in a corner room are juxtaposed against the apartment's original herringbone floor.

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