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January 17, 2014
Who says antique furnishings have no place in a contemporary living space? Smart design can bring old and new elements together, making for modern spaces that bask in the warmth that vintage elements provide. Here, from Dwell's archives, are some homes where these elements coexist elegantly.
Fishers Island prefab, interior

Antique chairs share the dining area in this prefab house on Fishers Island, New York, with an LED Aurea pendant lamp by FontanaArte, and a Paolo Piva table from B&B Italia. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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Originally appeared in The Soothing Sounds of Nature Fill Up This Island Prefab
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Sacramento apartment, living room

A room in this Sacramento, California, apartment hangs together with help from an antique Oriental rug. Photo by Mike Graffigna.

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Originally appeared in Renovation: 800 Square Feet
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Modern living space with sheep's wool hanging and antique furniture

Paula Leen and Kees Middendorp's living space in the Netherlands' Friesland province is peppered with an assortment of objects and textures, including sheep’s wool, an antique French farmhouse table, salvaged chairs, a Glo-Ball light by Jasper Morrison for Flos, and an Axel leather sofa by Gijs Papavoine for Montis. Photo by Hotze Eisma.

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Originally appeared in Rural Home on a Holland Harbor
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the apartment living room

French floral wall sconces from the 1930s contribute to the eclectic look of this Copenhagen apartment, where the proprietor of a furniture store lives with her family. Photo courtesy of The Apartment.

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Originally appeared in A Curated Apartment Turned Showroom in Copenhagen
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Modern dining room with vintage chairs and custom-designed wenge-wood table

Architect Alan Organschi inherited chairs from his uncle that he and his partner and wife, Lisa Gray, use with the custom wenge-wood dining table in their weekend getaway in Washington, Connecticut. Photo by Andrea Chu.

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Originally appeared in Gable-Roofed Rural Weekend Home in Connecticut
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Antique chairs in Shanghai lilong house

Antique dining chairs in a traditional lilong house in central Shanghai occupied by a young Italian shipping executive. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

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Originally appeared in Modern Lilong House Renovation in Shanghai
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Antique furnishings in a Black Earth, Wisconsin, home

Antique furnishings contrast with the striking Pendant 169 lamp by the Danish architect Poul Christiansen for Le Klint in this house in Black Earth, Wisconsin. Photo by Dan Monick.

Originally appeared in Labor of Loved Ones
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Fishers Island prefab, interior

Antique chairs share the dining area in this prefab house on Fishers Island, New York, with an LED Aurea pendant lamp by FontanaArte, and a Paolo Piva table from B&B Italia. Photo by Matthew Williams.

Photo by Matthew Williams.

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