Off the Beaten Path

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April 30, 2009
Originally published in Fluid Design

A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color.

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  Two Black Sheds incorporates all the conventional aspects of a weekend retreat in a rather unconventional way.
    Two Black Sheds incorporates all the conventional aspects of a weekend retreat in a rather unconventional way.
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  A wooden stair leads from the house down to a dramatic view of Lake Superior.
    A wooden stair leads from the house down to a dramatic view of Lake Superior.
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  Philippe Starck’s outdoor chairs for Kartell provide cozy fireside seating. These and the sofa version were selected by Salmela. “They’re very much an art form,” he says.
    Philippe Starck’s outdoor chairs for Kartell provide cozy fireside seating. These and the sofa version were selected by Salmela. “They’re very much an art form,” he says.
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  A side view of the house and of Salmela’s signature architectural feature: the “unchimney.” All windows are from Loewen.
    A side view of the house and of Salmela’s signature architectural feature: the “unchimney.” All windows are from Loewen.
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  "Every room except the bath has huge windows.” explains Bruce Golob. “And although David was reluctant to design a screen porch he figured out a way to do it without interfering with any of the views.”
    "Every room except the bath has huge windows.” explains Bruce Golob. “And although David was reluctant to design a screen porch he figured out a way to do it without interfering with any of the views.”
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  The homeowners were impressed by the way Salmela conflated the indoor/outdoor continuum. “We really needed that contact with the lake and the woods even when inside,” says Golob. All outdoor seating by Kartell.
    The homeowners were impressed by the way Salmela conflated the indoor/outdoor continuum. “We really needed that contact with the lake and the woods even when inside,” says Golob. All outdoor seating by Kartell.
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  Primary colors and uncomplicated spaces define the interiors of both sheds. Golob is shown above in the modest open kitchen, where appliances were chosen for “cost, durability, and efficiency.”
    Primary colors and uncomplicated spaces define the interiors of both sheds. Golob is shown above in the modest open kitchen, where appliances were chosen for “cost, durability, and efficiency.”
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  Both bathrooms are simple and basic, with Dornbracht fixtures as the only real extravagance.
    Both bathrooms are simple and basic, with Dornbracht fixtures as the only real extravagance.
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  The living space gives first priority to comfort, and furniture pieces like the sofa bed by Niels Bendtsen deliver. The wood-burning stove by Rais is especially valued during wintertime visits.
    The living space gives first priority to comfort, and furniture pieces like the sofa bed by Niels Bendtsen deliver. The wood-burning stove by Rais is especially valued during wintertime visits.
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  Skylights and huge windows flood the master bedroom—and every room in the house—with sunlight. Bed by Techline; lighting by Tech Lighting.
    Skylights and huge windows flood the master bedroom—and every room in the house—with sunlight. Bed by Techline; lighting by Tech Lighting.
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