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May 23, 2014
For Dwell's May 2014 issue, we turned our editorial eye to progressive homes around the globe, from a smart home office in Athens to a eucalyptus-lined enclave in Australia. Take a peek at our slideshow for more, and pick up the issue on newsstands now.
modern fairhaven beach house blackbutt eucalyptus kitchen butcher block

The primary interior note in a coastal home designed by Australian architect John Wardle is blackbutt eucalyptus, which is used to line the walls, ceilings, and shown here, the kitchen cabinets. Wardle’s firm designed the end-grain butcher’s block, which serves as an end-of-day gathering point where their kitchen meets the dining area. Photo by Sean Fennessy.

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modern beach house thatch roof kitsch concrete island sliding door

Architect José Roberto Paredes eliminated walls and incorporated a series of interior gardens for this El Salvador beach house. In the kitchen, rough-hewn materials like a eucalyptus-log-and-thatch roof offset the monolithic concrete island and glossy subway tile backsplash. Claudia & Harry Washington built the vivid wooden sliding walls. Photo by Jason Bax.

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Originally appeared in Bursts of Yellow and Indoor Gardens Are Just Two Reasons to Love This Home
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modern lycabettus penthouse apartment dining room with red and green chairs and a hanging pendant light

Architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece. For the dining area, which segues into a living room, HAL Tube and Sledge chairs by Jasper Morrison for Vitra are arranged around an Extesso dining table by Neo Katoikein. A George Nelson Eye Clock sits on the cantilevered shelving by Pafos, a furniture company based in Oinofyta, Greece, which also constructed the built-in cabinets in the living room. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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modern netherlands 13 noordeinde schoolhouse bathroom skylight stone tiles

A serene bathroom was carved out of an old schoolhouse near Amsterdam for a forward-thinking couple and their three kids. Amending the owner's early request for an open bathroom space, the architects devised a more private chamber with an overhead skylight and walls in stone tile from Intercodam Tegels. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska.

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modern fjallbacka sweden pine boxes vacation open kitchen dining

An open-plan living room and kitchen is appropriate for this getaway home designed by architect Gert Wingårdh in Sweden. Duplex bar stools by Javier Mariscal add a touch of whimsy, and a Mamma Cloud chandelier by Frank Gehry hangs above a La Basilica table by Mario Bellini. Photo by James Silverman.

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Originally appeared in Modern, Rugged, and Cozy: This Countryside Home Has It All
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modern renovation addition solar powered scotland planter polished concrete floor radiant heat

A green renovation turned a Scottish farmhouse into an energy-efficient, solar-powered family home. A Woolly Pocket planter hangs on the steel beam above a polished-concrete floor warmed by radiant heat. Photo by Andrew Meredith.

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modern fairhaven beach house blackbutt eucalyptus kitchen butcher block

The primary interior note in a coastal home designed by Australian architect John Wardle is blackbutt eucalyptus, which is used to line the walls, ceilings, and shown here, the kitchen cabinets. Wardle’s firm designed the end-grain butcher’s block, which serves as an end-of-day gathering point where their kitchen meets the dining area. Photo by Sean Fennessy.

Photo by Sean Fennessy.

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