Playing off the work of artist James Turrell, as well as the front porch scheme prevalent in the South, the ruby-red outdoor living room of an Atlanta house is half covered and half open to the leaf canopy overhead. A pair of teak armchairs are clustered around a Laguna fire table from Restoration Hardware. Photo by Gregory Miller.
A former ambulance garage may seem like an unusual option for a home, but in the hands of innovative Rotterdam design office Doepel Strijkers it proved to be an inspired choice. A bright-orange polyurethane coating rescues the dugout from any suggestion of darkness or dinginess.
Tokyo architect Yuko Shibata's shape-shifting apartment takes a holistic approach to live/work style. She wanted more shelf space in her home office, so she added a plywood door with built-in bookshelves that opens into her bedroom to form a reading nook. Glimpsed from the adjacent room, the space looks larger than it actually is, thanks to the bright green walls.
The aptly named CMYK House features a dizzying pattern of layed dots over its facade.
Thanks to a contemporary interior that she’s been updating for a decade, modern architect Abigail Turin has learned to love her traditional 1925 San Francisco home. She opted for high-impact black paint to coat her living room. Photo by Justin Fantl.
Anna Horne sourced the living area’s red-and-white Tunisian tiles in her modular Australian beach house directly from a manufacturer online. “It was the first site I looked at, the tiles were well priced, and the company was easy to deal with,” says Horne. “When I requested this specific tile in red, it just happened to be the perfect red, so I went with my gut instinct.” Photo by Lisa Cohen.
A house by Brazillian firm YTA features yellow accents throughout.