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December 16, 2013
Whether sleek and finished or rustic and aged there is something so romantic about exposed beams. Here, we take a look at a variety of designs from hotels to restaurants to homes featuring the architectural detail.
Rancho Encantado in New Mexico

MODERN DESERT RETREAT IN NEW MEXICO

On the edge of the Sangre de Cristo foothills, Rancho Encantado is a modernist hideaway tucked within New Mexico’s Tesuque Valley. Designed to reflect sacred Pueblo Indian kivas but with an updated spin, the light and airy round-roomed spa “warming space” features a beamed celling, a custom walnut-striped chandelier and stacked wood Falo tables—a nod to Native American and New Mexico traditions.

Originally appeared in Modern Desert Retreat in New Mexico
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NUMBER FIVE: A CO-WORKING SPACE IN VENICE BEACH

In an industrial loft just off Rose Avenue in Venice Beach—where creative shops, innovative restaurants, juice bars and trendy yoga studios abound—is a co-working space called Number Five. The bartop downstairs was salvaged from a church that was being torn down in the Southbay. Mathew Gerson, Brett Woitunsky and Paul Anderson built the bartop, and the steel legs are by Matthew Deters of Deterfabrik, a furniture fabricator who works in the space below Number Five. The post and beam holding it up are from the teardown across the alley. Photo by Yardwork Co.

Originally appeared in Number Five: A Co-Working Space in Venice Beach
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Master bedroom wooden beams gas fireplace Artemide lamp

HOPE FLOATS

A self-taught designer embarks upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead. A gas fireplace fronted in weathered steel warms up the lofty master bedroom, whose spare decor is framed with beams discovered in a Pennsylvania barn. The Tizio desk lamp is by Artemide. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Originally appeared in Hope Floats
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<b><a href="http://www.25lusk.com/" target="_blank">TWENTY FIVE LUSK</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.ccs-architecture.com/v3/" target="_blank">CCS Architecture</a>
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This restaurant in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco

5 SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANTS WORTH CHECKING OUT

Originally built in a meatpacking and smokehouse facility, Twenty Five Lusk has managed to maintain hints of the original warm brick and aged wooden beams while introducing a new modern interior.

Originally appeared in 2011 Restaurant Design Awards
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Modern living room renovation with purple cushion sofa and exposed ceiling beams

FAMILY HOME RENOVATION IN BROOKLYN

The exposed ceiling beams and inserted steel framing system are visible in the lower level, where Lange and Dixon relax with their son Paul. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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Originally appeared in Family Home Renovation in Brooklyn
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Modern living room with traditional white beamed ceiling

MODERN UNDERCOVER

The traditional beamed ceiling becomes more modern when paired with a white coat and expansive windows. Photo by Michael Wells.

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Originally appeared in Modern Undercover
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Modern kitchen with Pepe Cortès barstools and restored wooden beams

RUG DESIGNER NANI MARQUINA'S SERENE HOME IN IBIZA

Jamaica barstools by Pepe Cortès for Knoll and two Ikea pendants pair nicely with the plaster walls, restored wooden beam ceilings, and polished cement floors in the kitchen. Photo by Albert Font.

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Originally appeared in Rug Designer Nani Marquina's Serene Home in Ibiza
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Rancho Encantado in New Mexico

MODERN DESERT RETREAT IN NEW MEXICO

On the edge of the Sangre de Cristo foothills, Rancho Encantado is a modernist hideaway tucked within New Mexico’s Tesuque Valley. Designed to reflect sacred Pueblo Indian kivas but with an updated spin, the light and airy round-roomed spa “warming space” features a beamed celling, a custom walnut-striped chandelier and stacked wood Falo tables—a nod to Native American and New Mexico traditions.

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