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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.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    Two Black Sheds incorporates all the conventional aspects of a weekend retreat in a rather unconventional way.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  A wooden stair leads from the house down to a dramatic view of Lake Superior.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    A wooden stair leads from the house down to a dramatic view of Lake Superior.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    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.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  A side view of the house and of Salmela’s signature architectural feature: the “unchimney.” All windows are from Loewen.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    A side view of the house and of Salmela’s signature architectural feature: the “unchimney.” All windows are from Loewen.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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.”  Photo by: Chad Holder
    "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.”

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    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.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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.”  Photo by: Chad Holder
    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.”

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  Both bathrooms are simple and basic, with Dornbracht fixtures as the only real extravagance.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    Both bathrooms are simple and basic, with Dornbracht fixtures as the only real extravagance.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    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.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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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.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    Skylights and huge windows flood the master bedroom—and every room in the house—with sunlight. Bed by Techline; lighting by Tech Lighting.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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