Undivided Intentions

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October 18, 2010
Originally published in Live/Work
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  Verda Alexander and her son, Apolo, collaborate on a project in their first-floor studio.
    Verda Alexander and her son, Apolo, collaborate on a project in their first-floor studio.
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  In the living room, local artwork and an elegant redwood ceiling watch over a side chair by Warren Platner for Knoll and an Easy Edges side chair by Frank Gehry for Vitra.
    In the living room, local artwork and an elegant redwood ceiling watch over a side chair by Warren Platner for Knoll and an Easy Edges side chair by Frank Gehry for Vitra.
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  As his parents look on, Apolo plans his commute under a fire-top piece by the artist Michael Ricardo Andreev and alongside a Wiggle chair by Frank Gehry.
    As his parents look on, Apolo plans his commute under a fire-top piece by the artist Michael Ricardo Andreev and alongside a Wiggle chair by Frank Gehry.
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  Alexander walks from the bedroom pod into the living room under her freeway-inspired sculpture, titled Run A Way.
    Alexander walks from the bedroom pod into the living room under her freeway-inspired sculpture, titled Run A Way.
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  Orpilla pecks, Apolo pedals.
    Orpilla pecks, Apolo pedals.
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  The bridge leads from the living room to the bedrooms and from the studio to the garage.
    The bridge leads from the living room to the bedrooms and from the studio to the garage.
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  Orpilla and Alexander’s first furniture purchase, a Christopher Deam credenza, now inspires a much larger collection of furniture.
    Orpilla and Alexander’s first furniture purchase, a Christopher Deam credenza, now inspires a much larger collection of furniture.
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  Inspiration crowds Alexander’s studio desk.
    Inspiration crowds Alexander’s studio desk.
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  A garage full of cupboards can’t contain Orpilla’s toolkit.
    A garage full of cupboards can’t contain Orpilla’s toolkit.
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  Those hammers and saws built a home for the family’s chickens, watched over by Apolo among outdoor furniture by Richard Schultz.
    Those hammers and saws built a home for the family’s chickens, watched over by Apolo among outdoor furniture by Richard Schultz.
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  Alexander and Apolo find a sunny spot for story. The slanting roof and ample dappled light makes curling up no chore at all.
    Alexander and Apolo find a sunny spot for story. The slanting roof and ample dappled light makes curling up no chore at all.
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  Apolo's bedroom is unmistakably that of a young boy, as the old-school computer font and clear debt to NASA suggest.
    Apolo's bedroom is unmistakably that of a young boy, as the old-school computer font and clear debt to NASA suggest.
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  A salon-style hanging of art and the wooden handrail-cum-towel rack give the bathroom a handful of subtly stylish touches.
    A salon-style hanging of art and the wooden handrail-cum-towel rack give the bathroom a handful of subtly stylish touches.
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  The long hallways do as much to delineate the home's space as the windows do. A pair of Wire series chairs for Knoll by Warren Platner add a space-age modern feel to the home's leafy vibe.
    The long hallways do as much to delineate the home's space as the windows do. A pair of Wire series chairs for Knoll by Warren Platner add a space-age modern feel to the home's leafy vibe.
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  For a slightly funkier feel, opt for a variety of high-design chairs around your table. A less rigid approach to hanging art can also ease the hard lines of much modern decor and add to a more bohemian vibe to your home.
    For a slightly funkier feel, opt for a variety of high-design chairs around your table. A less rigid approach to hanging art can also ease the hard lines of much modern decor and add to a more bohemian vibe to your home.
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  The family is never far from the outdoors, as this lush view from the dining room attests.
    The family is never far from the outdoors, as this lush view from the dining room attests.
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  Chicken under glass? Apolo will settle for eggs for breakfast.
    Chicken under glass? Apolo will settle for eggs for breakfast.
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  From the deck you really get a sense of the two main volumes of the house. One faces inward and the other out, a fine representation of Boone's ideas about the division between work space and living space.
    From the deck you really get a sense of the two main volumes of the house. One faces inward and the other out, a fine representation of Boone's ideas about the division between work space and living space.
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  There's little concern about privacy considering the canopy of trees that surrounds the house. Alexander, and the chickens, take advantage of their sunny Northern Californian clime.
    There's little concern about privacy considering the canopy of trees that surrounds the house. Alexander, and the chickens, take advantage of their sunny Northern Californian clime.
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